Auto services

Skipton Auto Services welcomes new owner

SKIPTON Auto Services has a new owner, although a familiar face will be around for a while yet.

After more than 50 years, George Allen, who started the business in 1988 with David Baxter, a former colleague of the Skipton Motor Company era – among other historic changes – has sold the business but will continue to work there in a foreseeable future.

David retired in 2016 although he helped with MOTs and George continued alone with his wife, Kath, in the office.

Sadly Kath passed away earlier this year, but George had already started to pass the business on to the next pair of ‘younger’ hands and now Matt Bond is at the helm. However, George says his former clients can expect the same excellent service they have always come to expect and that calling almost daily to help them will keep him busy.

“Nothing has really changed. When I met Matt I could see he was a good, honest guy and a great mechanic. He will be continuing with MOT testing, repairs and services and also fitting tires now I will also help with MOT tests.

“I just want to thank all of my loyal customers over the years. Many of their children are now clients and I want them to know that they will always be well taken care of.

Matt, 40, began his career in mechanics with Walter C Brigg, of Cowling, in June 1998, fresh out of South Craven School. From then on it was part of the garage fixtures and fittings, moving from Cowling to Cross Hills. When the dealership expanded in 2002, Matt became known locally as the Vauxhall man, not only for his knowledge of cars but also because of the extensive collection of old Vauxhalls he stocks.

Walter C Brigg was then taken over by major plc Bristol Street Motors in 2013 and Matt’s blue collar job transitioned to white when he became a shop controller then back to blue when he surrendered realizes that he missed being under a hood.

On leaving to set up his own business, Matt said: “I can’t explain the sadness I feel leaving Vauxhall after 24 years, but also the excitement for the future of being in full control of all aspects of maintenance and repair of cars with the transparency that every customer deserves when it comes to taking care of his car. My goal is to maintain the level of service that George has maintained for the past 50 years, but also to grow the business to meet new people and provide a service that will keep people coming back for years with a friendly face to each visit. ”

Matt, however, did not come to Skipton alone. He brought with him his pride and joy, a white 1981 Opel Kadett he loves so much, he incorporated it into his new Skipton Auto Services logo.

The company also kept the old phone number.