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Setting new used standards

Dealers will soon be able to officially retail RAC Approved used motorcycles for the first time thanks to the introduction of a new RAC Approved specialist preparation standard. The new 59-step process has been created by the RAC’s engineers to comprehensively check history, exterior, controls, wheels and tyres, engine and underbody. A detailed road test is also part of the package.

Sean Kent, RAC director of sales at Assurant, which partners with the RAC in the aftersales sector, said: “This is something that has been created in response to demand. Motorcycle dealers who are already offering RAC-branded warranties on their used sales want to upgrade and offer their customers the full RAC Approved Dealer proposition. Dealers have immediately recognised the advantages of being an RAC Approved Dealer and initial interest in joining the programme has been very high.

“The RAC Approved Dealer network has been very successful in the 12 years since it was launched for used cars, so it makes absolute sense to take the same customer-based approach into other sectors of the vehicle market.

“Our van standard was launched at the end of 2019 and has gained momentum very quickly. The motorhome and motorcycle standards are much newer, but the initial signs we are seeing are very positive indeed.

“Also, while it was not planned, the timing of the introduction of our new motorhome and motorcycle schemes may prove to fit in very well with the post-lockdown used vehicle market. Both are areas where the new normal looks set to boost used sales.”

The RAC Approved Dealer proposition is based around preparation standards specifically designed for different vehicle types and includes a minimum three-month RAC warranty, 12 months breakdown cover, a vehicle data check and enrolment to RAC Accident Care. 

The warranties provided with motorcycles bought through RAC Approved Dealers mirror those for cars, with cover available at Silver, Gold and Platinum levels for periods up to a maximum of 36 months.

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