Sgpetch.co.uk : UK based dealers in new and used 4x4 vehicles
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The business first commenced in 1977 when Steve Petch and his then wife Sheila leased Milford Garage at South Church, Bishop Auckland, running a petrol station and a used car site, later acquiring the freehold from the oil company; Steve had previously had experience of selling cars for Munkley Preston Garages (MPG) in Teesside.
In 1982 Steve purchased the Freehold premises known as Mill Garage at Station Road, West Auckland, and obtained the Daihatsu new car Franchise for the site; the dealership had great success selling 4x4 vehicles such as the Fourtrak and the small Charade hatchback, gaining National Dealer of the Year status on several occasions.
1983 saw the purchase of the Victoria Road site close to Darlington town centre which sold Yugo cars for a short period of time, followed by Daihatsu and Hyundai (1989).