Choosing the best commercial vehicle testing centre

There are many things to consider when choosing a commercial vehicle testing centre. As well as the inconvenience of having a vehicle out of action while the vehicle testing centre is performing the test, you also must consider the cost and convenience. Does the test centre’s business hours help to minimise the downtime of your vehicle? Have you built a relationship with them that means you have complete trust in them? Do they provide a top-quality service at a fair price? Do they work with you to schedule your fleet for minimum disruption? Do they ensure your manufacturer warranty remains unaffected? Can they look after different makes of vehicle?

These are just a few of the questions you need to consider when choosing a commercial vehicle testing centre to serve your business. Below we’ll answer these questions and more.

Shouldn’t you just use the main dealer?

Main dealer prices can be high, and the service is often less flexible. When you use a quality dealer alternative garage, you’ll make considerable savings over main dealer prices while still receiving the highest quality service. A dealer alternative garage is beneficial for a company that runs a single truck, but the benefits are even more obvious for companies with a fleet of vehicles.

The mechanics at a reputable dealer alternative garage are at least as capable as main dealer mechanics, as they are often trained to repair several different marques. They use official parts and fluids as specified by the manufacturer, which ensures your warranty remains intact.

We have the European Commission to thank for dealer alternatives. They created legislation that stopped main dealers monopolising parts and labour prices. The increased competition and ability to select a dealer alternative garage that provides a comparable or better service is good for customers.

The highest standards

Dealer alternative garages must maintain the highest standards possible to meet the scrutiny of several different manufacturers. However, being independent also means they are often more flexible. This leads to reduced costs and downtime, which both help to minimise your headache and increase your profits.

All the tools and technology used in a dealer alternative garage must be top quality. They can perform all the diagnostics checks a main dealer can. Personally, Rathcoole Commercial invest large sums of money to ensure our technicians always have access to the latest technology and tools.

Flexibility for your business

We are open from 7am to 7pm five days a week, as well as 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. We hope these longer hours make accessing our service more convenient for you and helps us to provide a better customer experience whenever you need to use our commercial vehicle testing centre.

A vehicle testing centre with a personal touch

One of the biggest advantages of using a dealer alternative commercial vehicle testing centre is the rapport you can build. A dealer is restricted to a single marque, so if you have several vehicles or change manufacturer you must start over again. However, we can service every make and model of commercial vehicle, providing you with a single point of contact for all your vehicle testing and servicing needs.

For this reason, many of our customers are long standing. They know first-hand how much we value their custom. We like to think of our relationship with many of our customers as more like a partnership. We are an extension of your business that must be as time and cost efficient as possible to ensure the successful and smooth running of the business.

Dealer alternative vehicle testing centres can offer all sorts of services. At Rathcoole Commercial we help you keep on top of scheduling your servicing and testing schedule, removing one hassle from your shoulders.

A reputable vehicle testing centre

As Dublin’s biggest dealer alternative garage, we’re confident in our abilities. There are good reasons why we have grown to be, and continue to be, the largest dealer alternative vehicle testing centre. We know we can provide a convenient one-stop solution for all your truck and van repairs, maintenance, servicing and testing.

The common misconception that not using the main dealer will void your warranty is just that, a misconception. We are trusted and respected within the industry and are accredited by The Society of Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). We pay close attention to every detail when dealing with vehicles still under warranty, ensuring we stay compliant with every stipulation laid out by the manufacturer to safely and legally protect your original warranty. We also diligently maintain our own internal quality control procedures.

The importance of keeping on top of your vehicle testing

Whether you use a dealer alternative vehicle testing centre or not, it’s crucial you don’t let your vehicles fall behind on their servicing and testing schedule. As well as opening yourself up to huge fines and penalties if one of them is stopped for a roadside check, you’ll also be bypassing the main objective of the CVRT testing system, which is to keep the roads of Ireland safe. Get in touch with us today and let’s make sure that when one of them is stopped for a roadside check, they are fully compliant.

Don’t hesitate to contact us

If you’re still unsure about switching to a dealer alternative vehicle testing centre, then give us a call and have a chat. We’re a friendly bunch and are always happy to help. We’re also passionate about the service we provide and think you’ll soon realise just how much better off you are.

Our location in Grants Lane, Rathcoole, Dublin, is easy to find and you’re welcome to drop in and have a look around any time. We can discuss your commercial vehicle maintenance needs. Or you can call us on 01 969 5217 to get answers to any questions you might have or to book your vehicles in. The other option is to email us at, and we will reply as soon as we can.