Alan Pulham, franchised dealer director of the RMI, says: “It is the MG Rover car dealers that will bear the responsibility for serving their customers, whatever the fate of the manufacturer may be.
“The RMI, with the MG Rover Franchise Board, is calling on the Government for action to recognise the plight of MG Rover dealers. They represent the customer-facing end and it is they that will provide consumers with the after-sales service on MG Rover vehicles.”
MG Rover dealers are collectively owed £25m in unpaid sales allowances and warranty claims.
“If they are to continue providing a service to vehicle owners, they might expect at least to be paid for the work they have already performed,” says Pulham.
There are 260 MG Rover dealers across the UK and Northern Ireland, employing 7,000 staff directly, along with a further 5,000 ancillary support staff.
“Unless dealers are paid the money they are owed, thousands of people working in the retail motor sector across the country could lose their jobs.”
The RMI say dealers could continue to provide work under warranty for the next three years, and parts and other work for the next 10 years.
“This will be a vital service for consumers that own MG Rover cars and it is imperative that the Government makes sure that dealers can properly serve their customers,” adds Pulham.
MG Rover enthusiasts head for Longbridge
A convoy of MGs and Rovers will leave for Longbridge today to rally support for the carmaker, which last week went into administration.
MG-Rover.org – the independent MG and Rover enthusiasts’ website – together with XPowerForums.com, the MG race car fan site and a host of other internet enthusiasts’ websites arranged the rally which started at Junction 2 of the M42 at around midday today.
Owners will be coming from all over the country to show their support for Britain’s last volume car manufacturer.
Established in 2002, MG-Rover.org has over 11,000 members worldwide.