Brownhills closure

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  1. Ladylea

    Ladylea Funster

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    Tried to get hold of Brownhills Durham today and found out that they have sold the Durham branch to Marquis on the 1st September, Marquis have retained 20 Brownhills staff.
     
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    The Durham sale was completed on 31 August. Brownhills operate only from Newark now.
     
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    Brownhills are and always have been rubbish. You have to be a fool or very very rich to deal with them.
     
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    I agree they've had some terrible press over the years, but to be honest, the last year or so, many of the reports of Brownhills have been very positive. Maybe it's because they are getting smaller, less sales = better service = less disgruntled customers moaning on the forums. Though that is a total guess, I have never set foot in one of their dealerships.

    Just looked and they have an overall of 7 out of 10 on the Dealer Review site. http://www.motorhome-dealer-reviews.com/newused/brownhills-leisure-world-newark/
     
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    I tried to do a deal with them in 2008 at Newark involving a trade in. Did the deal at Heart of England at Weedon, saved £7500 and got a better van. Excellent to deal with Heart of England.
     
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  6. Ladylea

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    We found the staff at the Durham branch excellent we travelled to them for servicing and warranty work all the way from Pembrokeshire although a little disappointed that I didnt know until I emailed today about the change.

    Lesley
     
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    Theonlysue Funster Life Member

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    I must give Brownhills at Newark Parts Dept 11 out of 10.
    They have always been very helpful, and have always sent me the correct
    part, :thanks:

    unlike Lowdhams who are now a Hymer dealer, who i gave
    up with!!!

    S
     
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  8. laneside

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    We did our deal with Brownhills at Durham and they were everything that one could expect.

    We did however stay overnight at the Newark branch on our way down to Folkestone. Unless my work a day experiences have left me since I retired then some one urgently needs to get their finger on the button or that will not last too long.

    Just my instinct and gut feeling
     
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    I wonder if the Storage facility will open again under the new ownership ? :Smile:
     
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    pablomc Funster Life Member

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    Spoke to them last week and they confirmed they will be looking to reopen storage. Obviously they will need to price it right to attract customers back.
     
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    Stolen off of our van? Jane :Eeek:
     
  13. Detnor

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    I take it you can support that statement - as they sell more than any other dealer, you seem to be making a far reaching statement.

    A happy Brownhills customer
     
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    Its not that long ago they sold a Funster a leaking damp (checked by them and sold to them as damp)van
     
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    No surprise at Brownhills closure. They gave all the storage customers notice
    months ago. Many years ago we had a couple of dealers in the North East but now
    they are falling over themselves, some will not survive. I reckon we now have a choice of over 8 within 25 square miles. I hope Marquis manage to make a go of it as they are only 3miles from a further 2 dealers. This has only got to be good for the customer with more competition but only the fittest will survive.
     
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