4.9 ★★★★★180 reviews

Alina Shaidy ★★★★★

Being fairly oblivious to cars I’ve always been sceptical about taking my car to the garage. After reading the fantastic reviews I decided to give autocentre south a try. A clunking sound from underneath the car became more and more apparent and it got to the stage where I was beginning to feel uncomfortable and honestly a bit unsafe. I took the car early morning and was met by Bobby, who explained to me how the garage operates, diagnose issue then phone with a price before any work etc.. an hour later I got a phone call saying that my car was all done and ready to be collected free of charge, a stone had found its way into my brakes and they had taken it out for me with no cost. I will definitely be coming back and they have definitely found themselves a customer for life! Thank you to bobby and the team!

Tamara Bathgate ★★★★★

Bobby and his team are great. Always do a brilliant job at a good price. And as I found out the other day, it was no problem to fit me in right away when I got a flat tyre on my way out with the kids. Had it fixed within 15 minutes from calling. Would highly recommend.

Edward Peacock ★★★★★

Bobby repaired our car same day after we were let down by another garage. His communication was excellent at every stage and his price beat the other two local garages who quoted too. A pleasure to work with.

Neale Hurren ★★★★★

Excellent work and customer service

James Littmann ★★★★★

A great friendly, local and honest mechanic. I've had a lot of dealings with them over the years and I can't recommend them highly enough.

Charlotte Cowan ★★★★★

Fantastic service from Bobby and his team who came to help me move my car when my clutch broke on Bedford Hill. Bobby was able to save me money as he sourced a part more cheaply than expected. I would definitely recommend Autocenter south.

Susan Jevons ★★★★★

Sam Norledge ★★★★★

Excellent service and great treatment. Awesome garage!.

Matthew Hull ★★★★★

Fast, efficient and friendly. Discovered these mechanics a few years ago and won't take my business anywhere else now. First class service, and communication and always 100% happy with the end result.

Oliver Morgan ★★★★★

Absolutely fantastic service. Good communication, honest, reliable and friendly. Will never go anywhere else whilst in Balham

Eddy Edwards ★★★★★

I'm quite fussy about where I take my car and wasn't looking forward to finding somewhere new to have an MOT and some work done after moving to the area. I read a few reviews and decided to give Autocentre South a try. Bobby was helpful when getting the car booked in, welcoming when I dropped the car off and kept me up to date with progress throughout. I now feel very comfortable with the garage and will be taking my car back in future - There can't be a higher recommendation than that

Rebecca Hillyard ★★★★★

First time I had taken my car to this garage and I will be returning. Very friendly and straight forward customer service.

Adrienne Little ★★★★★

Brilliant service - in particular from Omar. Breakdown service had misdiagnosed a fault and told me I needed a new part. Omar sorted it out - with some oil - and no charge! My first visit and a real find

Ingar Hansen ★★★★★

Excellent service

Royhim Miah ★★★★★

This is how a garage should be run. Honesty, excellent workmanship and fantastic customer service and very reasonable rates. I will be using this garage all the time in the future. Thanks to Bobby and the team

Ben Dursley ★★★★★

Have an ongoing issue with coolant and have been impressed by the service to no end.

Alexandra Bruner ★★★★★

Having lived lived in London for several years now I have always been careful with regards to garages and their prices/services. I have always gone out of the way to visit a car garage used by my family, however after 3 long drives and excessive vibrations and the sound of clunking, I knew the idea of a long journey would be out of the question. So I set out to find a garage that I could use, hence I found myself at Autocentresouth, based on the fact that it was close by and every single review was positive. I called and took my car in very early morning and with regular check-ins from Bobby the car was thankfully fixed and ready for me to collect on the Saturday!!
So overall - I will be returning and I would most certainly recommend.

Angela Kearney ★★★★★

After 20 years away, I've recently returned to Bobby's garage and wonder why I ever left. He's corrected a serious problem another garage created and then couldn't fix (despite three visits and charging me a fortune). Most recently, he's repaired a cracked bumper after someone reversed into my car. Not a simple fix because my car is a left-hand drive and along with a few other hitches, it took quite a long time to resolve. Bobby did all he could to manage my expectations and very kindly polished my car beautifully in gratitude for my patience. Without being in any way patronising, he explains things very clearly (to those who may not be mechanically minded) and in comparison to his competitors, is very fairly priced. Given the volume of work going through his garage, when not hindered by slow delivery of parts from Italy, he's also fast and efficient and has a very polite, helpful bunch of guys on his team. I won't be going anywhere else with my car from now on.

Jocelyn Bull ★★★★★

I visited here because my rear windscreen wiper wasn’t working properly. I feared a big bill to fix a small, annoying problem - instead the team here quickly and easily sorted it out, replaced my wiper blades, and charged a small and very reasonable price. I’m extremely grateful and will be coming back.

Jocelyn Bull ★★★★★

Daryl Bell ★★★★★

I can completely endorse all of the other reviews here...
Turning up with a ominous shudder and thump at the steering wheel when on full lock,I was fearing the worse.
Half a day later and having exhausted all the technical tests,a stray piece of carpet at the footwell was removed!!!
Job done..Battery to key fob replaced whilst there..all for the price of a pint!!!
Thankyou,Bobby and team..
See you for the MOT.

Daryl Bell ★★★★★

I recently moved to the Balham area I was looking for a mechanic I could trust and after going to the Autocentresouth garage I can say that Bobby and his did a great job with my and offered me excellent customer service Im definitely going back!!

Tom Power ★★★★★

I'm new to the area and needed to find a garage who I could trust. After seeing the previous reviews, I figured I'd give AutoCentreSouth a go. They were spot on! Bobby is a genuinely nice guy who understands customer service and how to instil trust. He’s completely transparent in the service he provides and overall I had a great customer experience. Other garages need to take note! Highly recommend!

Dominic Gatt ★★★★★

I found Autocentresouth to be an absolute delight! Bobby treated me with the utmost respect and was not trying to rinse me of my money like I have found a lot of other garages (especially VW garages) do. He and his staff were extremely professional and honest to a car novice like myself. They even chucked in a couple of freebies which is always nice. A top business ran by a top man. Dominic (VW Golf Owner)

Daniel Net ★★★★★

Vanessa ★★★★★

The staff here are amazing, really helpful with good prices

Amy Ramsden ★★★★★

Excellent customer service and I will definitely be returning in the future. My headlights failed and I had tried to replace the bulbs myself only to find they still weren't working, this made me think there was something electrical wrong with the car, so I called and took it in, a couple of hours later it was all fixed and it did turn out to be just the bulbs but I obviously hadn't changed them properly. This garage were very honest as they could have just charged me for electrical work and I would have been non the wiser, so I appreciate the honesty. As a female who doesn't know a lot about cars I often dread taking my car to the garage but this was a very pleasant transaction and I will definitely return again. Thank you to Bobby and his team!

