Recap of recent training for the Maitland Motors team.
The Maitland Motors team have been back in the classroom, expanding their vehicle inspection and diagnaosic knowledge. Here’s a quick look at what they’ve been learning and how it’ll benefit our customers.
We were very proud of Dale for passing the Braking Chassis Systems, ESP course with a 100% pass rate. Dale reported that it was a brilliant course, which focused on the inspection and repair of modern vehicle braking systems. Dale now has essential knowledge about the operation, maintenance and testing of electronically controlled braking systems, covering both Bosch and non-Bosch variants. The course includes the hydraulic actuation and electronic control of typical Anti-lock Braking Systems, and an introduction to Electronic Stability Control. Dale can now apply the correct procedures when carrying out service activities and diagnosis on these safety-critical systems. Meaning, a more efficient and effective inspection, then repairs of our customer’s vehicles with brake issues. Well done again, Dale!
Ross can also add Unit Injector System Diagnosis, to his vast list of qualifications. Ross now can carry out diagnostic testing skills on Bosch Unit Injection systems fitted to diesel passenger cars and light vans. The operation of the system sensors and hydraulic components was covered in-depth, along with vital information for the safe testing of components and correct fault diagnosis. Interpretation and analysis of the various system inputs and outputs are integral to a good diagnostic process. A series of tests were conducted using an oscilloscope, along with other Bosch test equipment for a variety of system diagnosis procedures. This knowledge will most defiantly help get to the root of issues for older, Volkswagon PD engines. These injections are unique to these types of engines, so more of a neich area of expertise but vauluable all the same. These engines are also used in some Landrovers and Mercedes.
Well done guys on your hard work which will only be of benifit to the workshop; helping to provide a more efficentient service with vehciles spending less diagnostic time on the ramp. If you have any questions or would like to know how the team’s training can help you and your vehicle, please leave a comment below.
Here at Maitland Motors we understand why a new customer may be weary about bringing their vehicle to us, the trade has such a poor reputation which is ingrained by bad or unsatisfactory past experiences. We are dedicated to fight against this view of the trade by offering a great service at good prices by technicians you can trust. Here are a few examples of how we are actively putting you and your car first.
Approved by The Good Garage Scheme.The Good Garage Scheme aims to improve the standards of of the automotive industry with garages associated adhering to a 10 point code of conduct. We are very proud to have been in the top 5 of garages of the week three times and of the brilliant feedback our customers leave us through their feedback forms.
Pagid IMI Professionally Accredited Break Specialist. We are recognised by industry leaders in brakes as a specialist. Pagid brakes are OE quality, come with a 25 months/25Thousand mile guarantee and are great value for money. We only use good quality parts for all repairs.
Continual Training and Development. The industry is rapidly changing with new and exciting innovation. Our team is dedicated to keep up to date with these changes and implement them in our workshop and office, so training and development is a big part of this. Ross and Dale have been on a number of courses and are signed up for more. Christine has also been studying part time for her PDA in book-keeping and also has industry course to look forward shortly. Our apprentice, Saun is continuing to work hard towards becoming a fully qualified technician. This is defiantly a team effort that will mean that our customer experience is always improving with our growing knowledge base.
Brilliant Feedback across different platforms. You can read our feedback across Google, Facebook and The Good Garage Scheme. It always makes our day to hear that our customers have had a good experience with us.
Over 20 years of experience in the trade. Ross has been in the automotive trade since starting his apprenticeship back in 1999 and with that a whole wealth of experience and knowledge with many different makes and models of vehicles. He finished top of his class winning apprentice of the year and from there has worked in all shapes and sizes of garages, using his expertise to go on and open his own garage. Our mechanic Dale also has a vast knowledge of the industry, and like Ross is keen to keep moving with the times.
In our previous post, we share a few of the processes we have in place to help make booking in with us as stress and hassle free as possible. Such as a Free Vehicle Health Check and Payment Assist, click here for more details. We would love to welcome you and see for yourself just how dedicated we are to providing a great and trustworthy service.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about how we can help you and your vehicle, call our office, email us or leave a comment below.
We celebrate 5 years after we first we opened our workshop doors.
With lockdowns, a worldwide pandemic and a busy workshop we unfortunately let our 5th birthday pass us by without any celebration, so this post is very much long over due. Maitland Motors has been in business for 5 years! Going from just Ross, his tools and a ramp, to a small team behind him, a bigger premises and still growing all the time.
