AVRO Association of Vehicle Recovery OperatorsAVRO Association of Vehicle Recovery Operators

Welcome to the Association of Vehicle Recovery Operators (AVRO)

Who we are
AVRO is the oldest-established and leading trade association for recovery operators. Its primary aim has always been to raise standards in the recovery industry. 
Today AVRO continues to be the leading voice of the industry and operates throughout the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland through 14 regions and is the only representative body with a recognised set of standards. 
What we do
AVRO specialises in providing direct support, training, advice and services to our members as well as offering key member benefits such as cost effective insurance. 
Our members
AVRO members operate more than 5,000 recovery vehicles nationwide so represent the largest fleet cover of any recovery organisation. Each member is independently audited to ensure AVRO's minimum requirements are maintained. By using an AVRO member for your recovery requirements you know your fleet is in a safe pair of hands. 

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In June 2016, 28 brave people took on the challenge to drive some very old Eastern European cars from Budapest to Coventry in 4 days!  This would be a mission in a very modern car yet alone a car bought from a scrap yard!!  2088km was covered in the 4 days of driving, travelling through 8 countries.  It was a wonderful experience, far beyond our expectations.  A great bunch of “nutters” took part which helped. There were punctures, blowouts, breakdowns on a daily basis but the challenge was to get back on the road as quickly as possible and head to the next stop.  Everyone mucked in and we all looked after one another.  I am happy to say that it was not all men drivers, there were 4 ladies’ teams.   The run was such a great success that we were asked to do another one this year. I guess that says it all!!

When this idea was spoken about many people said that we were “crazy” which made us more determined to do it. What is life without a good challenge?  On the other hand we wanted to do something “SPECIAL” for the AVRO Benevolent Fund. This is a fund that is very dear to our hearts at Kelly Recovery in Ireland.  The fund was set up to alleviate the pressure and hardship in a time of need. None of us know what’s around the corner. The Industry we are all involved in is full of risks and dangers which we all face on a daily basis. It’s nice to know that we at AVRO put this fund in place many years ago, as there was nothing specifically for the Recovery Industry back then.

The AVRO Benevolent Fund is run totally independent by a Board of Trustees who do great work behind the scenes helping our fellow men and women in the industry.

We hope that you will support us in our efforts to raise much needed funds but we also want to “elevate the profile and awareness of the AVRO Benevolent Fund”

If you are up for a good challenge why not join us?  You won’t regret it

For more information please contact eilis@kfg.ie        Download the pdf here

AVRO is the oldest trade association in the recovery sector, having been established since 1977, and provides a range of direct member services as well as lobbying on behalf of the industry. It has fourteen regions covering all of the UK and Ireland, and the AVRO Benevolent Fund assists members and their families in times of need.                                                                                                                                          

Professional Recovery Tow Show

Show report to follow soon, thanks to all who attended and look out for latest announcement on the Truck Firms Cartel Fine http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36832521

New member profile—Stars Garage, Rohgh, Cardiff

Stars Garage is a family run business that has been established for a number of generations, with years of varying experiences and skills. All staff are fully trained and qualified in various fields of motor mechanics, engineering, computer diagnostics and vehicle logistics.
Our History
In 1970 Smiths Garage was born. Mr Smith opened a garage in Cardiff Central Bus Station in the Hertz Complex.
Not happy with the area, Mr Smith asked his mum if he could use her shop lock-up in Harriet Street, Cathays, Cardiff as a garage. He had to get planning permission to use the site for commercial use - it was granted.
The company grew and expanded into breakdown and recovery, whereby Mr Smith realised he needed a bigger property and thus he rented a garage complex off Newport Road, Cardiff. The two properties were run side by side which opened up opportunities to work for recovery operator companies such as the AA and RAC.
In the 1980’s a property in Fanny Street, Cardiff became available and was purchased with the intention of the site becoming an MOT station and bodyshop. Mr Smith gave up the Newport Road site for Fanny Street. In 1995 Mr Smith sold the Harriet Street garage, so as to develop the Fanny Street site. In 2000, Mr Smith sold up the Fanny Street garage and moved premises to a site in Tremorfa, Cardiff.
Over the last 10 years the business has grown and we have now moved to a more modern complex in Dominions Way Trading Estate, Cardiff CF24 1RF.
Our years of experience within this industry helps us take care of all vehicle needs.

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