CARTIME is driving forward its expansion plans after exchanging contracts on a new showroom site in Rochdale.
The deal, which marks a £1.6 million investment for the north-west of England’s biggest independent used car dealer, will see the creation of 25 jobs.
The 1.6-acre site in Edinburgh Way will be its second sales operation, alongside its dealership in Bell Lane in Bury.
Cartime will spend £500,000 on transforming the Aldi supermarket that is currently on the site. The new sales centre will enable it to stock more than 220 prestige used cars, ranging from BMW and Range Rover marques to more specialist makes and models. The expansion significantly increases the dealer’s reach and showroom space in the region, taking its total number of vehicles stocked across its two sites to 1,000 cars.
With contracts now exchanged, work will start on the refurb, led by Abode Architecture, to transform the site into a cutting-edge used car showroom.
Cartime founder and managing director Matt Kay said: ‘This expansion marks a major step forward in our growth plans, providing a new dedicated space for customers to experience our market-leading approach to the luxury used car market.
‘Rochdale is a fantastic site for the business and reaffirms our commitment to investing in the north-west to create new jobs and opportunities. The new showroom will really set us apart from traditional used car showrooms. It is located next to other franchise dealers, has capacity for more than 200 vehicles plus great transport links, and is just 15 miles from our state-of-the-art preparation centre.
‘We have experienced considerable growth in the past six years, which is testament to ongoing investment and a drive to set ourselves apart in the used car space. We know that our model is the future of the industry, and this is an important next step in realising this vision.’
Pictured: An artist’s impression of the Rochdale site