Working As A Mobile Mechanic

If you have experience working as a mechanic in an repair shop or MOT garage then you might have considered going out on your own. If you want to work for yourself as a mechanic then the good news is you don’t need to have your own premises and staff to do it. You can in fact work as a mobile mechanic where you go to the customers rather than them coming to you.

Below are the main steps you need to take to become a mobile mechanic as well as some tips on saving money on insurance.

Buying a van

Of course to work as a mobile mechanic, you will need a van to store your tools and travel to customers. When buying a van, below are some of the most important things to consider

  • Size – The size of your van is certainly going to be important. Since you’ll be constantly going in and out of it to get the tools you need, you want to make sure there’s enough space – not just for your tools but also for you to move around in it comfortably.
  • Cost – The cost of a van is of course going to be another important factor. Depending on the budget you have, you might prefer to buy a used vehicle. There are plenty of used vans for sale on places like eBay and Auto Trader so finding a vehicle that’s suitable for you won’t be an issue.
  • Condition – The condition of the van is certainly important, especially since you’ll be using it to make a living. You want to make sure that any vehicles you’re considering are free of major faults or damage to the bodywork.

Keeping the cost of insurance down

When working as a mobile mechanic, it’s not enough to simply get cover for your van. You also need to get cover that enables you to work on customer vehicles and covers you for things like liability claims.

Below are some of the best ways to save money on mobile mechanic’s insurance –

  • Make your van secure – When it comes to making your van secure, you should take any steps you can, such as installing an alarm and using a steering wheel lock. Ideally you will also have a locked garage to park it in.
  • Get quotes from different providers – Getting quotes from multiple providers is one of the best ways to save money on mobile mechanic’s insurance. 
  • Pay upfront – If you can pay for your policy annually then this is another great way to save money on your insurance policy.