Fri, Sep 20, 2013 3:17 PM
Just six weeks after seeing an entire stock-list of over 700 vehicles "written off" due to flood damage, Motordepot is back on its feet again!
The dealership's six-acre site on Livingstone Road was one of the biggest casualties of last month's freak tidal surge and - though those premises remain temporarily closed - Motordepot is fully operational again from its original site on Clarence Street, East Hull.
It's where it all started for the locally-based car supermarket 11 years ago, and managing director Steve Butterley has been quick to pay tribute to the company's dedicated staff who have worked tirelessly to facilitate the move with such expediency.
Butterley says: "It goes without saying that the last six weeks have been immensely challenging. But, for management and staff to get us back in this position so quickly, is testament to their hard work and the resilience of the company as a whole.
"I would also like to go on record and praise the patience and understanding of the many customers who were affected by the fallout of the flood damage, whilst also thanking the hundreds of people who took to social media to express messages of support.
"Clarence Street is, of course, where it all started 11 years ago and in some ways its nice to be back. The facilities remain first-class and won't impact on the high levels of customer service we pride ourselves on."
Quality, new stock is building by the day and Butterley has been particularly buoyed by a recent deal done with Chevrolet which enables Motordepot to sell over 200 brand new models with up to an astonishing 50% off the manufacturers recommended list price.
"The Chevrolet deal is one of the biggest and best we've ever done," says Butterley. "Their brand value has soared over the past 18 months due to its sponsorship link-ups with Manchester United and Liverpool and - not surprisingly - they are already flying out of our showroom."
Despite the flooding setback, 2014 promises to be an exciting year for Motordepot as it looks forward to the re-opening of its flagship Hessle facility, whilst also pressing ahead with expansion into the wider Humber region.
Refurbishment of a recently-acquired six-acre site on Mannaberg Way, Scunthorpe, is almost complete which - once open - will house close to 600 vehicles, as well as a state-of-the-art service and vehicle preparation centre.