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Swiftest Motor Services – What we do

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The company ‘Swiftest Ltd.’ began in Bagshot in around 1991in the muddy lane called ‘Swift Lane’. Originally, it did MOT tests and a few repairs and services. I used to take a few cars there for MOT many yeats ago, and soon got to know all the staff and the owner. Just 3 years later, they were sufficiently busy to justify opening another branch, and Aldershot was the chosen location. In February 1994, Swiftest (Aldershot) Ltd. was opened in the present site in Blackwater Way,and initially had a staff of just 3. I remember sitting around chatting in the early days, just waiting for someone to turn-up for an MOT. They even did the odd service or repair, and instead of a till, the manager used to keep the cash float in his overall pocket! The sales invoices were all hand-written, and there wasn’t a computer in sight!

Business grew rapidly, and soon additional staff were needed to keep up with demand. The Renault dealer directly opposite then started using Swiftest for their MOT tests, and soon they were doing 10 tests a day, and servicing and repair work was increasing daily.

I was working for British Airways at the time as an aircraft engineer by night, and helping-out at the Aldershot Swiftest by day. By 1995 I’d qualified as an MOT tester, and was doing most of the admin work and providing holiday cover for absent staff, whilst still unpaid!

By the end of 1995, the owner was going through a divorce and moving back ‘up north’ so he asked if I wanted to buy the business. Initially I was very nervous, having never run a business before but with the help of my father, and a bank loan, I soon became a director of our own company

Fast-forward to 2008 and we have a staff of 10 , including technicians, a receptionist, 2 apprentices and a marketing and IT manager. We carry out around 12 MOT tests per day on cars, another 4 motorcycle MOT’s and approximately 15 service and repair jobs daily.

Most days, I barely have time for a coffee break and it seems that the times when there was nothing to do are but a distant memory!

We’ve built our business on the principles of being honest and fair with our pricing, and never ‘ripping anybody off’.

James, Jamie and Ryan

What do we do?

We can carry out scheduled servicing and any electrical or mechanical repair to almost ANY make or model of car or van. We’ve worked on everything from a Morris Minor to a Rolls Royce Silver Spirit. There’s actually very few jobs we can’t (or won’t) do, and that’s mainly just bodywork or spraying paint.

Knowing that all modern cars contain complex electronic systems for everything, we’ve invested heavily in the latest diagnostic equipment from Bosch, Omitec and Delphi so our diagnosis isn’t guesswork, saving our customers thousands of pounds.

Unlike most garages and particularly main dealers, we don’t just change parts at your expense until we fix the fault. We prefer to find the actual fault and fix it first time! More often than not, the fault is often caused by something else, and we always try and fix that first.

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