Leicestershire's Main Roadside Recovery and Vehicle Removal Service
T: 0116 278 9191
Number 1 in the East Midlands

Cockerills Recovery is the trading name of Leicestershire Vehicle Removal Ltd. We have been recovering vehicles and provided assistance to the motoring public for over seventy years and are one of the oldest garage services in the area.

Cockerills was formed by HT Cockerill just after the First World War. He was previously sharing a building that was a vehicle repairer and blacksmiths. This was called Bassett and Cockerill on the old Wigston Road next to the well known historic building 'Tinkers Thatch'. The site at London road was built in the late 1920s and the garage is still operating from the same site today as Oadby Central Garage.

Mr. JA Cockerill was the second generation in the family business and continued the business, due to a rise in motor vehicles the need for recovery and roadside assistance grew. The garage was also a Standard Triumph dealer in the fifties and sixties. When Mr. JA Cockerill retired his son, Peter Cockerill continued running the business and again the need for more modern equipment and facilities was needed. In the late sixties and early seventies Cockerills were also recovery and roadside repairers on commercials as well as cars. Due to trucks getting bigger and space being a premium we decided to stop the commercial work in the late seventies. It was then decided to concentrate on the cars and light commercial market. Peter still runs the garage and workshop facilities.

Jim Cockerill joined in the late eighties after serving apprenticeship at a racecar preparation company. He had grown up with recovery and the garage business spending school holidays and weekends working in the family business. Jim developed the recovery business further and due to the expansion resulted with the recovery service moving to the Oadby premises on the Oadby Industrial estate.

Cockerills Recovery soon outgrew the Oadby depot and aquired, as an addition the Wigston site and developed it to suit the industry needs.This is the main depot.

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