Fred Henderson Automobile Engineers commenced trading in a disused workshop underneath the railway bridge in Durham city during January 1973. The business soon expanded to employ four people and continued to expand to eight people by 1980 when the business was moved to Ainsley Street, just a short walk from the city centre.
By the early 90s the business was running a fleet of six breakdown trucks and continued to expand rapidly along with the success of National Breakdown, eventually to become Green Flag as it is known today, as well as working for the AA and the RAC. The company also took on one of the first privatised police contracts for vehicle recovery.
In 1993 the fleet of vehicles were extended to sixteen and a 24-hour control centre. In 1998 a purpose-built control room and up-to-date reception facilities were added.
In July 2004 David Henderson joined the business after working in motorsport team management to concentrate on the workshop element of the business and we expanded to 25 full and part time employees.
From 2005-2010 we became an Xpart Service Centre (a network of specialists created after the closure of the MG Rover Group) to service the existing MG/Rover customers who found themselves without a dealer network.
Towards the end of 2010 and early 2011 was a very exciting time for us as we acquired the former S.G.Petch twin franchise site on the A690 just past Nevilles Cross, allowing us to retail quality used vehicles as well as taking on a Bosch Car service franchise to support our already strong technical expertise.3 years later we secured planning permission to expand our current site. This allowed us to develop our site further, constructing a new large storage building and increasing the footprint of our car sales forecourt.
David Henderson took on the role of Managing Director and our car sales operation continue to grow to over 75 used cars in stock.
Further expansion of the company occurred in February 2016 when we acquired a local Bodyshop a few miles from our main site where we carry out repairs to a high standard, from extensive insurance damage to smaller private work including paintless dent repair. Already a successful concern in its own right, its continued growth and development adds this valuable service to the many others that we currently offer.