Arnold gets another one

Arnold gets another one

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Phunk

1,686 posts

138 months

Sunday 14th June 2020
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It looks like AC are doing well selling some cars remotely, just having issues getting hold of some stock.

They are cutting costs though, many employees with less than 2 years service are being made redundant.

BMR

869 posts

145 months

Sunday 14th June 2020
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Clarkedontgo said:
Looks like Ingrams seat in kilmarnock has gone , no cars or signs
It’s in Ayr now at Low bridge street. Their Hyundai franchise is gone from there now.

Craigie

1,187 posts

146 months

Wednesday 17th June 2020
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Phunk said:
It looks like AC are doing well selling some cars remotely, just having issues getting hold of some stock.

They are cutting costs though, many employees with less than 2 years service are being made redundant.
This true? They have been recruiting a shed load of staff over this time - be wrong if they are just binning them?

loskie

3,466 posts

87 months

Wednesday 17th June 2020
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not really makes good business sense to offload staff BEFORE they have employees rights. Harsh yes but good business sense.

Craigie

1,187 posts

146 months

Thursday 18th June 2020
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for a company that is making £115m per year profit, and claims to be a very people focussed business, I think its a shocking decision. Shame on them.

loskie

3,466 posts

87 months

Thursday 18th June 2020
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you obviously are very kind but would struggle to run a successful business.

Craigie

1,187 posts

146 months

Thursday 18th June 2020
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Depends what your outlook on life is? Keeping a business going and providing employment to all those people and adding over £100m to your family wealth every year? I’d say that’s very good business.

Phunk

1,686 posts

138 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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Craigie said:
Phunk said:
It looks like AC are doing well selling some cars remotely, just having issues getting hold of some stock.

They are cutting costs though, many employees with less than 2 years service are being made redundant.
This true? They have been recruiting a shed load of staff over this time - be wrong if they are just binning them?
Yep, 100%. Not sure if it's in sales, but some of their departments are slimming down.

DavieW

421 posts

75 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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I heard that AC have closed Seafield Rd in Edinburgh dealerships and made all staff redundant. Cala homes to build on the sites.

S2red

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2,412 posts

158 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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Housing site there is odd is it not wall to wall dealerships?

Travis Perkins next door to AC in Bishopbriggs closed wonder if they will take over site?

mabosh

132 posts

153 months

Thursday 25th June 2020
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DavieW said:
I heard that AC have closed Seafield Rd in Edinburgh dealerships and made all staff redundant. Cala homes to build on the sites.
I think it may just be the old Renault, Citroen and Skoda dealerships which were in a terrace of converted retail units in half way along the road, as opposed to their purpose built and much redeveloped (originally Abercromby) multi franchise premises further eastwards. Indeed the Skoda franchise moved into one of those recently.

I do wonder if Vardy Vauxhall may also be selling out. There was one of those large drilling machines in the car park last week, presumably testing the ground suitability for building. It's quite an old building, was once an office for the Danish Bacon Company. If you walk round to the promenade to the back of the building you can see the fantastic 60s mosiac tiles on the staircase wall with a large elephant/mammoth design.

I also wonder if the Macklin Hyundai dealership may also go. It's a cramped site and never seems busy and they have their other branch at Calder Road. It's right next door to the closed AC premises mentioned already.

I'd be surprised if the Dog and Cat home or either of the bus garages or Vardy BMW move out though.

Evans Halshaw Ford (ex Laidlaw) at Baileyfield just round the corner now completely empty and surely must surely succumb to demolition soon, presumably for the Barratt housing development next door.

Interesting times at Porty!

anonymous-user

21 months

Thursday 25th June 2020
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That Peter Vardy Heritage site is looking a bit behind the times. Selling £5k modern classics for £30k were struggling before all this. Surely fewer customers now.

Scooobydont

263 posts

161 months

Thursday 25th June 2020
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Argleton said:
That Peter Vardy Heritage site is looking a bit behind the times. Selling £5k modern classics for £30k were struggling before all this. Surely fewer customers now.
I nearly pulled the trigger on this but didn't have the funds at the time, was for sale in a garage in Newbridge for 5k:

https://www.petervardy.com/item/129214/BMW/3-Serie...

Other then give it a polish, it's still exactly the same with another 4k added.

In hindsight I should have bought it, only thing that put me off was the autobox.

loskie

3,466 posts

87 months

Friday 26th June 2020
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plus

£199 admin fee


That's taking the PEE

loskie

3,466 posts

87 months

Friday 26th June 2020
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https://www.historics.co.uk/buying/auctions/2020-0...


Maybe the next auction here will be insightful.

anonymous-user

21 months

Friday 26th June 2020
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Scooobydont said:
Argleton said:
That Peter Vardy Heritage site is looking a bit behind the times. Selling £5k modern classics for £30k were struggling before all this. Surely fewer customers now.
I nearly pulled the trigger on this but didn't have the funds at the time, was for sale in a garage in Newbridge for 5k:

https://www.petervardy.com/item/129214/BMW/3-Serie...

Other then give it a polish, it's still exactly the same with another 4k added.

In hindsight I should have bought it, only thing that put me off was the autobox.
I'm sure you could put in a cheeky bid, they might want to reduce their stock.

They have a £30k Mercedes SEC, nice though it is it's really half that money.

gerrith

21 posts

57 months

Monday 13th July 2020
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BMR said:
Might go back to having smaller sites not the multiple franchise motor stores.
Opposite has happened in Aberdeen, Hyundai/Fiat/Alfa/Jeep/Abarth all merged to become a new motorstore.

DavieW

421 posts

75 months

Monday 24th August 2020
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Two AC sites in Perth have closed and are To Let or For Sale. One was Dacia and the other (I think) was Renault.

I heard they are doing a huge cull of staff from all departments throughout their network.

Phunk

1,686 posts

138 months

Tuesday 25th August 2020
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They’ve laid off 30-40 staff in recruitment, leaving 1 or 2

anonymous-user

21 months

Tuesday 25th August 2020
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I wonder how many sales have been through click and collect? That would surely reduce a few sales jobs, you only really need an admin team.