How to Set Up a Car Mechanic Workshop


The Right Education

In order to be a good mechanic, you need to understand the way that cars work, and be able to correctly diagnose problems in the mechanics of the car. There are several ways that you can become qualified to be a mechanic. If you’ve just left secondary school, you can take a 6-12 month course in order to get an entry level job in a garage. From there, you’ll need two years’ practical experience before you’re a certified mechanic.

If you’re more practical, you can go straight in as an apprentice. This route is much more hands on, and they tend to have very little classroom learning.

You can also become a mechanic through an Associate’s degree programme. These are degrees often sponsored by automotive firms, and you have an almost guaranteed job at the end of it.

The Competition

Research is really important when it comes to car repair garages. Take a look at what there is on offer in your area, where they’re set up and what their prices are like. You need to think about what you can offer that’s unique and to whom.

A Solid Business Plan

A business plan is incredibly important if you’re looking for investment, and even if you’re not, it’s like a road map that will help you to success. You can take a look at previous posts on business planning that go into more detail.

Start Up Costs

You’ll need to calculate the capital that you need to start up your new venture. You’ll need premises, specialist automotive tools, traders insurance and specialist training if you want to offer MOT testing.


Before you open your garage for the first time, you’ll need to think carefully about what tools to invest in. If budgeting is an issue, then you may have to invest in quality equipment like that from SGS Engineering over tools that might break easily or not do the job that you need them to do.

  • Hoists
  • Spanners
  • Auto Scanner
  • Tyre Changer
  • Tool Box

You’ll notice that tool box is on the end of the list. That’s because storage of equipment is just as important as the tools themselves. Without proper storage, your tools can get damaged and their life will be shortened. Left on the floor or across the workshop, your equipment can also pose a health and safety risk for you and any employees that you have.



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