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What’s the Difference Between Mobile Mechanics and Car Garages?


In this day and age we’re bombarded with infinite choices every day. Who would have thought that one day we’d have a choice in how to have our car fixed or serviced, other than taking it to the garage?

Well, with mobile mechanics rising in numbers, should we be considering this decision more carefully?

We’ve done some digging into what a mobile mechanic really is and the differences between mobile and garage.

What is a mobile mechanic?

A mobile mechanic is exactly what it says in the name, a qualified mechanic who can carry out a service, repair and MOT in any location. Whilst they can visit your home and place of work, there are safety circumstances that prevent them from attending to your vehicle on the side of the road. There are vehicle breakdown companies, such as the AA, for these situations.

Mobile mechanic vs car garages

Advantages of a mobile mechanic

  • Flexible. Mobile mechanics are good in the sense that they can work around your day. Therefore, if you’re at work all day, you could arrange for a mobile mechanic to meet at your driveway after work or in the car park on your lunch break, whichever is most convenient for you.
  • More affordable. To answer the common question of who is cheaper, a mobile mechanic or a car garage, it’s often the former option that wins this battle. Due to them being mobile, unlike a garage, a mobile mechanic has less overheads. No business premises to pay for, no one other than their own wages to cover, and only enough tools for them to use. Drastically so, their prices incline to be more affordable than a car garage.

Disadvantages of a mobile mechanic

  • Limited. Compared to a garage, a mobile mechanic tends to be limited in: the variety of tools they carry, the amount of in-depth knowledge they acquire, and the availability they have to offer day-to-day. With this in mind, be prepared that your question could go unanswered or it may not be possible to fix your issue when they arrive.
  • Slower. If you booked your car in to be looked at on your lunch break, you may want to opt for a longer lunch break that day. In the world of automobiles, we all know how unpredictable they can be. If something that wasn’t accounted for – because, at the end of the day, we’re not all car experts – arises, the job could take much longer than expected.

Advantages of a car garage

  • Specialist knowledge. The wide pool of mechanics working within a garage enables the garage itself to offer specialist services. Whether that’s for a specific make of car, a certain part of the vehicle’s anatomy, or in carrying out a certain service or test. One way or another, if you have a particular niche that needs looking into, it may be in your best interests to choose a garage that specialises in this to fix it first time round.
  • Guarantee being seen. With more mechanics readily available, there is more capacity to fill within a garage. On average, a garage can service and fix four times the number of vehicles that a mobile mechanic could in a day. Considering this, if your car requires being seen immediately, we strongly suggest you try booking it into a garage for next day and, in some cases, same day service.
  • Reputation. The scale and presence of a garage does call for it to have a squeaky-clean reputation amongst the local community to encourage customers to return. Taking this into account, you’d hope to find a garage more trustworthy if they’re highly reputable, a key factor when entrusting your car into someone else’s hands.

Disadvantages of a car garage

  • More expensive. Rightly so, a garage is more expensive than a mobile mechanic but when you reflect on the extra overheads they have, it’s completely understandable why they charge more for their services. Nonetheless, if you’re only looking for a quick service, it’d be futile to not do some research into mobile mechanics in your area.
  • Set location. In terms of convenience, if you’re not a fan of the local garage, the time taken to look for a garage that you do trust and travel there whenever your car has a niggle, could have been saved by booking a mobile mechanic. This all depends on what the issue with your car is, a mobile mechanic could look at it to diagnose the problem before advising you to take it to a garage.

For many car owners, a mobile mechanic is purely a convenience choice. If you’re looking for specialist knowledge and equipment to provide you with peace of mind that your car is being well-looked after, booking into a garage may be best suited to you.

If you’d like to book your car in with Swiftfit, call us on 01603 700128 today.