SsangYong Motors UK is thrilled to announce that Humphries & Parks SsangYong joined its nationwide dealer network recently. Humphries & Parks has been a well-known name in Kent for 75-years.

The company was founded in 1947 by Charles Humphries & Arthur Parks. The brother-in-law duo from Wadhurst, purchased an old Blacksmiths shop after leaving the army after the second World War. The business began selling and repairing lawnmowers and agricultural machinery before moving onto used vehicle sales and repairs in the late 1950s. Starting from a small high street workshop near Tunbridge Wells, the firm expanded over time to a purpose built 3-acre site located near Maidstone in Kent.

Expansion and Growth

During the 1970s, Humphries & Parks became a Mitsubishi franchise dealer for Maidstone, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks. The dealership was the longest established Mitsubishi dealer in the UK prior to the brand leaving the UK in 2021. In the 80s, the dealership expanded to four sites across Kent showcasing additional brands such as Daihatsu, Seat and Kia.

In 2012, current owner, Marcus Joy, purchased Humphries & Parks in West Malling. He masterminded a newly designed site allowing the team to grow. Marcus runs the dealership with sons Sam, Bruno and Soren who play an integral role within the business, alongside a 30-strong team of specialist staff lead by general manager, Owen McGahan.

Industry Awards

The dealership offers modern high-tech facilities to its customers. Accolades for the business include national industry awards from Mitsubishi, AM and Motor Trader. The business has also been awarded Electric Vehicle Accreditation by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. West Malling is one of only 99 UK businesses that achieved the accreditation process initially.

Kevin Griffin, managing director at SsangYong Motor UK, said: “We are delighted to welcome Humphries and Parks to the SsangYong franchise and to extend our representation in Kent. The team has a wealth of experience and an outstanding reputation which will ensure an excellent customer journey.”

The Maidstone business now showcases the flagship Rexton, a new facelifted Musso pick-up truck; the Tivoli compact SUV, and crossover Korando, including the new pure-electric variant for the Maidstone, Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells areas. A comprehensive range of accessories is also available for those wanting to add a personal touch to their SsangYong vehicle. In addition, there is an 80-car used car forecourt and full aftersales centre, offering a servicing, MOT and repairs.

Exceptional Service 

Marcus Joy commented: “At Humphries & Parks exceptional customer service and experience is a priority. We ensure that we develop strong relationships with our customers. We are delighted to partner with the SsangYong brand with its range of award-winning value-for-money vehicles. As Humphries & Parks celebrates 75- years in business, we are constantly investing in and improving the way we do things. We look forward to serving the Kent community for the next 75 years and beyond!”