Professional Workshop

Ilkeston Garage has a fully functional professional workshop including some of the best brands in tools and equipment.

We pride ourselves on having the right tool for the job.

We are a family-run garage, which offers the best prices and service to our customers. Much of our business comes through word of mouth, which is far more important than any advertising we could pay for. We are located on Belfield street in Ilkeston, close to the entrance to the Tesco car park. You can find our details in the yellow pages and the BT phone book. You can also visit to find us there.

Here are some of the professional services we offer:

Air Conditioning

Ilkeston Garage is using the latest in modern Air Conditioning with the Snap-On range of air conditioning units.

A full air con recharge and regas costs £54.95 and is recommended every 2 years to make sure you keep your car working in top condition. In summer the benefits are obviously nice cool air however in the winter months your cars air conditioning unit also producer’s dry warm air which will help your windows not mist up.

Whether you need a recharge, regas & lubricate a new compressor or compressor we can supply and fit them all.


We stock a number of batteries for all makes of cars if you are experiencing starting problems especially in winter it may be time to change your battery. The colder winter months usually weed out an old or faulty battery as the harsh conditions require much more from the battery.


Free brake check – Visual inspection of the discs and pads, where possible.

One of the most important things with any motor vehicle is making sure that it can stop quickly and efficiently, it is therefore important that you ensure that your braking system is maintained and operating at optimum levels. It is a legal requirement that your braking system performs as intended and your brakes will be tested as part of your MOT.

Like all components, brakes and indeed braking performance deteriorate over time and because it happens gradually, many people don’t notice the difference in their braking system. Having your brakes checked regularly could also save you time and money by preventing damage to other components.


Is your clutch spinning, are the revs rising faster than the car itself? Maybe it’s time for a new clutch.

Commons issues with clutches are:

Judder, Slip & Drag and Ilkeston Garage can help with them all. Burning smells or difficulty to select a gear could all be signs your clutch is on the way out.


The cooling system tends to be overlooked until a fault develops and so regular checks could save you time and money in the future.

A car engine produces so much heat that there is an entire system in your car designed to cool the engine down to its ideal temperature and keep it there, if one part of this breaks down it could result in disasters consequences.

Ilkeston Garage offer a number of repairs, diagnostics or replacements of the key components of a cars cooling system, if you are having a problem give us a call!


Dashboard warning light on? Don’t panic

Ilkeston Garage has state of the art Snap-On diagnostic equipment to identify issues with your vehicle – you don’t have to go to a dealership to find out what’s wrong.

A modern car can produce thousands of different fault codes, relating to a number of things and having the correct diagnostics equipment is vital for identifying fault codes and warning messages.

Ilkeston Garage can help with correctly identifying the issue, rectifying it and then turning off the warning light or other messages that may appear.


We know our big ends from our knocking tappets and if your engine is in need of work Ilkeston Garage is the place to take it.

No matter if your engine’s head gasket has blown or if car is producing a horrible knocking noise from the engine! We can offer repairs to the engine, cylinder block, pistons or cylinder head etc.

We can rebuild engines and fix engines on all types whether the engine has seized or the big ends have gone.

Maybe the most cost effective repair is to replace the part with a reconditioned or re-manufactured unit and if this is the case our expert knowledge will point you in the right direct.


Thousands of exhausts reduced in price and ready to fit today

New 3 year exhaust guarantee and 2 year catalytic converter guarantee

We have available a wide variety of exhausts to fit the widest selection of cars and light commercial vehicles, so when your exhaust fails you are never very far away from the solution.

Your exhaust emissions system is the only means of channelling away those noxious fumes, like the environmentally destructive gas carbon monoxide, generated by your engine. An exhaust that has failed can lead to noxious fumes being drawn into the vehicle cabin and prolonged exposure to exhaust fumes can make a vehicle occupant feel drowsy, which could lead to an even greater danger.

A healthy exhaust system is critical if you are to maintain the health and welfare of the vehicle occupants, a quiet smooth running engine and optimum fuel efficiency. If you have any concerns regarding the health of your vehicles exhaust system then call in to your nearest Kwik Fit exhaust centre for a free safety check today.


Gearboxes are an extremely complex and fundamental part of any vehicle, consisting of an array of gears inside a metal casing attached to the engine.

The gearbox enables you to build up speed whilst keeping engine RPM as low as possible. Lower gears are large in size and therefore turn slowly, which is useful for moving the vehicle at low speeds. Higher gears are small in size and turn quickly, whilst higher gears enable the vehicle to move high speeds, they are unable to move a heavy vehicle from a stationary position.

