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Happy to be here! Many Thame locals will have noticed the new retirement homes in Park Street, built on the former Thame Service Station site, but may not realise that the popular service centre and car sales company has rebranded as Thame Cars and moved to a new location on the edge of town at Rycote Lane...

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arl White, owner and MD of Thame Cars, founded the business some 24 years ago, in October 1994. Initially a one man car sales operation the business soon grew. Director Nick Allen joined after a couple of years and in 2000 they took over the Service Centre in Park Street, where a great many of Thame’s residents have bought vehicles and had their cars serviced, over the last two decades. In June 2016 they bought Thame Ford and relocated to the company’s prestigious purpose built showroom and workshop premises on the edge of the town at Rycote Lane. “We are well known in Thame,”says Nick Allen, “we’ve been trading here a long time and enjoy a good reputation, but we wanted to change our name from Thame Service Station, as it sounded like an old fashioned petrol station! Thame Cars keeps the Thame connection but is more modern and sums up what we are about - supplying and servicing cars. “Moving to the Rycote Lane site has been a real improvement for us as we were spread over several sites previously and it’s much more efficient to have us all under one roof - car sales, servicing, preparation and our car and van hire department. The new premises are amazing, we have a lovely, clean, bright, purpose built complex with a stylish showroom, plenty of parking, easy access and smart well-equipped service bays. “Many of our staff have been with us for

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Nick Allen years, even longer than me in some cases! They are a great team, always happy to help and to put customer service at the core of our activities. We have taken on a couple of new faces too, so we have seven technicians now, a really good bunch with a great level of expertise and a good understanding of what we are about. We do MOTs, servicing, repair work, tyres, wheel alignment, vehicle preparation, the full range.” On the car sales side Thame Cars specialises in nearly new or ‘Perfect’ cars, which are generally six to eighteen months old and have clocked up less than 25,000 miles.

They tend to be the most popular makes: Nissan Qashqai; Ford Focus; Vauxhall Astra; Ford Fiesta; Vauxhall Corsa; Volkswagen Golf; Volkswagen Polo; Mini, BMW... and being nearly new they are in ‘perfect’ order, but offer a considerable saving against the price of new, having lost the initial new car depreciation. “We take great care in selecting our vehicles for sale,” says Nick, “and then in preparing them in such a way that, for our customers, it is like seeing, testing and driving away a brand new car. Every car is serviced, 100 point checked and cosmetically valeted to provide a

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Vale Life Magazine Nov-Dec 2018 Edition  

Local interest magazine for Aylesbury, Thame, Tring, Wendover, Princes Risborough, Chinnor, Waddesdon, Winslow and surrounding villages.

Vale Life Magazine Nov-Dec 2018 Edition  

Local interest magazine for Aylesbury, Thame, Tring, Wendover, Princes Risborough, Chinnor, Waddesdon, Winslow and surrounding villages.

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