This year has been a great year for Somerset based garage Auto-Mech Cheddar Ltd; not only were they selected as AutoCare’s Garage of the Year at the annual Garage Trade Show in Cardiff, they are also celebrating their 25th year in business.
Managing Director Andrew Jones started the business back in 1992 and his ambition was to bring a better service to customers and to operate an independent garage that was more professional than any that they had ever seen, “Here at Auto-Mech our motto is ‘We care about your car’, said Andrew, “we are dedicated to quality and are always looking for new ways to improve the quality of service for our customers.”
Andrew continued, “In 2008 we joined AutoCare, installed an MOT bay, and took on the lease of the industrial unit next door, just as the world went into recession. But that didn't stop us and we have not looked back since. With the help of the team; Sam, my business partner Tim and his step-son Ben, my son Ash and my wife Lynn, we have gone from strength to strength, we are a real family business and a very good professional team.”
In 2011, Auto-Mech Cheddar became a Ltd company and purchased the two industrial units they operate from today. They are one of the best AutoCare garages on the network, optimising everything it means to be part of the AutoCare network.
“It is getting more and more difficult every year to select the ‘garage of the year’, and this year was no exception. But Auto-Mech were deserved winners with their support of the programme and over the years the support of their GROUPAUTO distributor,” said Maria McCullough, Garage Networks Manager.
“Andrew and Tim are extremely proactive on the training courses, and are always looking to attend new courses that we add. In addition, they attend all the regional meetings and conferences, and fully embrace the AutoCare branding. They are a perfect example of a garage that wants to constantly keep ahead of technology and the customer reviews that we receive back about the garage are testament to the outstanding customer service that they offer. Congratulations to Andrew, Tim and their families on their 25th anniversary and of course their Garage of the Year award.”
On Saturday 1st July, the Auto-Mech team celebrated their achievements over the past 25 years with an open day at their premises in Cheddar, they invited customers to attend the event which was not only a celebration for the garage but a chance to raise awareness for CRPS UK, a charity that Auto-Mech are patron of. One of their employees has CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) and they continuously raise money for the charity by donating £1 from every full MOT.
Andrew added, “The open day raised a further £370 for CRPS UK and around 70 customers attended, all of which congratulated us on our AutoCare Award and 25 year anniversary. They also seemed very pleased that they were having their cars looked after by the best garage in the UK!”