If you go back around ten years or so, the Czech car manufacturer, ŠKODA, was seen as the baby of the Volkswagen family. It was still very reliant upon its parent in Germany.
Today, ŠKODA stands tall amongst the rest of the Volkswagen brood (Audi, SEAT and of course Volkswagen itself) and it has class-leading products across the entire range.
No wonder therefore that Pulman in Durham has such confidence in the marque that it can open a brand new, £3million ŠKODA dealership on the Belmont Industrial Estate, creating 20 new jobs. It’s cutting-edge stuff too with state-of-the-art equipment throughout the building and solar panels to reduce the carbon footprint.
The entire dealership certainly has the wow factor. The first thing you’ll notice is the size of the building. It can easily house nine brand new cars on display; you’ll be stuck for choice. Turn left and you arrive at the funky CaféDafté where you can enjoy anything from a cup of illy coffee to a glorious lunch. Cakes, sandwiches and scones are available all day. Taste the brand new menu which is gluten free and it’s all created on site from as much local produce as possible.
(Slow cooked Beef in ale on a warm peppered baguette served with hand cut chips only £5.95)
Anyway, back to the cars. Saunter around the showroom and you can inspect the Citigo, Yeti, Octavia, Fabia, Superb, Rapid and Rapid Spaceback. Oh, and if you’re thinking of buying a sporty, über stylish SUV, it’s worth holding onto your cash. Put a note in your diary for around a month’s time because that is when order books open for the stunning ŠKODA Kodiaq which kicks off at £21,495. Deliveries are due in the spring, but you can guarantee that Pulman ŠKODA will have one on display before then. Watch this space.
We’ve already mentioned the wonderful food at Café Dafté, but how about working off some pounds or de-stressing in their Yoga and Pilates classes. There are sessions, in partnership with MyBody Studios, throughout the day and evening in a special room within the dealership.
(Enjoy yoga with MyBody Studios at Pulman ŠKODA)
Right….back to the cars. Of course, not everyone wants a new car. If you are one of those people then you really should contact Pulman because they have access to thousands of fully assured vehicles via their database. If you prefer to see your future pride and joy in person, then call into Pulman ŠKODA and inspect over 100 used cars on their spacious forecourt.
Not sure what you’re looking for? Granted, it’s tricky trying to keep up with current trends and what’s available. There’s probably an ideal car waiting for you that you’re not actually aware of. That’s where Sales Manager Ian Jarvis can help. He and his team will talk through what sort of car meets your needs, and then point you in the right direction. They’ll even sort out finance if you’d rather spread your payments.
(Inside the state of the art showroom)
If you want to give your current set of wheels a bit of tlc in the form of a service or MOT, get in touch with Danny Martin. He’s the Service Manager. Danny’s team can sort any make of car; it doesn’t have to be only ŠKODA models. He can also take care of small - medium commercial vehicles. There are courtesy cars available or, if you’re feeling energetic, borrow one of their bicycles.
As you can tell, Pulman ŠKODA does things differently. If you overhear a conversation where they’re talking about going to a car showroom where there was also a top class café, yoga classes, courtesy bicycles and some cracking cars, you’ll know where they’ve been.
Pulman ŠKODA….delivering a fantastically different customer experience.
Visit www.pulmanskoda.co.uk or call us on 0191 300 6130