First Vauxhall Van Centre opens in Willenhall in Greenhous Group colours

News has filtered through to Laurie Dealer that West Midlands-based Greenhous Group has opened a new Vauxhall Van Centre in Willenhall, with Greenhous DAF site on Neachells Road.

Christine Ward, sales manager, says the UK's first Vauxhall Van Centre will offer national fleet and owner operators a parts operation from 6.30am on Monday through to 1pm on Saturday, out-of-hours service, MOTs for class 4 and 7 vehicles and run 11 delivery parts vans across the West Midlands.

"To ensure the best quality, customer service and expertise the dealership employ a dedicated sales team, 32 experienced staff in our parts and 45 in our service department including fully trained Vauxhall technicians," she says.  

There is provision for second hand vans too, as well as HP, lease and contract hire packages for new and used vans.

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The Vehicle Remarketing Association wants YOU...

That's right, all you people in the light CV market, the Vehicle Remarketing Association wants you to help set up its commercial vehicle division. This message is officially endorsed by Laurie Dealer.

Steve Carman, director at VRA, says the association, which began last year, was set up to represent the interests of remarketing industry including everyone from auctions and used vehicle dealers, to smart repair companies and dealer groups.


"It has been set up to share best practice and attract new talent to the industry. It also intends to represent the industry in the corridors of power in Whitehall, just as the FTA and the RHA has done successfully over the years," he says.

The next step of its development is to open its doors to light commercial vehicle companies (up to 3.5 tonnes) in and around the remarketing industry. "The VRA wants to hear from companies who are interested in helping the VRA set up the light commercial elements of the association.

"It wants to understand what the issues are, how networking and sharing best practice will help the industry improve and grow its profile within the overall transport industry. Current issues being discussed in the organisation include end of contract charges for lease vehicles and vehicle provenance," he adds.

Current membership stands at 40, which includes car manufacturers, leasing companies, auctions and a valeting company. "The VRA wants to replicate this with credible light commercial organisations," he says.