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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:31 pm 
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I heard the other day that Ballards of Finchley ceased trading rather suddenly last Friday. Shame for the people who found out just before Christmas that they have no job.
Another one bites the dust.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:32 pm 
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Not a very nice time to find that out as you say Bill.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:41 pm 
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Are they the ones on the North Circular nr to a Tesco?

I bought some bulbs from them if they are....

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:01 pm 
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I used to buy most of my spares from them in the late 80's & 90's :(

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:50 pm 
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It's a crap thing to happen.
I've just been made redundant myself.
It's not a good time of year to find something too.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:01 pm 
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They are local to me. I heard nothing about it. They used to own my nearest dealer, Viking, in Watford. That was sold to the Spire Group who are running it as a Seat dealership with a Saab service centre round the side.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:03 pm 
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Think the reality of trying to keep cars over 7-8 years old is not a viable business plan - the dealer I bought Dame Edna from in 2009, foundered very quickly after bankruptcy - the signs were on the wall when GM were talking of disposing of Saab 10 years ago..

Coupled with the fact parts are getting increasingly difficult to source, it's sadly not a surprise.

I feel for the people who lose their job this time of the year.


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