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Dealerprofile Future looks good at Perthshire Caravans More than 80 years ago, Dundee fruit shop owner Peter McCormack bought a small plot of land between Dundee and Perth where, instead of growing produce, he sold caravans. ‘Perthshire Caravans started small, but we’re now the UK’s largest caravan and motorhome showroom,’ reveals Ian McCormack, grandson of Peter and today one of the directors of Perthshire Caravans. The company remains on the site at Errol that was bought in 1936, but it’s unlikely Ian’s grandfather would recognise it. Where once there were a few caravans in a field, then a small showroom that opened in the 1960s, today there’s a 4,750 square metre state-ofthe-art showroom with over 200 new and used caravans and motorhomes on display at any one time. ‘We built this showroom after Clockwise from above: the huge showroom offers over 200 new and used caravans and motorhomes to choose from; the company’s experience is reflected in its customdesigned motorhome, the Elddis Platinum; Ian and Claire McCormack, grandchildren of founder Peter, keep the business in the family; a large on-site shop offers a wide range of touring accessories pictures Andy Thompson phoTogrAphy a catastrophic fire in 2009,’ explains Ian. ‘We had a very challenging year after the fire, but our new showroom opened in 2010 and offers everything a motorhome or caravan owner requires, from buying a caravan, motorhome or accessories to servicing and repairs. ‘We’re the official Scottish agent for all the main brands of caravans and motorhomes, including Swift, Bailey, Elddis, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Burstner and Rapido, and few dealers can offer the back-up we provide. ‘As a result, we have a very loyal customer base, 32 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes winTer 2017 www.scottishcaravansandmotorhomes.co.uk
with people coming here from all over Scotland, including Orkney and Shetland – and we also have customers over the border.’ For Ian, one of the early highlights of 2018 has been the launch of the second edition of Perthshire Caravans’ very own motorhome, the Elddis Platinum. ‘We’re very excited about the revamped Elddis Platinum,’ says Ian. ‘We know what our customers are looking for, so it has lots of extras included as standard, such as a reversing camera, awning and solar panel.’ The long haul As well as selling motorhomes and caravans, including static caravans and holiday homes, Perthshire Caravans has its own body shop and mechanical workshop, which is about to be expanded to 24 bays, doubling the workshop space. ‘If someone comes to us looking for a caravan or motorhome, we look after them from start to finish, not just for the sale,’ stresses Ian. ‘It’s for the life of the caravan or motorhome, and covers any servicing, warranty or after-sales issues that they may encounter. ‘Customer service is very important to us, which is highlighted by the fact that we have six sales people and a team of five in the after-sales department.’ That’s run by Ian’s sister, Claire. Perthshire Caravans is very much a family business. ‘When my grandfather died in 1977, my father’ – also called Ian – ‘took over the business. I’ve been at the helm for a few years now, but my dad still pops in from time to time.’ As well as the showroom and workshops at Errol, Perthshire Caravans also owns two Perthshire Caravans Dundee Road, Errol, Perth PH2 7SR Telephone 01821 670212 Website www.perthshirecaravans.com holiday parks: Loch Earn Leisure Park at St Fillans and Red Lion Holiday Park in Arbroath. ‘Both of our holiday parks, which have static caravans and touring pitches, are very busy,’ reports Ian. ‘Their touring pitches are often booked up months in advance. ‘Touring in caravans and motorhomes is incredibly popular at the moment, and caravans and motorhomes are selling very well. 2016 was really busy, and although I initially thought this was a one-off, the sales rise continued in 2017 – and 2018 is already looking equally promising. ‘In fact, my top tip to anyone thinking about buying a caravan or motorhome is don’t delay! The manufacturers are already working at capacity, and when we say, “Once they’re gone, they’re gone,” it’s not a sales technique. It’s a fact.’ Time for touring Ian has some theories about why demand may be so high. ‘With all the uncertainty and hassle that often surrounds flying, many people, especially families, are discovering caravans and motorhomes. We still have our customers who have been buying from us for years and come back regularly for a “refresh,” but we’re also getting lots of first-timers and families,’ he says. ‘More and more people are investing in a caravan or motorhome, and they no longer sit on the driveway to be used once or twice a year. People use their caravans and motorhomes all the time, regardless of the season.’ All in all, ‘the future’s looking very good for caravans and motorhomes – and for Perthshire Caravans.’ winter 2017 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes 33
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