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(72 Reviews)

Courtesy Driving School
Utica MI 48317


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  • Reviews for Courtesy Driving School

    • Published 3/17/2015 3:51 PM

      Grant Allamby

      I recently obtained my MC licence through Courtesy. I had 2 instructors, I for the theory and I for the practical. Both instructors were professional and courteous and had a wealth of industry knowledge even when I asked them dumb questions they were professional and answered my questions respectfully. I found the course both informative and very practical. There were no hidden charges on the price they quoted me and the course was completed in the time frame they said. I am now employed with the help of Courtesy

    • Published 1/28/2015 3:07 PM


      I went the ought courtesy I took my test in 17 1/2 mile at pep boys. The lady that administered my test was Kathy she had a black ford I arrived 15 minutes early I parked I didn't want to just walk up to the car I was unsure if it was who I was suppose to be looking for instead of getting out of her car she flagged me over and requested my registration permit and insurance and $50 she hands me a clip board says go back to your car read and sign this form than take your car to the blue line after the parking portion of the she gets in my "mothers" car and removes all of our air fresheners looks around then goes in the arm and throws them in there and slam it down and says "i feel like I'm just absorbing chemicals" you could not smell none of them they were old she yelled at me when I was already over to the right when a fire truck was coming saying do I wanna get over more but there where mailboxes and things right there she after the test was finish she FAILED ME one thing she said I was going 10 mph under the speed limit and 15 mph under the speed limit at one point of time which is ridiculously my parents and grandmother was appalled because they ride with me when I drive and I am a very cautious and good driver . I did read the reviews before making my appointment with them I don't like to judge a book by its cover until I have read it I will not ever recommend them I will be going to Jonnys and I will be calling courtesy to make a complaint about KATHY!!

    • Published 1/23/2015 10:50 AM


      The woman administering the road test was incredibly unfriendly. We arrived 25 minutes early, and saw her sitting in her truck. I didn't want to approach the truck, since we were so early. Perhaps she was not yet ready for us. The woman rudely waved my daughter over. My daughter and I then approached the truck. We said good morning, she said, "permit, segment 2 certificate, registration and insurance." My daughter handed that over along with the $50 cash for the test. She gave my daughter a clipboard and said, "go back to your car and you both need to read and sign this. And don't just sign it, READ it first. Then, pull your car up to that blue line." Well that was not a pleasant start, considering this woman never got out of her truck and spoke rudely to us. So, my daughter was extremely nervous, because this woman clearly was not going to be friendly. My daughter failed. Kids are nervous enough about taking the test. They don't need someone being rude and making them feel flustered. Sounds like she is the same blonde woman in the truck that others mention in their reviews. Do not schedule your toad test with Kathy.

    • Published 1/22/2015 4:34 PM


      My child attended Courtesy for both segments and the driving test. The instructors were horrible. Another student in the car was driving and the instructor slammed on the breaks to see what she would do on the icy/snowy roads. The car load of kids barely missed the ditch. The instructor also had several prescription drug bottles rolling around the back seat. Several other issues I had were that was that my child was told that they only needed to look one way, to the right, when crossing the railroad tracks because the trains only go one way???? We live in a rural area and there are not gates at every railroad crossing. They were also told that they really didn't need to yield at the round-abouts. Why are schools endorsing this horrible place? The one positive was the road test, that we did at Powell High School in Romeo. The instructor was very, very nice and encouraging. He talked my son through the whole test and made calm and helpful suggestions- A plus for this guy. But a big BOO on the rest of the crew~!

    • Published 8/24/2014 6:20 PM


      horrible, i do not recommend this place. all the materials are very old and falling apart, and if they do you have to pay them about 20$. the class time felt very wasted and boring, we pretty much sat there while the teacher talked on his phone. the actual drive time wasn't any better due to the very mean instructors, most of witch are retired and have nothing better to do than yell at nervous young kids.

