The Automobile Association was created by people like you – keen drivers who just wanted fair treatment.
Not much has changed on that front since June 1905, when four driving enthusiasts banded together in London to form the AA. From day one our goal has been exactly the same: to protect you, the motorist, and put your interests first.
With over 15 million members from the original 90, it's fair to say we've grown a bit; in fact, we're now the UK's largest motoring organisation, still going strong over a century later. From setting up our first motorbike patrols to piloting 'connected cars', we've got a unique history of embracing new technology and innovations to better serve you.
You can place your trust in the hands of any of our Approved Garages, safe in the knowledge that you will NOT invalidate your vehicle warranty. All Approved Garages can service or repair any make or model of vehicle in accordance with the block exemption regulation that states you are not obliged to take your vehicle back to a main dealer.
You have the choice and can legally take your vehicle to be repaired or serviced at any of our Approved Garages. All Approved Garages provide parts and fluids of Original Equipment (OE) or matched quality used in accordance with manufacturer’s service schedules and are often less expensive than main dealer and franchised networks.
What more, Approved Garages and their mechanics have access to the best industry training and have the equipment to deal with your vehicle.
The Autofirst Network is a national network of independent garages which has been created and designed with you at its heart; promoting true peace of mind for motorists with the confidence and assurance of the highest customer care.
Check a Trade
Our members are proud to be part of Checkatrade.com, and they stand by their work. To show their commitment to service and quality, every single member has agreed to uphold The Checkatrade Standard.
The Motor Ombudsman
The Motor Ombudsman is the automotive dispute resolution body. Fully-impartial, it is the first ombudsman to be focused solely on the automotive sector, and self-regulates the UK’s motor industry through its comprehensive Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)-approved Codes of Practice.
Thousands of businesses, including vehicle manufacturers, warranty product providers, franchised dealers and independent garages, are accredited to one or more of the Codes, which drive even higher standards of work and service, and give consumers added protection, peace of mind and trust during the vehicle purchase and ownership experience.
Retail Motor Industry Federation
The Retail Motor Industry Federation represents the interests of motor industry operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, providing sales and services to motorists and businesses.
Trust my Garage
Trust My Garage is the Independent Garage Association’s nationally recognised customer assurance scheme. It is a consumer code that acts as a badge of quality for the independent sector, and is a recognised brand that customers know they can trust. Members are audited to ensure high standards in service, working practices and training.