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Highly Approved Trader (HAT) award winners announced

Published 17 November 2015

Each year picks out the best companies in the motor trade. Honest John himself chooses the winners across nine categories, based on feedback from customers. HAT awardees represent reliable, high quality service and excellent value for money.

Honest John said: “Each of these businesses has, in its own way, proven it puts customers first. British motorists deserve to know which brands they can trust to provide best-in-class, high quality services that are good value for money. These businesses offer exactly that.” 

Car auctions

  • BCA - an online and physical auction house that has been established for 60 years.
  • Historics – specialists in motoring memorabilia, classic cars, historic cars and sports cars.
  • Silverstone Auctions – auction house specialising in classic cars, modern supercars, competition cars, modern and historic motorcycles and motoring memorabilia.

Car brokers and Car buying services

  • Drive the Deal – discount new car broker offering big discounts on new cars.
  • Carwow – online car buying service that allows customers to compare the best deals from main dealers and buy direct.

Car leasing

  • Ling’s Cars – new car leasing and contract hire website.
  • DSG Auto Contracts – independent new car and can contract hire, leasing and finance broker established in 2003.

Car supermarkets

  • Car Giant – London based car supermarket with more than 7000 cars in stock.
  • Motorpoint – car supermarket with numerous locations across the UK, offering nearly new and low mileage cars.

Car insurance

  • Confused – a car insurance comparison website.
  • Liverpool Victoria (LV) – insurance company offering cover for cars, caravans, classics and motorcycles.

Gap insurance

  • ALA – specialists in GAP insurance, established in 1990.

Car warranties

  • Warranty Direct – provider of direct warranties for new and used cars, including extended warranties.

Car products

  • Event Tyres – mobile tyre fitters operating across the country.
  • TyreMen – mail order and tyre fitting service established for almost 50 years.

Recommended garages

  • Empire Garages – North London garage offering a range of service and repair work.
  • DNA Technical Services – London-based Bentley, Audi and Volkswagen Group garage. 


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