MCR gets off to a flying start



Only established in September of last year, Maguire Commercial Repairs (MCR) in Portglenone, Co. Antrim has hit the ground running with its exceptional mobile HGV repairs service. Owner Philip Maguire explains more about his fledgling business and what it has to offer.

It’s been a case of so far, so good for Maguire Commercial Repairs whose one-man on-site truck and trailer repair and maintenance service has gotten many an HGV operator out of a spot of bother in the Mid-Ulster region since its inception less than a year ago. MCR will come to you, do your repairs there and then, and get your back on the road within a short period of time.

“The big advantage we have over garages is that we can dramatically reduce downtime for a customer who has had a breakdown. Time is money and with this in mind, we strive to get their vehicle back on the road as quickly as possible,” says Philip, who is always at the end of the phone for his clients.

“We are a fully insured, one-stop shop for all your mobile truck and trailer repair and maintenance needs. We also provide a 24/7 breakdown service and specialise in PSV preparation. We carry out a lot of 12-week vehicle maintenance checks. We will come to you before, during or after your business hours and save you money by eliminating the need to take your vehicle to the garage.”

Philip prides himself on his prompt, professional, low-cost and friendly callout service. Most repairs can be undertaken on the roadside where he will fix the vast majority of problems first time. Philip’s Renault Master mobile unit is fully kitted out with all the latest diagnostic technology and carries an extensive range of parts for common problems such as snapped fan belts or gearbox failure.

Breakdowns are a pain whenever they happen, but Philip has the expertise and knowledge to get you motoring again in the shortest possible time.

While distance is no object for him, Philip’s customer-base is predominantly in the Tyrone area.

Aged just 30, Philip served his time as a mechanic with Ian Hayes Haulage in Cookstown, which is one of the most respected haulage businesses in Northern Ireland. He then took up a job with the grounds maintenance and tree surgery company, R&M Greenkeepers in their commercial garage as a mechanic, which is also based in Cookstown, before joining Moyle Transport in Cushendall near Ballymena. Philip returned to R&M Greenkeepers as garage manager before deciding to go out on his own last autumn.

“I had a chat about it with my wife Noelle, who looks after all the paperwork for me, and she very supportive of the idea. I’ve been in the trade since I started my apprenticeship with Ian Hayes Haulage when I was 16 and felt the time was right to set up my own business. I also felt there was an opening in the market for the type of service I’m now providing.

“Thankfully, I’ve had no regrets. I got to know a lot of hauliers through my time spent working in Cookstown who are now good customers of mine. Most of my business has been generated through word of mouth and recommendations. 

“People have been so supportive and our customer-base is growing all of the time. About 90% of our customers are from the haulage industry with farmers, who have their own truck and trailers, making up the rest. Everyone is treated the same, regardless of the size of their fleet. Scania is the make I’m most familiar with, but I have the capability to service or repair any make of truck or trailer.”

Despite the early success of his mobile repair and maintenance service, Philip hopes to open his own garage in the future.

“That’s the long-term goal,” he continues.

“It would be nice to have a garage and a mobile service. The two would complement each other.”

Proud to support the Mid-Ulster Truck Festival and Family Fun Weekend which took place in Lavey on May 25 and 26 last in aid of Aware NI, Philip would like to take this opportunity to thank his customers for their business.

Maguire Commercial Repairs (MCR)

49 Orchard Way,


Co. Antrim BT44 8DZ

Telephone: 07526 475204

Email: [email protected]

Taken from Irish Trucker & Light Commercials magazine, October 2019, Vol 22 No 6