In 1990, the late Mike Ferguson bought what was then a run-down petrol station in Gormanston, Co Meath. Mike was always keen to give the personal touch and over the next fifteen years, he and his family built up a large customer base, many of whom offered repeat business.
At the time they also carried out puncture repairs and sold tyres on a small scale. Mike’s youngest son Darren took a keen interest in the business. In 2005 the family sold the petrol station. Straight away, Darren set up a tyre repair and sales centre in Julianstown. The business leveraged off the existing clientele and soon built up a reputation for friendly service, value for money and efficiency. They sourced a good network of suppliers and are reknowned stockists of a wide range of the leading brands and sizes, all of which are competitively priced. This means that on the spot they can cater for any customer whether it be for a car, motorcycle, tractor or heavy goods vehicle.
The business expanded its product range to include a wide selection of alloys, brakes and exhausts in stock. In addition, they increased their services to include valeting, auto-electrical work and all major servicing. This includes clutches, timing belts, engine rebuilds pre-NCTs and pre-DOEs. However, Darren is keen to stress that regardless if a customer has 100 trucks or just wants one tyre on a car, everyone is treated the same when they bring their custom to the GT Group.
As well as catering for customers at the site, Darren invested in extensively kitted-out mobile tyre units which offered a 24 hour call-out service. This enabled them to carry out mobile tyre fitting and balancing as well as roadside assistance.
The mobile tyre units were sufficient for minor breakdowns but it soon became apparent that investment was required to cater for more major mechanical faults or accidents. Accordingly a new business venture ‘GT recovery’ was established. That business purchased its first recovery vehicle in 2008.They now own a diverse fleet of recovery vehicles, ranging in size from a motor bike recovery unit to those capable of rescuing a HGV.
Crash repairs was a natural progression from this. Instead of towing the vehicles back to the storage compound and then allowing another business to repair them, it was considered beneficial to provide a one-stop shop”. Accordingly, in May 2009, GT Crash Repair Centre was established. At Keenogue Business Park, Julianstown, a state-of-the art facility complete with a low-bake oven, computerised colour matching/paint mixing system and chassis alignment was set up. All of these provide faster more efficient repair times as well as a top quality finish. In addition, there is a modern shop which sells parts and accessories such as lubricants, car stereo systems, xenon headlight conversions, alarms, parking sensors and batteries. The shop also includes a sit-down waiting area and coffee/tea making facilities.
GT Tyre & Service centre stock a large range of quality, premium brand tyres as well as economy and budget tyres for all types of vehicle, both private and commercial. Our experienced staff are always on hand to advise on tyre choice and technical aspects of choosing the right tyre for your needs.
We provide a full fitting, balancing and alignment service to ensure the safety of your vehicle and the maximum lifespan for your tyres. Our wheel balancing and four wheel alignment procedure uses the latest in computerised and laser alignment technology, providing you with a full printed report of your vehicles condition before and after.
GT Recovery provide recovery and roadside assistance for all vehicles including private cars, light commercial vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, agricultural equipment and motorcycles.
Our purpose built rescue vehicles can recover your vehicle in any location and transport you home or to a garage of your choice while ensuring the safety and careful handling of your vehicle at all times.
We provide recovery services for all major insurance companies, An Garda Siochana as well as a wide range of commercial clients and individual customers.
GT crash Repair Centre provides a comprehensive range of crash repairs, body panel repair, respraying and paint rejuvenation services. From a small scratch to major crash damage, our staff are highly qualified and we employ the latest techniques and equipment to ensure structural integrity, perfect colour matching and flawless finishing to every vehicle we repair or restore.
We take care of all the details, Providing a courtesy car, dealing directly with your insurance company and assesors and getting your car back in the road in it's original condition as fast as possible.