Ross started the business on a mission to deliver a great service at affordable prices while being an open, honest and reliable mechanic. (Something in an industry with a poor reputation, is already an uphill battle.) After years of working for others, from independent garages to the big dealerships, Ross was able to take what he learnt and focus on what he felt made a good garage. Such as always using good, quality parts and processes which make the time with your car efficient and productive. Likewise, being your own boss means that aspects you don’t like or agree with, you can leave behind.
Of course, no business would be a business without its customers, so we would like to say a massive thank you to all our customers and supporters who have helped us grow and get to our 5th birthday. A lot of whom have been bringing their cars to us since the early days and for that we are very grateful. Especially over this past year which has been full of so much uncertainty for all small and independent business we have still been able to keep our doors open and fill our diary thanks to you guys.
Maitland Motors has come such a long way over the past 5 years and we have lots of exciting plans in pipeline to help make your experience with us even better.
To book in for all your car care needs and repairs, call the office on 01592 328848, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you asap.
At Maitland Motors, we are commit to proving wrong the poor reputation that the auto repair industry has. Below are reasons why you can trust that your car is in good hands with Ross and our team.
Highly rated and recommended. We have many fantastic customer reviews where you can see for yourself what our customers think of us. Being members of the Good Garage Scheme, we have been awarded feedback of the week twice and are highly rated on both Facebook and Google. Most people come to us after being recommended by friends or family, which to us, is the highest form of good feedback when someone outside the garage gives us their recommendation.
Try before you buy. We offer a, no obligation, Free Vehicle Health Check where you can try before you buy. This is when we get your car up on a ramp and visually inspect it for any obvious maintenance, repairs or issues. This gives you the chance to come meet us, see where the garage is and ask any questions you might have. When it comes to the bill, all our estimates and invoices come broken down so you know exactly what you are paying for. If your car is booked in with us and any additional work is needed or the job is going to cost more than previously advised we will seek out your authority before going ahead, giving you a full breakdown of what’s involved, the benefits and costs. We aim to be open and honest when it comes to pricing and charging our work.
Experience and knowledge. With over 21 years of experience in the trade, Ross is very knowledgeable when it comes to looking after your car. His CV includes working with the big dealers to independent garages giving him in-depth and various experience of the industry. He also qualified at the top of his class winning apprentice of the year with Fife College and is still very aware that educating himself is key to improving our customer service. In an industry that is rapidly changing Ross is still going on training courses to help keep up with the advancing technologies, repair procedures and innovating tools. Alongside Ross, the Maitland Motors team is very hardworking and committed to repairing your car to a high standard with our very talented technician Dale and our up and coming apprentice, Saun. Maitland Motors itself is fast approaching 5 years in business growing from a 1 ramp unit to a much bigger workshop with 3 members of staff in that time. We have lots of exciting plans for the future to help offer our customers an even better, productive, and modern service.
We only fit OE quality parts. We feel very strongly about using good OE quality parts. When it comes to cars prevention is better than cure and by using quality parts over cheaper ones, you’ll find you’re replacing the same parts less often. They often come with better guarantees and are more reliable. We are proud to be a Pagid/IMI Professionally Accredited Brake Specialist (who offer a 25 months/ 25,000 mile guarantee on their pads and discs) and are also proud to use brands such as Mann, Shell and Forte.
We are here to help you. Which is why we offer a limited pick up and drop off service from your home or place of work. Spread the cost of your bill, fee and interest free with payment plans from Payment Assist. We also offer a Maitland Motors courtesy car which you can rent from a few hours to a few days to help you go about your daily life while your car is in with us. Call the office for more details.
If you have any questions about booking in and how we can help look after your car, DM us, leave a comment below or call Christine in the office.
We’ve had a very busy and exciting few weeks here at Maitland Motors.
Alongside looking after your cars, Ross spent a couple of days training with the one and only The Garage Inspector, Andy Savva. Christine from our office has also been back in the classroom starting her PDA in Book-keeping and Dale our technician was pleased to receive his certificate for his Air-Con course he did a few months ago. All this learning and development will only have a positive knock on affect on your experience here at Maitland Motors.
Its a legal requirement for a technician to have this certificate to carry out Air-Con services and handle (potentially dangerous in the wrong hands) air con refrigerant. Dale is now safe and legal to do so keeping him, our team and our customers safe.
Ross had a brilliant couple of days with Andy Savva on the Marketing Essentials for the Garage Business and the Financial Understanding Essentials for the Garage Business courses. Ross came back to the workshop full of new ideas on how we can improve our services and continue on building our reputation as being a friendly and approachable garage. We’re already putting some exciting changes into place, so watch this space.