    • Published 8/14/2014 6:20 PM

      Parent of a kid

      After reading these comments I, the parent, will be bringing a video camera with me to upload a video to YouTube of the road test. I'll be sure to tag a few local TV stations if the rudeness noted in these comments happens to us.

    • Published 5/7/2014 2:27 PM


      I was taking my test and after I got done we were seated to see all the ones we got wrong. The instructor was so rude to the ones that failed.

    • Published 4/26/2014 7:53 PM


      This place should not even be considered. Rudest employees and instructors. The owners of this place are very rude as well.

    • Published 12/17/2013 12:37 PM


      I took my road test with Courtesy at the Pep Boys location at 17 & Van Dyke... we arrived to the test on time and there was a blonde-haired woman with a big red Ford truck, who happened to be the road test examiner. She was friendly at first... I guess, but she is probably the world's biggest deadbeat. I am black by the way. About 10 minutes into the test, she asked me, "What school do you go to?". I replied, "I go to IKE". She then responded, "Really!? You sure don't look like an IKE kid!".... is there some certain look that IKE kids have? My dad almost said something to that bitch too. Anyways, I ended up passing the test and she was like "I thought you did OK, not that great". Needless to say, if you are looking for a place that is NOT going to make you feel like shit, DO NOT SCHEDULE YOYR ROAD TEST WITH COURTESY. My friend was going to take his road test with courtesy but they had such bad customer service, they quit courtesy and took it with Jonny's Road Testing on 23 Mile and LOVED IT. Courtesy doesn't deserve anyone's money... just don't deal with it if you don't have to. Go to jonny's

    • Published 10/2/2013 10:17 AM


      horrible money hungry unsafe older high mileage cars

    • Published 9/4/2013 9:00 PM

      s. marshall

      Van Dyke location has decent instructors, except Mr. Rupe, he's on a poet trip, and can be so ridiculously childish in the car, threatening to fail you for terrible reasons, he will call u names and trash talk every other teacher saying he is the best one of all. Total d-bag. Request diff instructor, esp if you're a girl.

    • Published 7/31/2013 11:35 AM

      kevyn boa

      I went to go take my road test, and a break light was out on the cab of my truck. I didn't get to take my test.I get why i didn't get to take it, but the teacher was so rude. He talked so low, and was so rude. His name was Tom, he made courtesy look so unprofessional!! Now I am taking my test at Johny's, I wouldn't recommend Courtesy to anybody.

    • Published 7/31/2013 11:28 AM

      kevyn boa

      I went to go take my road test, and a break light was out on the cab of my truck. I didn't get to take my test.I get why i didn't get to take it, but the teacher was so rude. He talked so low, and was so rude. His name was Tom, he made courtesy look so unprofessional!! Now I am taking my test at Johny's, I wouldn't recommend Courtesy to anybody.

    • Published 4/1/2013 5:00 PM


      the owner sucks. No loaylity. Does not even know who he has teaching for him.

    • Published 12/31/2012 1:56 PM


      This is the first part to the below complaint. I pulled in the Pep Boys of Sterling Heights and my daughter had her test with a "kb". As soon as we pulled up and parked next to this woman in a red ford pick-up she was rude. She gave us dirty looks! I walked up to her truck and introduced myself as the father and she said SO? I said I thought I would introduce myself since I was paying for the test. She said "then pay"! As I reached for my credit card out of my wallet, she starting yelling "if you would of read the instructions on the card that was sent, you would know

    • Published 12/31/2012 1:38 PM


      my daughter asked her to repeat the instruction and she just sighed and walked away. Then when they were on the road test, she didn't give her instructions so she assumed she was suppose to go straight and she started screaming at her MERGE NOW, but there was a car in her blind spot and she screamed again, which almost caused an accident, she screamed I SAID NOW and then said oh god, because she waited for the car to go by before she merged! I highly suggest you think twice before going to the Pep Boys in Sterling Heights through Courtesy with this woman. She was rude, totally unprofessional (in appearance and interacting). This person made me nervous and I have a perfect driving record for the last 35 years, so you can imagine what it would do to a new driver! Fyi - 1 week later, I took my daughter to American Driver Testing, she passed and the instructor said not only did she pass, but she's a very safe driver!

