Western Commercial, the Mercedes-Benz truck and van dealer for Scotland’s Central Belt, has been awarded a major extension to its area of operation.
The manufacturer’s decision to entrust its Dundee franchise to Western Commercial rewards the dealer for its impressive performance in the sales and particularly after sales arenas since 2008, when the current management team took the helm.
Part of the Eastern-Western Motor Group, Western Commercial already represents Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles in Bellshill, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Although not previously the official Mercedes-Benz franchisee for Dundee, Western Commercial already had a presence in the city, as it has been running a vehicle maintenance unit on Riverside Drive for caterers, Brakes Group.
The Western team – including all 19 members of the former John R Weir workforce who have been taken on under Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment (TUPE) rules – will continue to operate from this site until a new, permanent dealership home has been acquired and made ready for occupation.
Mobile offices, complete with Mercedes-Benz corporate signage and flags, will be installed, and opening hours for the fully-equipped five-bay workshop extended, with a move from single-shift to two-shift operation, while the dealer is also providing round-the-clock Mercedes-Benz Service24h emergency roadside back-up from Dundee.
Western Commercial is also poised to open a welcoming new sales centre with van showroom and servicing facilities, including an MoT bay, on Edinburgh Road, Perth. This will serve as a base not only for the van sales executives covering its new area of responsibility, but also for Norrie Rae, a hugely experienced Mercedes-Benz truck sales professional who lives in Dundee and is well known to operators in the area – Norrie is Western’s Used Truck Sales Manager but also handles sales of new trucks.