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Halfords Autocentre

Halfords Autocentre
Type Private
Industry Automotive repairs
Predecessors Nationwide Autocentres, Lex Autocentres
Founded January 2001
Headquarters Redditch, England, UK
Area served UK
Key people Andy Randall
Products 300 repair garages
Services MOTs
Revenue £97m (2009)
Operating income £7.5m (2009)
Employees 1500
Parent Halfords (since 2010)
Website Halfords Autocentre

Halfords Autocentres (formerly Nationwide Autocentre) is a car servicing and repair company in the United Kingdom, specialising in car servicing, MOT testing, brakes, tyres, Exhausts, and air conditioning services/repairs. As of 2014 there are 300 autocentres in the UK.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Acquisitions 1.1
    • Halfords Autocentres 1.2
  • Products 2
  • Structure 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

Halfords Autocentre was founded in January 2001 as a former subsidiary of Lex Autocentres, owned by Lex Service plc when it was under the leadership of Andy Harrison. Since 1999, these were part of the RAC's motoring division, when it was bought by Lex. 41 former Lex Autocentres became Nationwide Autocentres when the company was formed by private equity group NGBI (National Bank of Greece Private Equity), who sold their stake in February 2006 when the chief executive was Tom Dunn. From 2006 it was owned by five managers in a management buyout.

Previous to 1993, it was originally known as Lucas Autocentres with 62 garages.

In 2009, it started a scheme to raise money for the NSPCC.

Acquisitions

It bought 96 Lex Autocentres from the RAC in April 2002 and 54 Stop 'n' Steer garages from Kwik Fit in February 2003.

Halfords Autocentres

On 18 February 2010, it was confirmed that UK bike and car parts chain Halfords was to buy the company in a £73.2 million deal. The first four rebranded Halfords Autocentres opened in Derby on 24 May 2010 plus one in Solihull.

Over 300 Halfords Autocentre outlets are now open across the UK.

Products

They carry out servicing at 6, 12 and 24 month intervals, with different levels of detail for each.

Structure

They are based at the Halfords Group head office in Redditch, Worcestershire. They have more than 500 ATA (Automotive Technician Accreditation) approved mechanics, more than any other chain of garages.

There were previously strong connections with The Automobile Association because in October 2004 when the AA was taken over by a private equity company, Nationwide Autocentre took over the running of 50 AA servicing centres owned by Halfords, including 400 staff. Later, a deal was done with the AA, whereby the company would pay £10 to the AA for every car brought into a garage.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ Clement, Barrie (3 April 2006). "Connections with the AA in April 2006". London:  
  • Taking over AA servicing centres in October 2004
  • Halfords buy the group in February 2010

External links

  • Halfords Autocentre
  • NGBI Private Equity
  • Interview with Halfords' Chief Executive in February 2010
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