Terms and Conditions

MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIR

1. Auto Express Services limited (hereafter called 'AE Services') accept vehicles for repair, MOT examination, estimating the cost of repairs, garaging or for any other specified purpose. These terms and conditions govern the entire contract between AE Services and the customer. All other rights are excluded to the maximum extent permitted by law.

ONLINE PRICING

2. Prices that appear on this website are all inclusive of parts, labour and VAT. Prices are a guide price only and are subject to change.

ONLINE TRANSACTIONS

3. This website is an invitation to treat, and nothing on this website shall be construed as a unilateral offer by AE Services to enter into any contractual obligations. A booking or order by you represents an offer to AE Services to purchase services from us. In the event that AE Services take payment from you and issue an order confirmation but are subsequently unable to fulfil the order, AE Services will be entitled to automatically cancel the order. Ordinarily you will be contacted and an equivalent product and fitting date will be offered. If the delivery date was time essential and another reasonable delivery time cannot be agreed, in accordance with the Consumer Rights Act 2015, you are entitled to terminate the purchase. In such instances any liability will be limited to refunding the customer for all payments received. AE Services will not be liable for any economic losses arising from any delay or complications encountered fulfilling any order confirmations issued by it.

4. AE Services shall be entitled to payment in full for the price of the goods and services on the date of the customer's order. AE Services shall debit the customer's credit/debit card with payment in full for the goods and applicable Value Added Tax on or after the date of the customer's order. If the customer fails to make any payment by the relevant due date or if payment is declined or not authorised by the issuer of the customer's credit/debit card when processed then, without prejudice to any other right or remedy available, AE Services shall be entitled to cancel the contract with the customer.

5. The order confirmation sets out the basis upon which AE Services agrees to accept an order. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that the order confirmation corresponds with the customers own expectations. Any discrepancy should be reported immediately to AE Services.

6. Our website contains a large number of goods and services and it is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the goods or services listed on this website are incorrectly priced. We verify the prices included in your order to us as part of our processing procedures so that, where goods or services are incorrectly priced, we may, at our discretion, either contact you for your instructions in relation to your order or reject your order and notify you of such rejection.

7. Whilst every effort is made by AE Services to ensure no such error or omission occurs, any typographical, clerical or other error or omission in any sales literature, price list, website text, acceptance of offer, invoice or other document or information issued by AE Services shall be subject to correction without any liability on the part of AE Services.

8. AE Services will not be liable for any economic losses arising from any delays or complications encountered fulfilling any order confirmations issued by it.

EXCHANGES / REFUNDS

9. Subject to your statutory rights (which shall not be affected by this provision), once fitted to your vehicle a tyre, wheel or any other part cannot be exchanged. If you believe that a tyre or wheel, we have fitted is faulty, we may offer you the option of purchasing a replacement while the original part is sent to the manufacturer for analysis. The parties agree that, in the unlikely event of any defect arising in the tyres, the adjudication by the manufacturer as to the cause of failure and their decision will be final. If the manufacturer confirms that the product is faulty the cost of your replacement will be refunded.

10. Where a valid claim is based on any defect in a good's quality or condition or failure to meet specification; AE Services shall be entitled to replace the goods (or the part in question) free of charge. At AE Services sole discretion, it may refund to the customer the price of the goods (or a proportionate part of the price), but AE Services shall have no further liability to the customer or any other person.

TIME-KEEPING / LATE ARRIVAL FOR APPOINTMENTS

11. Every endeavour will be made to carry out work by the time desired, but the Company shall not be liable for any delay howsoever occasioned and notwithstanding that a definite date for completion may be specified.

12. If you have booked an MOT or Service, please visit AE Services on your chosen day for the work to be carried out. If you have selected a specific time, please be punctual or our ability to offer the service that day may be impacted. For servicing, your vehicle should be with us no later than 10am.

13. Where you have paid in advance for any services from AE Services and you do not attend the scheduled appointment (or make alternative arrangements/exercise your rights to cancel) AE Services shall be entitled to retain one hundred per cent (100%) of the relevant advance payment for an MOT appointment and fifty per cent (50%) of the relevant advance payment for a service appointment. If you pre-order a special ordered item, you will be asked to pay up front for this item/s, as special ordered items cannot be refunded and you will need to collect the order even if you cancel the fitting.

