EJ Cockburn & Son

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15 Main Street
by St Andrews

KY16 9RX

Phone: 01334 408993


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18 user review(s)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (Nr St Andrews) on 19 August 2017
Garages can be intimidating places, inhabited by gruff, surly or dour mechanics who emerge from a dark recess having wrestled with a gallon of engine oil, to glower sceptically ay your feeble request. Not so at Cockburns Garage! The staff are consistently warm, friendly and accommodating with any requests you my have. All the work is explained carefully, in detail, including pricing before it takes place. In todays virtual world, it is gratifying to experience a more traditional, caring, face to face transaction, that is focused on providing a great customer service. (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (Blebo Craigs, Fife) on 28 June 2016
Having dealt with many mechanics in two different countries (the USA and the UK), I can say without a shred of doubt that Phillip runs the best, most honest garage I have ever found. Every time I brought my family's vehicles to him over the past three years, I got a truthful assessment of the situation and its costs as well as efficient and friendly service. It is evident that everyone who works at EJ Cockburn & Son takes great pride in their craft. This works itself out in a team of people working primarily for your trust and respect, rather than your money. On more than one occasion I simply brought my car in for some advice, and Phillip went out of his way to help and advise me on potential repairs or cost-effective preventative fixes. What's more, several times he didn't even charge me for this - the reason being, obviously, that he cared more about my return business and the mutual trust he works so hard to establish than a few extra quid. You will look in vain for a better garage. (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (Strathkinness) on 24 February 2016
My husband and I can only say good things about Philip and EJ Cockburn. We drive older cars, so there are often problems with them. Each and every time Philip has gone out of his way to make sure he could look after our car as quickly as possible and for as inexpensively as he could. He is honest, reliable and ever so kind. I never have to worry if he is taking advantage of my lack of knowledge about cars. He always explains everything thoroughly and gives us our options before fixing things. His experience and knowledge about cars is evident. He has even come out to my house when my car wouldn't start to see if he could sort the problem there. I would highly recommend EJ Cockburn to anyone who is looking for a family run, honest, and experienced garage that will take good care of you and your car. (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (St.Andrews) on 1 March 2015
E J Cockburn & Son are the first choice for our family motoring. They have looked after all our cars (+ our parents) for years and always manage to keep us going, even with really complex problems. They always keep us in the loop with possible costs or if car not worth repairing, and while they are not the cheapest around, they give great value and are 100% honest and trustworthy, wouldn't consider going elsewhere. Don't let the old buildings fool you, there's hidden gems inside. (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (Glenrothes) on 27 December 2014
I have used this garage twice now and both times I have been struck not just by the speed of the work, but also by the friendly and knowledgable service. However, the main reason for the 5* rating is their professional honesty - I brought my car in with a misfiring ignition coil that would have cost the best part of 200 to replace. The part was already ordered in, but I was told that the car was still just under warranty and I should get it repaired for free by the manufacturer. I was very pleased to avoid a bill like that, especially since they could have screwed me over and I would have been none the wiser but much the poorer. It's nice to know that there are still companies who actually value their customers, rather than just their bottom line. I'll definitely be back! (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (Donegal, Ireland) on 28 July 2014
On holidays in St Andrews, our car started to overhead on a Thursday night, and we were heading away on Saturday morning. Philip Cockburn made room to see the car on the Friday morning, and sorted things out, testing and running the car to make sure everything was fine. He couldn't have been more helpful - even running me back into St Andrews when I left the car out. Service of that caliber really needs a review! Many thanks Philip, from a grateful holiday maker. (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGrey star by (St.Andrews) on 19 July 2014
Having tried twice to contact St.Andrews Directory regarding CHM`s damming review of our services, we wished to point out to others reading these reviews that Mr Chernobrov (the only person not prepared to put their name to their review) has clearly forgotten about thanking us for all the efforts made (especially those after hours) which he was NOT charged for, how we contacted him immediately when problems arose, the photographs emailed and all the sound advice issued for his, yes his problem. He also seemed to forget about the fact that after failing to strike an agreement over how to proceed, we gave him a full refund of parts and labour, shook hands and parted on good terms, having both learned from the situation. His one star review is set in stone here forever, which saddens us that despite going to such an effort to try and assist someone who contacted Trading Standards, Citizens Advice and recorded our calls over a bill of just over 100. Everything however became clear when he presented his bank statement during our re-fund process (the first time ever in 55 years of trading). He may be unlikely to call on our services again, but we are even less likely to offer them. As for our star rating, please talk to one of your friends who uses us, then make up your own mind. (4/5)

Gold starGrey starGrey starGrey starGrey star by (St Andrews) on 6 March 2014
Brought my diesel car in with a slow start problem, they promised to diagnose. They call next day to say they've found a faulty glow plug and have ordered parts and started repair (without notifying me or talking about price) and also say that they have snapped a glow plug at the head and offer expensive repair at my expense (several hundred quid, top of engine comes off). Only cheaper option is to leave the car with the broken glowplug in, and 'forget about it' (quote). Deny any responsibility and charge me for all extra hours they had to do trying to fix a problem they caused and did not fix. Would never use again. (1/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (Kincaple) on 13 June 2013
Fabulous garage which I recommend to everyone. Totally trustworthy, honest, quick and very fair pricing. Highly recommended! (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (ELIE FIFE) on 2 May 2013
Excellent service ,been using for 3 years, better than dealer.Car always feels like it's been serviced. Car is pick up and returned. (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (Gilston) on 10 November 2012
Very reliable and honest service, very friendly and helpful, cannot reccomend highly enough. (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (Balmullo, Fife.) on 24 October 2012
Used this garage for the first time some years ago and was suitably impressed with the high level of service and workmanship coupled with an honest assessment of the problem in hand. Had cause to use their services again recently and the same high standards are maintained. They completed suspension repairs on a Mercedes using genuine Mercedes parts at virtually half the price of a main dealer. I would use this garage again in complete confidence and without the slightest hesitation. (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (Leuchars) on 10 September 2012
This garage is fantastic. They are conscientious of their customers' needs and budgets, are excellent at communicating what repairs are urgent, recommended, or can wait, and deliver excellent value for money. (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (Arncroach) on 10 May 2012
I have been going to this garage for the last 16 years and wouldn't consider anyone else. Their work is of excellent standard; very informative and helpful, and they always advise you of the different options available before going ahead. I aways come away knowing that I have received their best attention, and have never had cause for complaint. I can't recommend them highly enough! (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (Dundee, Scotland) on 23 June 2011
Years of experience produce rapid problem identification, honest analysis of possible solutions and realistic estimated costings, concluded by speedy ordering and quality workmanship. Second to none. A rare gem in this trade! Highly recommended. (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (St Andrews) on 7 June 2011
I've used this garage for years now and never had a complaint. They are completely upfront with all costs and regularly check with you before they do anything other than what was exactly requested. Work is also top quality; they really know their cars and the idiosyncrasies that arise with the different makes and brands, as well as remembering the particulars of your personal vehicle. Other places may be a bit cheaper (Cockburn's isn't expensive), but you won't get nearly the quality or care. (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGold star by (Kinross ,UK) on 10 August 2010
An excellent garage , very accommodating with polite staff who will discuss and explain all car problems who undertake work timeously and to a high standard. (5/5)

Gold starGold starGold starGold starGrey star by (St Andrews) on 14 July 2010
Family business and very helpful. Willing to come out and help at more or less any time. Perhaps not the cheapest, but very conscientious and thorough. Would gladly recommend them to a good friend. (4/5)

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