About Us

Avantgarde Automotive is an Independent Mercedes-Benz specialist offering a full menu of servicing, repairs, diagnostics and MOT’s.  We also have a range of hand picked pre-owned cars for sale which have all been prepared to the highest standard.

The business is owned and managed by Steve Mowat who has 20 years experience in the prestige and specialist sector of the motor industry and together with his team of professional and dedicated staff, you can be assured that your Mercedes-Benz is in the safest of hands.

Avantgarde Automotive are also members of the Mercedes-Benz Owners Club and active participants on the owners forum, giving help and advice on a range of technical questions posed by individuals with problems with their Mercedes-Benz.  You can view the Mercedes-Benz owners forum by clicking this link:

Meet our core team members:

Steve Mowat: Managing Director

Steve has worked within the motor industry since he was 16, starting his career as an apprentice with BMW before moving to McLaren Automotive as a development and production technician on the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren project. He was involved in building the very first SLR McLaren to roll off the production line, so really knows and loves these cars.

He later moved into the Mercedes-Benz dealer network establishing himself as one of the workshops top diagnostic technicians, and then moving into dealership management running teams within the service department.

Steve always had the goal of running his own business and in 2009 Avantgarde Automotive was formed as an alternative to main dealer servicing, specifically specialising in Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. The response and demand for a reliable, knowledgeable and trustworthy alternative to a Mercedes-Benz main dealer has been fantastic and in 2015 the business relocated to a new state of the art workshop in Clevedon.  Due to the new location being conveniently located just off the M5, it has enabled Avantgarde Automotive to serve both Bristol and Somerset.

Lee Masters: Business Manager

Lee runs our service reception and Mercedes-Benz vehicle sales. Having a solid background in Customer Service and a great passion for the motor industry, he is at the front end of the business and is here to ensure that you and your Mercedes Benz are well looked after. If you have any queries or enquiries, then feel free to give him a call.

Jenny Mowat: Marketing Manager

Jenny has been with the business from its first concept and looks after all of the marketing and brand activity. She has a Degree in Marketing and looks after all web based and print materials. We like to try and keep our message as clear and simple as possible: ‘To provide a quality service for you and your Mercedes-Benz, while saving you money every step of the way.’

Gary Tripp-Edwards: Master Technician

Gary joined Avantgarde Automotive in November 2016.  He is a manufacturer trained Master Technician with over 30 years experience in the motor industry across three different marques encompassing both passenger car and commercial vehicle accreditation.  With an extensive knowledge of mechanical and electrical diagnosis Gary is comfortable working all on vehicles in the Mercedes-Benz range.

Darren Grainger: Senior Technician

Darren has over 20 years experience in the motor industry and is a manufacturer trained Senior Technician. He has a broad skill set including complex electrical diagnosis. He is thorough and methodical in all operations ensuring all repairs are carried out to the manufacturers correct specification.

Steve Pratt: Master Diagnostic Technician

Steve has rejoined our business directly from Mercedes-Benz where he was working as a Diagnostic Technician. Steve has been in the motor industry since 1982 and has been working with Mercedes-Benz products since 2001. He previously worked for Avantgarde Automotive from 2011-2015 before rejoining Mercedes-Benz where he furthered his training in the latest fields of electrical diagnosis and hybrid technology. Fondly known as “The Oracle” to all of his friends and colleagues, a name given due to his vast knowledge and passion for Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Would you like to join our team?

We are always on the look out for qualified technicians who have a passion for Mercedes-Benz, so if you are looking for a new challenge then please send your CV through to info@avantgarde-automotive and we will be in touch!

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