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    So I am looking for a driving instuctor (having been learning with my dad so far) and was wondering whether it is best to go for an instructor from one of the big companies (AA, BSM or RED), and if so which is best, or an independent instructor???

    thanks for your help
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    Go with an independent instructor, they all have to comply to certain regulations so you might as well support the individuals over a large corporation. But at the end of the day the best instructor is someone who you get along with/feel comfortable with, regardless who they're affiliated to.
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    Independent instructor's will rely partly on word of mouth so should be slightly more motivated to teach you well.
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    do the prices vary much between the two?
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    My mum's a driving instructor, and has worked for BSM, the AA and has had her own company.

    She says that BSM and the AA rip you off enormously. You could save a lot more going to an independent instructor.

    Furthermore, independent instructors are more likely to have more qualifications. My mum isn't just a driving instructor, she teaches other driving instructors to become instructors, as well as policemen, etc, so the instructing will be top notch. Obviously you should research first and pay for lessons individually at first, just in case you don't like your instructor.
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    (Original post by kat2pult)
    My mum's a driving instructor, and has worked for BSM, the AA and has had her own company.

    She says that BSM and the AA rip you off enormously. You could save a lot more going to an independent instructor.

    Furthermore, independent instructors are more likely to have more qualifications. My mum isn't just a driving instructor, she teaches other driving instructors to become instructors, as well as policemen, etc, so the instructing will be top notch. Obviously you should research first and pay for lessons individually at first, just in case you don't like your instructor.
    thanks for your help!

    What areas of London does your mum teach in lol?
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    thanks for your help!

    What areas of London does your mum teach in lol?
    South. Mainly Dulwich/Norwood/Norbury/Thornton Heath, etc.
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    (Original post by kat2pult)
    South. Mainly Dulwich/Norwood/Norbury/Thornton Heath, etc.
    ah well...

    My friend / next door neighbour thought her instructor was good so I'll probably try with him for a bit (independent btw).

    Thanks for your help guys!

    It's SO expensive though?!?! £22 / hour.... I better pass quickly
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    (Original post by Mr Nonsense)
    ah well...

    My friend / next door neighbour thought her instructor was good so I'll probably try with him for a bit (independent btw).

    Thanks for your help guys!

    It's SO expensive though?!?! £22 / hour.... I better pass quickly
    That's cheap. The AA/BSM could charge up to £27-8 per hour. You won't find much cheaper than £22.
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    (Original post by kat2pult)
    That's cheap. The AA/BSM could charge up to £27-8 per hour. You won't find much cheaper than £22.
    £28 !!!

    Bl*ody hell....I really had no idea it could be that expensive...
    ignorance on my part
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    (Original post by Mr Nonsense)
    £28 !!!

    Bl*ody hell....I really had no idea it could be that expensive...
    ignorance on my part
    That's why you should shop around. Phone up and ask the big companies AND independent instructors and see which you'd prefer. Your choice might not be the cheapest if you feel it's right for you (it could depend on which car you'd orefer to learn in, etc) but you can get a good idea of the average price in your area.
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    Cheapest isn't always the best, but usually independent instructors are better, as previously mentioned they rely on word of mouth. Ask your friends who they are with and whether they'd recommend them.
    I picked mine as I saw her around the area I lived in quite a bit, the drivers always looked confident, her prices are reasonable (£20 an hour) and she is a grade 4 instructor. Would recommend her
 
 
 
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