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When it comes to carrying out the annual MOT, Crane Bank Garages has a reputation that is second to none. We offer a "while you wait" service, operating six days a week for all petrol and diesel cars, with the promise of a fair and objective opinion of your vehicle's condition, whether it be its first test or its twentieth.

Class 4 vehicles (cars, light vans etc.)
Class 5 vehicles 
Class 7 vehicles (long wheel-based vans etc.)

When it comes to carrying out the annual MOT, Crane Bank Garages has a reputation that is second to none. We offer a "while you wait" service, operating six days a week for all petrol and diesel cars, with the promise of a fair and objective opinion of your vehicle's condition, whether it be its first test or its twentieth.

If you choose to take advantage of the "while you wait" service (the average time is under one hour), we will provide complimentary coffee, newspapers and TV. Should the vehicle require any repairs, a full discussion with the MOT tester is always available.

You will find that we provide a friendly, approachable service with no pressure and should small items require replacement, such as bulbs and wiper blades, they will be cheerfully renewed there and then at no labour cost. A free reminder service is also offered to all customers to ensure you remember next year.

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Vehicle Servicing

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Crane Bank Garages have serviced all makes and models of vehicle during the last thirty years. Adhering to the manufacturer's servicing schedules, all service work is personally supervised by the workshop foreman and managers, ensuring an impressive degree of customer satisfaction.

We also add that extra degree of Crane Bank flair with the inclusion of free gifts, questionnaire cards (to ensure we maintain our high standards), a free reminder for MOTs and servicing and a thorough wash and vacuum.

Vehicle Tyres (Free Fitting and Balancing)

With small overheads and a network of connections in the wholesale tyre community, Crane Bank can offer a selection of tyres in all makes and sizes at amazingly low prices. Daily "Manager's Specials" provide even greater savings, so please email or phone for a no obligation, fully inclusive quote.


Why is suspension so vital?

A car's suspension is designed to provide a smooth, comfortable ride even when you're on rough or bumpy road surfaces.

The suspension's most important job is to keep all four tyres in firm contact with the road, so that steering, driving and braking systems are effective.

There are many parts working together to ensure your car's suspension is doing its job. Shock absorbers (or struts) and springs are the main parts, however it's important that other parts, including ball joints, tie rod ends and suspension bushes are in good condition.

If any of these parts are worn your suspension system becomes ineffective. For example, just one worn shock absorber means you may need up to 2.6 metres longer to stop. That could be the difference between stopping safely or crashing.

Here are some of the things that can happen when your shock absorbers or struts are worn.

  • Car leaps forward or dips when braking
  • Tyres may indicate unusual tread wear
  • Leaking fluid from shock absorbers
  • Car is difficult to handle around corners

If you are experiencing any of these issues then please contact us at one of our Crane Bank Garages branches and we will be happy to assist.

Bodywork and Smash Repair

From a tiny scratch to a complete bodyshell rebuild, Crane Bank are equipped for your private or insurance bodywork needs. We pride ourselves on providing repairs of the highest quality and workmanship.

We always strive to meet or exceed our customers' expectations. We aim to provide 100% satisfaction.

We are committed to providing:

  • Body work and smash repairs of the highest quality, back to the pre-accident condition
  • Repairs within the desired time-frame, so you can be back on the road sooner
  • The highest levels of customer service excellence.
  • FREE Insurance Quotes

When it comes to repairs, you cannot compromise on quality.

Crane Bank Garages is committed to maintaining a leading industry-standard workshop, with the latest repair and refinishing equipment available.


At Crane Bank we repair all types of Exhaust Problems. Whether its a simple gasket leaking, making loud or bumping noises, rusted out, fumes coming inside the car or replacement of the entire Exhaust System we will be able to assist.

How do I know if I am having issues with my exhaust?

There's one very obvious way to tell if your exhaust needs to be repaired. The exhaust will make a louder noise.

Catalytic Convertors

We can supply and fit catalytic converters for a wide range of vehicles. The correct operation of your catalytic converter is essential to maintain legal exhaust emissions and economical engine performance.

Get it Checked!

The warning signs of a worn exhaust system are not always so obvious. A worn exhaust system will affect your car's performance so have your car's exhaust system checked regularly by a specialist at Crane Bank.

Engine Diagnostics

Modern vehicles are  becoming increasingly controlled by a complex range of electronic computerised systems. In order to properly diagnose and rectify faults on these systems, specialised equipment is required.

Crane Bank Garages have invested in the latest diagnostic equipment to help us to rectify problems with your vehicle.  Engine Management, ABS, Airbag and various other onboard vehicle systems. Our equipment covers the majority of makes and models.

Find out more contact Crane Bank Garages today!

Air Conditioning (Free Pressure Test)

The air conditioning in the vehicle is just like a mini fridge. Gas circulates around and cools the air blowing into the car. Over time with the movement of the engine, seals can slowly release this gas (there is only about 2lbs of gas in to start with) and the conditioning becomes less effective.

Free Pressure Test

Crane Bank offer a free pressure test to all our customers. This is a quick and effective way to check your air conditioning operating pressures. We can do this while you wait, it takes about 10 minutes. We will also check the vent temperature and air flow at the same time. These procedures will give us a good indication of the health of your air conditioning and whether is it working correctly and efficiently. If there is a problem we can then conduct further tests if you wish to diagnose and quote for a service or repair.

Air Conditioning Services:

  • All makes, models and types of systems
  • fully trained and certified technicians
  • free while-you-wait testing
  • re-gas, diagnostics, servicing and repairs


Brakes are a critical safety system of a vehicle. The brake system should be checked at every service and not be interfered with by anybody who does not have the appropriate skills and experience. Brake repairs should only be carried out by a qualified mechanic.

Crane Bank Garages can offer a wide selection of brake replacement parts to suit most popular makes and models of vehicle. More importantly, the technical expertise of our brake repair specialist ensures you'll leave with your brakes in top condition.

Over 30 years, we’ve built our reputation on trust, quality servicing, down to earth pricing, and excellent customer service.

A typical brake service would include:

  • Check disc brake and or drum shoe wear levels
  • Replace front and rear pads/shoes if necessary
  • Inspect brake fluid levels and check braking system components
  • Road test vehicle to check that brakes are operating correctly

MOT Service & Repair: For all Makes and Models of Vehicles

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