CANCELLATION / RESCHEDULING OF ONLINE BOOKINGS AND APPOINTMENTS

14. Appointments can be rescheduled to an alternative date (subject to availability) provided two clear working days are allowed between rescheduling and the original appointment (e.g. appointments for Thursday can be rescheduled up to midnight on Monday).

15. You have the right to cancel any online purchase of services or online booking of services without charge by giving written notice of such cancellation to AE Services within seven working days (being all days other than Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays) from the date after the day of the online purchase or booking.

ESTIMATES

16. Estimates are effective only for 14 days after despatch. If instructions are not received from a customer (in response to an estimate rendered) within 14 days from dispatch of the estimate, the Company may change its usual garage rates from the date the vehicle was received until its collection. (Note: - The Company does not as a general rule make any charge for garaging, pending instructions, if the repairs are ultimately carried out by the Company and duly paid for.)

17. All estimates by the Company are based on the current cost to the Company of labour, materials and spare parts at the date of estimate. In the event of any variation occurring before or after acceptance the Company may if it thinks fit require the Customer to pay on completion of the work any increase due to such variation.

18. If no price is stated or if part only of the work covered by the estimate is carried out the Company shall be entitled to charge a reasonable and proper price for the work done (including any stripping down leading to determination as to the practicability or otherwise of any work and reassembly) and for materials and spare parts supplied.

19. If in the opinion of the Company it is impractical for any reason to carry out any of the work it has been instructed to carry out it shall be entitled to refrain from carrying out or completing such work (notwithstanding that an estimate may have been given before) and to carry out only such work as in the opinion of the Company may be practicable.

20. Variation of any kind in the estimate, or the scope of the repair, or the prices chargeable, or otherwise howsoever, shall be subject to all these conditions. Any such variation shall not be deemed to constitute or create a new or separate contract, and the original contract shall remain in force, but as so varied. No act of commission or omission by the Company in relation to any vehicle shall constitute a 'deviation from the contact', nor shall any such act disentitle the Company to the benefit of any of these conditions.

CONDUCT

21. In connection with any inspection, or contemplated repair, or other purposes for which a vehicle is accepted by the Company, (testing, taking the vehicle for body repairs or to other specialists, demonstrations, etc.), the Customer is deemed, unless express notice in writing is given to the contrary, to have authorised the driving of the vehicle on the road or elsewhere.

22. Customers are strongly advised to remove all items of value including tools not connected with the vehicle when leaving it on company's premises since the Company cannot accept liability or any loss or damage except in consumer transactions when this is shown to have been caused by a lack of reasonable care on the part of the company. Vehicles left over night with the company are left at the risk of the owner as AE Services will not take any responsibility if the vehicle is stolen, damaged or vandalised whilst in the care of AE Services. When collecting your vehicle from AE Services, you must check there and then for any damage you believe was not caused prior to dropping off your vehicle to AE Services as once you have driven away AE Services takes no responsibility once the vehicle has been removed.

23. Customers have the right to cancel specific repair work at any time. If such cancellation is prior to work commencing then no charge is made. If work has been started then costs will only include the labour for the work carried out up to the time of cancellation. The company will wherever possible minimise the total costs to the customer, however parts ordered, obtained or used that cannot be cancelled, returned or resold together with any handling charges and any other direct costs that have been incurred will be charged to the customer. Consideration will be given to any 'out of pocket' expenses incurred. Refer to para 18 for cancellation of on-line bookings and appointments.

24. Once work has started on your vehicle you will be informed immediately of any additional work identified. A new itemised, printed quotation will be produced on request and work will only be carried out with your agreement.

25. Any advice or recommendation given by AE Services or its employees or agents to the Customer or its employees or agents as to the storage, application or use of goods and services which is not confirmed in writing by AE Services is followed or acted upon entirely at the Customer's own risk. Accordingly, AE Services shall not be liable for any such advice or recommendation which is not so confirmed.