Gearboxes can encounter a number of problems, which could be caused by worn shift levers, clutches or incorrect oils. If you are having problems you know where you can get expert help.


Ilkeston Garage can arrange for your car to have its annual MOT for just £35 or part of its annual service. We can also carry out any repair work should your car fail an MOT test.

You must keep any vehicles driven on the road in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.

You must get an MOT test every year once your vehicle is 3 years old.

You can then renew your MOT up to a month before it expires. The earliest date you can get your vehicle tested is printed on the pass certificate.


Servicing your car annually maintains your car, reducing the risk of a breakdown and helps spot any issues that may arise in the future which could actually save you time and money. Nobody likes to breakdown and it always seems to happen and the most inconvenient time. Servicing your car also helps maintain the value of your car, nobody likes buying a car without service history and if yours as a good service record it could make it stand out from the rest.

From only £69.95 Ilkeston Garage offers car servicing, we only use OE quality parts and equivalent oil to the manufacturer’s specification and you can trust us fix your car quickly and efficiently to the highest standards.

Ilkeston Garage is qualified to use the latest electronic diagnostic equipment supplied by Snap-On.

The Ilkeston Garage Service Schedule is tailored to your car’s age, make, model and mileage.

  • Appointments available 6 days a week for complete convenience.
  • Any service components fitted by Ilkeston Garage automatically come with a 12 month guarantee.
  • The price includes the environmental disposal of all components replaced.


The job of a car suspension is to maximise the friction between the tyres and the road surface, to provide steering stability with good handling and to ensure the comfort of the passengers. A modern car suspension is a complicated piece of kit and not just the springs and struts of old.

Should your car not be handling right, noisy over the bumps or knocking give us a call so that we can help fix your issues.


Your routine vehicle maintenance schedule should include a tyre check.

For maximum tyre life check your tyre pressure settings regularly

There are three main reasons why maintaining the right tyre pressure is important. The first is safety. Tyres that are under inflated can overheat; and over inflated tyres can lead to poor vehicle handling on the road.

The second reason is economy. Over or under inflated tyres suffer more damage than those with the correct pressure and need to be replaced more regularly. Vehicles with under-inflated tyres have increased rolling resistance that require more fuel to maintain the same speed.

The third reason for maintaining the correct tyre pressure is the environment. Correct tyre pressures help to maintain optimum fuel efficiency. This can equate to lower Co2 emissions coming from your vehicle than those with incorrect tyre pressures and that has to be good for the environment.

We offer a huge range of car tyres & van tyres, with a choice of big brand names or budget tyre brands; whether it’s an economical tyre for your family car, low mileage for executive motoring or performance tyres for high speed driving, Ilkeston Garage can supply and fit the right tyres for you.

SMART Repairs

SMART Repairs offer you the most advanced methods of repairing minor damage to bumpers, windscreens, body panels and trim without replacing the whole part.

They’re fast, high quality and so cost-effective you may not need to claim on your insurance.

These can be done at our premises in Ilkeston.

Vehicle Health Check

Unfortunately, when your car breaks down, the hassle is not just limited to waiting for the recovery truck to arrive.

Follow-up repairs are often necessary meaning more time and expense, and if the car cannot be fixed straight away, you’ll need to find alternative transport.

But they can be avoided with a FREE Vehicle Health Check from Ilkeston Garage.

The FREE Vehicle Health Check from Ilkeston Garage only takes a few minutes to check over your vitals, but those few minutes could save you £’s and hours later on.


Incorrect alignment can result in rapid irregular tyre wear and can even affect the handling and safety of the vehicle.

Wheel alignment can be affected by driving against a kerb, hitting a pothole in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components. Alignment of wheels and tyres to the specification required by your vehicle is an important way to guarantee a smooth ride and to get the most out of your tyres.

The direction and angle at which tyres are set are both important. Wheel alignment or ‘tracking’ involves checking the direction and angle against vehicle manufacturers’ specifications. These are often described as toe in, toe out, positive camber or negative camber.

“Toe” refers to whether the front of the tyres are closer or further apart than the rear of the tyres. Different types of vehicles need different toe settings to allow for the way that wheels pull either towards each other or apart.

“Camber” is the inward or outward tilt of a tyre. The camber is set by the vehicle manufacturer, and can be affected by potholes in the road and may need to be adjusted periodically.


Generally a dark cold time of the year and for this you need to make sure your car is in tip top condition and ready for the dark nights and extremely cold temperatures.

Additional to the free vehicle health check we also check:




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