Quality and Personal Service are our mission

We are a leading, family owned and run body shop in Aberdeen with extensive industry knowledge and expertise.

We opened our doors in July 2013 and have grown rapidly year on year. Our team are highly skilled with over 20 years experience each in all makes of vehicle. Prior to opening the body shop Graham gained 15+ years experience working for the local BMW, Volkswagen, and Audi dealership and therefore specialises in these makes, knowing the pitfalls each can have from time to time.

We have built a loyal customer base of repeat and referral business and enjoy welcoming back our regulars, some returning yearly for annual maintenance.

Graham Dawson Body & Paint Shop Ltd is a family-owned body shop in Aberdeen run by Graham and Linda.

'We want to get to know our customers and maintain a reputation for the standard of work provided and for them to get to know this, so that they'll come back again and again, this is demonstrated through our large number of repeat and recommendation customers and this is how we want to build and grow our business'
- Graham

Tour the Workshop

  • 2013

    First opened our doors as a one man, one spray booth Bodyshop in Greenbank Road

  • 2014

    First employee recruited

  • 2014

    Finalist Most promising new business - Elevator awards

  • 2015

    Second & subsequent employees recruited

  • 2015

    Second spray booth purchased

  • 2017

    Relocation to larger premises - 8 Craigshaw Road

  • 2018

    Further team expansion with introduction of Bodyshop labourer

  • 2018

    Linda joined the garage full time to run the office and provide business management

  • 2019

    Entered new sector - Commercial Vehicles

  • 2020

    Finalists High Growth Business of the Year 2020 Area Finalist - FSB

Meet the Team

Graham Dawson: Director, Workshop Management

Graham Dawson

Director, Workshop Management

Graham has been in the motor trade since leaving school and has over 35 years (we won't be too specific!) experience. He is personally skilled in both painting and panel beating and therefore is able to advise on all areas of the work you require.


Prior to opening his own Body Shop Graham has held Supervisory roles in large body shops and run smaller body shops. If you're old enough to remember the old YTS (Youth Training Scheme) that's where Graham started out, serving his time under the watchful eye of some 'tough' Journeymen who's approach to teaching he recalls as 'character building' - he learned quickly, using lunchtimes and breaks to practise on discarded panels and soon was given more and more responsibility, doing full resprays long before finishing his apprenticeship.

His attention to detail and high quality work earned him the role of getting the 'fussy customer' jobs or the rectifications, it was at this point he started to consider setting up his own garage, having the management skills and the strong quality reputation and the rest is history as they say.

Graham is always happy to advise and guide on any areas of vehicle body work whether you have your vehicle booked in or just need some advice. Please just call to talk through any issues with Graham.

Linda Dawson: Director, Office and Business Management

Linda Dawson

Director, Office and Business Management

Linda manages the business element of the body shop in the office from booking in vehicles to accounts management, HR, marketing and whatever else happens to cross her desk!


Linda has a background in Operations and Improvement in public sector, NHS, Oil and Gas and Government Economic Development Agency. She started her career in general office work and following encouragement from a supportive boss undertook an MSc in Management as a mature student in her 30's.

Following her graduation she joined a newly formed Change Management team in the local authority and remained in Improvement and Change since, specialising in Lean tools and techniques which she brings to the garage to ensure operations are as efficient as possible.

Linda moved to the garage full time 2 years ago, previous to that she worked full time and undertook garage activities in evenings and weekends, however this became unmanageable due to business growth. Linda recalls telling Graham she'd handed in her notice to join the garage full time and him about falling off his seat, saying he didn't recall the night they discussed that!

Linda has recently established her own Improvement business (the evenings and weekends have become boring) where she brings her skills and experience, along with the hands on experience of running the busy garage to fellow business owners.

Graham and Linda are very proud of their 2 daughters, Jessica and Frances, their son-in-law Chaz, and love nothing more than bragging about their grandson and granddaughter if you mention grandchildren! They also have a Finnish Lapphund dog called Harvey and a black moggy cat called Jerry.

Mark, Pawel and Graham are our experience Panel Beaters and Painters. They bring with them a wealth of industry expertise and take pride in their work.

Our Values

We are a team of passionate people that work hard to ensure your vehicle bodywork is undertaken to a high standard and that the customer service is second to none.

We are focussed on a personal customer service

We will always produce a top quality job, achieving outstanding results

We are dedicated to a safe working environment

Keeping in touch

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