Another piece of motoring history is set to vanish soon with the announcement of the Bosch Group being in the final stages of taking over the Unipart Car Care brand for an undisclosed figure.
Unipart Car Care is one of the most recognised brands in the aftermarket automotive sector in the UK – not to be confused with the former Unipart Autoparts business. The over the counter parts business was sold off in 2011 with a brand licensing agreement to a venture capital concern that ended in failure with Unipart Automotive going into bankruptcy in 2014.
The car care business, set up in 1995, is made up of a collection of over 600 independent garages that work to a code of practice put in place and agreed to by both parties. In effect, any work done on the car would carry a nationwide guarantee by any of the Unipart Car Care garages.
Bosch will take over the marketing support and training services for the garages plus ensure access to Bosch’s full range of automotive parts, diagnostics and workshop services.
Mike Ferris, Unipart international managing director said: “We’ve been working in close partnership with Bosch for many years on a number of joint initiatives and they share many of Unipart’s core values and principles.
“I am delighted that the Unipart Autoparts Garage Programmes will be transferring to a trusted business in Bosch who will further develop the programmes, whilst maintaining the needs of the garage and consumer at the forefront of their plans”