A Brief History of Underwoods

Gerry Wiggins, Managing Director was quick to develop opportunities presented by the motor trade and is both passionate and dedicated to expanding the business and securing the long-term future of the company.

In 1982 Underwoods began trading in the village location of Tiptree on Church Road. This prominent site enjoyed considerable success selling and servicing Vauxhall Cars to the local community and beyond, quickly gaining a reputation as a friendly and reliable garage offering a quality service and value for money. Customer relationships were developed here in these early days that still remain to this day.

In 1995 Underwoods expands with the purchase of a Ford Dealership on Mersea Island. After extensive alterations to the Mersea dealership this site was granted in addition to Ford, authorised repairer status for Vauxhall. With a continued focus on customer service, we are as proud today as we were then, to present ourselves as Mersea Island's local centre for high quality car sales and garage services.

In 1998 Underwoods arrived in Colchester with its biggest acquisition to date, the purchase of the former Cowies Vauxhall dealership on Scotts Corner, Ipswich Road. This prime location needed substantial investment to meet the exacting standards set by other Underwoods sites. The two-year refurbishment programme transformed the outdated exterior and interior of the building into a Dealership to be proud of.

In 2001 Underwoods expanded to Clacton with the purchase of the former Carlton Garage on Old Street which as a prominent site was a move to cover a new part of Essex selling and servicing Vauxhall Cars to the local community and beyond. There is also a authorised repair centre for Renault.

In 2004 Further expansion with the purchase of Lancaster House adjacent to the Vauxhall Scotts Corner site on Ipswich Road. This again was a huge redevelopment project and after extensive building works was transformed into a dual franchise initially for Mazda and Skoda. Skoda still remains.

In 2008 Mazda relocates to Scotts Corner. Mazda came to greater prominance sharing the Scotts Corner dealership alongside Vauxhall facing the busy Ipswich Road. Mazda's coverage in Colchester and the surrounding areas has gone from strength to strength since becoming part of the Underwoods family.

In 2010 Underwoods moves to Suffolk. Further expansion brings the Underwoods level of customer service to Suffolk with the acquisition of the Vauxhall Sudbury Dealership including the BP petrol forecourt and the the opening of the new SPAR Supermarket. Underwoods Bodyshop services located in Sudbury proudly added their long list of authorised apporved repairs fo; Vauxhall, Peugeot, Skoda, Mazda, Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep.

In 2011 Commercial vehicle sales finds a new home. A dedicated new building was situated next to our Vauxhall dealership specifically for commercial vehicle sales. We have built our reputation on providing courteous, consistent and honest customer service and we truly believe this is why our customers have stayed with us over the years.