The top five garages in the North East

editorial image
Have your say

Looking for a garage that’s reliable and delivers a high quality service at affordable prices? Then check out the top garages in the North East.

South Hetton Garage Ltd

Business is booming for South Hetton Garage Ltd, in Front Street Industrial Estate, County Durham. The company, which opened more than eight years ago, has always been a popular choice for customers in County Durham and the surrounding area.

Owner, Paul Sawicki said: “Once we opened we’ve gained a lot of regular customers, so over the years business has continued to grow with new and repeat custom.”

The family run business has welcomed even more custom with the opening of its brand new MOT station.

South Hetton Garage Ltd aims to provide customers with a wide range of services including; MOTs, repairs, tyres, welding, exhaust, timing belts, fault code readings, air con services and all mechanical repairs. Paul added: “We do everything our can think of expect bodywork.”

All services and repairs are carried out by fully trained and highly experienced staff.

Customers will also find exclusive offers including service on all new cars at half the main dealer’s price without voiding your warranty.

For more information call on 0191 517 3849.

GMD Car Sales

GMD Car Sales welcomes Mitsubishi to its dealership. The dealership, in the Arnison Centre retail park on Finchale Road, Durham, are pleased to be retailing a Mitsubishi range, which includes the Outlander PHEV.

Keith Moore, 53, from Sunderland, known by staff and customers as “Mr Mitsubishi”, has 35 years of dealing with the brand.

“I can sell any Mitsubishi to family and friends without concerns because the quality is unsurpassed on the market today,” he said.

“We sell the Mirage, which is a small hatchback, right through to the Shogun, which has a fabulous reputation as one of the leading 4x4s.

“The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a fantastic electric car that you can plug in at home.

“It’s selling 500 per cent faster than we imagined, but it’s no surprise as it boasts economy figures of 148 miles per gallon, which is great. It even has an app that you can use to turn on your car to warm it up before you get in.”

The remote control for the PHEV ensures the car is ready for your journey. Without even stepping inside, the multi-function app can control climate, current charge level, time left needed for charging and set when your car charges itself.

Emma Clark, operations director of the family run dealership, which was established in 1989, said: “The Mitsubishi brand is in keeping with Fiat, who we have had on board for 25 years. I feel that both brands work well together and fit with our ethos of being ‘your local, friendly dealer.”

The showroom, which was refurbished earlier in the year, has a large selection of used, low mileage vehicles in various makes and models including Mitsubishi, Fiat and Sabaru.

For more information on the services available call on 0191 3841925, or visit

JJ Transport

JJ Transport is a well established garage and MOT test centre, based in Hetton-le-Hole, Tyne and Wear.

With more than 20 years experience, JJ Transport can provide its customers with a complete garage service.

The business also prides itself on its high quality, friendly and reliable services, which they offer to its wide range of happy and satisfied customers.

JJ Transport can provide customers with a complete service, from new tyres to engine diagnostics, MOTs, servicing and repairs, engine fault diagnostics, exhaust, air conditioning, tyres and wheel repairs, suspension, steering, brakes, car rescue and bike MOTs.

JJ Transport, Unit 3, Pearsons Industrial Estate, Hetton-le-Hole, DH5 0BG.

For more informations call on 0191 5171000, or 07453 303580, or email

KB Tyres Ltd

KB Tyres Ltd, in Philadelphia Lane, Newbottle, is a local independent garage that provides customers of Houghton, as well as the surrounding area with top quality work at unbeatable prices.

The established business, which has more than 16 years in the trade, are the team to trust in the North East for all of your car maintenance and repair requirements.

Whether you own a family run-around, a sporty convertible, a commercial van or even an agricultural vehicle, KB Tyres Ltd have fully qualified and highly experienced mechanics who can fix any problem at competitive prices.

Customers can find a wide range of services from bodywork, diagnostics and breakdown recovery to battery replacements, vehicle electrics, clutch, repairs and more.

The business also offers a tyre service where customers can find the best brands including; Michelin, Pirelli and Continental at the lowest prices.

For more information call on 0191 5848244, or visit

Practical Car Hire and Van Rental

Practical Car Hire and Van Rental is the fourth largest vehicle rental company in the United Kingdom, with more than 150 rental locations situated all over the UK. The business provides a wide range of services including;

Car Hire -

There are hire cars to suit every requirement, from three door economy up to large estate vehicles. There are people carriers (MPV), 6/7 seaters, executive cars and convertibles. Automatic vehicles, diesel variants, child seats and satellite navigation systems are also available on request.

Van Rental -

The UK commercial van rental fleet extends from small courier vans through to refrigerated units and even 7.5 ton lorries. Intermediate vans range from the short wheel base (SWB) van, through to medium wheel base (MWB), long wheel base (LWB) and extra long (XLWB). Additionally other sized lorries and Luton vans with and without tail lift are available.

Airport Car and Van Rentals -

The business also provides airport car and van hire at most international and regional airports. These include; London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Aberdeen, East Midlands, Exeter, Birmingham, Cambridge, Newcastle, Leeds Bradford, Southampton and Manchester.

Book Online in 3 Easy Steps -

Renters can choose their hire vehicle and book online using its easy online booking system, which allocates a vehicle in real time. No stress or disappointments with this three step easy booking process. Unlike some other rental companies you are guaranteed a vehicle when you book and should anything drastic happen and if the company are given enough time, they can cover any bookings with a widespread support network.

Delivery and Collection -

Deliveries to train, coach stations and bus depots can also be arranged, as well as to hotels, guest houses, businesses and private addresses. Check with your supplying rental location for more information.

Practical Car and Van Rental, 22 Stirling Close, Pattinson South Industrial Estate, Washington.

For more information call on 0191 4155212, or visit, or email Cath Roy on