I hear from our AROC Lancashire Secretary the sad news that Blackburn Motor Park have put staff on 30 day's notice.
Will that just be Blackburn or other Motor Park dealers too, I wonder. They're part of Cambria Automotive I believe.I hear from our AROC Lancashire Secretary the sad news that Blackburn Motor Park have put staff on 30 day's notice.
I thought both had patchy reputations. However a friend near Guildford has used Bishops for sales and aftercare & seemed to find them ok. No experience of Croydon though I'm afraid.First service coming up for Alfa Giulia Veloce, bought up north. Any recommendations for Main dealers in South London/ Surrey. Currently considering Croydon Motor village / Bishops in Guildford. Have not decided whether to buy out PCP at the end so thinking will service through dealer for now rather than indie. Any experiences of these two would be very useful.
I thought they'd disappeared off the dealer locator, and they have for sales but are still doing Alfa aftersales, so might be a consideration as I thought they were meant to be v good. They were certainly helpful when I was looking to buy a new Giulietta.I was going to suggest HWM at Walton On Thames, but it looks like they've given up Alfa Romeo - tells you something.
I received an email from Piccadilly last Wednesday which stated that they have decided to end their Alfa sales dealership contract, although it did not indicate when this would happen.Piccadilly's website still shows them as being a full Alfa dealership. However I see what you mean about the retailer locator on alfaromeo.co.uk - they come up if you select Aftersales, but not for Sales. They're still showing on fiat.co.uk for sales and aftersales.
It could be a glitch with Alfa's website - dealers have dropped off there before then re-appeared, or it might be as you say, that they're no longer an Alfa dealer for sales
FCA seem to be persuing this route of making as many Alfa dealers as possible a Jeep dealer too - the site in Knaresborough wouldn't be big enough for this unless they dropped Fiat/Abarth or extended, which is probably too much expense for a non-national chain. Trouble with FCAs approach is we're left with smaller family run dealerships offering great service to customers of cheaper Fiat's, but the more expensive products like Alfa & Jeep are backed-up by these often hopeless national chains who can afford to build a shiny showroom but haven't a clue how to offer any level of competence.
I hope we're wrong and Piccadilly remains - Alfa have lost far too many dealerships already this year - HWM Surrey, Chris Variava, Meridien Milano, Blackburn Motor Park, Platts of Stoke. They can ill afford to let another one go.
I too received this email and what interested me was the opening paragraphI received an email from Piccadilly last Wednesday which stated that they have decided to end their Alfa sales dealership contract, although it did not indicate when this would happen.
It also stated that they would continue to source new Alfa's from their dealership partners should anyone wish to still buy one new from them.
After sales service will remain unaffected.
This is sad news as the new car purchasing experience I had there was very smooth with no problems.
I think I will still take my Giulia there for its second service though as the service dep't is also pretty good and easy to deal with.
It would appear that FCA expect their dealers to fund showrooms and display stock without reference to the available market although as Alfaresco says they will continue selling Alfas but not as main dealers. Can they be competitive when two dealers are taking a cut of the margin? Presumably any customer would be dealing with a Fiat/Jeep salesperson but they also say they will have Giulia and Stelvio on display for test drives. So clearly they are not expecting to have many sales of Giuliettas. There again Harrogate is probably more Giulia & Stelvio territory than Giulietta.Unfortunately, we have had to make the difficult decision to terminate our Alfa Romeo Sales Appointment only contract with the manufacturer. This is due to the levels of investment expected of us in order to meet current standards, in relationship to the new car volume opportunities this Brand actually offers in the small territory we cover. Sadly after 15 years with the Brand it is no longer viable to continue.