Formula One Autocentres has appointed Jon Butcher as its new managing director. The long-standing employee started as a tyre technician at its second depot in Rayleigh in 1987. Butcher climbed the ranks to become assistant manager, then manager, area manager and general manager before joining the board as sales director in 2005.
In recent years autocentres have been selling more tyres than ever. At the same time, specialist tyre retailers – such as those featured on our annual table, have moved towards additional servicing and mechanical repairs in order to increase sales. This is especially the case at the top of the table, amongst the largest tyre retail chains where as much as 45 per cent of annual turnover is now made up of non-tyre sales.
Formula One Autocentres is continuing its expansion programme with the acquisition of Autowise Tyre and Autocentres Ltd. Comprising of seven branches, Autowise is one of the South East’s leading tyre and autocare specialists, offering tyre, servicing, MOT, exhaust, brake, clutch and air-conditioning services. As a result Formula One Autocentres now has 110 branches in total.
Formula One Autocentres’ expansion programme continues apace with its recent acquisition of Equipe Tyre & Autocare centres. With nine local branches, Equipe Autocare is one of the North West’s leading tyre and autocare specialists, offering tyres, exhausts, servicing, MOTs, brakes, clutches and air-conditioning.
This acquisition sees the number of Formula One Autocentres’ nationwide branches reach over 100 in total. The company, which is one of the UK’s largest independently owned automotive chains, is continuing with ongoing expansion plans laid out for the coming months and years.
UK chain Formula One Autocentres has announced the opening of two new depots in August 2011, following its expansion programme and bringing the total number of sites to 58. The new centres are situated in Basingstoke and West Quay, Southampton. Leon Glencross, managing director of F1 Autocentres, comments: “We identified West Quay and Basingstoke as key areas because the properties fit the F1 profile requirements in that they are highly visible, have ease of access and onsite parking”.
F1 Autocentres has announced that it will offer three levels of car servicing designed to meet better the varying needs of Britain’s motorists. The newly identified three options comprise interim, full and major services. The Interim Car Service is designed to maintain cars between annual services, states F1 Autocentres. The new Full Service consists of a 66 point check and is an important part of a cars annual maintenance programme, while the new Major Service checks 71 points, covering all areas of essential maintenance comprehensively. The company says that each service is designed to meet the various needs of motorists, carried out by fully trained technicians, and perhaps most importantly is competitively priced.
Formula One Autocentres has announced the addition of a new puncture repair service, costing £19.30. The chain says it considers the service to be priced at a “very inexpensive” level. The company says the replacement of a punctured tyre is “not always necessary as punctures in the tread area of the tyre can often be repaired”. It is easy to see how repair could be a popular option in the current financial climate, as motorists seek ways in which to save money.
Formula One Autocentres has announced that it is offering four wheel alignment service, using leading alignment machinery brand Hunter’s products, supplied by their UK distributor Pro-Align, at 13 of its branches, based mainly in the Midlands and the South of England. F1 Autocentres says it uses “world-leading Hunter garage alignment equipment” because they offer “accurate four wheel diagnosis and re-alignment, including personalised print out showing before and after measurements.”