Scots garages fight for UK title 24 | 02 | 2011

    FIVE SCOTTISH garages are on the shortlist of 50 as they battle to become the No1 workshop in the UK, with the overall winning Golden Garage due to be announced in April.

    Thousands of motorists have voted in the contest, organised by the government-backed consumer watchdog for the motor industry, Motor Codes, to highlight first class, honest operators. 

    In a bid to reward good customer service, motorists have voted in droves to dispel the myth that taking your car for a service can be a nerve-racking affair. As a result, the five Scottish garages —

    W Livingstone — Uddington, Glasgow

    Rutherford Seat — Earlston, Berwickshire

    West End Garage — Uphall, West Lothian

    North Road Garage — Kelty, Fife

    Grierson and Graham — Dumfries

    — have been put forward to the penultimate selection process. Now motorists are invited to vote in the next stage of the competition, to select the ten best, by casting their vote online at

    The national Golden Garages winner will then be chosen by a panel of expert judges, including TV personality Mike Brewer; What Car? Editor-in-Chief Steve Fowler; Emma Butcher, Editor of Car and Accessory Trader; and Motor Codes Managing Director, Chris Mason.

    As Chris Mason explains, Golden Garages is an initiative designed to celebrate good customer service and instil confidence in the motorist,

    "We all need to feel secure about who to trust with our car and our money," Mason explained, "and at Motor Codes, we're developing a network of safe haven garages committed to open and honest trading. 

    "The Golden Garages contest allows us to publicly recognise the commitment of these reputable garages recommended by their customers."

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    Jim McGill

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