Pitlane's model has all tools for the job

MOTORISTS are being urged to come in from the cold by the founder of a new DIY garage in Batley.
Pitlane Garage, on Bradford Road, aims to save drivers hundreds of pounds by offering them a place to work on their own vehicle in comfort and safety, without the expense of taking it to a traditional garage.
The brainchild of Martin Moody, Pitlane has a large fullyequipped workshop, with a timeserved mechanic on hand to offer help and advice – if it’s needed.
The idea is fairly new to Britain, with only a handful of DIY garages scattered across the country.
Martin, also a trained mechanic, said: “It’s a new concept and we know that we have to get people used to the idea. Often they have the ability but not the facilities to work on their own car, but now they do.
“It’s a huge space and we have enough room for 4x4s, taxis, minibuses, bikes – any kind of vehicle.
“Our goal is to provide a convenient, comfortable and safe work environment regardless of the weather outside and the time of day.
“Why pay extortionate garage prices for the easier jobs? If you feel capable of doing it yourself, now you can give it a go. A customer recently saved about £800 by bringing in his Range Rover and working on it himself.”
Highlyexperienced local mechanic Graham Schofield works fulltime at Pitlane and is always on call to offer his expertise or get customers out of a tricky situation.
Situated at 507 Bradford Road, the premises are perfect for jobs such as clutch replacements, gearbox repair, engine changes and diagnostics, timing belts, brakes, exhausts, tyres and wheel alignment.
Customers can bring their own parts for the Pitlane crew to fit, or they can be ordered from local suppliers at a competitive price.
They can even do the whole job for you, giving you a full breakdown of costs before commencing work.
Floor bays or twoandfourpost lifts can be rented by the hour, halfday or full day and should work out much cheaper than taking your car to a traditional garage.
Tools can also be hired if needed. 
In future Pitlane also hopes to offer courses, giving budding enthusiasts an opportunity to learn in a real workshop environment.
Training in basic car mechanics, welding, auto electrical systems, computer diagnostics and spray painting could all so be available, subject to demand.
Pitlane is open seven days a week, with flexible hours on demand to allow people the chance to use the facilities at a time to suit them.
For more information call 0800 321 3247, 01924 609 484 or visit www.pitlanegarage.co.uk.

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