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Grays of Chatham

Quality car retailer of Chatham

The Gray family have been trading from Chatham High Street for over 80 years.

Don Gray started his business in 1938, selling bicycles from number 16 High Street. After World War ll Don was joined by his brother Norman and the High Street business quickly expanded to include sales of motorcycles, three wheelers and cars, both new and used. In the early 1950s both brothers were keen motorcycle and car racers. Don held the Brands Hatch grass track lap record, which still stands today as the old grass track was covered by the tarmac of the new racing circuit in 1950. In May 1951 Don won the Brands Hatch Daily Telegraph International Trophy race in his Formula lll Cooper Mark V car. On the very first day of motorcycle racing on the new Brands Hatch track, Norman won the unlimited cc race on his 350cc AJS. Both Don and Norman went on to have much success in their Formula lll Coopers.

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Norman Gray racing at Brands Hatch.

The brothers continued to expand the business and their showrooms soon became Kent's ""Motorcyclist's Mecca'. Don left the business in the late 1960s to pursue other interests and Norman was joined by his sons, Herbert and Donald.

The family continued expansion and opened other Garages in Maidstone, Sittingbourne and Gillingham. Operations included Petrol Stations in the Medway Towns, Sittingbourne and Cobham.

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Grays on Chatham High Street.

From the early days Grays held franchises for Raleigh, BSA, Swallow, Watsonion, Norton, Matchless, Greeves, Cotton, AJS, Vespa, Bond, Reliant, Isetta, Heinkel, Renault, Morris, MG, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Chrysler, Toyota, Kia, Nissan, Rover, Seat and Hyundai.

Thousands of Bicycles, Motorbikes, Vans and Cars have been sold by Grays over it's 80 year history. We continue to be a family Company, now in our 3rd generation as Donald's son, Peter joined the firm in 2011.

Grays Used Car Centre now offers up to 100 selected low mileage vehicles at 25-35 High Street, Chatham, just across the road from the site of the old bicycle shop where it all began.

We are proud to have been continually serving our customers for over 80 years, and we look forward to many more to come.

Grays of Chatham

Just some of our customer reviews:

I have purchased two cars (10 years apart) from Grays of Chatham; both cars have proven to be well maintained and reliable. All of the team at Chatham are very helpful and do not try to lead you into a purchase you do not want, I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone who is looking for a good deal for a used car to visit Grays of Chatham before making their purchase. This small family business has a good reputation over many, many years. Well done all at Grays."
Had a good experience dealing with David. Not pushy at all, very thorough and patient with me. Customer service second to none. Thank you."
I travelled from Bournemouth to buy a car from Grays. David James provided an excellent service and I would certainly buy from Grays again after my experience with them. Thank you David."
Just got a Hyundai i30 from Grays for myself and my wife got a Kia Rio, both cars are excellent they gave us great deals, David the sales guy was brilliant and couldn't do enough for us both, I would highly recommend grays if you need a used car, you won't be disappointed."