Where you can find us

The French Car Centre,
Kingsditch Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 9PB.
01242 255355

8.00am - 5.30pm
Monday to Friday,
9:00am - 1.00 Saturday
(CAR SALES ONLY)

Out of hours
Service: 07738 731873
Sales: 07542 023571

French Car Centre

Welcome to the French Car Centre, we hope you find the contents both interesting and informative.

We are a new company started by three local men that believed they spotted a need for an independent French car specialist that offered main dealer service and facilities at small dealer prices, based in Cheltenham.

Market research indicated customers wanted to talk directly to experienced technicians that they could trust, be given the best, cost efficient options for repair, and be provided with Main Dealer facilities.

They find all of this with us.

We encourage customers to call in or telephone us for a quotation on any repair or to discuss a problem. We are keen to help and will try to beat any genuine quote as we are aware of the tight economic climate and will try to help if at all possible.

Since opening in May 2010 a number of motorists have asked us whether we service and repair cars and vans other than French – the answer is yes – now a third of our turnover is from non French vehicles.

Recent Feedback

    Tonyhughes on September 29, 2017

    Thank you!

    Michael Bayliss on September 25, 2017

    Another first class service,from a first class,unbeatable team.

    Fred Lynch on April 13, 2017

    First time I have used this garage, A little misunderstanding with the price initially but all resolved quickly and the service was carried out promptly and efficiently. Will definitely use this garage again.

    Chris Hale on January 30, 2017

    I’ve used this company for a few years now, for both servicing and repairs. I would recommend it to anyone, for both reasonable costs and their technical ability. (Even I can understand things when they explain them to me!)

    Conrad jones on January 18, 2017

    Thanks for fixing the issue with my Citreon so quickly under your warranty -the test of real service is how problems are dealt with – The couple of issues I have had have been sorted quickly – I would recommend the French car centre as somewhere you can buy a car with complete confidence

    Alex Harvey on December 21, 2016

    Thank you so much for your speedy, efficient service. I will definitely use your business in the future and will be recommending you!

    Michael Bayliss on October 1, 2016

    First time I’ve used French Car Centre,and certainly I’ll use them in future.
    Friendly,efficient staff,very competitive rates,plus a free lift home and back.
    WELL DONE!

    Roger Ashcroft on August 24, 2016

    Excellent service from all of your staff.

    Mrs Maureen Plaster on July 27, 2016

    My second visit, on both occasions have found them very friendly, professional, independent company and would/have recommended them to family and friends, and prices very good…. Thank you

    Mrs L Hitchen on July 5, 2016

    Excellent speedy service throughout.
    Sensible prices. Very professional and friendly independent company.
    I will recommend and use again.

    Joe Reynolds on June 27, 2016

    Bought a 206cc from Tony, service was excellent from the first visit to collecting the car ,a very professional and friendly garage would highly recommend .Thank you.

    Jane Donne on March 2, 2016

    Unfailingly excellent service once again – thank you very much to all involved and particularly to Tony for coming out to us.

    Rob Hall on November 25, 2015

    Many thanks to Paul for fixing the intermittent starting problem on my wife’s Citroen C1 at a very reasonable cost. See you in January for a service and MOT!

    Steve Dash on November 19, 2015

    First class service as always, thanks in particular to Paul Joiner.

    Barbara Haddock on November 6, 2015

    Many thanks for the excellent service .
    Nice feel about the whole set up!

    Ron Dorey on October 21, 2015

    I needed cam belt,aux belt,water pump change on my Renault Clio,absolutely 1st class job,price wise,courtesy,met most of team knowledge and experience top drawer, could not fault anything and believe me I am a perfectionist.I will be back. Many Thanks.

    Mike Arnold on August 27, 2015

    Having had dubious results from main dealers in the past its refreshing to find this company of friendly independents who really know their stuff, and at a sensible price!10/10 to the whole crew!

    Wayne on August 26, 2015

    Great service from people who really know their stuff! Had a Auto Gearbox problem and they sorted it out very quickly and kept me informed all through the repair process. This gave me confidence and peace of mind. The AA had sent me to this garage and I was pleased they did. Great job done! Thank you!