26. If you have brakes fitted to your vehicle you must easy brake and double up you braking distance in order to allow your brake to wear in. Failure to do so will result in them becoming noisy. If you brake hard within 20 miles and cause this to happen AE Services will not be liable for the cost of removing the brakes, cleaning them and refitting them. This will be a chargeable service.

27. You must re-check your wheel bolts after 2miles of removing your vehicle from AE Services to ensure they are tight. AE Services takes no responsibility if you fail to do this and the wheel comes loose, cause an accident or causes damage to your vehicle.

PARTS

28. If customers wish to inspect old / replaced parts they must inform staff at reception when delivering their vehicle. Unless notified to the contrary, all parts removed by the Company in the course of repair shall, if not claimed by the Customer after the completion of the repair, be deemed to be wholly abandoned to the Company and they shall become the Company's absolute property accordingly.

29. With the exception of Warranty and Service Exchange Parts, parts removed will be disposed of by the Company. All disposal and waste parts are disposed of in accordance with the current environmental regulations and legislative requirements. A fee may be charged for this service.

COLLECTION AND DELIVERY

30. Where a driver who, so far as the Company is aware, has the authority to collect the vehicle, collects the same, the Company shall not be responsible to the Customer for any loss or damage resulting, on the grounds that such driver had in fact no such authority, and this notwithstanding that delivery may have been made without payment of the Company's account. It shall not be obligatory upon the Company to seek confirmation of the authority of any person reasonably believed to be then, or to have been at some time connected with the Customer.

31. If a vehicle is not collected, and the Company's charges are not paid within 24 hours after the delivery of the vehicle to the Company and completion of the work undertaken, the Company may charge its current storage rent at £12 a day in respect of cars & £20 for commercial vehicles from the date of completion of the repairs until collection or disposal.

PAYMENT

32. Unless other terms of payment have been mutually agreed in advance, all work must be paid for before the collection or delivery or your vehicle, in cash or by a valid bank card or by Barclaycard, Switch, Visa, etc. or where evidence of acceptance is displayed. Where a Credit Account has been opened, future supply of services will be dependent upon settlement of the account strictly in accordance with the credit terms granted: 20 days as standard unless alternative credit terms expressed in writing.

33. The risk in the goods shall pass to the purchaser on delivery. Ownership of the goods shall not pass to the purchaser until the purchase price has been paid to the seller and any cheque or other negotiable security has been honoured.

34. Any work done or goods supplied in relation to a vehicle, by the order of any driver in the Customer's employ, or by any person who is reasonably believed to be acting as the Customer's agent, or by the order of any person to whom the Company is entitled to make delivery of the vehicle, shall be paid for by the Customer.

35. Payment for all repairs and/or spare parts supplied is due on completion of work, but the Company may demand a deposit before commencing or in the course of any work. A repair is completed for the purpose of these conditions when notice has been given that the vehicle is ready for collection.

36. The Company shall have a general lien (legal right to keep or sell somebody else's property as security for a debt) on a vehicle and all its contents for all monies owing to the Company by the Customer on any account whatsoever. The Company shall be entitled to charge garage rent during any period in which the vehicle is retained by virtue of the lien. Any notice to the customer posted to his last known address shall be good notice.

37. If the Customer's indebtedness to the Company is not satisfied within three months from the first account rendered to the Customer, the Company may without notice, sell the vehicle and/or the contents thereof by public auction or private treaty. The net proceeds of the sale shall be applied towards satisfying monies due from the Customer to the Company, and any balance shall be paid by the Company to the Customer on demand.

QUALITY, COMPLAINTS, WARRANTY

38. You should be delighted with the products and service you receive from us. If you have any query or complaint please speak to the site manger in the first instance. If he or she cannot resolve the matter to your satisfaction please contact our Head Office on the above address. Further to this, where required the Company offer an arbitration and conciliation service through the RMIF.

39. 12 month / 12,000 mile guarantee on all work. In the unlikely event of a replaced part failing due to incorrect fitment or the part itself being faulty the Company offer the reassurance of free parts and labour for replacement within 12 months or 10,000 miles commencing from the date of original fitment, whichever is earlier. The Customer is entitled to the benefit of any warranty to which the Company is entitled as against the manufacturer of parts and materials supplied or any sub-contractor. Manufacturers conditions of sale apply to all goods sold and the Company's guarantees do not detract from your statutory rights.

