Our History

Founded in 1969 by the late Samuel Johnson, West Road Garage has an enviable reputation of providing a real value for money service to local motorists. They believe the traditional family run unit, a rare find in today's motor trade, is prepared to go that 'extra mile' to provide a level of sales knowledge and after sales care which is all to often lacking in the trade.

Always looking to break new ground, Samuel Johnson became one of the first retailers of the Russian made Moskovitch range of cars in 1971, - the range appealed to motorists seeking to buy a new car for the lowest possible price. In 1974 they were appointed as the area's outlet for the Lada car range and briefly flirted with the Alfa Romeo marque.

A trip to Proton's car plant in Malaysia persuaded Samuel Johnson that the Proton range, which was soon to break into the UK market place, was the product to secure their future. The range of cars that not only had style and a highly competitive on the road price but also a market leading after sales package - with long term warranties covering the drive train and bodywork.

It was at this stage that Ian Johnson, who had previously supported his father, took over the reins with the intention of building on the firm foundation they had built. Ian is constantly reminded of the loyal customer base that West Road Garage enjoys, with successive generations of local families buying from a company they respect and can trust.

Strengthening the family link is Ian's brother Adrian, who joined the company as a trainee technician on leaving school and is now in control of the centre's car servicing, MOT testing and repair facility.

Today's Proton range offers a market leading package, with a choice from the 3 door Satria Neo and Savvy Style. The 4 or 5 door GEN-2 is available with 1.3 and 1.6 engines, as a hatchback or saloon. The latest addition to the Proton range is the 1.6 GEN-2 ecologic.