    Wayne on August 26, 2015

    What great service from people who really know their stuff! Kept me informed all through the repair process(Auto Gearbox problem) which gave me peace of mind and confidence.

    Michael Ramstedt on June 18, 2015

    Excellent service cant fault them.
    Recommend them to everyone.

    Roger Davis on June 4, 2015

    Another good service today. Good prices, loan car, friendly staff and they washed my car too!
    Perfect service that many main dealers should aspire too but often fail,
    Many Thanks

    Martin Smith on May 27, 2015

    Another great service from the team today, they always manage to fit me in at short notice if I have a problem.
    I have been using the French Car Centre for a few years and I cannot fault them.

    Many thanks.

    Phill Humphreys on May 22, 2015

    Wish I lived closer to you guys to use you all the time!!!!!!

    Phill Humphreys on May 22, 2015

    I had the miss fortune of putting the wrong fuel in my car whilst visiting the town from Torquay,I would like to say thank you for your friendly efficient service at value for money too. We made it back to Torquay thanks to French car repairs and a great AA man
    Thanks again, I would fulley recommend this garage!!

    Andrew whitlock on May 15, 2015

    Great service recommend to EVERYONE!!! Was quoted redicilous price from renault but came here and was charged nearly 4 times less than the price

    Jeremy Graham on March 25, 2015

    I have been a customer for a couple of years, and have always received excellent service. I have bought 3 cars from them over time.
    I have just asked Tony to source another car and he has come up trumps. He found an 07 Laguna, with 40,000 mileage, 1 owner and 7 service stamps – its beautiful. Also gave good trade in value on my old car. Thanks also to Paul and the Team for the pre-sale preparation.
    You have to go a long way for this standard of service, and pricing, and I’m glad I don’t have to.

    The Organ family on March 20, 2015

    We have been taking our cars to The French Car company for several years . They have repaired, serviced and MOT’d our Peugeot, Citroens, Renault also our Land Rover. They are efficient and trustworthy. They track down good quality parts at a reasonable cost. I would recommend to anyone!

    John Tomkinson on March 18, 2015

    Excellent efficient service, car returned fully valeted and repairs carried out without any delay

    Darren Tigwell on February 16, 2015

    Fast friendly service. Would reccomend

    R Hickman on February 6, 2015

    A great team providing the best service. I fully recommend The French
    Car Centre I have found them very helpful and experts in their field.
    I certainly will not go anywhere else. Professional service at a fair price.

    Geoff Jenkins on February 5, 2015

    Honest, fair, professional, friendly and helpful, what more can I say!

    J French-Jones on January 26, 2015

    My Pug 406 was ported to your garage by the AA today. Within two hours you had removed the damaged belt and mechanism, replaced it and had the car back on the road. The front-of-house service was also excellent – apart from paying the bill (which was very reasonable) both my dog and I (a fuss was made of him) found the experience very good. Thank you.

    Andy Hogarth on December 13, 2014

    Fantastic, extremely efficient service received! Really went the extra mile to solve a complex fault. Very well priced and trustworthy. Would definitely recommend!!

    Gerry Metcalf on December 10, 2014

    My first service on a C1.

    Excellent service in all respects.

    Start and finish times were achieved.

    Staff very friendly.

    Car was cleaned inside and out.

    Highly recommended.

    roy coles on November 3, 2014

    called in today on the offchance of getting noise from the back of my picasso fixed.diagnosed and repaired in an instant.thankyou very much.

    Darren Tigwell on October 13, 2014

    Had an issue last week that needed resolving ASAP, service was excellent, staff friendly.
    Would defintiely reccomend them.

