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Bumpers Driving School Southampton

Bumpers Driving School Southampton

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Driving Schools in Southampton - Southampton City Centre
151 High Street, Southampton City Centre, Southampton, SO14 2BG
+44 (0) 3300 100 149

Bumpers Driving School offer manual and automatic lessons in Southamptom, Winchester and Portsmouth. Intensive courses are their speciality.
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Bumpers Driving School Southampton Reviews


Please, please don't use this company. I never write reviews online as a rule, and have never, until this point left a negative review for anyone, but on this occasion, if it saves one other person from booking with this horrendous company, then I feel it's served it's purpose. I booked 16 hours with Ken from Bumpers, I can already drive but need help with manoeuvres, he's the owner and also teaches. He phoned after I emailed keen to book up with him, having read such positive and glowing reviews on their website. We arranged the start date and I looked forward to it. The first day we had booked, it snowed. I didn't know if we'd still be on, Ken didn't think to inform me we wouldn't, so like a fool, I sat ready, ended up phoning the office for him to casually declare he wouldn't be coming until after the snow cleared, slightly peeved that he hadn't informed me, I took it on the chin and requested he phone me once the snow cleared. He didn't phone and I had to email him twice, both times he ignored me, so annoyed, I phoned the switchboard and told them I was unhappy and was starting to smell a rat, minutes later he emails suggesting the next week. Long story short, he cancels at the last minute, he will make you chase him to get what you've paid handsomely for, and to cap it all, it gets even worse! I paid for 16 hours, he began showing up less and less, changing pick up times virtually always, he booked my test, having taught me no manoeuvres, which is doubly annoying as that's what I explicitly told him I needed, as the test drew close, he still owed me 8 hours, then, this is the best bit, test booked for 13.35, he is supposed to pick me up the morning of the test at 08.00, pretty appalling anyway, as you'd hope to be proficient with your manoeuvres by test day, which of course I wasn't, he texts me 07.26 to say his kid was ill, he wouldn't be there and was sending another instructor to me at 11.30! I was fuming, especially as he'd used the old chestnut of his son with me frequently, to which I'd been very understanding and accommodating, I was left reeling and feeling a fool. The alternative instructor finally turns up at 12.25, I was furious, he said Ken asked him to pick up the car from his at 11.30! so, under prepared and past it by now, I get in the car only to be told there's no petrol! we're running late anyway and Ken hasn't put any petrol in the car! It was literally on empty. The company is a farce and it would be hilarious if it wasn't true. No decent tuition, I sat the test and predictably failed quite spectacularly, my brother said he was surprised I didn't do worse, considering how stressed I was that morning, not in a good place mentally at all, as if driving tests aren't stressful enough anyway. So I get home defeated and deflated, Ken phones, I told him how angry I was that he'd set me up like this, he kept saying he'd give me free lessons by way of apology, you have to be kidding! Ken, if you don't show for paid lessons, do you really think I'd trust you to show for free?! He ruined my confidence as a result. These are a joke, they really are and are willing to cause you tremendous grief and stress. Look for a good, decent instructor who will tutor you properly and thoroughly. I demanded the money back for the hours I hadn't had, and he refunded the remainder, but I'm still very cross and disappointed. Please, save yourself the upset and don't book these shysters. Oh and just as a side note, this 'intensive course' was stretched over a month!  

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