Billy Gladwin ★★★★★

Great company.... Very helpful, highly recommended

Natalie Charles ★★★★★

Bobby was brilliant in sorting out a problem that needed fixing to get through my MOT. I had been let down by another garage, but he gave me a same-day appointment and the work cost considerably less. Recommended.

Bronwyn Wyatt ★★★★★

I was stranded in Balham after visiting a friend nearby. Bobby answered my call at 7.45am and not only took my car and advised the issue, but was able I fit me in given it was urgent. Open and honest service and did the job by when they said they would. I did get one other quote, but it was slightly more and I doubt I would have received the service that I received with Bobby and the team. Thanks!

Ben Challenor ★★★★★

Absolute 5 star service from the team at Autocentre South. Very upfront and excellent explanation and customer service from Bobby and his team. Really quick to respond and help me out.

Sarah Cahn ★★★★★

Great service from Bobby very efficient and excellent advice about my car (Skoda Yeti)

Hugo Ushida ★★★★★

Great service - highly recommend

Liz Peacock ★★★★★

Brilliant service from Bobby and the team. Bobby is always so helpful and is a pleasure to speak to, he explains everything really well and you just know you'd never get ripped off here. All work that we've had done has been to an excellent standard. Would 100% recommend to anyone!

Neil Mills ★★★★★

I have been using Bobby for 10 years. He has serviced and repaired a VW Golf (2000 plate) Audi A4 (2003 plate) and BMW 3 series (2007 plate) in that time. He has the diagnostic tools, equipment and know how to work on any vehicle. The standard of work and parts they use at the autocentre is as good as if not better than a dealer, but without the inflated costs. Above all Bobby is a great person to know and genuine small business owner. With the cost of motoring being so high it's nice to have to someone to trust.

Jimmy Dallas ★★★★★

Bobby is a great guy.

Have an old car and was worried about the MOT, didn't want to spend money fixing something that wouldn't then pass.

Bobby did the MOT and advised the best course of repairs to pass the car safely. Would recommend to anyone.

Rob Nazarian ★★★★★

Gemma Smith ★★★★★

I wasnt looking forward to finding a new mechanic after moving into the area over a year ago. When my engine light came on back in June, I had to get it sorted and thankfully found Autocentre South. Other reviews raved about a guy named Bobby, who apparently runs the place, and is well known by the regulars.

Bobby is exactly the person I dealt with, on the phone, and in person first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Not only are he and his team providing a trustworthy and exemplary service, they are also contributing to the community around them. Bobby gave me good advice, and had my car sorted quicker than it would have taken me to get a reply from my old mechanic. I'll be going back for an MOT soon. Thank goodness I'm not planning to move again for a while!

Robery Kirby ★★★★★

Fabulous service and fixed my tires in a jiffy. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these guys in a second!

James Clark ★★★★★

Excellent service and helpful staff. I will definitely go back for any car related problems

Chris Hussey ★★★★★

I am constantly amazed at the service provided by Bobby and his team. Have moved onto a BMW 545i and continue to use autocentre. Probably the best garage in South London?

Previous review - Went there from seeing other reviews. I have a tatty 2002 BMW 330d estate and the guys took good care of it and got it through its MOT. Bobby was excellent in his customer service and advice, recommending work that was required/necessary for the car. He now has another repeat and happy customer!

Thomas Zenkner ★★★★★

Bobby was excellent! We received a great level of service for an excellent price, a breath of fresh air after our experience with other garages.

Steph McDonald ★★★★★

Excellent service. Called yesterday as my MOT had expired and was fitted in first thing today. Great customer service, very friendly and reliable service. Highly recommend.

Nigel White ★★★★★

Autocentre is a real "local treasure". We were recommended to them by word of mouth by someone who used to live in Balham and still brings his cars to them even though he has since moved from the area. Bobby is good value, courteous, has a good team, great communication (and most importantly is trustworthy). We have a Porsche Cayene and Toyota Yaris and he looks after both (with the same level of care) perfectly. I am usually cautious about leaving recommendations but have no hesitations in this case.

Max Green ★★★★★

Popped in today with a wonky door! Bobby at reception came straight out to look at it and promptly sent one of the guys from the garage out to sort it. I was only a loose bolt but there was no fuss, no problem and no charge. I have a bit of bodywork repair to be done and now I know where I'll be taking it to get sorted. Thank you

Rachel S ★★★★★

Couldn't be happier with the service I received! I've finally found a garage that doesn't overcharge and can actually be trusted. I was talked through the whole process of what was being done to my car and was charged a very reasonable price. The staff were all very helpful - couldn't recommend enough!

david sear ★★★★★

Fantastic service from Bobby and team! I was in need of an urgent repair to get me back on the road so Autocentre South promptly sent a mechanic out to fix my van. Great communication, customer service and very professional throughout, can’t recommend them highly enough!

T Murphy ★★★★

Really helpful and squeezed my car in on a Saturday morning when it broke down. Really good service.

Nicole R ★★★★★

Wow amazing....I tried so many auto repair places before and always disappointed..but this time was very different :) This time my clutch had broken and had tried Toyota but they could not get it repaired until a week later and I needed my car so frantically I looked at other places when I spotted Autocentre south I saw such positive great reviews from so many people with glowing reports of someone called "Bobby" I asked for him by name and he was on the phone...described my problem/dilemma and he instantly stood apart from anyone else..so honest full of information so polite friendly..I knew it was a very long job (clutch) so doubted it would be done same day but Bobby pulled out all the stops for me and had it repaired by the end of the same day that I called..and it's been running better than when it was new ever since...can't recommend this place and Bobby enough..will never be using Toyota or any other repair shop again only AutoCentre South... :))

Annette Brown ★★★★★

Bobby MOT'd my Golf at very short notice - I was in such a panic as I noticed it ran out only 2 days later. He also serviced the car to his very high standards and I know he will only do what is necessary unlike some unscrupulous garages. I have no hesitation in recommending him.

