After a nine-year absence, Station Road Garage, Gillingham is back in family hands, now trading as Station Road Garage 1912 Ltd under Nick and Valerie Baker.
They bought back the Service Workshop and Tyre Bay and named it to link back to when Nick’s grandfather Percy Osmond originally started in 1912, carrying people and goods to and from the railway station with his horse, Toby.
Now, more than a century later, Percy’s great grand-daughter Debbie and her partner Mick manage the day-to-day operations with their staff. Nick said he bought the business back for his daughter to keep the tradition going and build on the good reputation.
“Debbie will be the fourth generation running the garage; my grandfather, my father, then me, then her,” he said.
“We’ve actually had that phone number since it was just two digits, just 34, a very long time, so we have a long history locally.
“Gillingham is an extremely friendly place to live and I just love the fact that we have been here for such a long time.” Childhood sweethearts Debbie and Mick have been with the business since 1996 and stayed with the company when it changed hands in 2009.
Mick started as a local apprentice with Ford before progressing into specialist prestige vehicles in London and on to BMW in Southern Ireland. Debbie and Mick love the town in which they live and work, and intend to offer the best possible service to their customers.
The garage is in Station Road and provides Class 4 MOT testing, servicing and tyres, as well as the very latest Zeus Intelligent Vehicle Diagnostic Technology. It is equipped for general repairs including exhausts, clutches, brakes and timing belt replacements.
They specialise in Peugeot and Citroen vehicles, but most makes can be serviced and repaired. A wide range of tyres is available, but if the tyre needed is not in stock, if it is ordered by 11am it can often be fitted that same afternoon, they promise.
The garage is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm and appointments are now available on Saturday mornings. Courtesy cars are available and a local collection and delivery service can be arranged.
Puncture repairs, light bulbs, wiper blades and batteries can often be attended to without notice on the spot. Station Road Garage claims it has competitive pricing and a friendly trustworthy service, and they won’t up sell you something you don’t need.
To book an appointment or for more information, ring 01747 822434.
Pictured above: Valerie Baker (left), Mick Hill , Debbie Brown and Nick Baker