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John Clark buys dealership

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JOHN Clark Motor Group has acquired Thompson and Potter Skoda, ASE’s Dealermatch service has announced.

Based in Burrelton, 10 miles from Perth, Scotland, Thomson and Potter has held the Skoda franchise in the area for more than 25 years.

Under its new ownership, the business will continue under the Thomson and Potter name and all 17 members of staff plus joint owner David Gilbertson, are being retained.

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The acquisition of Thomson and Potter comes just a year after the John Clark Motor Group opened its new Specialist Cars Skoda dealership in Dundee. This now means the group represents Skoda across the whole of Grampian and Tayside.

John Clark, chairman and managing director of the John Clark Motor Group, said: ‘Under the ownership of David and Sarah Gilbertson, Thomson and Potter has developed a strong customer base and built an excellent reputation for customer service.

‘I am delighted that we have reached agreement to acquire the business and particularly pleased that David Gilbertson and his team will be staying with Thomson and Potter as part of the John Clark Motor Group.

‘That continuity is particularly important in a business whose culture rewards, respects and develops individual talents and also has a strong focus on customer service.’


The Thomson and Potter showroom has a capacity of five cars, vehicle sales of around 400 new and used cars, and the business has a turnover of more than £5.5m.

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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.

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