    Mike Brennan on September 16, 2014

    My Honda CV broken down on the Cirencester Road, close to Charlton Kings, whilst taking my nieces two young children home from a weekend staying with us, in Redditch. Following a call-out to the RAC and not knowing any garages for repair in the area, he recommended The French Car Centre, being one of their recommended garages. As the breakdown happened at almost 6pm and the French Car Centre was closed, my car was left outside their premises, with a brief note and my keys posted through their door.
    I borrowed my nieces little car to get me back home and at 8.10am the following morning l called and spoke to Paul Joiner at the garage, he had already assert the situation and said he would call me back with an update. At 10.00am he called to say that the clutch master cylinder needed replacing and he had already ordered the part which he expected to arrive around lunchtime. Having explained my predicament he hoped to be able to get the car repaired during the afternoon.
    I had a call at 3.30pm the same day to say the car would be ready to collect before 5.30pm.
    From my initial contact, through the prompt service from Paul and his team I cannot recommend highly enough the French Car Centre AND the costs l felt were VERY competitive.
    THANK YOU.

    julie Jarvis on September 15, 2014

    Very friendly staff. Excellent service. Very helpful. Did the work to my car on time. Brilliant.

    Ian Page on August 13, 2014

    I thought I’d try a service at this garage after calling in to have my air con re gassed which was dealt with great speed and effiencey on the spot. I was not dissapointed a lift home after dropping car off a lift back to collect the car!! When I got in the car to drive away I saw it had been washed and hoovered inside!!! And the difference in the car very noticeable. Would highly recommend . Excellent service.

    malcolm pratley on May 12, 2014

    Excellent service by all staff,from initial phone call,to collection of car.All work done at a third of the estimate of main peugeot dealer.First class,well done.

    Lee Partridge on March 6, 2014

    Been going to French Car Repairs in Cheltenham now for about 3 years, The service is second to none, its always difficult to find a garage that you are comfortable going back to, They only do the work that is neccassary unlike other garages who would say you need something replaced when it is simply not true.
    Really happy customer and will always recommend to freinds and family.
    Thank you.

    Phil Thompson on February 12, 2014

    I’d like to express my sincere thanks for your help with repairs to my Golf window mechanism yesterday.
    You were recommended to me by two fellow employess of Ultra Electronics PALS and I will now be recommending you too!
    Once again, thanks.

    George Brewster on October 1, 2013

    My sincere thanks for the excellent service (and coffee) that I received today. Not only for fitting a new window regulator (the reason I visited) in good time but for discovering the far more potentially larger problem of the blocked drain tubes. I learnt an important lesson today.

    Aaron McGuigan on July 28, 2013

    Saw an advert on Auto Trader for a Renault Megane Scenic. Contacted Tony Hughes to make an appointment to view. Been in today and purchased the car. Can not fault the customer service that we received today which is second to none. Very friendly, very professional. Will recommend to all my family and friends. Thank you Tony.

    Mrs Anne Bishop on July 5, 2013

    Thankyou so much for your friendly efficient service when RAC diagnosed the need for new Starter Motor on my Peugeot 307 today. I was on my way home in 2 hours, job done. I will certainly be booking my car with you when service is due.
    Also thanks for cup of tea.

    Suzanah H on July 5, 2013

    Fantastic and friendly service. They diagnosed my car very promptly and provided me with a courtesy car. As my car was taken in by the RAC I must admit I was a little worried about where it might end up but I really would use the French Car Centre again. The staff were very efficient and it was reasonably priced. Thank you.

    Jason Green on June 26, 2013

    My wife took her Corsa to Vauxhall who kept it for 3 days and could not fix it. I took it to French Car Repairs who then diagnosed and fixed the problem in 2 hours. Awesome service, very professional and really friendly. Many thanks

    Catherine Keenan on June 17, 2013

    Fantastic service from the staff! Really happy with my car exactly as described,Highly recommended.

    N Goode on May 19, 2013

    Had some major work carried out on my Renault Megane,I found the French Car Centre staff very professional and customer friendly. Kept me informed throughout the repair of my car and they also provided me with a courtesy car. I will definitely recommend them to friends and family, and will use them in the future for all my car maintenance.
    my car has never ran so well. THANK YOU

    Ian James on May 10, 2013

    Great job provided , very professional , friendly staff , reasonable prices , THE BEST car mechinics I have ever taken my car to , will definatly be taking car back for any work needed and will advise others also , thank you

    Ian on April 13, 2013

    We have had our Citroen main dealer serviced, but after a bad experience decided it was time for a switch.
    I am delighted to say it was a major breath of fresh air, service receptionists that actually contact you, technicians that actually want to deliver your car in tip-top condition.

