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Peter Vardy Group expands MG portfolio after buying Gillanders Motors franchises

  • Peter Vardy Group doubles its number of MG dealerships
  • Aberdeen and Peterhead franchises are bought from Gillanders
  • CEO Peter Vardy thanks teams for making acquisition possible
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Time 9:34 am, September 2, 2023

The Peter Vardy Group has expanded its MG portfolio after buying the marque’s Aberdeen and Peterhead franchises from Gillanders Motors.

They’re the latest addition to its MG portfolio, following last month’s launch of two MG dealerships in Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy.

The Aberdeen showroom opened yesterday, and CEO Peter Vardy said: ‘We are delighted to add MG Aberdeen to our portfolio of MG locations and can’t wait to welcome new and existing customers to the MG brand at our Lang Stracht dealership.


‘MG has a rich history and a strong reputation for manufacturing high-quality, innovative and affordable vehicles and we are confident that this addition to our dealerships will resonate with our customers.

‘I want to take this opportunity to thank the Gillanders team and our internal teams for making this acquisition possible. Exciting times lie ahead for our group.’

The new dealerships will showcase the line-up of the latest MG models, from EVs to SUVs and saloons, as well as featuring state-of-the-art servicing facilities.


Peter Vardy Group has 14 sites across Scotland, representing brands that also include Porsche, Jaguar, Land Rover, BMW, Mini and Ora, as well as having its own-brand used cars operation Carz.

Ranked 36th in our latest Car Dealer Top 100 of most profitable dealers, the group also owns online car finance broker CarMoney plus B2B and B2C leasing and rental arm FlexAuto.

Car Dealer has been told that Peter Vardy will be covering the Peterhead area from the Aberdeen site and no jobs will be lost.

Gillanders said in a statement to Car Dealer: ‘We are proud to have been part of the incredible growth of MG in the north-east and we wish the Peter Vardy team every success in the future.

‘To all our staff, customers and the MG UK team, we would like to thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you again soon.’

It added: ‘Gillanders will expand our Kia business in Peterhead.

‘We are due to renovate our showroom in line with Kia’s new corporate identity in 2024, and grow our used car business where our family-owned business has offered honesty and integrity for almost 60 years.’

Pictured at top is the Kirkcaldy MG showroom

Peter Vardy will be a headline interviewee at our Car Dealer Live conference in Gaydon on March 7, 2024. Get your tickets here.


This story was originally published on September 2 and updated twice – on September 5 and 7 – with further details, including latterly the Gillanders statement and confirmation of no job losses

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