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About Us

Brown’s Garage, established in 1912, is a specialist in repairs and servicing of all makes of cars, offering the highest standard of expertise. Our rates are highly competitive, without compromising the quality of work carried out. We pride ourselves on owning the newest equipment available to keep up with rapid technology changes.

We have a long history of providing garage services, including car repairs and servicing within Haywards Heath and the surrounding areas. We are proud of our extensive customer base built on repeat business, a good strong reputation and recommendations.

…and the long history of Brown’s Garage

Established in 1912 by Herbert Brown, the original garage was located in South Road (now Haywards Heath main High Street) next to what is now the Haywards Heath United Reformed Church. As the motor car was in it’s infancy, it was only really available to the most affluent and therefore quite scarce, so the main business of H. Browns Garage was the servicing and maintenance of bicycles and carts, the only really affordable means of personal transport as it was then.

The focus of the business gradually shifted to the automobile and as the Brown family owned much of the surrounding land, another premises was built alongside and named ‘The South Road Works’. H. Browns Garage became ‘H. Browns Motor Agent’ focusing on the motor trade and the dispensing of fuel. In 1970 the Company became incorporated ‘Brown’s South Road Garage Ltd’, then, just 9 years later all the land was sold to W H Smith and the garage moved to Market Place, forcing the name change to what it is today.

Haywards Heath, the name means hedge enclosure, there were several incarnations of the name dating back to 13th century finally settling in 1569 to what it is today. It is also rumoured that a highwayman called Jack Hayward who was notorious in the area also had a strong bearing on the final naming. Until about 150 years ago it was mainly farmland and heath within the parish of Cuckfield, then in 1841 the railway arrived (originally destined to pass through Cuckfield) and due the growth this brought, officially became a town in the 1860’s. It became known as the Metropolis of Mid Sussex.

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Jack Archer
13/11/2021
I moved to Haywards Heath in 2016 and stumbled across Rob and Browns Garage by chance. I've never felt compelled to leave a review for a garage before, but these guys are exceptional. Quite simply; a friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, trustworthy, brilliant bunch that seem to really care - always willing to take a look and go the extra mile to try to help. I cannot recommend them enough. Top, top people - and now great coffee too, courtesy of Darren!
Jules
11/11/2021
I've used Browns twice and they are excellent. Professional, friendly and also more than happy to give advice. I totally recommend them.
Pete Bland
05/11/2021
Brilliant service and so helpful as always, I'd recommend Browns to anyone.
Tom Faro
04/11/2021
Been to a couple of garages around Haywards Heath before but for the last couple of years I keep going back to Browns. Get the feeling they reward my loyalty which is really nice. They have gone the extra mile before with things like cleaning my windscreen to pass my car through an MOT. I think these guys are really trustworthy and friendly. Thanks guys
Rebecca Jayne
15/10/2021
I had an issue with my car's headlights, and they were able to sort it very quickly and efficiently, with great customer service, Absolute stars!
Alana Tooze
29/09/2021
I have used Browns twice, both times at short notice and they are always efficient, thorough, and very reasonably priced. I wouldn’t take my car anywhere else in Sussex.
What a difference A DAVE makes!
24/09/2021
Great bunch of guys, really know their stuff! I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to anybody. It can be a challenge finding people willing to work on my little microcar powered by a superbike engine! These guys work on all sorts from standard servicing to exotics to racing cars even. So a small repair on my little car was dealt with quickly and efficiently and I spent the rest of the day playing with my favourite toy 😆 10/10 for service guys, thank you.
joe varney
31/08/2021
Great lads at browns, I recently purchased a 15 plate mazda6 that had a engine management light "turbocharger/ supercharger faulty" expected the worst but brought my car to them under an AA warrantee. After a propper inspection of the turbo etc the manager suspected it was a faulty sensor rather than the turbo itself.. Ordered new sensor for me and fitted. Sorted!!!! Thank you so much guys, will be using you again in the future . Really nice guys that are happy to chat . 10/10
Daniel Einon
17/08/2021
Brilliant service, needed to get my alloy welded quickly, absolutely perfect job done in the time I needed. Couldn’t recommend higher.
Sylvia Sayers
15/07/2021
Browns have looked after five of our cars now, we’ve had numerous problems with them including full engine failure, they have been absolutely amazing every time, including when I turn up ad hoc with problems. Can’t rate them highly enough.