Luxury car dealer finds cars behind bars

Time 12:07 pm, June 12, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 13.05.04A LUXURY car dealer returned from holiday to find £250,000 worth of cars behind bars.

Steve ‘Bubs’ Williams of Elite Vehicles on Peel Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, is now involved in a legal battle with the site’s owners after returning to his site to find the landlords had fenced in his cars.

Dandara, a housing a property development group, had notified Williams, 41, that he would need to remove all the vehicles from the site by May 24. This included a Porsche Cayenne and Nissan 350Z, but he failed to do so.

Housing director at Dandara Ciaran Downey told iomtoday: ‘In August 2012, Dandara agreed to release Mr Williams of Elite Vehicles from his lease of the Athol Garage site and at his request we granted him a one year licence to occupy part of the forecourt on condition that he paid the outstanding rates and insurance, however, despite numerous phone calls chasing payment, this debt of £3,050 is still outstanding.’

However, Williams remained on the site for a further 10 months despite failing to repay the debt, vacate the dealership or enter a new licence agreement.

Downey added: ‘Under the terms of the licence agreement we have lawful authority to remove any property (including vehicles) left on our land.’

Williams said: ‘I genuinely no idea as to why my vehicles were fenced in. I tried to contact Dandara, but according to them I had disappeared and they decided to fence in my cars.’

Rebecca Chaplin's avatar

Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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