    • Published 8/22/2012 3:08 PM


      My son had his road test with Courtesy in Sterling Heights. The instructor was awful. She did not introduce herself, very unfriendly and sat in her truck giving little or no guidence for the first part of the test which is parking.She did not explain how the test would take place which part he would do first etc: She behaved like a traffic cop writing a ticket. She even had me nervous from her behavior. Needless to say he failed immediately because he was only allowed one tine to manuveur the vehicle, each time he backed up she counted points against him. Many parents warned me about going thru Courtesy. I will find another test facilty that makes young drivers feel comfortable.

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    • Published 6/11/2012 4:00 AM

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    • Published 6/1/2012 12:42 PM

      Daniel Smith

      I went through them for my drivers test and the instructor was sooo rude. I failed 2 times went back today and had to reschedule I DID NOT FAIL! I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. Dont get tom I heard sue was good though.

    • Published 5/4/2012 12:11 PM


      It was very easy to pass... Way to easy, the teachers are completely unaware of what went on in the class room. That includes CHEATING, on every test I noticed that every single one of the 20 or more students in my class had their phones out looking up answers, or just simply asking people next to them. Everyone in that class was my friend, but I know that they are all dumb as hell yet they all passed, no problem. The second thing was the in class work. Rather then asking us questions and having us the students to answer them, our teacher just gave us multiple choice sheets and just said...A...C...B....A.....D. It was rediculace, we learned NOTHING. I even asked the teacher once why he doesnt have us answer the questions, he just said we need them to study for the tests.... The test that everyone cheats on the WHOLE time and never once got caught. Even the 50 signs test was a breeze, I pulled out the book that they give you at the begining of the segment and copied down every single one. Our desks were COMPLETEly cleared, nothing but the test was allowed on our desk, yet I sat in the front row, layed my book straight on the table and never looked up, I got away with it 30 minutes of straight cheating. And that's what everyone els did as well. We all knew there was no point in studying to pass the test not one person got caught. But back to the worksheets, the last day of class he asked us to get out all of our worksheets. He came by and collected our sheet, then threw them ALL AWAY, straight to the garbage. I later remembered, I never put my name on a single one of my papers... Yet here I am 5 months later with my permit and 30 hours of driving finished. The bottom line is ANYONE can pass this class, so this is a message to all teens looking for a place to take drivers Ed. GO TO COURTESY THERE IS NO WAY YOU WILL FAIL

    • Published 4/19/2012 4:54 PM


      First off, the instructor sat in her car until about 5 minutes after scheduled road test even though we were 20 min. early. When she finally got out of the truck, she was yelling at someone on her phone and complaining about having to go do some work. Next, she insulted my car (I wasn't the one taking the road test, this person just made me that mad!) Saying something about "couldn't you clean up a bit first?" I didn't realize an empty pepsi bottle on the passenger's side floor was offensive considering I came home from work in a rush to have someone use my car for the road test. Having been to other road tests with other friends in the past, I know they are supposed to check headlights, tail lights, horn, etc. before even beginning road test. The paper work we received even said they need to do this. She did not check anything. Next, time for road test...she said he was driving too fast (under speed limit) because "what if the roads were wet?" Well road tester, since the roads are dry and it's sunny, why is this an issue? Next, "braking too hard at a yellow light" So would it be better to run a red light? Overall just very rude and unhelpful. When I called to complain about the service I was told a manager would call me back...waiting on that one to happen. When I explained the rude and unprofessional road tester the woman on the phone asked what her name was (something with a K) but didn't apologize or anything for the inconvenience of having such a rude road tester. When I explained that she also didn't do said safety check, she tried to convince me that yes she did. How could she possibly know that when she wasn't there? Very interesting. She claimed that she looks for that as you pull into parking lot. as we pull into parking lot (headlights off) you can see both turn signals at the same time, the brake lights, and hear the horn. Nope, not so much. DO NOT GO HERE! I wish more people would be honest about their service from this company. Had to give one star to publish or would give none at all!

