About Us

Servicing Mercedes Vehicles for Over 12 Years

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.


Meet our core team members

Steve Mowat:  Owner and Managing Director

Steve has worked within the motor industry since 1997, 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.

In 2006 was offered a position within the Mercedes-Benz dealer network. Quickly establishing himself as a leading workshop diagnostic technician, he then moved into dealership management running service departments in two different Mercedes-Benz retail franchises.

Steve always had a goal of running his own business and in 2009 he formed Avantgarde Automotive as an alternative to main dealer servicing. Since 2014 the business has been based in Clevedon where significant investment was made in a purpose built workshop facility as well as expanding to offer repairs to other specialist marques such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Pagani as well as offering a used vehicle sales and sourcing service.

Jenny Mowat: Director and Marketing Manager

Jenny has been involved with the business from its first concept and has been an integral part of its success.

Qualified with a 2:1 BA Honours degree in Marketing and Business Management, Jenny looks after all of the brand activity of the business as well as designing all of our web and print based material as well as assisting Steve behind the scenes in running the business operation.

Lee Masters: Service Team Manager

Lee runs our service reception and is usually the first person you will speak to when calling our business or dropping your vehicle off to us.

Having an outstanding background in Customer Service coupled with a great passion for our business Lee is here to ensure that you and your Mercedes-Benz are well looked after.

If you have any queries then do not hesitate to give him a call.

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.

Andy Flavell: Master Technician

Andy has over 30 years experience in the motor industry and brings an exceptional and wide ranging skill set to the business. He achieved Master Technician accreditation whilst working within a multi franchised dealership encompassing Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Kia before working directly for a Mercedes-Benz franchised dealer.

Alistair Farndon: Senior and Diagnostic Technician

Alistair joined Avantgarde Automotive as a factory trained Mercedes-Benz technician. Alistair trained and reached Senior Technician accreditation with the Renault, Dacia and VW brands prior to his training with Mercedes-Benz. He has a natural flair for electrical diagnosis combined with a thorough and methodical approach meaning that Alistair is comfortable in being able to fix any faults which may arise on 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.co.uk and we will be in touch!

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