Here are some FAQs regarding membership of A1 Motor Stores. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Q1. Do I have to put up an A1 Motor Store sign?
A1. No, but many of our retail members do, because they will then benefit from consumer awareness of the A1 brand and the marketing we do through the national advertising campaigns we organise.
Q2. Is A1 Motor Stores a Franchise?
A2. No, our members are all independents and proud of it.
Q3. Do members have to buy through your preferred suppliers?
A3. No! We obviously try to provide strong reasons to buy through preferred suppliers but ultimately they will make a sound commercial judgement that suits their business. But we are confident they will get a much better price through our preferred suppliers, thanks to the leverage our buying power now provides and that leverage is now even more significant following our move into distribution.
Q4. What happens to the profits you make?
A4. A1 is a not for profit organisation, unlike some other buying and distribution groups. We operate on a profit share basis. The more a member spends with a preferred supplier or with our distribution centre the more they get back.
Q5. Is membership only for retailers?
A5. No not at all. We have a very strong and active A1 Motor Factor Group which provides all the trade support that you need to be competitive in your area.
Q6. Can any retailer or motor factor join – or is there a limit in terms of minimum turnover?
A6. We do have some membership criteria based on size and type of business, but we would urge anyone reading this and wanting to find out more to contact us. There`s no harm in meeting up to find out more about A1.
Q7. How difficult is it to join A1?
A7. It`s very easy, we will come and visit you, explain all the benefits of membership and you only have to fill in an application form and thereafter we will deal with everything for you.