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Dependable Bodies


We are a commercial vehicle bodybuilder with type approval on a variety of different makes and models of chassis, going from 3500kg to 32000kg in weight. We also specialise in truck and commercial vehicle body repairs including tail lift / taillift repairs. We are based in Newcastle upon Tyne and cover the majority of the North East including Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teeside.



See our large range Cranes, Tailifts / tail lifts, Beaver Tails, Tipping Bodies, Curtain Sided, second hand tailifts / tail lifts and more in our Body Types section.


Additional Regional Coverage

We also cover the following towns: South Shields, North Shields, Jarrow, Washington, Jarrow, Sunderland, Stanley, Consett, Houghton Le Spring, Durham, Darlington, Peterlee, Ferry Hill, Newton Aycliffe, Hartlepool, Billingham, Middlesbrough, Redcar, Yarm, Thirsk, Whitby, Scarborough, Pickering, Cramlington, Blyth, Bedlington, Morpeth, Ashington, Alnwick, Berwick, Prudhoe, Hexham, Haydon Bridge, Haltwhistle, Penrith, Carlisle and Dumfries.


Dependable Bodies also has a crane and tail lift repairs and call out service, with specialist engineers on call to recover any stranded vehicles in the area.


We offer:

  • Tailift / tail lift repairs including breakdown.
  • Tailift weight testing.
  • Commercial Vehicle Body Repairs.
  • Crane hydraulic repairs, tailift hydraulic repairs, shutter repairs, commercial vehicle hydraulic repairs and truck hydraulic repairs.
  • Minibus tailift / tail lift conversions, minibus seat conversions, minibus wheelchair clamping and tracking conversions.
  • Mobile assistance to keep you on the road and your equipment in perfect working order.
  • Van conversions.
  • Commercial vehicle, truck painting and sign writing.
  • Vehicle livery service.

We supply:

  • Bodies to service all industries with Tailifts / tail lifts and Cranes.
  • Parts and spares for tailifts / tail lifts commercial vehicles and trucks
  • Demountables.
  • Ambulance tailifts /tail lifts and ambulance modifications, mini bus tailifts / tail lifts, passenger tailifts / tail lifts, wheelchair tailifts / tail lifts, disabled tailifts / tail lifts and disabled access lifts.
  • Specialist Internal Equipment i.e. mobile workshops.
  • Specialist Bodies with Back Up You Can Rely On i.e. Bridge and Road Expansion - joint specialist vehicle.
Our facilities include:
  • LOLER Weight Testing Facilities for Tailifts, tail lifts / tail lifts, Cranes, ambulances, and Access Towers.
  • Stores Counter for Shutters, Tailifts / tail lifts, Cranes and General Body Components.
  • Press brake folding services for specialist pressed sections.
  • Metal guillotine service.
  • Alloy, stainless steel and mild steel welding.


We have gained our 'Conformity of production' from the VCA, and have successfully type approved on a number of chassis types. We are continuing to type approve other vehicle types in order to provide whatever type of body desired by the customer without the need to Individually approve each vehicle we build.


Bodies built without approval after the 'Type Approval Key Dates' will NOT be able to be registered on UK roads. CLICK HERE to see the dates. A document from the Department of Transport explaining the main issues can be downloaded HERE.

(You may need Adobe Reader to view the 2 documents above. You can download it free HERE).


Dependable Bodies

The company started in 1966 making Steel Tipping Bodies for the North-East coal industry and has grown over the last 40 years to become a leading manufacturer of all types of commercial vehicle bodies. The company is renowned for the high standard of bodies it produces, from the frame of the bodies to the finishes and paintwork.


Located in Dunston, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear within a large, modern factory the company is serviced with overhead cranes for more efficient and faster body assembly.


The manufacturing engineers are highly trained and are committed to keeping this standard of production as high as possible.