Town branch is top of the shops

The Drive Vauxhall staff

The Drive Vauxhall staff

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A BODY shop is celebrating after being voted one of the top 10 in the country.

Drive Vauxhall, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, gained the honour based on the recommendations of its customers.

But its exact position in the top 10 is a secret as the exact placings are not revealed.

The award is presented to sites across the country which are monitored throughout the year and have achieved the highest levels of customer satisfaction and quality standards.

Joe Palmer, regional retail manager for Drive Vauxhall, said: “It is a credit to the hard work of our team and the relationships we have built with our customers. Customers are asked to give a mark out of 10 in categories such as customer service, staff treatment and standard of repairs.

The Hartlepool branch, which employs 45 staff, received a Bodyshop of the Year 2010 plaque.

Joe added: “This reflects the standards that we set. To be given this award means a lot to the staff on site.”

Around 240 body shops were scrutinised in the awards scheme.The Burn Road site also offers new and used cars, accident repair, dent removal, windscreen repairs, insurance work, servicing and MoTs.