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Garage of the Year competition starts today

Motor Codes, the Trading Standards-approved garage network, opens its Garage of the Year competition today.

The car industry watchdog has been gathering online reviews from customers of its 8,000 Trading Standards-approved garages at a rate of 10,000 per month and the results paint a positive picture for car owners. 

95% of Motor Codes customers would recommend their approved garage to friends and family.

Using online reviews received via its website from today until June 22, Motor Codes will map out the nation's favourite garages - the top 10 main dealers and independent garages from across the UK, with the overall winners being announced at the Auto Express Car of the Year event in July.

"The competition has a serious side to it", said Chris Mason, managing director of Motor Codes. 

"In the past, we've often had to rely on word of mouth to direct us to a trustworthy garage.  Our online garage finder adds another layer of reassurance for people.  It only lists garages that subscribe to our Trading Standards-approved codes of practice, removing the element of chance."

It's via the online garage finder that people can read from over 220,000 online reviews already left by garage customers and then leave their own feedback.

Until June 22, every review received by Motor Codes will count as a vote for Garage of the Year.

Customers of Motor Codes garages - the vast majority of main dealers and more than 2,000 independent garages - vote by completing the survey at

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  • Mrs V R Wheeler - 06/06/2014 11:08

    Have been with Park Street Garage Thaxted Essex for 25 year plus.,They are honest do first class work always ready to help and I would always go to them without any worries