You’ll never be far from a Motor Ombudsman accredited garage on a UK staycation!

You’ll never be far from a Motor Ombudsman-accredited garage on a UK staycation!

Every year, millions head off on their summer break, but with multiple flight cancellations, baggage delays and the widely reported rise in the cost of living, 77% of Britons will holiday across the UK this year, according to Sykes Holiday Cottages’ annual Staycation Index[1].

Wherever you choose to drive this summer, The Motor Ombudsman wants to  help  ensure your car is in the best possible hands. In fact, with thousands of business accredited to The Motor Ombudsman’s Service and Repair Code across the nation, it is likely that you will never be far from a garage you can count on for the highest levels of customer service and workmanship.

We’ve had a look at some of the UK’s most popular summer destinations to see just how many Motor Ombudsman-accredited garages there are in the surrounding area.

The south coast is always a firm favourite for a British staycation, with Brighton being one of the top attractions thanks to the Palace Pier bustling with rides and a Royal Pavillion steeped in history. Visitors to the city will never be far from a business accredited to The Motor Ombudsman’s Service and Repair Code, with 23 committed independent garages and franchised dealers located within a five-mile radius of this seaside destination.

Cornwall in the West Country is undoubtedly one of the UKs most popular locations for a summer holiday getaway, with miles of coastline and amazing scenery. The county boasts 87 Motor Ombudsman-accredited workshops, meaning drivers will have the peace of mind that if they have an issue with their vehicle, they will have readily available access to a local garage they can rely on.

For those heading east for their vacation, the county of Norfolk offers staycationers the chance to sail down the Norfolk Broads or spend time relaxing on beaches in Cromer, Great Yarmouth and Hunstanton. 76 Motor Ombudsman accredited garages are located within the county, and here you’ll find Frettenham Service Station, the 2021 Garage Star Award winner for the eastern region, in the picturesque village of Frettenham.

Heading to the Lake District in Cumbria offers some amazing scenery and truly breathtaking drives around the beautiful lakes, hills and areas of woodland. Cumbia has a total of 68 garages, with independent businesses and franchised dealers located in the towns of Penrith, Kendal and Keswick.

Blackpool on the UK’s west coast is definitely worth a trip, with Blackpool Tower, the Pleasure Beach and the Illuminations amongst the must-see attractions. You’ll find 21 accredited garages within five miles of this renowned tourist resort, with Barry & Wilkinson Tyre & Exhaust being The Motor Ombudsman’s most highly-rated garage in the local area with a recommendation score of 94% from 756 consumer reviews.

With many people heading to Scotland this year, there are over 502 independent garages and franchise dealerships that are committed to the high standards of work and service stipulated by The Motor Ombudsman’s Service and Repair Code. You’ll find accredited garages across the country, as far north as Lerwick on Shetland Mainland, through to the popular destinations of Inverness, St Andrews, and of course, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Garage (Whitburn) near to Edinburgh and Glasgow in West Lothian was crowned The Motor Ombudsman’s 2021 National Garage Star Award winner,  so if you need any assistance when driving in this area, you’ll know you’ll be in very safe hands.

Wales is home to rugged coastlines, unspoilt beaches, numerous castles as well as some of the best National Parks in the UK, which include Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. There are over 377 accredited garages across the country, with the top-rated garage of Autocare Centre Chepstow being located just over the border. This business proudly has a 100% recommendation score from 402 online reviews.

Before setting off this summer, remember to check our popular online Garage Finder to see where your nearest Motor Ombudsman-accredited garage is.

WIN back the cost of your car service or repair this summer!

To help with the added expense of car maintenance this summer, we’re offering you the chance to win up to £250 towards the cost of your next vehicle service or repair at a Motor Ombudsman-accredited garage. Simply visit our social media pages on either Twitter or Facebook, and like our page and share the post to be  in with a chance of being named the winner in our prize draw. The closing date is 12:00 on Friday 26th August 2022 . Terms and Conditions apply.



[1] Source: Wales Online –