The professional garage service with a personal touch
An accredited MOT Test Centre, we also offer a comprehensive range of repair services, including spare parts.

For your convenience we also arrange pick up/drop offs for your convenience.

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Is your MOT about to expire?  Do you have a hectic schedule?  We can offer MOT testing 6 days a week and can arrange a pick up/drop off service for your convenience.  Give us a call today or complete our on-line form booking form




1st4GarageServices was established in 2000 by James Holland in Wantz Road, Dagenham.  In 2005, the business expanded with a second premises in Whalebone Lane South (also in Dagenham).

James Holland, Director of 1st 4 Garage Services Ltd studied motor vehicle engineering for eight years before teaching car maintenance.  An enthusiastic teacher he worked at the Faircross Annexe, Hurstbourne Gardens, Barking for over 18 years until the department sadly closed due to government funding changes. He enjoyed explaining the complexities of technical repairs in an easy to understand manner.

Disenchanted with the bad-practices which he had witnessed in many garages, James decided that he would establish a car repair service which was based on honesty and good working practices.
James felt that MOT Testing was often used to generate more business rather than provide an honest report on the condition of the vehicle.  He believed (and the success of the business has now proved) that motorists want an accurate MOT test.  “Our customers know they can trust our staff and they know they’ll certainly not be sold parts or services they don’t need”.  “Our Database is full of repeat custom and recommendations – and that long term relationship is our goal”

1st 4 Garage Services has been able to recruit high calibre staff, as the salaries reflect the skill levels required to be a mechanic or MOT Tester.  Staff are not paid on a commission basis or pushed to reach targets, doing so can lead to unnecessary work being carried out, or work being rushed and mistakes being made.

Approved by Trading Standards and The Good Garage Scheme since 2007, 1st 4 Garage Services offers a customer focussed service based on quality and technical competence.


My name’s James Holland.  I am proud of 1st4GarageServices and the services our staff provide.  If you have not used us yet, why not give us a try?

If for any reason you are not satisfied with the service received, please contact me and I will undertake a full investigation. We aim to work with clients on a long-term basis and establish a good working relationship.

Likewise, if you are happy with my staff, or they have exceeded your expectations, please let them know; we appreciate the compliments.

Kind regards
James A Holland AAE MIMI