Esther Rees ★★★★★

Fantastic service and would highly recommend! As a female I often feel that I get fobbed off with expensive quotes but not at this establishment. I will definitely be returning when my car is due it's next service.

Christopher ★★★★★

Bobby provided a quick and seamless service on my first car, a 2009 Ford Fiesta. He was helpful and kept me informed throughout the day. The price seemed fair as well so I would definitely recommend him to anyone, especially if you're new to driving like myself.

Professor vlog Boy ★★★★★

Fantastic garage - friendly service. Always goes above and beyond what we expect. Highly recommended.

Hannah Field

Sharlene Carpenter ★★★★★

Took my car for service in Wandsworth the labour and part prices were very expensive - I called up Bobby in Balham and he got back to me straight away with prices saving around £400 from original place with still good German parts. He was friendly and gave my car a double check over and got back via telephone before any work was carried out. Would highly recommend - you will not be disappointed :)

John Taylor ★★★★★

I have been to Autocentre South for many years and thoroughly recommend it. Bobby is extremely helpful and kept my old car on the road with excellent and very well-priced services and repairs. I've finally bought a new car so probably won't be in for a while, but wanted to say thanks - you've been a real ray of sunshine!

Kat Hunter ★★★★★

Friendly, quick and comprehensive service. The communication was excellent and I did not feel at all patronised (which does sadly still sometimes happen to me as a woman taking my car in to a garage). Top marks!

Jack Ro ★★★★★

I will never use another garage again! Bobby did a respray of 5 panels and some work on my alloys, my car is literally like new!!!

Honest advice, an honest MOT, truly a real exception in the car/garage business!

I will recommend Bobby and Autocentre south to everyone willing to listen!

infamosmsl ★★★★★

My experience at the garage has been one of the best experiences i have ever experienced in a long time very humble and down to earth man, helped me a lot with the issue i had with my car, he treats hes customers as a genuine human beings not just profit ill recommend anyone to this gentleman.

Gill Perkins ★★★★★

Have been using AutoCentre South for many years. Even though I have moved out of the area, I still bring my car back to Bobby - trustworthy and fair pricing. Highly recommend.

Dom Fulford ★★★★★

Darren Abdul ★★★★★

Shabbir Khan ★★★★★

Done an amazing job to fix my car

Matt Seddon ★★★★★

Great customer service.

Sara ★★★★★

I can highly recommend Autocentresouth and we have used them many times, including just this week. This busy, well organised garage is owned & run by Bobby who is customer focused, efficient, trustworthy and very helpful, even if you just need some advice. Bobby and his garage are well known in the neighbourhood for all these attributes and also for providing friendly customer service with minimum hassle, something you just don't get from the larger garages.

Claire Williams ★★★★★

MOT and Full Service. Bobby and his team provide an excellent service. Rings before he carries out any repairs to make sure that you are happy to go ahead. Hes always cheerful and friendly and that also counts for alot!

Jimmy Dallas ★★★★★

Bobby is a great, guy.

Have an old car and was worried about the MOT, didn't want to spend money fixing something that wouldn't then pass.

Bobby did the MOT and advised the best course of repairs to pass the car safely. Would recommend to anyone.

Joe Cavan ★★★★★

I had a fantastic experience using Autocentre South - Bobby was exceptionally friendly and helpful. I took my car in to get some body work done and I got it back two days later looking as good as new. Bobby really went above and beyond with his customer service and he was able to work around me when I needed to get an MOT on top of the other work that had been done. Would really recommend this garage to anyone - 10/10!

Jess Thomas ★★★★★

A proper neighbourhood gem - I have turned up on several occasions with punctures / brake light / annoying noises and am always helped out.. and sometimes not even charged for a quick fix. I have also had a car bodywork fully restored and resprayed and always use the garage for servicing .. always get fantastic service.. genuinely can't fault.

Hels B ★★★★★

I have always had an excellent experience with this garage since I started using it a few years ago - prompt to respond, high standard of workmanship and very good customer service. Highly recommended. Helen

mike carter ★★★★★

Friendly service with excellent communications. Highly recommended

Oliver Bates ★★★★★

Autocenter South is brilliant. Bobby and the team have been looking after my car for 3 years - Breaks, Tyres, Cooling System have all been replaced along with annual MOTs and 2 services a year - the car runs without fault. It is also worth noting that when a friends car had a puncture we limped into this garage and Bobby kindly fixed us up on the spot for no charge - absolute gent.

Kate Blair ★★★★★

Such a revelation to find a garage with a friendly, approachable service, who you feel that you can really trust.

Lisa Welham ★★★★★

Best service I've ever experienced at a garage and I've tried MANY. I'll definitely be coming back here. Thank you for your help and honesty!

Anna Kennedy ★★★★★

Bobby goes out of his way to make sure the customer is satisfied. I can't reccommend him highly enough. He has serviced my car for over 10 years and the service both from him and his team is outstanding.

James Noel ★★★★★

This place will restore your faith in the motor trade. Not just friendly but exceptionally helpful in ways that make a difference. I had an emergency that I thought was the end of a trip abroad: this garage saved the day. I intend to transfer all my routine servicing requirements here. Thank you Bobby.

[]Autocentresouth was recommended to me by my sister who has found a similar level of service.]

Richard Silverman ★★★★★

They helped me out of a desperate situation when I was running late for a wedding. Ridiculously nice guy running it and would definitely go back

Mel Pol ★★★★★

Bobby and the mechanics did a great job sorting out my broken gear box. Great on communication and reliability.

paul egan ★★★★★


Have used for a few years to do MOTs and mechanical repairs.

Unfailingly honest and trustworthy.

I phoned recently to book in for a problem with my break lights and they told me how to fix it myself over the phone. Incredible A genuinely trustworthy mechanic who does great work.

Mskk kk ★★★★★

I was very pleased with the service they have provided at the garage and how helpful and honest they were. I had MOT done there , while doing MOT they noticed that the battery clamp was missing and they ordered it and installed in my car (charging only for the part) . Previously for about four years I used to go to another garage for MOT and servicing my car, every year they charged me for full service of my car. I only drive about two thousands miles a year. When I mentioned it to my friends they said my car does not need a full service every year (because I drive so little) and advised me to change the garage. I have found Autocentresouth on google search and after reading the positive reviews decided to have MOT done there and ask them if my car needs service. I have been very satisfied with the service and advice given by Bobby, he of course said my car does not need a full service every year and since it was done a year ago I can wait till next year. It saved me a lot of money , from now on I will take my car for MOT and service only to Autocentresouth, I feel my car is in good hands and Bobby and his team are trustworthy. I am upset the other garage charged me for full service of my car for four consecutive years , when my car did not need it.

