1. Home: Explore careers
  2. Motor vehicle fitter

Motor vehicle fitter

Alternative titles for this job include Fast fit technician

Motor vehicle fitters repair and replace worn or damaged tyres, exhausts, batteries and parts.

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter

to

£29,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

Find out more about jobs in this group

See which sectors you’ll find this job in, what qualifications you need to work in this area and if these types of jobs are going up or going down. This information can help you make good career decisions.

Explore job trends for this group.

How to become

Explore the different ways to get into this role.

How to become a motor vehicle fitter

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You could take a college course to get some of the skills needed for this job. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Fitting Principles
  • Level 2 Diploma in Specialist Tyre Fitting Competence
  • Level 2 Extended Certificate in Vehicle Technology

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

More Information

Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:

  • Level 2 Autocare technician
  • Level 2 Specialist tyre operative

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

More Information

Direct Application

You can apply for jobs as a vehicle fitter if you've got qualifications and experience in motor mechanics.

More Information

Further information

You can find more advice about careers in the motor industry from Autocity.

What it takes

Find out what skills you’ll use in this role.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to repair machines or systems
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

Discover the day to day tasks you’ll do in this role.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties will depend on the types of vehicles you work on, for example cars, commercial vans, buses, lorries or agricultural vehicles. You could:

  • test batteries and other parts of an engine
  • check tyres and exhausts
  • replace or repair faulty parts
  • balance and re-align wheels
  • check a vehicle's tracking
  • repair punctures
  • give customers advice

You might also have call-out duties to:

  • attend breakdowns
  • carry out MOT tests
  • repair suspension systems, steering and brakes
  • do routine vehicle inspections to check they are safe

Working environment

You could work at a garage or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

Look at progression in this role and similar opportunities.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into workshop supervision and management jobs, or related areas, like breakdown and recovery, service centre advice or general vehicle mechanics. 

Current opportunities

Find apprenticeships, courses and jobs available near you.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Auto Care Technician

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Doncaster

Apprentice Autocare Technician

  • Wage: £200.00 - £240.00 Weekly
  • Location: Bristol

Courses In England

L2 Vehicle Fitting Principles

  • Provider: NORTHAMPTON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 13 September 2021
  • Location: NORTHAMPTON

Cert Vehicle Fitting Principles L2

  • Provider: MID-KENT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Maidstone

Jobs In the United Kingdom

The Find a job service can help you with your search for jobs and send alerts when new jobs become available.

Skills assessment

Take an assessment to learn more about your skills and the careers that might suit you.

Is this page useful?

Yes No

Thank you for your feedback.

Thank you for your feedback. Click here if you'd like to let us know how we can improve the service.