Residential Intensive Driving Courses
Compared with hourly lessons
Some people have said they feel our courses are expensive but if you look at the examples below we hope you will agree we are actually great value for what is QUALITY tuition and service.
Lets look at our longest course and compare it with hourly lessons.
Quality hourly lessons usually cost between £28 and £35 and a 40 hour intensive is equivalent to 45 to 50 hourly lessons in achievement if not more!
So 45 times £28 works out to be £1260, then add the cost of your practical test which is £62 and we have a total of £1322.
That means that just taking the lowest price into consideration we are nearly £200 cheaper at £1129 without accommodation and just £47 dearer if we include our great accommodation!
Remember too that is not just about prices, with intensive courses you will have just practiced the area you are likely to go on your test rather than possibly 5 or 6 weeks previous giving you a better chance of passing which is why it has a higher pass rate than our hourly lessons!
Compared with other companies
It usually pays to shop around but it is very important that you check what is included in the price! We feel it is wrong to quote a price and then you have to add the 'extras' in so ALL our courses include one-to-one tuition and the practical test fee. Our residential courses also include great bed & breakfast accommodation too!
You also need to be clear on what you are getting for your money, to quote one website who advertise a 42 hour course for £642 (£729 with accommodation) it is shared tuition so in real terms it is actually just 21 hours behind the wheel for £642. Our clear pricing and one-to-one tuition means a 20 hour course from us translates to 20 hours behind the wheel for only £649, and that is without having to spend another 21 hours sitting in the back!
I have just looked at another company who quote prices from £170 and quote a lowest price promise, their 42 hour residential course is advertised at £542 till you look more closely! It turns out that it is actually £668 with a budget hotel (you can only guess the quality of this), then it seems you need to add the test fee of £62 and an extra £442 for one-to-one tuition so now it is £1192. Yes it is a little less than us but it is only over 7 days you do 6 hours per day which we feel is too much, we do an extra day so only 5 hours each day which is far better for you.
Another company states you receive a free retest should you fail, they are £171 dearer and the test is only £62!
What about a guaranteed pass? No-one can actually guarantee you a pass but they offer 'free' training if you fail, sounds great but they are over £800 more than us! This would pay for a lot more lessons!
Having said all this the most important thing is the quality of tuition that you are going to receive which is so difficult to judge through a website. We are one of the most recommended intensive driving course company's in the UK and we only got there by being very good at what we do! Don't just take our word for it check out our reviews, remember it is so important to make the right choice as you only want to do this once!
Be warned, we have heard so many complaints about some companies doing underhand things like not even booking a test for you then telling you on the last day that you are not up to test standard so they will not allow you to take the test and pocket your test fee! We always arrange everything for you and give you chance to check the arrangements (not possible for short notice tests) before asking for any payment.
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