about us

A bit about us

Serving the community
since 1957!

From the early days in the late 50’s and founded by Ken Carter as a shell petrol station, Central garage as it was then named, began trading in used cars, repairs, servicing and petrol sales.

Offering renowned and respected levels of service and value for money to all customers, many of whom are still with us today as are their friends and extended families.

Taking on the BMC (British Motor Corporation) franchise, which eventually became Austin and then Austin Rover as a further development, the company traded for around 25 years in a very successful trading relationship.

A change in direction came about in 1984 with a move to a rather less well known(at the time) manufacturer combination – Peugeot/Talbot!

1987 saw the beginning of our long, successful relationship as part of the Ford network during which time we have many awards for New car sales performance and Service standards, being awarded the 'Dealer of Distinction' title on numerous occasions. 

And now the next chapter begins: 

1st January 2024. After 36 years with Ford Motor Company, we are making the move to being a fully independent dealership, opening our doors freely to owners of vehicles from all manufacturers sharing the valuable 'best practices' we have learned over the years since 1957 with customers current and new. 

Continuing our practice of offering the highest levels of service and value.

Same family, same team, greater flexibility- be part of our family! 

The team look forward to welcoming customers and friends old and new!Come and join our Family!

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founding year

Over 65

years of service

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