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)

£13,000 Starter


£29,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become a motor vehicle fitter

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


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


You can get into this job through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in vehicle fitting.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 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

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work on your own
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • testing batteries and other parts of an engine
  • checking tyres and exhausts
  • replacing or repairing faulty parts
  • balancing and re-aligning wheels
  • checking a vehicle's tracking
  • repairing punctures 
  • giving customers advice

You might also have call-out duties for:

  • attending breakdowns
  • carrying out MOT tests
  • repairing suspension systems, steering and brakes

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

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

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Technician

  • Wage : £166.00 Weekly
  • Location: York YO51 9LS

Apprentice Motor Vehicle Mechanic

  • Wage : £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Sheffield S6 1TA

Courses In England

L2 Vehicle Fitting Principles

  • Start date: 08 September 2020
  • Location: NORTHAMPTON

Vehicle Fitting Principles Diploma 2

  • Provider: LTE GROUP
  • Start date: 14 September 2020
  • Location: Manchester

JobsIn 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.

Get help using this service

Call 0800 100 900 or use webchat

8am to 10pm, 7 days a week

More ways to contact us

Is this page useful?

Yes No