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★★★★★

“I have had huge confident boost and excellent lessons...”

Written on: 09/12/2019 by Neilwilko86 (1 review written)

I have had huge confident boost and excellent lessons from one of the instructors here, he has shown me the correct and best way to drive and has successfully got me passed my theory with help and support and today has guided me past my driving test. Always on time for me and suited the minimum hours I could take as of work and every lesson was a joy n confidence is booming thorough with everything yet enjoyable and so happy to recommend to anybody thank you Andy1st for yourselves and a big… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“No communication”

Written on: 07/12/2019 by julian1413 (1 review written)

Tried to speak with Andy but stated he would only communicate by email ? I explained I wanted to set up lessons for my daughter and just wanted to discuss the lessons and some reassurance as a father regarding the instructor as she was alone in Birmingham at Uni. Started to communicate briefly on email and then just stopped replying and absolutely REFUSED to talk on the phone very suspicious behaviour!… Read Full Review

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“VERY UNRELIABLE !!”

Written on: 17/09/2019 by Emilia220 (1 review written)

I had my first lesson and at the end of my lesson instructer told me he'll be on long holidays ! Such a WASTE of time and money !!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Excellent Automatic Driving Instructor”

Written on: 16/04/2019 by MarionLM (1 review written)

The person I dealt with is an excellent instructor: he motivates to improve yourself, e.g. after a bad manoeuvre he will say "Hmm, you can do better than that" in such a way that you really want to try again and get it right. Moreover, he gives lots of valuable advice: from buying a car, insurance, road tax to tips that will stay with me for the rest of my driving life, e.g. if you are stuck driving out onto a very busy road then making eye contact with oncoming drivers will mean they will stop… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Worst driving school around, avoid at all costs! ”

Written on: 22/01/2019 by Stileszz2 (1 review written)

This driving school is a joke! They’ve basically robbed my daughter of money with their so called driving lessons. She drove with Andy, the company’s owner and he was useless! He never hardly taught her anything, he wouldn’t let her drive by herself, he kept using the dual control constantly , even though she can drive, he used to talk most of the lessons about things completely irrelevant to the lesson, he prolonged the chats so the driving was limited, he kept grabbing the steering… Read Full Review

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“Unprofessional”

Written on: 20/11/2018 by StevenC295 (1 review written)

Andy 1st driving school seemed like a decent company. Having sent my daughter for lessons with them i could be more wrong. The instructor said he only operated 2 hour lessons as this was quicker. At first i thought great. When after a few lessons i asked my daughter how is was going she mentioned that the instructors drives to a location for her to begin driving. Then drives her home. I basically paying an advanced taxi fare for his time. For her 2 hour lesson I’m lucky if she close to 1 hour… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Saj at Andy1st”

Written on: 28/09/2018 by michaelweston (1 review written)

I have put off learning to drive due to an anxiety disorder but in August 2018 due to health and work reasons decided now was the time! At 47yrs old and with no driving experience at all from the 1st lesson Saj my instructor put me at complete ease, boosted my confidence and made me believe I could do this! He made learning very easy with his years of experience and knowledge even taking time to make little sketches of maneuvers which helped immensely. So within 2 short months Saj had taught me… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Brilliant instructor”

Written on: 20/12/2017 by SyedJaffry (1 review written)

Driving school employed a very professional and helpful instructor by the name of Ibrar. Spent not a long time with him but learnt a lot of stuff in that time which ultimately helped me pass. Would definitely recommend to a friend ! Thanks ! … Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Very good driving school”

Written on: 21/11/2017 by Xavierv231 (1 review written)

I am pleased with my driving instructor, he always checks that the date and times of my lesson are ok and that I am still available. I feel like I have learnt a lot and I am getting a lot of driving done, so I am improving quite quick. I really enjoy these lessons and I look forward to them. I would definitely recommend… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Brilliant school for learning to drive”

Written on: 10/11/2017 by JaylinGray (1 review written)

Had my lessons with andy 1st and was made at ease with my instructor who then got me through my test and passed first time, thank you… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Would not recommend”

Written on: 10/09/2017 by vpO'Leary366 (1 review written)

Haven't even started lessons took 2weeks to book then phoned us and his tone was disgusting the way he spoke to my son made my son feel very anxious about taking lessons , for someone that's never driven before and was feeling very nervous his phone manner didn't put him at ease . Would not use this company again needs lessons in how to speak to customers properly. Thankfully it hasn't put my son off driving gone for a different company who are fabulous… Read Full Review

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“Waste of money”

Written on: 06/09/2017 by Bruma29 (1 review written)

After having 3failed test in automatic and not being able to find another automatic instructors in my town I went with Andy's first school. 1st charged me £48 for 1st one hr lesson. Thought it was dome sort if deposit. Never got it back My instructor cancelled about 4 to five times. Always seemed to do same or similar root. I had to ask if we can go on dual carriegway week before test. Lucky for me I also have private practise and familiar with dual carriegway. Didn't feel I learnt… Read Full Review

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“Completely disappointed”

Written on: 16/01/2016

I chose this driving school as i had seen many good reviews and it was popular in my area, however it was the worst decision I ever made. I did not feel comfortable at all with my Instructor and felt intimidated. I had not booked my tests until a whole year passed by, even though I felt I was ready so a lot of money was wasted Andy1st also had a guarantee on their website that they would pay for the next test if I had not passed, however they did not live up to that. Would not recommend this… Read Full Review

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“Avoid this company if you want your money back”

Written on: 04/10/2015 by Squirrel66 (1 review written)

I took lessons with Andy's 1st driving school back in January of this year. Everything seemed fine and after 19 lessons I felt I was ready to take my test. Having booked my test,I ended up changing the test date THREE times all because my instructor didn't communicate with me very well about his availability. When I said to him I wasn't happy about this he then told me to find another instructor! My second instructor from this company had a different car who also taught me different maneuvers… Read Full Review

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“decided I lived to far”

Written on: 19/09/2015 by 261Shoemaker (1 review written)

My boyfriend booked 5 lessons for my birthday. On my birthday they turn up and the lesson goes great. The instructor books a second lesson for the following week. On that day he messages to say he will be 30mins late. He then fails to arrive at all and sends a message to say it's out of his area were I live and I will have to fine another instructor. Why the hell didn't he say that before because now he has taken the money for the 1st lesson and I have to have the same 1st lesson with another… Read Full Review

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“I recently had 8 lessons with this company, and when...”

Written on: 22/09/2014 by Blairzd77 (1 review written)

I recently had 8 lessons with this company, and when booking with them they prided themselves on offering a "Full one hour lesson" to its students. However, it soon became apparent that this was not the case. I went and booked the package deal of 1st 5hours for £50 which was built for beginners who have never had lessons before. On my first lesson I was told I would need 1.5 hours as I would not be allowed to drive from my pickup destination onto the main road and I would need to be driven to… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“This driving school has appalled me. The instructor I...”

Written on: 06/10/2010

This driving school has appalled me. The instructor I learnt with did not teach me a vital component of the test, the emergency stop. I failed my test because of this and the driving schools director was rude and unapologetic to me. The teacher lied his way out of it and made up all sorts of things to make me look bad. They called me at late hours of the night (11pm) and always took smoke breaks during my lessons, overcharged and LIED!
Worst school ever, do not go here, don't even be tempted -… Read Full Review

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