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IMI warns car owners to check mechanic’s credentials

Published 26 November 2013

The Institute for the Motor Industry (IMI) has called for drivers to ensure mechanics are properly qualified to work on cars. The IMI suggests that around 175,000 individuals work as motor technicians in the UK but of those only 27,000 can prove they have necessary qualification and skills. The IMI suggests this is down to “a lack of licensing in the sector.”

Steve Nash continues: “Modern vehicles are complex and advanced pieces of engineering – even a 10 year-old car can have considerably more computing power than that which took man to the moon.  They are not simple to service or repair and specialist skills are now essential.”

The IMI suggests car owners use its free register of professionals to find a competent mechanic. Car owners can also help to ensure that their garage is reliable and trustworthy by using the Honest John Good Garage guide. The garages featured are submitted and reviewed by car owners, with star ratings for criteria including value for money, expertise, helpfulness and quality of service.

The Good Garage Guide also lets you search for a rated garage in a specific area, as well as to search for specialists in a particular field such as bodywork, or to search for garages which specialise in a particular brand of vehicle. 


lauralouise90    on 16 December 2013

Thanks for this advice - the last thing you want is to pay for an MOT test or some work for to find out the garage doing it is dodgy. :/

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