Life in the fast lane for web motors boss Ian

Ian Griffiths (in car) and the team
Ian Griffiths (in car) and the team

A FORMER banker from Morpeth has driven his motoring business into the fast lane of the superhighway.

Ian Griffiths set up last spring to help car owners find local garages and mechanics, and then compare their quotes on-line.

The site now has 2,640 mechanics listed on the site, with almost 3,000 current jobs posted by motorists.

Drivers requiring a service, MOT, parts or a repair simply post their job on the website for free and wait for local mechanics and garages to provide a quote.

The car owner can then review all the quotes they have received, read other users’ feedback and hand pick the garage they would like to use.

The former Coquet High School pupil studied Maths at Durham University before embarking on an investment banking career in London.

But after eight years working in the fixed income securities markets, he decided to follow his passion for cars and returned to Northumberland to set up his own venture.

Mr Griffiths said: “I’m delighted with the success that the enterprise has had in its first year. We’ve found that it’s a win-win situation because mechanics find more business and drivers are put in touch with a reliable, cost-effective mechanic in their area who they can go back to time and time again.

“I’ve found the experience to be a very rewarding one and I’m looking forward to seeing the site grow further in 2012.”

Mobile business On Call Mechanics has won five jobs and received 100 per cent positive feedback from customers within the first two months of signing up.

Owner Simon O’Connor said: “It’s not easy for anybody at the moment and we thought it was time to be more resourceful by increasing our online promotion.

“When we came across the website, we liked the concept and the freedom to pick and choose the jobs you want.

“We have quoted for jobs around the country and received work to fill an otherwise slow period purely from the site.”

For more information about the business visit