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The Murts Story

Murts MotorStephen Murty started at Sandbed Garage in 1961 as an apprentice aged 15 under the guidance of Jock Gilmore and Eric Greenwood. 27 years later in 1988, Steve was able to buy the business from Eric Greenwood when he decided to retire.

Some 5 years after that, in 1993, Steve was joined by David Murray and the current partnership was formed. David brought with him not only a wealth of tyre technical knowledge but also electronic diagnostic skills to enhance the business.

Murt’s over the 50 years have built a very successful business on a simple old fashioned, and now possibly out dated, principle: the customers best interests are paramount and come before profit.


So how has Murt’s, the Garage at Sandbed, changed over the 50 years?

Bedford RLIn 1961 the garage specialised in the supply, repair and servicing of ex Government war time surplus jeeps and Bedford trucks.

No new parts were available for these vehicles, and so any broken or worn out parts had to be repaired or refurbished. Most drivers at the time monitored their vehicles on a daily basis, checking oil, water and tyres and if the vehicle overheated, or the oil light came on stopping immediately. Typical tools required at the time were hammers, chisels, files, a grease gun and a selection of spanners. There was no vehicle that could not be repaired cost effectively at that time at Sandbed garage.


Tyres To mange our ever expanding range of tyres, Murts have opened a new purpose built tyre bay adjacent to our existing garage on what was the old CVS site adjoining Murts Vehicle Service Centre. The tyre bay opened on the 4th of December 2011.

This facility will be stocked with a broad range of winter tyres along with the usual original fitment replacement tyres. Murts also specialise in low cost budget tyres to accommodate cash strapped customers and tradesmen in these recessionary times.

In fact Murt’s new tyre mission statement for 2012 is: ‘tyres to suite every pocket’ Or alternatively Murt’s will fit and balance Customers own supplied tyres even part worn ones.

Remember Murt’s are experts in tyre fitment with over 50 years of tyre supply and fitting at your service and 25 years of close working relationships with several of the major tyre manufactures.

Murts offer free honest advice based on the best cost effective solutions for all callers. This often means callers go on their way without being sold tyres unnecessarily when a simple repair is all that is required.>