Kate Atkin ★★★★★

More 5 star service from the team at Autocentre South today after booking an emergency MOT before going on holiday. I only wish that every customer - business exchange was as simple, professional and straightforward as with that with Autocentre South. It's an asset to the local community.

Kate Malecki ★★★★★

Bobby literally came to my rescue. I had a massive blow out on the way to work at 7.30am. I called in a panic as needed to get to work. He told me to leave the car where it was, drop the keys round and he would come to get it ...all before I got a parking ticket. By 8.00 he had it back at the garage and it was all sorted. Just picked it up after work. I couldn't recommend him and his garage any more highly - brilliant customer service and you know you're not being ripped off. Thank you so so much!

Deb Blank ★★★★★

As always, Bobby and his team completed our yearly MOT without any problems. It is great to have a local garage who provides an efficient, value for money service like they do.

Lulu Cohen ★★★★★

We've been using Autocentre South for more than ten years. Bobby and his team have always provided an excellent service. The quotes are realistic and diagnostics thorough. Problems have been resolved with our old cars that others might not have the patience and persistence to remedy.
We like having a reliable independent garage in our area and recommend you try them.

Sandy Nicholson ★★★★★

I have been going to Autocentre South for over 10 years now for the simple reason that I know I can trust Bobby and his team. His service is reliable, efficient and good value, on occasion he has dissuaded me from spending money unnecessarily, very unusual in his line of work! So if you are looking for a garage that is honest, reliable and value for money Autocentre South is it.

Al ★★★★★

Had a problem with my finances car, which still under warranty. I wanted some impartial advice before I got any work done. These guys couldn't have been more helpful, identified the problem and put no pressure on me to get the car fixed with them. Didn't charge me for the diagnosis either. Superb customer service, would not hesitate in recommending or using this company in future.

Tory Barne ★★★★★

As always Autocentre South were so kind and reliable today. Thank you for helping me - the best local garage.

Vanessa Westfold ★★★★★

I have been using this garage for 6years and have always found them super effecient, honest and a pleasure to deal with at all times. Whether it is a MOT, service, repairs or bodywork I have always been very pleased with the results. Bobby remembers his customers and treats them in a friendly but polite way. He painstakingly answers questions and explains problems so even I understand! They were recommended to me and I would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone. A very professional outfit.

aimeeluther ★★★★★

Finally - the holy grail in garages. Kind, efficient, polite, knowledgeable and not expensive. A pleasure to visit.

S Boswell ★★★★★

It is not easy to find a local garage that can offer a high level of expertise without charging outrageous main dealer prices.
The Autocentre team achieve this, a rarity to be treasured.

tom sheehan ★★★★★

I was really pleased with the service that I received from Bobby and his staff. They cheerfully fixed a broken bike rack for me at a very reasonable price and gave me useful advice on parts. I will be back.

Mike Bamford ★★★★★

Bobby and the team are reliable, quick, professional, trustworthy and friendly. They always manage to fit me in when I need the car sorting and I've had nothing but good experiences for nearly 10 years.

Robert Scrafton ★★★★★

Excellent service - Autocentre South brought my old car back to life. I recommend them to everyone.

Poppy Sturley ★★★★★

Bobby and his team are a hidden gem! It is so rare to find a car garage that you can trust to do the job to a high standard and not take everything you've earnt that month! What a lovely, honest, kind and considerate man!!! I would recommend Autocentre but especially Bobby to ANYBODY & EVERYBODY and thank you so much for being so swift, trustworthy and brilliantly charming!!! A true gem!

nicky missen ★★★★★

Reasonably priced and good honest communication. I will definitely go back.

Jack Simpson ★★★★★

Filled my car with too much oil. It's now working - minimum fuss, reasonable and helpful.

Alastair Taylor ★★★★★

Bobby was so friendly and helpful. Really quick service. Would recommend to anyone!

Robyn Wild ★★★★★

Amazing service from a true Gentleman. The job I needed done was finished within 10 minutes. On the whole, this garage provides fast and reliable service at reasonable prices! Would highly recommend this to family and friends!!!

Nick Hayes ★★★★★

Fixed a minor problem on the car free of charge for me. Great service, communication, good value and trustworthy. not much more you could ask for really.

Julia ★★★★★

I have used Autocentresouth a number of times, I don't usually write reviews but felt compelled to based on the amazing service and attitude of Bobby and his team. On each occasion I have dealt with this shop I have found the team friendly, very quick to diagnose the issue, willing to go out of their way to make the required repair as easy as possible with a very fast turn around (for both obtaining parts and repair) and all of this has been very reasonably priced. Vert highly recommended!

Libby Everall ★★★★★

We have just started using them as our local garage, they are very informative, efficient and reliable.

Jonathan Bugeja ★★★★★

Refreshing experience at a garage, honest and great service.

F MacEochagain ★★★★★

Used this garage for 4 years now. Exemplary service.

Geoff Morris ★★★★★

Bobby and his team were recommended to me by a friend when I had several deep scratches down the passenger side of my car across both doors and the front panel.
I collected the repaired car on Saturday and have spent over an hour studying the repair and cannot believe it is the same car!
An excellent service from a courteous and competitive operation. Cannot recommend more highly!

Megan ★★★★★

We've been using Autocentre South for years, even though we've moved to Tooting. Always been genuinely happy with their service and prices

Hamza Shaker ★★★★★

The overwhelmingly positive reviews are what attracted me to this garage, impractically located far away from my home in Bayswater. After years of dealing with price-hiking, disingenuous and outright thieving garages that plague central London, I decided in a last-ditch effort to try my luck with the impossibly high rated Autocentre South.
I say this with no exaggeration that Bobby is the epitome of exemplary customer service, rarely seen in London or indeed the world today. He is of a sadly vanishing breed of people who believe that honesty, charm and common decency to your fellow man are the key ingredients to a successful business. Couple that with an effective workforce and the cheapest prices on either side of the Thames and you have a recipe that can't fail.
I wish they did more than just car repairs so I have an excuse to go back more often, but alas, I'll just have to wait (rather excitedly) for my next service.

humphrey berney ★★★★★

Clean, friendly and great service. How all garages should be.