    • Published 3/1/2012 9:40 PM

      Joe..."a** hole"

      Joe. Not only is your son a moron, but you also need to go back to school to learn to spell...

    • Published 2/23/2012 10:17 PM


    • Published 10/3/2011 4:03 PM

      anthony haddad

    • Published 8/15/2011 10:15 AM


      first day going there today... boring

    • Published 5/15/2011 3:34 PM


      Good school!!!

    • Published 12/11/2010 12:48 PM

      Sharron Kelly

      Really boring, tons of work , and very unorganized. Dont go here!

    • Published 12/9/2010 11:54 AM

      Leigh Stanley

      I would give this company “zero” stars if that was an option. I administer FAA Pilot Flight exams for a living. I have issued over 1000 pilots licenses. I know how nervous applicants can be. Check-ride-itis we call it. The first responsibility of an examiner is to the place the applicant at ease. We arrived 10 minutes early out of respect. We didn’t want to keep the examiner waiting. When he arrived and opened the cones for us to enter the test area I got out of the car and introduced myself. He looked right through me; no acknowledgment or hello. He just barked “pull your car up to this blue line” I asked if he wanted me or my son to do it as we weren’t clear on his intentions he growled slowly “P U L L T H E C A R U P T O T H E B L U E L I N E.” This examiner treated us like we had committed a crime; he was very hostile. He turned his back and went over and sat in his van for approximately 10 minutes. He then got out and started setting up the course. My son said “maybe we should say hello again.” I replied “he seems in a pretty bad mood and doesn’t seem like he wants to.” Whereby my son said “well let’s try to be friendly again maybe we caught him off guard.” I thought “my son is wiser than I am” and said “sure, let’s say hello again.” We tried to greet him again… I said to him “hi… can we help with anything?” In a harsh, loud voice he ORDERED my son and me back in the car, bordering on hysteria like a police officer who is nervous that he has pulled over an armed felon. He barked at us without any sign of acknowledgement or respect. He commanded “GET BACK IN THE CAR” to me then to my son who had also gotten out of the car “GET BACK IN THE CAR”. Then he looked at me again and ordered “YOU, GET IN THE BACK” turned and walked back to his van. He put enormous pressure on my son before the test had even begun; we didn't even know his name. We never found it out either. I opened the right rear backdoor, kneeled down and said to my son, sitting in the driver’s seat, “I’m not comfortable with the way the guys behaving.” He said he wasn’t either. I then asked if he was “OK” with me pulling the plug on this test; he said "yes, definitely yes." Now here’s a normal 16 year old who wants his license so bad he can taste it... but he was “just fine” with not taking his exam with this examiner. I closed the door. Walked up to the examiner and told him that he was rude and hostile and that I wasn’t going to allow him to subject my son to his dreadful attitude. We left and I called the school to issue a complaint. I don’t think they took me seriously until I said “I’m not calling to get a discount or any consideration at all. I’m calling to say how badly your examiner behaved and we won’t be back.” I cannot recommend Courtesy Driving School on any level.

    • Published 11/15/2010 11:15 AM

      Michael Lonze

      I wish they wouldn't use my school anymore. But I like when he says "my way or no highway" also.

    • Published 11/9/2010 5:30 PM

      Nun yo bizniz

      i like when mr. g says "my way or no highway."

    • Published 10/14/2010 3:53 PM

      Drew D

      Mr. Rowland Is the best instructor so is Mr. Gabriel

    • Published 10/12/2010 2:24 PM


      Absolutely terrible. You would think the instructors would be more polite being 15 minutes late, but giving you a nasty attitude during your entire drive. Honestly, I did Courtesy segments 1 and 2 at different places. Both times the instructor was a d-bag and the road tester was unclear and had an attitude problem. I failed their test because "the light was red" when clearly it was yellow and I had no option but to go through as it just turned yellow. The current two stars is too much for them, even one star is...

