200 Back Haughton Road Darlington 01325 460968


Our History

 As a small family business, we take great pride in offering a fully equipped garage that will meet all your motoring needs with a fast-professional friendly service.

We don't advertise as we rely on doing our best, hoping for repeat custom and recommendations. We understand how important it is to build a trusting relationship between ourselves and our customers and have built our business by being honest and fair. This has worked for over 46 years as we are still looking after many original customers and their family cars.

The business started in1973 when Geoff Reed then service manager at Mill garage (Volkswagen) joined Eric Batchelor at our present site and started trading as E Batchelor & partner. The business steadily grew becoming a MOT Testing Station until Eric retired in1983.

As Mr. Batchelor had retired the business was renamed to Reed's Garage. Geoff & his wife Lynn kept moving the business forward and in 1985 their son Philip left school and enrolled onto Mill garages training scheme 'Miltec' (Volkswagen, Volvo and Honda) and joined his parents in the family business followed by Amanda (Geoff's oldest daughter) 5 years later.

By understanding the constant change in the car industry, we acknowledge our need to constantly keep up to date with the latest equipment and the importance of training on the latest systems. This acknowledgement paid off when Philip got into the last 15 of the 'Top Technician 2004' competition, an annual event of several rounds to find the best talent in our industry.

Today Philip is running the family business alongside his eldest son Aaron as Geoff & Lynn retired in 2007.

The car of today is totally different from the car of 1973, as for the car of tomorrow (well who knows) but by continually investing in training and on the latest equipment for the ever changing motor car, we should be around for a third generation to carry on in their parents and grandparents footsteps... 

Meet theTeam


Philip reed


MOT Tester

ATA acredited-air conditioning

City and Guilds level 3

joined 1985

tom bruce


.mOT Tester

City and Guilds level 3

joined 2008

aaron reed


joined 2018

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Our Mission

Over 46 years of repairing cars in Darlington

We believe the secret of our success is offering a quick friendly professional service. with our policy

of only fitting good quality replacement parts giving you trouble free motoring


Thinking of buying a new car

read our guide on servicing while under manufacturers warranty.

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