Independent used car retailer Big Cars has expanded its operation into Surrey with a move into a former Vauxhall dealership site in Addlestone.
The new showroom facility on New Haw Road, Addlestone, became vacant when Now Vauxhall transferred its operation to a new location in nearby West Byfleet, with property consultants Rapleys appointed to find a new tenant.
Big Cars’s latest move marks the latest evolution of a business which was started by Adam Stott (pictured) after quit his sales job at a BMW dealership in 2008, as reported in AM’s Independent Dealer magazine.
Stott said: “Big Cars are very excited to be expanding into Surrey, bringing our customer first business ethos to a new area.
“This site is in an excellent location and will allow us to offer the residents of Addlestone extensive choice when it comes to purchasing their next vehicle.
“We are able to offer everything from a Fiesta, right up to a Ferrari, and with our extensive group stock, we can find the right car at the right price.
“We will be opening the showroom on the April 23rd and we look forward to welcoming the local community with a glass of bubbly to celebrate our launch, that weekend.”
Big Cars started in modest premises in Essex, but after Stott moved to a new site in Chelmsford the business delivered a £1 million turnover.
Six years later the business now boasts three sites – including a second site in Witham and the new Addlestone location – around 50 employees and retails around 150 cars per month.
Mark Frostick, associate at property consultants Rapleys said that the business had secured a prime location in an area where existing dealership locations are in short supply.
He said: “There is a shortage of good quality car dealerships within the M25. With competition from other retailers and the return of residential developers, there are relatively few sites available, so we had a strong level of interest in this site.
“Occupiers of sites in and around London are starting to see a premium for car sale use just down to their scarcity.”