    • Published 8/4/2010 11:49 AM


      mr. f almost got me killed on hall road!

    • Published 7/22/2010 2:40 PM

      Your mom

      haha i like bananas!

    • Published 7/7/2010 10:50 AM

      Student there

      Ms Berger is awesome and the drivers were cool especially doc lacross and markesino Definetly go to courtesy at macomb community college great experience

    • Published 4/15/2010 4:22 PM

      Lynn Brown

      answers and questions to the road test

    • Published 3/16/2010 5:46 PM

      student taking it!

      I hate this friken class the guys name is Mr. W and he is a total fag he doesn't tell you anything he expects you to already know everything about the stupid class so i get 5 questions wrong..WTFART

    • Published 9/27/2009 3:21 PM


      courtesy blows

    • Published 9/3/2009 6:32 AM


      This co SUCKS big time. The Owner Dave S is the biggest ASS. He cheats his people and he blame his people that they ceat him. Everythig starts for the top and goes down. DAVE Take care of your people and they will take care of you. You loser

    • Published 9/2/2009 7:21 PM

      A. desjardin

      First off, the teacher @ LCMSN is "Westenberg" or something like that. Either way, hes a total d-bag. I found a coupon online for $10 and my classes were 3 weeks sooner than the other driving schools around. I really liked my teacher, he took his time to make sure we were all scheduled for drives and reviewed the final with us. I definately rated Cortesy 5 stars because the price was awesome, the instructor was great (sans Westberg who wasnt the in class teacher, just a driver), and I received my certificate on time and got my permit and am driving. +1 for Courtesy!

    • Published 9/2/2009 2:47 PM


      Horrible. so boring and such a waste of time. instructors don't go over enough and are really stupid when it comes to tests, everyone was cheating the whole time.

    • Published 7/15/2009 2:43 PM

      emily s.

      nice. segments were boring, but what do you expect.

    • Published 7/3/2009 4:39 PM

      past student driver

      i just finished the classes at lcmsn and it sucks sooooo bad. yea the old man named weisenberg or whatever is a bastard. first of all he doesnt teach you anything. when i first got in the car, he asked if i knew how to drive, and i said no. but he still made me go out on the streets right away. he sucks so bad. then he was yellling at me for not using the signal. he was like "how many times do i have to tell you to use the signal!!!". dude, it was my first time!!! what a fag. and courtesy is gay, because he's been complained about before, but they wont fire the jerk. he didnt even yell at me for driving incorrectly most of the was mostly cuz i didnt know what street we were on and i couldnt find my neigborhood from there. he is a fagggggg

    • Published 7/1/2009 10:14 PM


      Absolutely ridiculous. Use ANYONE but Courtesy, they are terrible.

    • Published 6/8/2009 7:58 AM


      Great driver instructors

    • Published 5/29/2009 8:47 AM


      i took the school and the classes sucked i hate courtsey driving

    • Published 3/29/2009 8:04 AM


      took the school segts. from them, failed my son and his friends in the road test...all 6 of them, Take the road test from renissance in keego harbour. The guy was great. would not recommend them for the road test. they just want your money!!

    • Published 3/2/2009 2:45 PM


      horrible driving instructors

    • Published 3/2/2009 10:56 AM


      I took segment one snd two from this place seg one was okay but segment two was a waste of my time and my money. I am a teeneager and the fist class we were supposed to watch a movie the tv didn't work so we basically sat there for two hours. The second day of class we went over a few things with the instructor saying this is the answer for # -- on the testand we weree let out early. The last day of class was a test so to speak one girl actually failed it they let her take it over again right there with kids around her telling her the answers like I want to be on the road with her are you kidding??? Every day we were let out early not a great course for seg 2.