Dino Christophilopoulos ★★★★★

We have only ever encountered honest customer care, instant response and solid work from Autocentre. We have been using them for more than ten years and have nothing but praise for these guys.

Tudor Allin ★★★★★

In a word, brilliant. I have been using Autocentresouth for the last 5 years and no matter what the job, they have always been first class in their service and great value for money. The mechanics have worked miracles with my 1993 Toyota Landcruiser, that other garages would have otherwise written-off and given me huge repair bills. The front office team are incredibly friendly and above all trustworthy. Keep up the great work.

Sherri Joyce ★★★★★

Had my Hyundai clutch replaced and driveshaft boots by these guys. Very efficient service and top quality work, plus they are really nice folk as well. Price was good as well considering I specified oem parts to be used. They even had the boots couriered in at no extra charge when they found them both split. All in all pretty fabulous service.

Ajaaz Patel ★★★★★

Brilliant customer service and excellent workmanship.. Great work chaps

Zoe Ewart ★★★★★

Probably the best garage experience we've ever had! The people are so kind, professional and trustworthy. Also its certainly the cleanest garage i've ever seen! I could've eaten on the floor it was so spic and span...and i like that!!
Thanks guys!
Zoe and Ian Ewart

Phillipa Udy ★★★★★

Brilliant experience. Bobby is so friendly, helpful and honestly communicative about work needed. He was more helpful than necessary, and as a woman who doesn't know a lot about cars this was especially useful. Thoroughly recommend and will definitely return.

Spencer John ★★★★★

Moved to Balham (Sistova Road) 2 years ago, was nervous about going to a new garage, met Bobby when my X5 had problems, he was professional, honest and one of a kind, a true gent. You get full dealership levels of service, but without the cost. He's incredibly personal and you can tell the business is his life. Ive since sold my x5 and now have a 320M Sport, the only place I take it is to Bobby. This garage is a true gem, wholeheartedly recommended.

Donna Wreathall ★★★★★

Love these guys!! Welcoming, kind, never patronising. They always explain everything properly and ensure you understand what needs doing and why before they do anything. Highly recommended but especially to women on their own taking cars in, who may find traditional garage formats intimidating.

Simon gonzalez-moreno ★★★★★

AutoCentre South is run by the amazing Bobby, who exists in an era where garages are anonymous businesses often run by unhelpful or surly people. Bobby not only understands cars, he understands people. My stepdaughter's Peugeot 206 is not the smartest on the block, and vandals had damaged both front wings. In one swift review, Bobby announced that what I needed was panels pushed out, indicator replaced and gave me a price that was half the competition.
He took the car in right away. 2 hours later he calls. Your car is ready, and, by the way it's £50 less than I quoted. And sure enough it's a great piece of work completed in a flash. If angels truly walk this earth they do so in the form of people like Bobby who really care about the service they offer. Thank you, fella, for a great job very well done.

Alexandra Campbell ★★★★★

I have been using Autocentre South for a couple of years and highly recommend it. It delivers fantastic service at great value to customers. Bobby is a pleasure to deal with and is incredibly helpful. I feel very lucky to have found this garage.

Pippa Davidson ★★★★★

I have used Autocenter South for the last 15years and they have proved to provide the best service every time. They are fairly priced, very professional and for someone whom knows little about cars are very trust worthy. When my car battery died and I couldn't move the car to get it over to the garage Bobby, Eddy and their team arranged to come to my house (about 3 miles away) and perform the diagnostic tests required and replace the battery in situ. I'm only 'road side assistance' with the AA meaning I would have had to pay £150 to be towed to get the car fixed. Autocentre South prevented the need to spend these monies. Bobby knew I had to be at an important meeting early the following morning and came at 10.30pm to register the battery such that I was able to use the car. Clearly this is above and beyond what a 'normal' local garage would do. 5 Stars

Heather Laycock ★★★★★

I was unlucky enough to break down with a complete ignition failure on a trip from Southampton to Dulwich in a slightly vintage 1.8 Golf Cabriolet. The first garage I rang was utterly unhelpful, but then by fortune I got in touch with Autocentre South. Bobby is the proprietor. After a short chat, he got one of his mechanics to tow the car in for no charge when a commercial operation would have charged the earth. He then honestly said with the need for spare parts the car would be unfixable that day , but he would be in touch. So I did not have to hang around and took the train back to Southampton. That evening I had a phone call with a quote and an ETA for work to be completed. Everything was done as expected to a high standard on a car most mechanics in any garage would rarely see these days.
You can tell the quality of a workman and his garage by the way the workshop looks. In Autocentresouth it looks like a workshop before the Top Gear Team get there. Really shipshape. Cannot recommend them too highly.

Ajay Jayaram ★★★★★

Just recently had some work done for me by Bobby and his team here, and promised myself I would finally give some feedback as I've been quite a few times now - I can honestly say the service has been exemplary every single time and it's great to see similar feedback on here as it's all too rare to come across such attention to detail and care. Our next door neighbours have had exactly the same experiences too. Anyone stating otherwise must either be a case of mistaken identity or the competition!

Thank you so much for all of your help...

Claire Conway ★★★★★

Really helpful, thorough and saved my car from being scrapped!

John Kielty ★★★★★

I had a problem with my Mercedes which was diagnosed by Autocentre, Bobby the manager was very straight talking and honest providing sound advice. It turned out the problem was covered by my cars warranty so Mercedes agreed to rectify the problem. Even so Autocentre did not ask for any payment for the initial inspection.

Amar al-bayati ★★★★★

Bobby the Owner is a wonderful honest person, Brilliant service and so convenient, they did an amazing repair and service to my car, communication and update me on the progress was spot on, they even cleaned my car through out, highly recommend *****

jim connor ★★★★★

Had Mot and service on my VW Polo. They did a really good job and price was competitive and fair. Very nice people.
Will definitely use them again.

Jay Scott-Nicholls ★★★★★

1 negative review out of 60 points to a bad customer, not a bad business. I've used this garage for 5 years and wouldn't go anywhere else. The owner (Bobby) is a perfect gentleman and I trust his judgement and his prices implicitly. And not because I'm rich (I'm not).