    I will admit we spent a lot more than expected but this was due to pervious poor quality workmanship, I thank Yvette and team for correcting these issues.
    It goes without saying we will return.

    roycoles on March 26, 2013

    i recently had a clutch fitted to my picasso.the quote was far less than the garage i had been using for many years.i was also given a courtesy car whilst work was being done.BRILLIANT!am now going back for service and mot

    S Taylor on March 25, 2013

    After a flashing warning light and loss of power forced me to stop on the M5, I was a bit nervous when the recovery man suggested an independent garage. I shouldn’t have worried! Apart from breaking down in the first place, this has been the best garage experience I have had to date. When I arrived, I was cold, worried about the potential cost of the repair and didn’t have a clue how I was going to bet back to Bristol! Yevette was fantastic and sorted out a courtesy car for me and told me that she would let me know when the problem had been diagnosed. I got a call back a couple of hours later – £100 to replace a fault coil and I was even able to collect my car that evening! Fantastic, friendly service – I would definitley recommend The French Car Centre to friends and family.
    S. Taylor
    Bristol

    J Bentley, Stroud on March 14, 2013

    I would like to thank you (especially Tony) for your help and professionalism when my car broke down.
    I have had bad experiences with garages in the past and have to say that you dealt with my problem in a calm and unstressful manner and got me back on the road in a very timely fashion. It was the best customer experience I have ever had in my 26 years of driving.

    Barry James on February 20, 2013

    Paul & gang
    Thank you so much for the work you carried out on my Grand Picasso, including reprogramming of the gearbox, MOT, tyres and a major service, it’s like new.
    I will not hesitate in telling people what a great friendly service you provide. Feel free to use this recommendation.

    Tony Willoughby on February 14, 2013

    We used yourselves for the first time yesterday,for a service and MOT.More than satisfied with the works and atmosphere, it was a happy place. So was I when I saw the bil!!. Many thanks,see you again.

    Peter Snaith on September 14, 2012

    French Car Centre have just given my Peugeot 308 its “BIG ” service plus MOT . Great price & great service from people who understand cars & know how to treat customers .
    Many Thanks….

    Mr H, Cheltenham on May 29, 2012

    Having recently had the turbo repaired on my Peugeot 307, I would like to say not only was I impressed with the repair, but also the extra mile you went with the customer service to try and find a 3rd party that would help repair my turbo. All this at a rate far less than I had been quoted by main dealers and other garages. The car is now running well and I am delighted with the work.

    I am more than happy for this letter to be shown to any prospective customer as a reference for the quality of the work carried out at the French Car Centre.

    Mrs P, Bishops Cleeve on April 6, 2012

    “My Citroen failed the MOT – it needed a rear brake drum. The Main Dealer quoted me £186. French Car did the job for less than £100!- Great value.

    Mr A, Bishops Cleeve on January 29, 2012

    “The power steering pump recently went on my Citreon Berlingo. Mr Hughes came to my home and collected it – left my wife and I a loan car for the weekend, repaired and delivered it back – all at a price £100 less than a local main dealer. Great service, great value”

    Mr.D, Stow on the Wold on December 1, 2011

    My Renault Megane Sport has been seen by 2 garages to sort out an engine mis-fire, a Renault dealer said I needed a new engine at a cost of £4000! Paul looked at the car and came up with the answer, a poor connection in the main engine loom, total cost £120……they now do all our family’s services.

    Mr.D, Bishops Cleeve on November 29, 2011

    I was advised by my local Renault Dealer that my Clio 172 needed two rear springs fitting, they quoted £360, French car did the job for £136 including VAT, will I go back? You bet I will!

    Mr J, Cheltenham on May 29, 2011

    “I thought I needed front brake pads on my Renault, a local Independent Garage Group quoted me hundreds of pounds for this and other”essential” work. Paul Joiner diagnosed a faulty ABS reading, the pads were fine – £60 well spent!