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.

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.  


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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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