40. Tyres, Exhausts + Batteries. If you believe that a tyre or wheel we have fitted is faulty, we may offer you the option of purchasing a replacement while the original part is sent to the manufacturer for analysis. If the manufacturer confirms that the product is faulty the cost of your replacement will be refunded. All exhaust systems come with a 2 year unlimited mileage guarantee. Catalytic converters are covered by a two year guarantee and may need to be returned to the manufacturers for inspection. Battery guarantees vary by specification of battery. Please check your invoice for details.

41. Wheel Alignment and Wheel Balancing. Wheel alignment is affected by road conditions and driving circumstances and therefore adjustment cannot be guaranteed. However, should you have reason to believe that further adjustment is necessary we will check and re-adjust if required free of charge within 30 days of your purchase.

42. Main dealer parts supplied. AE Services is not permitted to carry out warranty work to any main dealer part/s supplied to your vehicle by AE Services. If you believe a main dealer part suppled is faulty, you must book your vehicle in with the main dealer the part/s was purchased from and they will cover the part under warranty, if the part is faulty. You must first contact AE Services and we will once you have booked your vehicle in with the main dealer, contact the main dealer and provide and invoice WIP number for reference of the part supplied.

GUARANTEE CLAIM PROCEDURES

43. Please ensure you retain your invoice, as proof of purchase is necessary before warranty work can be carried out. Your invoice will be emailed to the email address you provided on booking in your vehicle. Unless faulty, it is not possible to offer refunds or exchanges after purchase for any parts that have been used on a customer's car. This does not affect your statutory rights. The guarantees are not transferable and apply only to the person who purchased the original parts. They do not extend to any monetary or compensatory claim, in particular consequential or additional losses.

44. Take your vehicle to any AE Services together with your invoice. The Company will dismantle and repair or replace at its discretion any defective parts and reassemble them subject to these guarantee conditions. Before any work can be carried out under guarantee a full inspection report will be completed.

45. If any work is required to be carried out other than by AE Services, approval must be obtained from Company Head Office on 0208 644 7310. The Company is not responsible for any part removed from the vehicle or tampered with by any person not employed by the Company. Parts failing as a result of misuse / extreme driving conditions, criminal or malicious damage, fire, theft or where parts have been repaired by another garage or individual or used for competitive motor sports or on a taxi are excluded.

46. These guarantees do not cover any defect caused by reasonable wear, tear or corrosion, or any costs incurred through loss of use.

PERSONAL INFORMATION / DATA PROTECTION

47. AE Services collects personally identifiable information such as name, address, telephone number or e-mail address only when it is voluntarily submitted to us on this website. We may use the information to process orders, improve our level of service, improve the content of our website, respond to your requests and for our own internal purposes. We may also provide you with helpful information, product news and updates, notify you of new products and services and seek your views on our products and services. Please note that by submitting personal information, you are consenting to such information being processed for the above listed purposes and you agree that AE Services may use and store any such information provided by you.

48. We undertake to process the personal information which we collect in accordance with the applicable laws on data protection. Depending on the information which you have provided to us, we may contact you by letter, e-mail, fax, telephone or SMS. If you would rather not be contacted by us you will need to contact AE Services on 02086447310 to opt out. Please note that the Internet is not a secure medium. When submitting personal information to us using the Internet, your details may not be secure from access by third parties. The submission of personal information to us using the Internet is therefore made at your own risk.

'COOKIE' INFORMATION

49. A cookie is a piece of data that is stored by a website within an internet browser. This data is then sent back to the same website by the browser. Cookies act as a reliable device for websites to remember things that an internet browser has done in the past - this includes clicking particular buttons, log in details, or having read pages on that site previously. Typically, a cookie contains information such as the domain from which the cookie has come from, a value which is usually a random unique number as an identifier and the lifetime (expiry) of the cookie.

