A MAJOR car dealership has closed down after 30 years of business – blaming a popular car brand's failures.
Autovogue, based at Stableford in Staffordshire, said it spent £198,000 repairing Jaguar Land Rover motors last year.
The used-car dealer slammed JLR's "poor manufacture" and "failing" cars in a statement on its website.
It read: "Autovogue UK have suffered huge additional costs and continuing issues with failing used Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.
"These were directly due to the poor manufacture of these vehicles by the Jaguar Land Rover group – and not Autovogue UK limited associated works.
"Many failing after under 10,000 miles and the direct repair cost damaging the balance sheet for Autovogue UK Limited in 2022 of some £198,000."
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Autovogue added that it had tried to move away from dealing Jaguar Land Rover cars to reliable German brands like Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche.
But talks broke down because of the "distressed economy/retail market" – forcing the dealership to shut.
The firm also blamed the covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and surging inflation for its financial woes.
Staff at the dealership have reportedly been made redundant after it stopped answering customers' calls in January.
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Jaguar Land Rover told Car Dealer: "We are committed to ensuring our clients receive the highest possible levels of service throughout the ownership cycle.
"We have an established approved used service network offering a transparent market-leading scheme for buyers of pre-owned Jaguar or Land Rover vehicles.
"We have 124 approved used retailers in the UK all offering a minimum 12-month approved warranty so that we can provide our customers’ peace of mind when buying a pre-owned vehicle.
"We also operate a 30 day/1000-mile conditional vehicle exchange agreement, part exchange service and complimentary driving experiences as standard."
It comes after a major fashion retailer with over 150 UK branches abruptly shut one of its stores in a high street battle.
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