In 1936 my grandfather, Robert Simpson Kay, started his own business on Drymen Road servicing and repairing cars in the Bearsden and Milngavie area. The business prospered but was put on hold throughout World War II while Robert went to work for Rolls Royce, contributing to the War effort by making and repairing aero-engines for fighter plane / bombers. After the War was over it was back to business as usual and time for the next generation of Kays to enter into the family trade.
At the start of the 1960’s with my father, Alistair Kay, at the helm, the business moved to new premises on Station Road. It was here that Alistair joined forces with Bill Kyles to create "Kay & Kyles", a partnership which many of my customers today remember fondly. Comprising brand new garage facilities, a petrol filling station and a Hillman dealership, Kay & Kyles thrived at the Station Road site for many years. In 1985 Bill Kyles retired and my father carried on the business, now known as Station Garage, on his own. I started work at Station Garage in 1986 and the rest, as they say, is history...
With Alistair having retired, and following the sale of the Station Road premises, I moved the business, now known as “Kays Garage” to Duntocher in 2004. Five years later the business moved again - this time to new state of the art premises in Anniesland Industrial Estate; and this is where you will find the garage today.
The Anniesland premises have allowed the garage to expand its range of services offered to customers. A larger floor area has meant that the garage can now carry out MOT testing. The installation of additional ramps coupled with a general upswing in business has allowed the garage to expand its workforce. The new premises have also proven to be ideal for the garage’s expansion into modern day mechanical practices such as diagnostics and fixed price servicing and repairs.