About Gardner & Wake: A Family Legacy in Automotive Excellence

About Gardner & Wake

Gardner & Wake is a family-owned and operated automotive business, proudly serving the North East of England since 1977. Our commitment to providing exceptional car repair, servicing, and sales has made us a trusted name in the automotive industry for over four decades.

Our Founder’s Journey: Derek’s Passion for Cars

Derek discovered his passion for cars at the age of 12 and began his career as a motor mechanic at just 15 years old. He gained invaluable experience in all aspects of the garage trade, managing service and car sales departments before establishing Gardner & Wake in Rowlands Gill in 1977 at the age of 32.

Early Beginnings: A Motor Mechanic at 15

Derek’s love for cars started at a young age, and he quickly developed the skills needed to succeed in the industry. His experience as a motor mechanic laid the foundation for the comprehensive automotive services that Gardner & Wake offers today.

Expanding Experience: Service and Car Sales Departments

Before founding Gardner & Wake, Derek honed his expertise by managing service departments and car sales departments. This experience has been instrumental in shaping the high-quality services that our garage provides.

Establishing Gardner & Wake in 1977

Driven by his passion and experience, Derek took the leap and founded Gardner & Wake in 1977. Since then, our company has been dedicated to serving the automotive needs of the North East of England.

Andy: Apprentice Mechanic to Business Partner

Andy, who joined our team as an apprentice mechanic in 1991 at the age of 16, quickly developed a strong interest and knowledge in cars. He became a business partner in 2008, contributing his expertise to the company’s continued success.

Joining the Team in 1991

Andy’s journey with Gardner & Wake began in 1991 when he joined as an apprentice mechanic. His dedication and hard work have helped shape our company’s reputation for excellent automotive services.

Developing Expertise in Automotive Services

Over the years, Andy has honed his skills in various aspects of automotive services. His broad knowledge and expertise have been crucial in maintaining our high standards of quality and customer satisfaction.

Becoming a Business Partner in 2008

Recognizing his valuable contributions, Andy was made a business partner in 2008. His continued dedication and expertise play a vital role in Gardner & Wake’s ongoing success.

Michelle: The Backbone of Our Operations

Michelle initially pursued a different career path, but destiny brought her to the family business. Since 2001, she has been an essential part of our team, managing the accounts and overseeing the day-to-day operations alongside Andy and Derek.

A Change of Career Path

Michelle’s journey with Gardner & Wake began when she joined the family business after exploring other career options. Her adaptability and commitment have made her a crucial member of our team.

Managing Accounts and Day-to-Day Operations

Michelle’s responsibilities at Gardner & Wake include managing the accounts and ensuring the smooth running of daily operations. Her attention to detail and organisational skills contribute to the overall efficiency of our business.

Working Alongside Derek and Andy

As part of our family team, Michelle works closely with Derek and Andy to ensure Gardner & Wake continues to provide exceptional automotive services to our clients.

Over 40 Years of Success: Our Commitment to Excellence

For more than 40 years, our small family team, fuelled by a shared passion for cars, has successfully run Gardner & Wake. We are dedicated to maintaining the high standards of quality and customer satisfaction that our clients have come to expect. Our expertise in car repair, servicing, and sales ensures that you receive the best possible service for your automotive needs.

Comprehensive Automotive Services

At Gardner & Wake, we offer a wide range of automotive services, including car repairs, maintenance, and sales. Our team’s extensive experience and passion for cars enable us to provide top-quality services tailored to your specific needs.

A Trusted Name in the Automotive Industry

Over the years, Gardner & Wake has earned a reputation as a reliable and trustworthy automotive service provider in the North East of England. Our clients’ satisfaction is our top priority, and we continuously strive to exceed their expectations.

Looking to the Future

As we continue to grow and evolve, Gardner & Wake remains committed to providing exceptional automotive services to the North East of England. With our dedicated family team and a passion for cars, we look forward to serving your automotive needs for many years to come.

Visit Gardner & Wake for all your automotive needs and experience the difference that a family-owned and operated business can make. We’re excited to help you keep your car running smoothly and efficiently.

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