Car Dealerships for sale in Dorset

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Leasehold Price: £449,995 Turnover: £2,000,000 Gross Profit: £200,000
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Business Description
Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market the car dealership and garage.

The business was transformed into a car dealership in 2000 and was taken over by our client in 2012; who kept the well-known business name. This is a popular car dealership in this location, with exceptional word of mouth recommendations and an enviable reputation. Our client is now looking to sell the business due to the desire to focus on other business interests.

This multi-facet business runs as a used car dealership, and full service, aftersales and MOT facilities from the fully equipped garage and forecourt. Some popular services available are annual and interim services, full mechanical repair, diagnostic testing, air conditioning and health checks. They also provide different aftercare packages for the vehicles they sell, this allows for repeat loyal trade.

There is a database included with over 4000 live customer records.

Business Highlights

Family run business
High levels of return on investments
Workshop Facilities
Independent motor dealer
Main road frontage
Four bay work shop (including MOT facility)
Business name established over 90 years ago
Well-known in its location

The business generates an exceptional turnover of around £2,000,000 per annum, with a gross profit of 13%. This is a healthy turnover, however, there is huge scope to boost this figure. The new owner could look to increase used stock levels and could also extend workshop hours to maximise sales.

The sale includes a website this has a lot of information and allows for booking vehicles in for MOT’s and other services. The site also has information about vehicles, which are available for sale. The business advertises its vehicles on several well-known platforms, one of which is Autotrader, One page allows for potential customers to check for finance, this a great plus and benefits the business.

Due to the long-established business name, the garage sees a large amount of local support and repeat trade. We are advised that the garage conducts around 10 MOT’s a day. Together with this, the repair centre sees a further 10-15 cars a day.

This is an exceptional business that has been run to a very high standard. The garage and dealership would be a perfect partnership opportunity, for those with experience in the trade. Hilton Smythe highly advise early viewing to take in the full potential of the trade.

The car dealership is located in the South West.

The business is situated on a busy main road, which receives a large amount of footfall and passing trade. There is on street parking and an onsite car park for customers to easily call in.

Key Premise Points

Includes four bay work shop
Spacious open plan offices
45-50 vehicle forecourt
Fully-equipped garage
Main road frontage
All set upon one site

The business is situated on a large plot. There is a substantial concrete forecourt which can hold around 45-50 cars. Above half of the forecourt is under a well signed canopy, there is also a large sign at the front of the property.

At the back of the forecourt is the garage, reception and office space, this is a big L- shaped building with two roller shutter doors. The garage is open plan and is completely equipped for the trade. To the right of the garage space is the reception, this also comes fully-equipped with desks, shelving and computers.

Through to the left of the workshop is a large stock area. There is also an outer building which has two offices.  

Equipment included in the sale is as follows-

4 new ramps

Welding equipment

Diagnostic machines

Tyre fitting machine

Hand tools

Wheel alignment machinery

New air conditioning machine

We are advised that there is equipment included to the value of £25,000.

We are advised the business is being sold as a Leasehold opportunity.

Original lease length: 5 years (first option to purchase Freehold at the end of the 5 years)

Remaining lease length: 1 year as of 2016. (Further 5 year length lease currently being finalised. After the 5 years the option to purchase the Freehold is available)

Rent: £75,000 per annum

The business opening hours-

Monday - Friday: 9am – 5:30pm

Saturday: 9am – 5pm

Sunday: 10am – 4pm (sales only)

The business is run and managed by our clients, with the help of nine members of staff.

The business generates a turnover in the region of £2,000,000 per annum.

Gross profit in excess of 13%

Tenure: Leasehold

Listed by: Hilton Smythe
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