fallsbrook motors 1952

Our History

Started by James Ernest Bate in the years following the Second World War, Fallsbrook Motors was first based out of a small residential garage in Fallsbrook Road, London. By 1952, when records for Fallsbrook Motors as we know it begin, Ernie had bought up all the surrounding lock ups and then by 1960, had purchased the land the garages all stood upon.

During this time, his son Peter was completing his apprenticeship at Southern Motors, joining the family firm in the mid-1960s as a senior mechanic.

In the mid-1970s, Ernie retired and the reins were handed to Peter, who put his stamp on the place in the early 1980s by razing the original buildings to the ground and building the impressive compound that stands today.

His son David started working for the garage in the late 1990s, coming on board full-time in 2002.

2007 saw the third generation of the Bate family take over management of Fallsbrook, with David becoming responsible for the day-to-day running of the garage.

A proud member of the Autocare Group, Fallsbrook Motors has established its place in the local community as trustworthy, reliable car and goods vehicle mechanics. A DVSA-approved Class 4 and 7 MOT testing venue, Fallsbrook Motors specialises in car servicing, repair and maintenance.

All change

In February 2020 the Bate family decided to sell the dynasty to a familiar friend…existing customers will know him as Simon. Simon has been the face of Fallsbrook Motors for the best part of fifteen years and has been responsible for the running of Fallsbrook Motors during this time. Simon and previous owner David have been best friends since the tender age of three. He has grown up around the Bate family, regularly accompanying Peter and David as a young boy to the garage on a Saturday morning to ‘help’.

Simon has an in-depth knowledge of the motor industry having worked for brands such as Ford and Citroen. He does however prefer working in the independent sector and is passionate about offering an unrivalled quality, affordable and personal service.

Simon looks forward to welcoming customers old and new to the garage in the future.


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