Škoda is offering a new service for owners of its historic vehicles: owners of Škoda classics are now able to obtain the certificate for their vehicle from the Škoda company archives in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic.

The 'automotive birth certificate' includes all archived data of the specific vehicle and its history.

Owners of classic cars have a very special relationship with their showpiece, and are particularly interested in the history of their model.

What equipment did the vehicle have upon delivery? What colour was it originally? In which factory was it built?

Answers to these and other questions can be found in certificates from the manufacturer.

Those interested can contact the company Škoda archive in Mladá Boleslav directly. Issuing a complete certificate costs 1,210 CZK (approx. €47).

Should any details be missing, there is a reduced price of 968 CZK (€37). Further information is available by email at: archiv@skoda-auto.cz.

In other Škoda news, Škoda Ireland has been announced as World Importer of the Year for Aftersales.

Global Head of Parts & Service for Škoda Auto, Roman Havlasek, said: "Loyal customers and dealer profitability are key Škoda priorities, and Ireland has managed to achieve both of these goals while at the same time delivering excellent customer satisfaction ratings and business growth.

"I would like to congratulate and thank the Irish Škoda network for their good work."

Commenting on the award, Head of Aftersales Škoda Ireland, Mark Hayes, said: "This award is a great honour and it recognises the hard work by the entire Škoda Ireland team and the Škoda dealer network in developing our Aftersales range of services, building the Aftersales brand and delivering a world-class service to Škoda customers in Ireland."