How to Choose a Car Garage

Choosing the wrong garage can seriously compromise your personal safety. 


This is because UK garages do not have to be licensed and mechanics do not have to be qualified to repair your car. Similarly a friendly receptionist is no guarantee of competent garage workmanship behind the scenes.  Women are known targets for overcharging and selling services they don’t need and sometimes don’t get. In short, buying garage services can be a quality lottery.

So how can you tell the difference between a good and a bad garage/dealership?

Where you have a choice, favour one that is either BSI licensed, OFT Stage Two approved (likely to be a Bosch Car Service Centre) or one that employs ATA qualified mechanics. In FOXY’s considerable experience this makes them one of the best there are, without you having to pay a premium price.

NEVER risk your personal safety by buying garage services on the basis of the cheapest price.

On the other hand, you do not have to pay for a more expensive franchised garage service to maintain your new car’s warranty – although you’ll probably enjoy a more glamorous front-of-house experience.

Where in doubt, ask an independent expert that puts consumers, not garage businesses, first.

Yes, we are biased but our package of female-first membership services makes FOXY a unique and potentially life-saving service.


Steph Savill

Steph Savill

Steph Savill, Founder of FOXY Lady Drivers Club. FOXY Lady Drivers Club does things differently for girls in a male-oriented motoring world. Helping women live up to its name (foxy means shrewd, canny and astute) FOXY's online membership services include best-value female-friendly garages and dealerships, safety and 'green' car checks, exclusive moneysaving offers, shared feedback about best-buy cars, insurance & finance products and someone to turn to for personal advice and support, should anything go wrong in these areas. website

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