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Re: Another Stratstone Closed

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:01 pm
by spritely
BOBCDP wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:42 pm
spritely wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:51 am
I hope Stratstone Cardiff is not next - could be my only dealer left, and they are 90 miles from me anyway - yikes. :shock:
Mark
No need to be concerned. Sinclair have taken over the dealership so you don’t have to come all the way to Cardiff 😊😊
Thanks Bob - will at least save me some miles.
Mark

Re: Another Stratstone Closed

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:54 am
by Deleted User 732
Right opposite my dealer is a Lookers new empty ex Vauxhall unit with all the gear and enough parking that would compliment the Jaguar showroom right opposite. That would then have MG, Jaguar and Volvo on each others doorsteps and the opportunity for a Landrover dealership would be a good idea to attract customers.

Re: Another Stratstone Closed

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:26 pm
by Domfow
Stratstone is the premium car division of the Pendragon Group. The Car Store used division seriously under performed in the last year and adversely affected the groups results. The senior Pendragon management have been reviewing the group's portfolio of businesses and dealers and were they have found poor returns they are selling off or closing down. Inchcape is also going through such an exercise and have recently sold a number of dealers to other groups. The new car market is falling and the used car market is starting to stall, with no decision on the 'B' word, RDE2 (Real Driving Emissions) tests coming into use in September 2019 meaning old stock needs to be shifted and customers, both private and fleet holding off replacing vehicles, tough trading conditions are starting to affect the motor retail industry.

Re: Another Stratstone Closed

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:43 pm
by Deleted User 732
All thanks to VW

Re: Another Stratstone Closed

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:00 pm
by Domfow
Vespa wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:43 pm
All thanks to VW
Not really all the legislation to replace the old emissions test was already in place by the EU before the VW scandal broke in America. It just means that any new car sold after September 1st must have a valid RDE2 certificate, and that applies to all types of power plant testing. Look out this month for old engine non RDE2 certificate models been pre-registered to get them off forecourts. Many manufacturers built up stock levels pre original Brexit date back in March, but that never happened and lots of that stock is still around and some built with non compliant RDE2 engines. RDE = Real Driving Emissions not as some believe Real Diesel Emissions, it applies to all vehicle power types.

Re: Another Stratstone Closed

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:33 pm
by fraser
I've had very good service from Crewe Jaguar, part of the Swansway group who also have VW and Audi dealerships in Crewe.

Re: Another Stratstone Closed

Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:30 pm
by Aviator
I'm not surprised, the two local to me are rubbish!

Re: Another Stratstone Closed

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:39 am
by Gaspode
Just to counter the bad news of dealerships closing, I receieved an email yesterday to say that the new Inchcape combined Jaguar/Land Rover showroom in Derby is expected to open in December - only a move down the rooad for the exisiting showroom, but good to see some investment in the group....

Re: Another Stratstone Closed

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:57 am
by Prestige
Gaspode.....indeed seems good news. Have you sufficient experience of them to recommend them on the forum ? With the Stratstone Stoke demise I am after a recommended dealer.....I seem to be about 30 miles ( ish) from Crewe,Wolves,Tamworth and Derby dealers and the Jaguar " business transferred to" one isn't working out well.
An A50 trip is pretty painless for me ( and probably easiest journey) if they are well recommended ?

Re: Another Stratstone Closed

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:04 pm
by Grumpy Gramps
In the northeast we’ve lost the Houghton Le Spring jaguar dealership and Land Rover Stockton on Teeside have moved into jaguar premises. I understand the logic in consolidating but think Stratstone might be suffering a downturn in fortunes as it cuts back

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