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Chathams restructures

Time 5:10 am, November 5, 2010

great-wall-pick-upDealer group Chathams have announced a restructuring programme which brings about some big changes.

The programme will see the Edinburgh-based dealer group parting company with Honda, and moving forward with Skoda.

Effective from the end of November, Graeme P Chatham Ltd and Honda (UK) Ltd will go their separate ways – a partnership that has lasted for more than 40 years.


From 1 November, Chathams’ Cultins showroom will be home to a ‘Flagship’ Skoda dealership offering new, nearly new and used Skodas, while their Abbeyhill site will continue to be a Skoda Specialist Service Centre.

However, the group is keen to point out that their Chatham Honda Abbeyhill site will continue to operate as a Honda Specialist and Authorised Service Centre, offering warranty services.

A range of nearly new and used Hondas will also be available at their Abbeyhill and Sighthill sites in Edinburgh, and at Halbeath in Dunfermline.

Chathams has also announced that a Bosch Service Centre has also opened under the Chatham banner at their Abbeyhill complex, offering budget servicing and repairs for all makes of car.

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Meanwhile, Chathams have also announced that they are in ‘advanced negotiations’ with Great Wall Motor Distributors (UK) Limited.

The dealer group is attempting to bring the Chinese manufacturer – which is anxious to enter the European market with products such as the Double cab pick-up (pictured) – to not only Edinburgh, but the UK too.  

by JAMES BATCHELOR

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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