HPL Motors Preston, Google Streetview imageHPL Motors Preston, Google Streetview image


Used car supermarket HPL Motors sees profit rocket 50 per cent to nearly £6m

  • Three car supermarket group makes nearly £2m profit per site
  • North West-based firm saw revenue and profit accelerate in last financial year
  • Directors paid dividends of more than £400k as group sees boost from used car price rises

Time 7:40 am, July 14, 2022

Used car supermarket group HPL Motors has chalked up pre-tax profit of nearly £6m from its three sites in the North West.

The car dealership firm’s latest accounts were filed with Companies House yesterday and show turnover and profit increased by more than 50 per cent.

Reporting on its year ended October 31 2021, the used car dealer said its revenues increased by 53 per cent to £90.2m and profit before tax was up 50 per cent to £5.9m.

Directors paid themselves dividends of £437,192 during the year.

In 2020, HPL turned over £59m and was 57th in Car Dealer Top 100 list of most profitable dealers in the UK.

Heaton Park Garages – which trades as HPL Motors – has three used car dealerships in Preston, Oldham and Atherton. 

The family-run business started as a 16-car site in Heaton Park but now stocks around 1,000 used cars.

In its accounts, the firm said: ‘The directors are pleased with the performance of the business throughout the period in question having seen another record-breaking year with increased profitability.’

The firm’s latest site is in Preston and the dealership group said it had delivered ‘an excellent set of full first year results, outperforming the Oldham business on a unit basis’.

Looking ahead the firm expressed concerns about the weakening economy, though.

‘Factors such as employment levels, consumer confidence, the level of discretionary spending and the interest rate risk could significantly affect the market for the sale of vehicles,’ said the firm.

HPL also admitted it had benefited from the rise in used car prices during the period it was reporting on. It said the semiconductor shortage hitting new car production had helped push used car prices up.

Main image credit: HPL’s Preston site, Google Streetview

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James is the founder and editor-in-chief of Car Dealer Magazine, and CEO of parent company Baize Group. James has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years writing about cars and the car industry.

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