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My impression is that there is a bit of a gap in coverage as far as independent specialists are concerned in the bit of the UK between, say, Birmingham and Oxford. Is this impression correct?
If one was to open, would anyone on here be pleased/angry?
The reason is obvious, looking for a carrer change. Your comments would be most appreciated either way.
 

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Thanks VO2Max, I did reckon on Jamie as about the nearest. Seems a long way for someone in Worcs/Warks/Oxon/Gloucs?? I think the 60ml round trip from me to Guest in Knowle a long way for a service.
 

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Yep sounds good. I live in kidderminster and would appreciate someone local who knows what they are doing. The dealers are driving me insane with sloppy service.
 

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Definitely pleased. In fact I just put out a post last Friday looking for an independant in the Rugby/Northampton area as it is a desert out here!

Just to confirm desert status, I have had only one reply and that also mentioned Jamie Porter in Royston.
 

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True, in fact some years ago I remember there was dealer in Italian cars in Pershore. Not sure if they are there now or if NJS is in some way related. On a visit years ago I was admiring a Lancia Gamma they had among many Integrales and such.
So that still leaves a swathe??
 

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Wrenched, think I know the dealer you mean - in Drakes Broughton? Anyway, he retired and the site is now a bike showroom. I think Neil and he were "mutually supportive" but not actually linked!
 

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Yes, Drakes Broughton, that was it. I thought last time I passed that way it had gone.
 

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I can personally recommend Intaservices in Leicester. I have used them for about 3 years and even sold them my old 155, which is now a courtesy car.

There is also a company called Northants Alfa in Higham Ferrers and Days in MK.
 

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I can fully recommend Palmer & Phillips in Cowley, Oxford. Very good service at reasonable prices. I got to know them well with my old 145 and it's airbag warning problems. I ended up going back so often that I would just drive it into the workshop, they would hook it up to the diagnostics to clear the error, I would say thanks very much and drive out again - no charge.

My 156 has been much better (touch wood) so I have only been for the yearly service and for oil in between, but we are still on first name terms!!
 

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A picture is emerging, thank you all. If nothing else happens, the thread will at least have consolidated some good tips.
 
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My impression is that there is a bit of a gap in coverage as far as independent specialists are concerned in the bit of the UK between, say, Birmingham and Oxford. Is this impression correct?
If one was to open, would anyone on here be pleased/angry?
The reason is obvious, looking for a carrer change. Your comments would be most appreciated either way.
Hi Wrenched - sorry to get in late, but wanted to add my suppport to your idea. Also, as there is so much overlap, do consider supporting Lancia and FIAT as there are quite a few Inte's and other Lancias in the Midlands.

I for one would be delighted - it would mean there is a place to go for both my bellas without having to drive for hours each way! :)
 

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Hi BlueE, thanks for that, I am of the mind that it would be necessary to cover Lancia and/or Fiat for sufficient volume, as you say, there is overlap in many areas - parts&technology/supplies/marketing etc etc etc. I take it you are in this area?
 
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Yeah I live in Leamington Spa, so am a bit stuck - especially on the Integrale front. I like to take it to someone who really knows their stuff, and at the moment that means London, Reading, Wrexham, Bishops Stortford, Bradford or the local FIAT dealer... not (they couldn't even handle a clutch change on the Inte') :eek:

As you say, there is loads of overlap on the parts / service / technical front and you'd probably be able to get a good bit of volume going, especially if you catered for the more "needy" models! :)

Would you also be selling new?
 

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Probably not new cars but used cars that had been comprehensively inspected, tested and brought up to scratch.
 

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So its off to search for premises and do some research on how many potential customers there are. Anyone any idea how to work that out? Maybe DVLA or proportion it out of the population of Alfa/Lan/Fi nationwide?
 

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So its off to search for premises and do some research on how many potential customers there are. Anyone any idea how to work that out? Maybe DVLA or proportion it out of the population of Alfa/Lan/Fi nationwide?
be careful, i know what its like trying to start a business just like yours, and my god i am so glad i didnt get a garage to start with, otherwise i would have been twiddling my thumbs waiting for customers in an empty garage costing me dearly, i just have a van so i am mobile, and a small yard from which to operate from, and its been two years now, and i am just starting to be able to get by, and ive tried all sorts of advertising, from leaflet dropping, to national magazines, but its been soooo hard.

I am not saying you wont be a start up instant success, but just think of every avenue before plunging cash in there

:D good luck
 

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Your very right AforAlfa. You must be among my nearest? Judging by what I've read here, at any rate.
Advertising has cost me dear in the past and hardly works from my experience - but how else? word of mouth is good but you need a critical mass of customers.
 

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homan i think that WAD would be the closest for you.
have not realy had many dealings with them yet but they come highly recomended on this forum

http://www.wad-alfaromeo.co.uk/
 
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