Is it car service and MOT time again? Well, if you’re looking for a cheap garage in Southampton to do the work for you, you’re in the right place. With an influx of students, tourists and locals living and driving in and around Southampton, this sprawling city has more than its fair share of garages to choose from. If too much choice is part of the problem, we’re here to help.
Whether you need the full complement of MOT, service, and maybe even an air con regas too, or you simply need new brake pads, Quote Goat provides live quote comparison from garages near you. All you need to do is enter your postcode and registration number, then tick which services you’d like a quote for, and we’ll do the rest. No need to phone around to hunt down the best price. On our website you can compare garage quotes at your leisure. Filter by distance from you, price, or even by review score from other customers.
Once you’ve found the perfect garage for you, simply book your motor in via the website. The booking will go through to the garage, so you’ll just need to pay for the work once it’s complete.
Not sure whether you need to take your car to a garage? There are certain things that you can fix yourself, if you’re happy to roll up your sleeves, and there are things that legally have to be done by a licensed garage.
First up, the big one – MOTs. Once it turns three years old, your vehicle must pass an MOT every year. MOTs have to be completed by accredited mechanics who are qualified to perform MOTs. Most garages have a test bay on site, and even some mobile mechanics will do MOTs on your driveway. MOTs typically aren’t that expensive either as the price is capped by the Government.
Not sure when your MOT is? Our comparison tool will tell you! When you get through to the price comparison page, your MOT deadline will be listed on the left-hand side. You’ll also be able to see any advisories from your previous MOT, which can help you to get an accurate quote.
Next to think about is the service. This isn’t a legal requirement, but it’s a good idea to have a yearly service to keep your car running smoothly. Most garages offer interim, full and major services, depending on how many miles you drive in a year, and how long it’s been since your car was serviced. You can do a service yourself, but be warned, it’s a messy job and you’d need to know what you’re doing. Plus, there’s a chance you could miss something that a mechanic would spot, which might later turn into a larger problem.
There are a few things that you can look after yourself, depending on your skill levels, of course. Light bulb replacement, new wiper blades, topping up oil and washer fluid are all easy fixes that a surprising number of cars fail their MOTs with.
We ran some demo quotes for Southampton garage services on a 2010 Hyundai i10. We’ve listed the lowest and highest prices from Southampton garages in February 2022.
|Work quoted for a Hyundai i10||Lowest price in Southampton||Highest price in Southampton|
|MOT||£29.50 (£25 with Full Service)||£55|
|Air Conditioning re-gas||£45||£99|
|Oil & filter change||£66||£160|
|Front brakes (discs & pads)||£211||£256|
Formula One Autocentre Southampton
The Formula One Autocentre business is one of the largest independent chain garages in the UK. First opening in 1974, the business remains family owned today and has over 100 garages around the country. The Southampton branch can be found on West Quay Road, in the City Industrial Park. It’s open Monday to Saturday, with a select number of appointments available on Sundays too. They offer a full range of services, including MOTs, servicing, tyres, exhausts, batteries, brakes and clutches. The garage also offers a discounted MOT with a service, plus a free vehicle safety check with any MOT or service.
E&J Jarvis Ltd
Happy to take on any job, big or small, E&J Jarvis is an independent garage on Onslow Road, just north of the city centre. This garage looks after every make and model, and particularly enjoys working with classic cars. They also have a used car sales side to the business. E&J is open Monday to Friday, and offers a discounted MOT with a service, plus a free wash and vacuum when you book a service.
Salek’s Motors can be found on Wilson Street, opening Monday to Saturday, with shorter hours on Saturdays. It prides itself on being a professional vehicle repair and servicing garage, looking after private, fleet and trade customers. The garage is an approved member of the Bosch Autocrew Network, undergoing strict audits by Bosch to ensure quality is maintained. They also offer a free loan car with any service.
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