    • Published 2/16/2009 4:45 PM



    • Published 1/12/2009 7:20 PM


      Never Use Them EVER!! I took a road test with a women who didn't want to be there and treated me awful the whole time. The roads were too snowy to drive on for a newer driver taking an exam but she took me out and failed me. Don't use them EVER!!

    • Published 10/27/2008 3:44 PM


      I took segments I and II and the road test through Courtesy Driving School. I feel they did an awesome job of preparing me to be a responsible, cautious driver. The instructors are very organized and knowledgeable and they made the classes fun and interesting. I highly recommend Courtesy Driving School to anyone looking for an excellent driver's education experience.

    • Published 10/23/2008 7:11 PM

      Mom in Shelby Twp.

      My daughter took Sg.I, Sg.II and her road test with Courtesy. I found that they offered a huge varietyof class dates, times and locations. The price could not be beat. I will be using them again for my other children.

    • Published 10/23/2008 6:40 PM

      Jeff M.

      Good school, good experience. Nice instructors. Would recommend this company to everyone! Best price in town!

    • Published 8/19/2008 8:48 AM


      I went through courtesy to learn to drive, and didn't. The instructor doesnt pay attention during your drives and I feel it is unsafe...Also, i was never taught how to park. During class, the instructor didn't teach and hardly even spoke to the class..we did book work every day and for the last test to get our permits, the answers were in the book and he even announced some. It's careless, they just want your student's money.

    • Published 7/29/2008 7:04 AM


      The tester had the worst attitude. I would not recommend them to anyone. I would be complaining about them to the BBB

    • Published 7/25/2008 10:07 PM

      M Craig

      Schedule were extremely flexible. Plenty of opportunity to drive. If you failed, you are not ready for the road. Sorry. Great school. Hard instructors. Would recommend Courtesty highly. Don't expect to pass if you're not prepared and have not done your practice.

    • Published 6/26/2008 7:22 AM


      HELL no. they fail you for the most retarted things. i was failed because i turned left on a blinking red light when there was a car about a quarter mile away. the testers are ridiculously rude but some of the instructors are really nice i guess

    • Published 6/15/2008 8:25 PM

      La'twana Jones

      O Hell Naw

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    • Published 5/10/2008 12:41 PM


      Its a good driving school but the instructors could do much better

    • Published 1/21/2008 6:15 PM

      evan S

      the price was cheap but i had a new instructor that did not know what he was doing and we almost got into an accident

    • Published 6/7/2007 7:45 PM

      Olivia Smith and Father

      The material used in class are outdated by 10 years. They charge $3 for book rental and no receipt is given also not in the contract. IRS should check them out. Cars in need of service. Dave Semrau the owner doesn't give instructors enough gas money. This is a shady operation and should be investigated.

    • Published 5/1/2007 12:26 PM

      Andree Dolan

      After our experience with Courtesy Driving school - I will be reporting them to Michigan's Better Business Bureau. The company's lack of systems, business practices, and untrained personnel has cost us both time and money. Strong recommendation to find another driving school

    • Published 4/30/2007 8:29 AM


      Mr. Gilich is great. Learned more from him on the road than from classroom teacher. The company is bad but Mr. G. is a great teacher

    • Published 3/26/2007 10:49 AM


      The materials used are 20 years old. If you want cheap go here if you want quality check other schools

    • Published 9/1/2006 8:30 AM

      Sue Johnson

      This school had the poorest attitude in instructors that I have ever seen. The kids were bored and I would not recommend it to anyone. The driving experience was bad. The instructor didn't teach in the car and the kids were afraid of him.

    • Published 6/27/2006 2:25 PM

      Penny Pincher Parent

      cheapest driving school i know of...

    • Published 5/19/2006 7:33 AM

      Disapponted Parent

      If I only knew what I know now. This company does not have enough driving instructors for the number of students in a class. Your child could end up trying to complete their driving requirement up to six weeks after the classroom time is completed. It was a poor experience.