Motorists pick Britain's best garages
Thousands of British motorists have voted to recognise garages with excellent customer service and help to cut out the cowboys of the industry.
The operator of government-backed codes of practice for the motor industry, Motor Codes, has revealed a list of the twenty most trusted garages throughout the United Kingdom, as nominated by the public.
Around 11,500 garage customers from across the UK have flocked to vote in the annual Motor Codes 'Garage of the Year' contest, which endorses the first class customer experiences that they have enjoyed at one of over 7,250 garages within the network.
The top twenty regional winners represent a wide range of choice and are made up of ten franchised main dealers and ten independent garages.
Chris Mason, managing director of Motor Codes, commented: 'This is about putting trustworthy garages in the shop window, giving their customers a way to show their appreciation and, importantly, ensuring that people don't have to feel anxious about choosing a garage.'
Mason further added: 'Even better for motorists, our results are a stark contrast to the findings released this month by Citizens Advice, which has clocked up a similar number of complaints about garages over the past year.
'This shows exactly where people should look for a garage. For a risk-free experience, with back-up from the Motor Codes independent advice line, choose an approved code subscriber.'
The overall champions, the franchised main dealer and independent 'Garage of the Year', will be announced at a celebratory event at the Motor Codes headquarters on April 10th.
The regional winners of 'Garage of the Year 2013' are listed below, split into two categories: 'franchised main dealer' and 'independent garage'.
Franchised main dealer category
-East of England - Roy Tolley Citroen, Colchester
-Midlands - Sturgess Jaguar, Leicester
-North East - Sherwoods Vauxhall, Stockton
-North West - M53 Ford, Birkenhead
-Northern Ireland - SERE SEAT, Lisburn
-Scotland - W Livingstone SEAT, Uddingston, Glasgow
-South East - Bartletts SEAT, St Leonards-on-Sea
-South West - Swindon Motor Park SEAT
-Wales - Toyota World, Bridgend
-Yorkshire - Sherwoods Vauxhall, Northallerton
Independent garage category
-East of England - Top Marques Repair Garage, Hitchin
-Midlands - iAutoUK, Coventry
-North East - Cavendish Motor Company, Ashington
-North West - ABP Motorsport, Crewe
-Northern Ireland - Newtownabbey Autocentre
-Scotland - D&G Autocare, Pitreavie, Dunfermline
-South East - The Test Centre, Deptford
-South West - Tickenham Garage, Clevedon
-Wales - A1 Motorcare, Rumney, Cardiff
-Yorkshire - Alexanders Prestige, Boroughbridge