UK’s best garages revealed

Motorists too poor to fix cars
26 Jun, 2014 3:00pm Jordan Bishop

Most trusted garages in the UK announced by Motor Codes, with a winner set to be announced from the 20-strong shortlist next month

The race to be crowned Garage of the Year is down to the final 20 following a month-long voting process involving more than 13,000 customers. An outright winner will be selected from this shortlist next month at Auto Express’ own Car of the Year awards ceremony.

Conducted by Motor Codes, a Trading Standards-approved self-regulatory body set up to protect motorists, the competition asked drivers to submit an online review of their favourite main dealers or independent garages.

Any of the Code’s 8,000 recognised garages were eligible for nomination, with ten of the most trusted selected by region for each category.

It turned out to be a good year for SEAT in the franchised main dealer category – the VW Group brand had garages top the polls in Scotland, Northern Ireland, as well as the North East and South East.

“Everybody shops online these days and it’s no different when it comes to looking for a trustworthy garage,” said Chris Mason, Motor Codes managing director, as he explained the importance of Garage of the Year. 

“By putting themselves in the spotlight and being open to review, Motor Codes garages are helping to boost confidence.  People can now make an informed decision about who to trust when it comes to spending on car servicing.”

For a full list of the regional winners, see the tables below.

Independent garage category

Region Garage
East of England  Top Marques, Hitchin 
Midlands  Crescent Motoring Services Burton upon Trent 
North East Fred Henderson, Langley Moor 
North West Oakwell Auto Electrical, Leyland 
Northern Ireland Newtownabbey Auto Centre 
Scotland Anderson Clark Motor Repairs, Inverness
South East The Test Centre, Deptford
South West Powells Garage, Redruth
Wales Broad Street Motors, Abersychan
Yorkshire Alexanders Prestige, Boroughbridge

Franchised main dealer category

Region Garage
East of England Roy Tolley Citroën, Colchester 
Midlands Sturgess Jaguar, Leicester 
North East Pulman SEAT, Sunderland 
North West Marshall Mercedes-Benz of Bolton 
Northern Ireland SERE SEAT, Lisburn
Scotland W Livingstone Ltd SEAT, Uddingston 
South East Spur SEAT, Hampton Court 
South West Pebley Beach Hyundai, Swindon
Wales FRF Toyota, Bridgend 
Yorkshire Marshall Honda of Hull