U-Spanner: Self-Service DIY garage workshop for hire

What is U-Spanner?

BMW 3-series on lift at U-Spanner

BMW 3-series on hydraulic lift at the U-Spanner self-service car workshop

U-Spanner is a fully-equipped self-service garage workshop for hire to the DIY car enthusiast and mobile automotive professional (and bikers too, of course!).

The workshop is equipped with a full-height hydraulic lift, air compressor and a wide range of tools available included in the hire. Full internet access is provided onsite (desktop PC and WiFi available).

Whether it’s a quick pre-sale inspection, or spending the weekend performing an engine and gearbox swap on your pride and joy, U-Spanner provides the solution to make the task quicker, safer and more enjoyable. Our workshop has a high roof and full-height hydraulic lift, enabling you to work on, in or under your car, day or night, without being at the mercy of the unpredictable British weather!

Located in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, the workshop is available for hire 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our prices start at just £20. You can make a booking online, or call us for a chat on 01702 600855.

How it works

Contact us to discuss your requirements, check availability and make a booking. Upon booking, we’ll ask you for a security deposit on your debit or credit card (much like you do upon check-in to a hotel).

On your first visit, we’ll lead you through a full safety and practical induction on use of the equipment at your disposal. We’ll also be able to answer any additional questions that you might have.

Following the induction, the workshop is all all yours for your hire period! You will have exclusive use of the facilities, including the kettle!

Who is U-Spanner for?

We surely haven’t thought of everybody who might find our self-service DIY garage workshop useful, but here are our current small, but growing, customer base (in no particular order):

  • Car enthusiasts
  • Mobile mechanics
  • Classic car restorers
  • Kit car builders

Are you not in the list above and feeling a bit left out? A thousand apologies! Please get in touch and let us know who you are and what you’re into. As a new business, we’re keen to make sure that we can accommodate you!

Where to find us

U-Spanner is located in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. A detailed map is available on our ‘Contact Us‘ page.

How you can help us..

U-Spanner offers a new service that most people don’t realise is available                               –we would appreciate your help

We’re aiming to bring together a community of automotive enthusiasts and give you the framework in which to enjoy your work and indulge your motoring passion, but we can’t do it alone. We need you to help us spread the word.

We’re convinced that we offer a great facility for like-minded people just like you and we respectfully ask you to help others find out about our DIY car garage.

How can you do this? You can really help by doing any (or all!) of the things below – get involved!


1. Like our website on Facebook (you can add your own comment first):


1. Tweet about us on Twitter:

2. Follow @USpanner on Twitter, so that we can chat and keep each other up-to-date.

Word of Mouth

Don’t go in for all that social networking stuff?  Please just tell anyone you know who might be interested…

If you’ve done any, or all of the above then a big thanks to you. If not, then please get involved!

Kind regards,

Grant Williamson and the team at U-Spanner
Want to find out more or book our workshop? Make a Booking or Contact Us for a chat.

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