Block Exemption Rule

engineIn October 2002 European Union legislation affecting the motor trade came into force. Its full title is ’Block Exemption Regulations 1400/2002‘ (in short ’BER‘).

This legislation changes the way cars may be serviced and repaired and gives motorists a lot more freedom in their decision as to who should look after their cars.

Before BER, it was very difficult to have cars, which were still covered by the manufacturer‘s warranty, serviced anywhere except a franchised dealer. Now, at the moment, motorists can use any garage of their choice to service and repair their cars without invalidating the manufacturer‘s warranty (subject to certain conditions).

  • Provided that the service is in accordance with the Vehicle Assembler‘s servicing schedules and is recorded as such and…
  • Provided that the parts used are of ’appropriate quality‘ and are recorded as such.

If you need more information on this topic, or if you have any evidence of Vehicle Assemblers or their Dealers infringing these rules, then contact the IAAF office: