Voting open for Garage of the Year

Automechanika Birmingham, in partnership with Garage Wire, has announced the shortlist of garages in the running to win the £1,000 cash prize for Garage of the Year.

The public can now vote for its favourite until 2 June, with the winner announced at 1pm on 7 June in the Workshop Training Zone at Automechanika Birmingham, NEC

As a new initiative, the organisers were overwhelmed by the number of entries from garages and the judging panel has finalised a shortlist of 13 workshops who will go head to head for a peer vote.

‘The standard of entries was incredibly high as the applications showed the huge variety of garage businesses operating successfully throughout the UK by tailoring their services to meet local demand,’ said James Onions, director of Garage Wire.

‘However, some clear common themes emerged amongst entrants too. These included first, an entrepreneurial flair to adapt to changing car and consumer technologies; second, willingness to invest – typically in premises, skills development and equipment then finally, heart-felt commitment to customer service and transparency.’

The shortlist is Anderson Clark Motor Repairs; Bartlett Automotive Limited; Bryan Swales Auto Repairs; Community Motors; Crescent Motors; D&D Autos; EAC Telford Ltd; Five Star Autocentre; Garej Bowydd Garage Ltd; MotorServ UK Solihull; Philips Garage Limited; Revs Motors Ltd; and SMSI LTD (Scalloway Motors).

To vote, visit