Marcus Thomlinson ★★★★★

I used to service my own cars so having moved down south, not really knowing anyone in the business or still having my tools, it's frustrating to pay for a service! I needed to service my new (to me) Audi TT and get a couple of bits done. I checked out various reviews on-line and was delighted to find Autocentre South on my door step. How refreshing to find somewhere that talks sense, tells you how they work, and gives you real help. Not only that, Bobby talked me through what was needed and clearly knew what he was talking about. He even went the extra mile to make it all work for me. If you want great service, quality work at a competitive price then here you have it. Highly recommended.

Stuart Ettridge ★★★★

Looked good but the customer service is fake and disingenuous. The owner certainly rates himself but is arrogant. Couldn't even provide a rough estimate on the work. When I asked for more details on the cost of changing the front pads on my civic type S he didn't want to but eventually came back with £120 double to any other garage. When I questioned the price his response was that this wasn't the garage for me and hung up. MOT is £55 £15 more than majority of garages. How this garage gets any good reviews is beyond me. Must be rich clients who don't question over inflated prices. I'd recommend going anywhere else but to this garage.

Adil Khan ★★★★★

I have been using this garage for the past 10 years and bringing all the family cars here. We are always well looked after and the service is fantastic. I have never been disappointed by any jobs carried out on any of our vehicles and have full confidence in the guys working on my car get the job done to the highest standard. I would recommend this garage to anyone who wants the work on their car done knowing that you are well looked after, with the stress element taken out, which everyone dreads when car problems arise. Definitely the best garage in South London.

Mahdey Shugaa ★★★★★

One of the most difficult decisions and one where you are totally at a loss as a driver is the 'dreaded breakdown of the car', where you are going to take it and what will happen. I broke down in Balham and a few streets away i located AUTOCENTRE SOUTH on the internet, read the reviews and took the chance. All i can say is THANK YOU AUTOCENTRE SOUTH for your very professional service. If you're looking for an honest, professional garage this is one. I will be back although i live many miles away.

Adam Escobar ★★★★★

I have been taking 3 of my cars here now over a 5 year period. Super nice team and no nonsense style of customer service. They treat you LIKE A PERSON not an idiot or a waste of time. They really are the best! :)

Robert Pile ★★★★★

Very reliable and trustworty service. Would highly recommend

Mario S ★★★★★

Superb service. Fast, efficient and reliable. Highly recommended.

N Wright ★★★★★

I wish we had known about Bobby and his team sooner! Excellent work and honesty to match. When my car dies, I now know exactly which cars are worth purchasing and which ones are merely for "show". Great workmanship, fantastic advice and genuine integrity. And right on our doorstep!

James Doughty ★★★★

Good service from a garage that pride themselves on customer service. My car issues were explained and shown to me, which was appreciated. I will be using them again.

Alice Cheshire ★★★★★

I am so pleased to find a garage that I recommend.
My mini has been 'ill' for many years, nobody seemed able to fix it. I would be sold a new battery and sent on my way. The problem got worse (the alarm going off whilst I was driving, windows going up and down etc) I contacted a local garage - Autocentre to ask whether it would be possible for them to collect my car (which had yet another flat battery) and deliver it to the mini garage. (The mini garage won't collect cars that don't work - can you believe it?!). Bobby at Autocentre agreed to take it, and said that he would look at it first. Well he has fixed it, the car is now back and fully functioning, the fault wasn't with the battery but with the electronics.
Thank you Bobby and Autocentre for fixing my 'unfixable' car.

Faye Woolerton ★★★★★

I highly recommend this garage which I have been using for the past 3 years. I have a 13 year old Renault Clio which recently needed an MOT, and fairly basic car knowledge. The owner offered me excellent personalised advice about the work that needed to be done, and I completely trusted his opinion. I always appreciate their honestly and I believe that they genuinely have the customers best interests at heart. I sometimes worry that garages create a list of work that does not necessarily need to be done, but that absolutely isn't the case with Autocentre South. I will be back!

Nicole F ★★★★★

The guys in here are always so helpful... I live locally and when ever i have a problem will give me honest and fare rates, and if they cant help send me in the right direction! Highly reccomended

Saskia Mercuri ★★★★★

My experiences at Autocentre South over the past few years have always been excellent. Bobby and his team are always reliable, friendly and honest. I have recommended this garage to a lot of other people and will continue to do so.

rachie b ★★★★★

Bobby and the team have looked after my cars for years and I can not fault. In an industry that is very much where integrity & honesty is doubted the team at Balham Auto Centre certainly show you how it should be done !

Emma Norton ★★★★

We always use autocentre south for our MOT and services - have done for several years now. Always get a good service and in particular this time, they went over and above. Might not always be the cheapest, but are reliable and happy with the outcome.

Kevin Wilson ★★★★★

Excellent service again. Honest, transparent, knowledgeable and helpful. You can't ask for much more than that.

nick green ★★★★★

They are not necessarily the cheapest but definitely competitive and the service is great. I have used them for years and never had a problem. In fact they save you money in that they tell what actually does and doesn't need to be done. Having used other places in the area notably Balham Auto Centre on the high road and had a dreadful service I will be sticking with these guys.

Jessica S ★★★★★

If you're looking for an honest, local garage look no further! I've been using Autocentresouth for a few years now cannot recommend them more highly. From a regular service to fixing a puncture they have always done a great job.

Jamie Campbell ★★★★★

Excellent service. Friendly, knowledgable, helpful & cost effective.

Chris Evans ★★★★★

Excellent service. Diagnosed the problem on my Mini without me needing to go to the expense of the local franchised dealer. Would recommend Autocentre South to anyone looking for a reliable service centre in South London.

Emily Blakemore ★★★★★

Excellent repair and MOT centre!

A lot of people worry about mechanics and garages - worry they will be overcharged, or the garage will suggest unnecessary work. My experiences at Autocentre South over the past few years have been the opposite. Reliable, trustworthy, honest.

Work is always carried out quickly to an excellent standard.

I have moved out of Balham, but will continue to use this garage. I would recommend AutocenteSouth without hesitation.

Asad Rizvi ★★★★★

I've been going to Autocentre South for the best part of 6 years and have received absolutely great service for a fair price from day 1. Apart from the odd wear and tear issue my car is in perfect condition even though it is over 10 years old, and I genuinely believe it is down to the good honest service I get at Autocentre every year. Bobby has always taken a genuine interest in my car and runs a very professional car garage which is a breath of fresh air. Definitely the best car garage in South London!

