Free safety check for Volvo driversFree inspection looks at computers and mechanics

17 September 2008

Volvo drivers can get a free safety check

Volvo is offering a free, 40-minute safety inspection for any of its cars built after 1999.

The free tests, worth £56, will look over mechanical components, critical computers and control units.

To take advantage of the offer, drivers need to take their car to one of 200 Volvo facilities around the UK before the end of the year.

Volvo diagnostics

Once there, the Volvo Information and Diagnostics for Aftersales system (VIDA) will connect the car to Volvo in Sweden, highlighting any service work that needs to be done.

VIDA also allows the latest software upgrades to be downloaded, and can advise of any free or chargeable system upgrades.

The free safety check, which usually forms part of a full Volvo service, also includes a mechanical inspection.  

Older Volvos

If any work needs to be carried out, drivers will be told how much it costs.

Drivers with cars built before 1999 can take advantage of the free inspection, but will not be able to run the VIDA checks.

Volvo said customers who normally use the Volvo dealer network for service and maintenance would already have the appropriate upgrades.

To see how Volvos usually perform, head over to the Which? Car Buying Guide. You'll find prices, stats and owners' views for top models like the Volvo S80. 

If you're looking to get another car serviced, use Which? Local to find a good garage.