Ian and Trudi - I first met Trudi whilst working in the travel industry, we were single at the time and had many things in common.
It soon became apparent that there was a little magic between the two of us and romance blossomed. It had taken a few years of living together before I finally popped the question! The rest is history!!!
My father was a career soldier, Royal Military Police and mother a soldiers wife, having spent all my childhood in military camps and attending military schools, I did then serve a short term with the Royal Signals in the regular army before joining the TA 10th Battalion, Parachute Regiment. Trudi had previously been an army wife. We both have two children, I have Jack and Victoria, Trudi has Simon and Tiani.
Completely by chance, I went to help a car delivery driver, he was struggling to attach his car trailer to his car transporter. It was here that I had the idea of starting a car delivery business.
At the late age of 54 years old, I purchased a jeep and trailer, contacted many dealerships touting for business and did soon receive a return telephone call from the Benfield motor company fleet department, who are NOW the Lookers group motor company. It was a slow start and money became tight, Trudis' debit card was declined at ASDA, lucky that I was in the town, my card also declined, no shopping this week. A few more jobs in the bag and the bookings started to came in.
The business was becoming a success, Trudi suggested that she leave her job and help with the car deliveries, although not happy with this, I did finally agree! Both in uniform and a transporter each, Trudi and I worked many long hours and did drive many, many, many miles delivering cars.
As money started to come in, other transporters were purchased and drivers employed. It was with great relief to me when Trudi came off the road and managed the office that was then in the spare bedroom.
Running the business like a military operation, all transporters are the same colour ( Black and Silver ) with the name WILSON implanted into the middle of a set of wings, this will be the company logo. Wilson Car Delivery was born, May 2012!
Having recruited a small army of uniformed car delivery drivers, the business has gone from strength to strength. I had to rent a number of small compounds to park the growing number of car transporters and trailers.
We had to collect a company vehicle that had a paint repair from a garage in the town of Jarrow, this garage / warehouse premises, although run down and in need of repair looked ideal in size for our growing car transporter business. To our delight, these premises were for sale. December 2016, after paying a large deposit and securing our home against this property, we are now the proud owners of a dilapidated garage / warehouse in Jarrow.
This warehouse was a money pit that consumed money like a hungry person in a food-eating competition!!
Many hours of cleaning, repairing, and investing to transform into a serviceable garage for our car transporters.
In 2017 Jack joined the family business, under the guidance of his dad, Jack became proficient in working in the garage, stores, and as a car delivery driver.
July 2019 garage open to the public - Wilson`s Auto Service Centre, your one-stop car care shop, garage.
Mr Neil Grainger - Transport Manager, joined Wilson's in September 2019. Neil is a professional with many years of experience within the transport logistics business, his expertise has proven to be invaluable, Neil is now working with Jack managing and overseeing the business on a daily basis.
With 34 fully trained staff covering all departments, office, garage, valeting, reception / stores, and of course, car delivery, this has allowed Trudi and I to concentrate and focus our energy in developing and expanding the family business.
It has been tough, we have all pulled together to make this business adventure work.
March 2021 Jack is appointed to the Company's Board of Directors.
Wilson's Auto Service Centre
March 2021 - RAC Recommended and Approved Garage
April 2021 - AA Recommended and Approved Garage
June 2021 - A member of 1 Link Authorise and manage vehicle maintenance group.
1link Service Network has become the industry standard for the provision of the complete service, maintenance and repair function, through the definition of supplier networks, service booking, electronic authorisation and payment processing for cars, LCVs, trucks and plant.