David van ★★★★★

Refreshing to deal with honest and reasonable mechanics. I wouldn't go anywhere else in balham/clapham.

Justin Davies ★★★★★

In a world of dodgy rip-off garages it's a very welcome surprise to find a garage like this. I've used Bobby's garage for a number of years and have always found them extremely efficient, They go out of their way to ensure that everything is done on time and at the cheapest possible cost. In addition Bobby's customer service is friendly and polite. I'd be delighted to recommend Autocentre South to anyone for MOTs, services and any type of repair.

Ian Ford-Batey ★★★★★

I've used Bobbie and his team for many years. Forget the dealerships and their high prices and labour costs, Autocentre South, always does a great job and it doesn't cost the earth. I have to say, it's real nice in this day and age, and especially in London, to find someone who cares about the customer and isn't out to rip you off. Autocentre South is a little gem. Long may it sparkle !!!!

Hannah Burd ★★★★

Great service - really respectful an polite! I'd recommend this garage to anyone. The prices aren't the cheapest, but you can trust them, it's super convenient and they keep you in the loop with all diagnostics and parts that are getting ordered and at when you'll be able to pick your car up (for me, it was same day - no problem). A really trustworthy service, tailored to you and the age of your vehicle, so you don't pay over the odds for an older car. Will definitely use them again.

Peter Highland ★★★★★

Autocentre South do all our car repairs and MOTs etc. They're very accommodating on appointments; they price things reasonably; do the work on time and well and communicate without going in for all those text reminders and pushy selling stuff other garages sometimes employ.

Their work has always been good. I'd recommend them. There is not a lot of parking around there but usually possible to leave on the forecourt before work and pick up later or the next morning.

Anthony Shaw ★★★★★

I lucked out big time. Buying a 15 year old Mercedes was always going to be risky and thus expensive, but finding probably the best garage in London just around the corner was remarkable. I have used Bobby's services twice now, and feel almost blessed to have found him. He and his remarkable team are honest, sincere, caring and fairly priced. Their garage is clean and well organised, and a pleasure to visit. On both occasions I could have been charged a lot more for the work done, and what was done was explained well and options provided. I was given the choice of taking a cheaper part and an alternative work around if required. I cannot recommend this place enough. Finally a business that warrants praise. I am so happy to be able to offer it.

Christine T ★★★★★

Very happy with the service. I needed bodywork repairs done. The various options were clearly explained, and the car was taken in and repaired quickly. Very happy with the result and the price. Also, excellent customer service. Thank you!

Adam Chalk ★★★★★

This is a great garage and we always get a great service. Ask for Bobby.

Chris Hussey ★★★★★

Went there from seeing other reviews. I have a tatty 2002 BMW 330d estate and the guys took good care of it and got it through its MOT. Bobby was excellent in his customer service and advice, recommending work that was required/necessary for the car. He now has another repeat and happy customer!

Clive Pollard ★★★★★

I have been using Autocentre for 16 years and have always been impressed by the friendly, honest and professional service from Bobby and the whole team........ even the reception area is always spotlessly clean! My car has just had a major body repair job carried out and not only does the bodywork look as good as new, they even cleaned the inside aswell. A very satisfied customer!

Isaiah M ★★★★★

How can a garage have such outstanding reviews. I was apprehensive at first as it was my first time there, however i can honestly say it is an experience I will never forget. From the warm smile upon my entry, to the attention to detail paid on my car. A fond farewell goes a long way, and this garage definitely puts the customer at the heart of everything they do. BRAVO

tateproduction ★★★★★

So rare to find a garage who are honest. My boyfriend took our car in as it was showing warning lights. Rather than make up a false reason and charge us - Bobby just explained that's what happens every now and then when the car needs a service - no need to do anything.
Of course we took the business back there for a full service. Bobby was extremely fair and clear when explaining the cost - and when I returned to collect the car (only a day later) I was greeted with a thorough explanation of the service. Nothing was immediately wrong, any potential issues Bobby had flagged and given me tips to combat any cold issues during the winter months.
It's so reassuring to have a local garage that are trust-worthy and who don't charge for anything and everything they can. I am so happy I've found Autocentre South and will be a loyal customer for years to come.

Carl Thomas ★★★★★

Always have my MOT and car service at this garage and haven't got a bad word to say. Friendly and helpful, plus its open first thing in the morning so convenient to drop the car around early. In addition, had trouble opening my bonnet once - nipped the car around there and they sorted it out straight away....

Anna G ★★★★★

Bobby and team have always been helpful and friendly. Highly recommended.

Tomas Zeman ★★★★★

I used this garage twice and was always very satisfied. I work as a driving instructor, franchise with one of the major driving schools and therefore I have to use certain garage for service, tyre changes etc. so I avoid paying unnecessarily. Recently I needed to change the bulb in the headlight of my Vauxhall Corsa. I called one of the major car service chains and they weren't too sure if they can do it. I called the Vauxhall dealer but couldn't make an appointment for the same day. No help there since I needed it to be done the same day. So I called Autocentre South. There was no hesitation, I was told to come right away. I turned up, job was done in 20 minutes without a problem. I had a lovely conversation with the mechanic whilst waiting, the owner is also very pleasant guy to talk to and knows his stuff.
I will certainly be coming back if I have an issue and I would recommend Autocentre South to anyone who wants quality job with no nonsense!!!

Luke Ellis ★★★★★

I took my car in fearing the worst, but it just turned out that there was a stone in one of the wishbones. Bobby was great and clearly showed that his priority is customer service as he did it free of charge. I will definitely be returning to support a great local business and I wholeheartedly encourage others to do so too.

Ravinder Thukral ★★★★★

Excellent and quick service. Really helpful people whose advice I can trust. Thank you all.

Richard Naylor ★★★★★

Just took my car here for an MOT. Fantastic service, quick and affordable plus Bobby's a great guy. Highly recommend.

Matt Baker ★★★★★

I've taken my car here a number of times and always received a high quality and honest service. Bobby, the owner, always gives me an honest appraisal of the issue and takes time to explain what work needs to or has been carried out and never feel like I'm being over charged.

James Shaw ★★★★★

Definitely recommended - I've taken my car to Bobby and his team on several occasions and they have always provided a brilliant service. Great communications, very fast turnaround, and at a very reasonable price. It always nice when someone takes the time to explain about the work that needs to be done, and Bobby is excellent at this.