50. Almost every website that offers advanced features - such as online ordering and custom content utilises cookies. Each website utilises unique cookies. Essentially this means that the cookies used by one site cannot be used by another. The AE Services web-site uses cookies to keep track of items within your shopping basket and uses cookies which allow Google Analytics to help us improve your future experience of the site. They allow us to see which pages on our site are the most popular so we can ensure that any content on these pages is kept up to date as a priority.

51. The majority of internet browsers will provide an option to disallow cookies. You can usually find out how to do this in the help menu of your browser. Cookies can also be deleted by using your internet browser - however make sure to disallow cookies first, otherwise they will be reapplied the next time you visit the website.

GENERAL

52. If any provision of these Conditions is held by any competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part the validity of the other provisions of these Conditions and the remainder of the provision in question shall not be affected.

53. The Contract and these Conditions shall constitute the entire agreement between the Customer and AE Services in respect of the supply of the Goods and shall supersede all previous oral or written representations or agreements relating thereto. In particular, the Customer may not rely on any statements made by any employee, representative or agent of AE Services.

54. Save where the context forbids, the expression 'vehicle' wherever used in these Conditions includes car, lorry, van, trailer, caravan, invalid carriage and cycle, and as a separate unit or otherwise, engine, axle, gearbox, clutch, generator, starter, battery, and each and every component of a vehicle.

55. Courtesy vehicles will not normally be made available except in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of a Company director. With formal authorisation they may be offered on the understanding that customers hold a full UK driving licence with no more than two SP30 endorsements (no other endorsements will be acceptable) and are between the ages of 25 to 70. If insurance is not transferred to the customer's own policy, the company excess at that time will apply. A Courtesy car loan sheet must be completed and vehicle condition noted before and after return.

56. No alteration or qualification of these printed terms and conditions shall be effective unless in writing, signed on behalf of the Company by a Director or a duly authorised officer of the Company. No other person has any authority to alter or qualify in any way the above printed conditions or to enter into any contract for repair for any of the purposes set out in the preamble above on behalf of the Company otherwise than on such conditions.

57. You must place your vehicle services books and locking wheel nut on the passengers seat before dropping off your vehicle. Failure to do this will result in your service book not getting stamped and additional time being allocated to look for the wheel nut.

LOYALTY CARD

58. You must collect a total of six stamps on the same loyalty card to be eligible for the 10GBP off. To be able to obtain a single stamp, you must spend over 40GBP per visit. You cannot obtain a stamp by giving the loyalty card to another person/s to obtain a stamp on their visit.

PROMOTIONS AND DISCOUNTS

59. 10% labour discount and £18.99 MOT to all members of the Fire Service, NHS, Police and TLF are subject to showing an ID card as proof you work in one of these services. Taxi or mini cab drivers getting their 1st annual MOT at 35GBP and the second MOT for 25GBP must be on the same vehicle and show ID as proof. To obtain the second MOT for 25GBP this MOT must be within six months from the date of your last MOT at 35GBP. When you buy a new car your vehicle done not require an MOT for three years from the registration date, once the vehicle is three years old and requires its first MOT you can get it with us for 25GBP. When booking a bronze service and MOT together on one single vehicle, on the same booking and same day, you will get the MOT for 34.99GBP, subject to class 4 MOT only. When booking a Silver service and MOT together on one single vehicle, on the same booking and same day, you will get you MOT for 24.99GBP, subject to class 4 MOT only. When booking a Gold service and MOT together on one single vehicle, on the same booking and same day, you will get the MOT for 18.99GBP, subject to class 4 MOT only. All discounts and offers are only valid within AE Services.

PRICE MATCH

60. To obtain a price match you must provide a valid quotation from a VAT registered company (garage), showing the company details as proof of price and be no less than ten days old from the date on the quotation. Estimate will not be price matched. Labour rate must be no less than 60GBP per hour and quotation must state the part/s brand. Price match will only be valid from garages in the following areas, Banstead Surrey, Sutton Surrey, Epsom Surrey, Morden Surrey, Cheam Surrey, Worcester Park Surrey and Carshalton Surrey. For diagnostic works, the quotation must outline exactly what procedure/s will be carried out in the diagnostics.