About Us

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Who We Are

Richmond Service Centre is a family run business that was established in Richmond in 1989 from a vehicle recovery background.

We have a purpose built workshop fitted with the latest equipment so that we can fulfill the ever increasing demand for MOT testing and servicing for our local community. 

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What Do We Do

We are a local business that does what small local businesses do best.....honesty, value and customer service. We strive to offer our customers great service but without paying more than they need for it. Politeness comes as standard, and we try to make each visit to us as easy as possible. 

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What Our Customers Think...

Carley Dean says...

Good, honest, friendly and reliable family business.


Simon Allam says...

Have been dealing with this family business for over 20 years, always had A1 service.


Alena Sunavska says...

First class customer service, friendly and professional staff.

Our History

We were first established in 1974 as Auto Recovery Service by Peter Parr, recovering accident damaged or broken down cars for a number of Body Shops, Garages and Main Dealers across Teddington, Hampton and Twickenham. In 1984 he partnered with Grimshaw and Wake LTD of Hampton to form G&W Auto Recovery Service LTD.

This partnership then secured a contract with the Metropolitan Police Service as one of their authorized local 24 hour garages to recover vehicles involved in accidents or crime in Teddington, Hampton, Sunbury, Ashford, Shepperton and Laleham. More staff and vehicles were introduced to work on this demanding contract, and in 1989 an opportunity to provide the same service in and around Richmond was put to Peter. Suitable premises were secured on our current site in Market Road and the area extension was granted to now include Richmond, Chiswick, Twickenham, St. Margarets and Isleworth.

In 1996, Peters son Darren joined the business as a recovery driver and also took over the fleet maintenance which was carried out in our own workshop in Richmond. Together they secured further contracts with Richmond upon Thames and Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames councils, to provide them with an ability to relocate vehicles when planned or emergency works dictated the need, or special events were being held, such as Rugby at Twickenham Stadium, or the 2012 London Olympics that passed through both of these boroughs.

Along with our own vehicle maintenance, we repaired and serviced a large number of our customers vehicles, and Darren worked to grow that side of the business. Demand for the workshop continued to grow while changes within the recovery sector were causing a drop in that side of the business, so in 2012 we took the bold step to focus on the workshop. We demolished the tired old building we had, and replaced it with a bigger purpose built workshop with 1680m3 of space which was completed and opened in March 2014 under our new and better suited name of Richmond Service Centre. 

Our trucks alongside a selection of Metropolitan Police cars at Imber Court police training ground

Our trucks alongside a selection of Metropolitan Police cars at Imber Court police training ground