In an industry that is rapidly changing, it is so important to keep up to date with new developments and the ways in which cars are being repaired\ maintained. More and more technology is playing a bigger part in workshops and the only way to keep up is by investing in training and our future. Things are very different from when Ross was an apprentice… This is why we are so keen to keep learning, developing and improving as much as we can with the aim of repairing our customer’s cars as efficiently and accurately as possible.
As always, if you have any questions or would like to know more about Maitland Motors and how we can help look after your car, just leave is a comment below.
Maitland Motors turns 4 today. Here’s a wee look at how far we’ve come.
Maitland Motors turned 4 over the weekend, happy birthday to us!!
4 years ago Ross opened Maitland Motors with just one ramp, his toolbox and a desire to do things right in an industry renowned for cowboys. Prior to this, Ross had slowly been building up a client base by doing homers in his drive come wind, rain or shine and would often be working 7 days a week. (Most of his homer customers still are still Maitloan However, even with his hard-working attitude and knowledge of the car industry, it was still a big leap of faith to go from being employed to self- employed especially with a young family in toe.
The garage quickly outgrew its first home and 4 years later we are now in much bigger premises with 3 ramps, office and staff room. Ross also has company thanks to our brilliant mechanic Dale who joined the team last summer and Chrissie (Mrs Maitland) who looks after the office and behind the scenes side of the business for this past year. Thanks to our growing team and capacity, we can look after even more customer’s car more efficiently. We’ve also become accredited with many industry experts, such as the Good Garage Scheme, Forte, Pagid (not forgetting that we’re Pagid Brake Specialists) and Varta. So you can rest assured that your car is in good hands.
Even after so long in the trade (over 20 years!) Ross is still as keen as ever to keep learning, bettering his skills and widening his knowledge base and over the past 6 months has been on a few courses. This only has a positive knock-on effect on the workshop and then for our customers as we implement more modern ways of working on cars.
We have big plans for the future and are excited to see where the next 4 years take us. However, at the core of what we do is always our customer and giving them an honest, reliable and friendly service. Without our customers, there would be no Maitland Motors and we certainly wouldn’t have made it to 4 years in business without them. So, we’d like to thank all our customers for supporting us, encouragement and telling their friends about us all of which has helped us hit this milestone.
As always if you have any questions or would like to find out more about how we can help look after your car here at Maitland Motors, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
This week we thought we’d take you behind the scenes of life here at Maitland Motors and introduce to you our garage owner and top mechanic, Ross.
What is your background? I’ve been in the motor trade for over 20 years now and starting off with an apprenticeship back in 1999. I graduated from college top of the class winning apprentice of the year, which I’m still really proud of. From there I’ve worked in all shapes of sizes of garages; from small, independent family ran garages, to large brand name dealerships and everything in-between. This has given me the chance to work on a vast range of vehicles and experience different garage environments. I’ve been able to take all my experience in the motor trade world and build my own garage, ran to my high standards.
What do you do at Maitland Motors? I always strive to give my customers the best service possible by proving honest, reliable advice, use my knowledge to repair and maintain cars to a high standard with quality parts and work in back of house making sure the garage runs smoothly, phoning suppliers and keeping customers updated. Even after all this time in the trade, I’m still very keen to keep learning as much as I can, especially as the industry is constantly changing with new innovations and in-car technology. So, I’m often on courses where I can learn as much as I can to bring back to the garage which has a positive knock-on effect on the service we provide our customers.
What drives you? Giving my customers the best I can while fighting the poor reputation the trade has. Yes, there are cowboys out there but not all we mechanics are out to rip our customers off. We want customers to leave with a full understanding of what work has been carried out, why it was done and how it helps them. We are always upfront and honest when it comes to price and always keep our customers posted when additional work/parts are needed. We only go ahead with repairs once we’ve had the green light. I have big plans for Maitland Motors and thanks to our brilliant customers and supports have had a great start to life as a business owner over the past 4 years we’ve been open. From a one ramp unit with just me on my own, we’ve grown to a 3 ramped garage and have been able to take on Dale our mechanic and Chrissie (Mrs Maitland Motors) in the office. It’s also great being able to set a good example of hard work and determination to my young sons. I’d love, if they’d be happy to, to pass it all on to them.
Do you have any questions for Ross? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll get back to you asap. We always love hearing from you. Likewise if you’d like to book your car in with Maitland Motors, call the office or drop us an email.