Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1st August 2020
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing from the end of March to help slow the spread of the virus.
Approved Garages are here to help with all your motoring repairs and MOT's
Approved Garages are here to help with all your motoring repairs and MOT's. Whatever your needs, we are able to help with our network of over 1,000 garages.
Approved garages are here to help with all your motoring repairs and MOT's
Approved garages are here to help with all your motoring repairs and MOT's. We have over 75% of our network open to help assist our key workers.
MOT Centres will continue to remain open after 30th March
The Government have advised that MOT Centres and garages can stay open after 30th March. However, it does mean if your vehicle is driven and is found to be unroadworthy, you will still be fined and receive penalty points.
Approved Garages will assist key workers for MOT's and broken down vehicles
Approved Garages will assist all key workers during this pandemic. Please call one of the 4 phone numbers, for assistance with MOT's and car repairs.
It is still illegal to drive without an MOT during a pandemic
It’s illegal to drive a car without a valid MOT certificate unless you're taking it to a garage for an MOT test - pandemic or not.
Win Big with Approved Garages and Unibet Premier League Darts 2020!
Win VIP Tickets to the 2020 Premier League Darts Play-Offs or a Free Service worth £200! Enter now to win! #AXLEDARTS2020
Approved Garages Sponsor 2020 Premier League Darts
It's that time of the year again, and Approved Garages are proud to be sponsoring the 2020 Premier League Darts! It's hard to believe that it's now the sixth year running that we have sponsored the event, and as its an extra special year (a new decade AND a leap year) - we have extra special plans in place.
Whittle’s Car Services’ customer wins United Garage Services’ biggest ever giveaway!
Between the 1st October and 30th November 2019 motorists who visited their local United Garage Services garage for a service, MOT or repair on their car had the opportunity to enter the free competition online, for the chance to win one of over 20 fantastic prizes.
The United Garage Services network hits 100 garages!
This November Newry Auto Clinic in Northern Ireland became the 100th garage to sign up to the United Garage Services network.
Warning signs your radiator needs attention
The radiator in your vehicle is crucial to keeping its temperature at safe levels so it’s important to know the warning signs when it starts to fail. There are a few clear indicators to look out for that can point to a necessary radiator repair/replacement, do you know what they are?
Antifreeze, coolant and protecting your engine from extreme temperatures
Winter is coming, so if you’re all about being prepared for the coldest time of the year, you’re going to want to make sure your vehicle’s engine stays working during freezing conditions.
LHA Car & Commercial win UGS Garage of the Year Award 2019
LHA Car & Commercial in Leeds, West Yorkshire won the United Garage Services Garage of the Year Award at their second Annual Garage Trade Show & Conference.
Win a Gaming Bundle this Winter with United Garage Services!!
This winter United Garages Services are giving away the ultimate gaming bundle - a Samsung 50” 4K Smart Ultra HD LED TV, PS4 Fortnite edition with an extra controller and a Bose Solo 5 Soundbar, as well as 20 fantastic runner-up prizes!
How to know when you should replace your brake pads
Replacing your brake pads is something that you’re probably going to need to do at some point in your vehicle’s lifetime. But how do you know when the best time to change them is?
Can I use an independent garage if I have a car on PCP finance?
Personal Contract Purchases have grown in popularity during recent years, but are motorists fully aware of the terms of their PCP finance agreements?
Complete Car Care’s customer wins the top prize in the United Garage Services Summer Giveaway
This summer United Garage Services gave away some fantastic prizes in their national summer giveaway. The top prize was a tech bundle, including a Microsoft Surface Pro, Xbox Ones S and a Sonos One Speaker with Alexa. Runner-up prizes included Beats Headphones, £100 Ticketmaster Gift Cards and Amazon Echo Dots.
Child safety when driving in the summer heat
It’s almost the end of July, summer is in full swing and it’s so hot outside. But it can get even hotter inside a car. If you’re planning on a long drive in this epic summer heat and you’re going to have children in the vehicle with you, it’s important that you’re aware of the temperature and everyone’s wellbeing at all times.
Protect your keyless car from being stolen
There was a time you wouldn’t get very far in your car without a key. Fast forward to 2019, and the keyless car is not only common, it’s becoming the standard. The question is, how safe are keyless cars and what can you do to protect your keyless car?
Food, drink, driving and the law – we debunk the myths
We all know that it’s illegal to drink alcohol and drive, but is it illegal to eat and drive? We at Approved Garages did our research so that we can set the record straight on common questions around food, drink, driving and the law.
How to keep your car cool to avoid a blown cylinder head gasket...
Blowing a cylinder head gasket isn’t a rare problem with cars these days, but they are easily avoidable. Blown head gaskets can be prevented with regular car check-ups. It’s all about keeping cool under pressure. And, that’s good advice for both the car and its driver.
WIN A TECH BUNDLE IN THE UNITED GARAGE SERVICES BIG SUMMER GIVEAWAY!
Visit a United Garage Services garage between 1st May & 7th July 2019 for your chance to win a tech bundle including a Microsoft Surface Pro, Xbox One S and Sonos One Speaker with built-in Alexa.
United Garage Services welcomes its first Northern Ireland Garage
The prestigious garage network, United Garage Services (UGS) has signed up its very first garage in Northern Ireland this month. Whittle Services from Northern Ireland are our newest garage recruit. UGS network are pleased to welcome a new garage member from a region we had not yet covered. This means that we are representing motorists in Northern Ireland too.
Car Filter Maintenance : How often should you change your filter?
Filter maintenance is a vital part of routine car maintenance. Make sure you check your filters at the recommended intervals to keep your engine running smoothly. When was the last time you checked your filters? Contact your nearest Approved Garage if you wish to get filter maintenance on your car.
LHA Car & Commercials technician completes his Level 3 IMI qualification for EV/PHEV vehicles
United Garage Services’ (UGS) garage technician from LHA Car & Commercials, Daniel Shaw, has completed his Level 3 IMI qualification for EV/PHEV vehicles. The garage has also purchased the full EVKIT from their sponsoring member Yorkshire Exhaust Specialists. Pauline Cosgrove and Mark Cosgrove, owners of LHA Car & Commercials says:
Robert Thompson Garage Services wins United Garage Services first ever ‘Garage of the Year’ award
Robert Thompson Garage Services from Barnsley has scooped the United Garage Services ‘Garage of the Year’ Award at their first ever Garage Trade Show, held at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool in October 2018.
LHA Car & Commercial Wins Corporate Fundraiser Of The Year Award
A United Garage Services (UGS) garage, has won corporate fundraiser of the year award for a charity called Charlie's Angels. Charlies-Angel-Centre Foundation offers many different kinds of support for bereaved parents & families.
Most haunted roads in the UK - Would you dare take a road trip down these paranormal roads?
Approved Garages’ has rounded up some of the most compellingly chilling roads across the UK for paranormal and strange happenings, so whether you’re a keen ghost buster or prefer some authentic chills this Friday 13th you can check out these haunted hotspots and motorways across the UK.
New UK car registrations down 2.8% in February 2018 from 2017
New UK new car registrations were down 2.8% in February from a year earlier, due to another decrease in the sale of diesel vehicles. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the industry's trade body, said sales totalled 80,805 in February.