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Open weekend to mark relocation of Station Garage Skoda in Horsham

Skoda car dealer Station Garage is holding an open weekend to mark its relocation to Horsham from Ewhurst.

On October 5 and 6 it will offer visitors a free mini car valet while they explore the new car dealership, which will also host a 20ft Skoda Scalextric track and the world's largest ice cream van, based on a 5.5 tonne monster truck, which stars in the Skoda Octavia VRs advert.

A Skoda logo colouring competition is also planned to keep younger visitors occupied.

Station Garage has been owned by Tony Thorpe since 1973 and has represented Skoda since 1986, initially in Rudgwick before moving to larger premises at Ewhurst in 2004, and now to the even larger site at Horsham, previously occupied by Stevens Vauxhall until that dealer went into administration.

It includes a modern showroom that can accommodate the entire seven-car Skoda range, a forecourt for more than 80 approved used cars, and an eight bay workshop.

Station Garage is still run by Tony and his son James.

James Thorpe said: "This relocation is key for Station Garage as we have for some time outgrown the Ewhurst site and it is essential that we move and expand in order to take advantage of the increasing success of Skoda nationally.

Tony Thorpe added: "We have a very loyal client base, some of whom have been with us since I started the dealership 28 years ago and even some who've bought more than 20 cars with us. It is important to keep in touch with our loyal customers as well as to meet new ones.

"I want to reassure all our customers that even though we will be operating from a smart new showroom at a new site we will still be the same family business focused on excellent service and friendly, expert advice."

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