Local garages / mechanic recommendations

Hi everyone,

I really hate getting anything done on a car as I don’t feel I can trust any of the dodgy looking businesses. As a biker, I know where to take my motorcycle for good quality work and am knowledgable enough to assess the quality, but for the cars, I have a vague idea, but not really.

I’ve been to Prestige Autos and got a simple job done and they gave me a fair price. I’ve also used Five Star MOT for MOTs and minor work and they’re OK too. Halfords auto centre in Sydenham, conversely, were woeful.

Does anyone have any recommendations of local garages?


We used to live opposite Rodney Garage when they were on Bovill Road. They have relocated to the Malham Road estate now but they were and are excellent. Recommended.


Another option is Ichthus Motor Services off Brockley Rise in Honor Oak. Honest, reliable and reasonably priced - they have been servicing my car for years and do great work.


I’ll second the Rodney Garages recommendation.

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Thirded for Rodney Garages. Also used Prestige and they were fine but Rodney is where we normally go.

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I’ve been using Rodney Garage for years and am very happy with the service.

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Lot of love for Rodney garages on here!

Any where else good?

Hey @Moto_Hodder did you go to Rodney’s in the end?

I’ve just bought a second hand car and looking to get a service on it.
Just wondering what your experience was like?


Second for Ichthus and Prestige. We were using a garage in Herne Hill which was meant to be amazing for our particular car (the Queen uses them too), but Prestige gets our vote now. Fab service.

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Been struggling on with a growing list of minor repairs required, so can’t comment on Rodney’s as yet. Looks like a job for 2017.

Grove Autos on Worlsey Bridge Road. Never had problems.

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http://www.albinbmotors.co.uk/ also on Worsely Bridge Road. Kevin the owner is pleasant to deal with. Always does a good job. Been going there for about 4 years.

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Ask Mike

That really annoys me, an Audi garage tried this with my other half and she rang me in tears. I had a word and suddenly a service bill of over £1500 came down to a few hundred pounds. Right bunch of chancers.

Thanks everyone :slight_smile:

Based on recommendations from you lot, I’ve spent a fortune at Rodney Garages this last two months. Can’t really complain about anything except how often I’m there which is not a function of them, but a function on the churn of vehicles at my house.


Had a good experience with Rodney Garage for our first annual MOT and service since moving to SE23. Did a thorough job, the tracking was way off, so they called to let me know before proceeding with any extra work.
Friendly and efficient service, will be using them in future.

Nervously took my newly-purchased (but ten year old) car in for it’s MOT on Friday but the service at Rodney’s was excellent.

Needed some remedial work, which they explained in detail over the phone. The quote was reasonable, and after the work was complete, the final cost was actually a tenner lower than quoted.

They close up at 5:30pm which might have made picking up the car difficult, but they helpfully offered to deliver the car back to my house today free-of-charge and posted the MOT document and my keys through my letterbox.

Great experience all round. :thumbsup:

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I just picked mine up the next morning, I didn’t know they would deliver. makes note for next year

Returned to Forest Hill Car Care on Saturday for another MOT on another car. Every time I am in there, it restores my faith in good old fashioned mechanics garages.

Fun and friendly, fairly priced, and no extortionate “oh we found this” moments, even with little old Bertie the BMW

Gets a nod from me.