Frequently Asked Questions
What is a self service garage?
It’s a carefully laid out space with all the necessary garage equipment and tools where individuals can carry out repairs and service their own vehicles.
Has this been done before?
As far as we know Pit Start is the first major self service garage in Europe.
Are there franchising opportunities available?
Franchise opportunities are available. Please call 020 8827 1919 for information.
Do you have diagnostic tools?
Basic diagnostic tools are available however if you require anything more comprehensive then we can outsource this to a third party. The maximum charge for thi service is £60.
How many bays do you have?
There are a total of 20 bays available.
How many four post lifts do you have?
There are six bays available with four post lifts.
How much does it cost?
You only pay £10 + vat per hour for standard bays and £20 +vat per hour for the bays with lifts. There is a minimum 1 hour charge that applies.
How much does it cost to hire tools?
There are no charges for hiring tools we do however ask you to join our free membership scheme and leave either your driving licence or a £100 deposit.
What days are you open?
We are open 7 days.
What are your opening hours?
We are open 24 hours. Please be aware that if you plan to visit us between 10pm and 8am a reservation must be made.
What is the capacity of the four post lifts?
What type or size of cars can get on it?
Anything from a Smart car to a Hummer.
Can vans use the facility?
What type of vans can use it?
Small vans and transit vans can use the bays and the lifts but the long transits can only use the bays, anything bigger and we can’t help you.
Are there any restrictions on engine capacity?
What tasks can I carry out?
Depending on your skill anything from servicing, changing brakes, exhaust, transmission and engines.
What tasks can I not carry out?
You can not carry out any works that relates to fuel tanks or welding or spraying.
Do you have mechanics on site?
We have trained mechanics on site, please see our servicing and repairs section for more information.
Do you have specialist tools available for every car?
We provide all the basic tools if for example you need a tool for a 57 Cadillac then the answer is no, however you can always improvise using few basic tools to make one that suits your purpose.
Do you have promotional offers at the moment?
Please check the Special Offers tab for current promotions.
Do you have any membership schemes?
We have various schemes available. Please call for details.
Can you issue MOTs?
Yes we have a dedicated MOT testing area and fully authorised testers for all makes and models (class IV, light V and VII).
You can call us to book your MOT test in advance or just drive in and get your certificate while you wait. For more information please visit our MOT page.
Do you sell parts?
We have a direct line to Euro Car Parts and all parts can be delivered within 60 mins however they are usually delivered in 30 mins.
Do you sell oil and fluids?
We sell all the basic oils and fluids.
Do you fit car audio systems?
We can fit your audio system if you dont want to do it yourself.
Can you provide repair estimates?
Do you have manuals available?