Sparshatts opens Tonbridge Mercedes-Benz dealership 28 February 2013

Operators of Mercedes-Benz trucks and vans based in west Kent can now use Sparshatts Tonbridge after-sales facility, which has a new eight-bay commercial vehicle workshop.

The site represents an investment of more than £300,000 by the dealership, a long-standing member of the manufacturer's franchised network and winner in 2012 of the Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Dealer of the Year title.

Sparshatts moved into Tonbridge from its previous premises in Tunbridge Wells, inherited when it acquired the former Kent & Sussex Truck Centre, six years ago.

Director Helen Jones explains that the new site was the former Post Office depot on the Cannonbridge Industrial Estate, which had stood empty for a year before Sparshatts took possession. Five months later, it has been transformed into a smart and comprehensively equipped workshop.

Sparshatts, Tonbridge is also awaiting certification that will allow it to undertake MoT tests of vehicles in Class 4 (cars, vans and small minibuses up to 3.0 tonnes gross weight), Class 5 (buses with up to 15 passenger seats, as well as ambulances), and Class 7 (vans up to 3.5 tonnes gross weight) categories.

"For customers who cannot afford to be without their vehicles during the day, we offer night-time servicing at Tonbridge and are open on Saturday mornings, too," states service manager Gary Wilson.

Among operators now using the new workshop is logistics specialist S&S Distribution, which operates a Mercedes-Benz-dominated fleet of 25 trucks from its base on the Cannonbridge Industrial Estate.

Director Ken Sanderson says: "We wish the dealer every success in its new venture, which is already making life easier and more convenient for us."

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd
Sparshatts of Kent Ltd

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