Twenty sites have been selected between Edinburgh and Bournemouth for the test, which is due to end by mid-2005.
At that point Kwik-Fit’s parent group CVC Capital Partners will roll out the programme across the 700-strong UK network over the next two years. Each refurbishment will cost about £75,000.
“Visits to centres are mostly unplanned and therefore we want to make motorists’ stay as comfortable as possible,” says Mike Wise, Kwik-Fit Fleet sales director. The company has already spent £3m updating workshop equipment.