Hannah Graham ★★★★★

My boyfriend and I have been taking our cars to Bobby for a number of years now and the service we have received has been consistently excellent! Regardless of how messy or complicated the job - I won't go into too many details on the flooded boot! - Bobby and his team have been nothing other than brilliant. Every job is done quickly, with care and all work explained thoroughly before being undertaken. I would undoubtedly recommend Autocentre South to anyone looking for a trustworthy, efficient, capable and very reasonably priced local garage.

Fiona C-W ★★★★★

Bobby and his team really pulled out all the stops to get my old car through its MOT and ready for a long journey. I'd recently been to another garage and had poor service and Autocenter South were recommended to me by friends. In a 5 min test drive with the mechanic, he was able to diagnose the noise problem and solve it quickly. I was very pleased!

James Horridge ★★★★★

We used to take our BMW back to the dealer for it's annual service but found it cost an arm and a leg and never felt we were getting great value for money. We were recommended Autocentre South in Balham by friends and have been using them ever since. The owner is extremely friendly and honest and for once we don't feel like we're being ripped off with work that doesn't actually need doing. My sister now uses them for her very old VW Golf and he's kept her on the road for longer than the car deserves! We also like to support the local business and would highly recommend.

Rob Kirsty Machardy-Webster ★★★★★

Excellent service and very honest. We took our car to two places - one said the work (sticking on our rearview mirror) would costs £70 whereas Autocentre charged us only £10 including for a temporary mirror. It turned out we needed to make a claim on our insurance for a replacement windscreen - they took the time to talk through the problem and fully explain what need to be done to make our claim. Would definitely use again.

James Swinford ★★★★★

I don't usually give reviews but in this case i felt it worthwhile. I have a vauxhall astra that over the years has needed the usual services and running repairs. I have used a number of different garages but autocentre south have been the best by far. The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. Recently i faced a major issue with my car, they took great care in resolving the issue and ensuring i was kept informed throughout the process. I have recommended this garage to a number of my friends and will continue to use them moving forward. I highly recommend using them

Petra Tiziani ★★★★★

We can't recommend Bobby and Autocentre South in Balham enough.
The service is always super quick, thorough, of the highest quality and competitive on price!

Bobby always calls to explain and confirm any work needed before going ahead and goes above and beyond with any jobs he has done for us. We have recommended Autocentre South to everyone we know.

Julie Peel ★★★★★

Bobby knows his stuff, is completely straightforward about what needs doing, does a great job and at a reasonable price. I know I can trust whatever he does for us. I don't know a lot about cars, but he explains everything fully without all the jargon. We have lived in Balham for a long time and have tried out lots of different garages, including dealerships, we just wish we had found Bobby sooner. He is honest reliable and transparent, an undiscovered gem who needs to be discovered by more people. I recommend him to all my friends and he has never disappointed.

Steve Brown ★★★★

Awful, they took my car in from the RAC and after two days the manager called to say that they couldn't diagnose the fault and that they would need more time, the bill up to this point being £250! They kept it a further day and then came back with the same diagnosis that the RAC man had given three days prior which incidentally they couldn't fix,the bill was now £300. I spoke to the outwardly charming manager who came up with a host of completely unrelated issues in order to justify what he had been doing for the three days. It became obvious that they were simply out of their depth which I could have understood if they has just admitted it rather than play around with it and then try and charge me £300 for nothing.

Jim Wood ★★★★★

Very friendly and efficient. Kept up to date on recent repairs we had done and brought back for MOT. Recommended.

Clara Manasian ★★★★★

Autocentre South provided a very reliable and trustworthy garage service. As a customer, I felt that I was in safe hands right from the get go and the necessary repairs were explained to me in a very clear, professional and transparent manner.

A very special thanks must go to Bobby for his professionalism and excellent customer service. I will certainly be returning to this garage in the future for MOTs, services, etc, and recommending the garage to friends and family.


Anna Webster ★★★★★

I recently took my car to Autocentre after developing problems with the brake light. Bobby and his team were excellent and very patient with someone who knows very little about cars! I won't hesitate to use Autocentre South when my car needs servicing/MOT later in the year.

Mike Clarke ★★★★★

This was my first time to Autocentre South, and I came based on some of the recommendations I read online.

I was very impressed with the friendly and honest service, especially as I don't know a great deal about cars. It was very refreshing to have the options explained to me, as well as a review of the work once it was completed.

Quite honestly - couldn't have asked for a better service.

I would definitely recommend them if you're worried about any car related troubles.

Sophie dexter ★★★★★

I have used autocente south for the last few years - i have always found them honest , helpful , efficient and competitively priced.

They are also very nice and easy to deal with , as a woman taking cars to the garage , it isn't always easy.

Lavinia Weir ★★★★★

Incredibly genuine and honest experience. I went to put my car in for a tyre change and the manager, after evaluating the repair, suggested that I would be better taking advantage of the one off offer at the garage down the road. Typically Autocentre's prices are competitive with other garages but he informed me on this occasion to take advantage of the offer.

I've never had such a professional, honest experience from any auto repair company. I will definitely be returning to and recommending Autocentre.

Helen Riddell ★★★★★

I cannot recommend Autocentre South highly enough. My car was struggling to start most mornings and I thought it was probably the battery. I called in and they checked the battery and alternator then and there, explaining the readings as they went. They then managed to get me a bigger, better battery at a great price. I had wrongly presumed that because the garage is a clean and impressive establishment that it was likely to be over priced. In fact I got a great deal, was looked after by friendly, helpful and genuine staff - something very rare! If you have car issues - this would be my first port of call.

Emma Parkin ★★★★★

We've used this garage a couple of times in the last few weeks - for an MOT and for an emergency drop in when the front wheel started making a very funny noise. They were courteous and accommodating on both occasions - they were happy to take the car immediately despite the fact it wasn't booked in, the engineer came to listen to the noise and I ran off to work, leaving it with them. I was very pleasantly surprised when I found out later in the day that the problem had been a stone jammed in the wheel and that there would be no charge for fixing it. I would definitely recommend their services and will be using them again.

Scott C ★★★★★

I have visited Autocentre twice in the last couple of weeks and I am very pleased to have found a local mechanic that is friendly, open and honest. I drive an old car so knowing I have reliable mechanic near by is a relief more than anything. I was highly recommended Bobby (at Autocentre) by my neighbours and I will be passing on the same recommendation to friends in the Balham area.