Renaultsport Announce Specialist Dealer Network

In a time when manufacturers are trying to minimise emissions and gain every bit of green credibility they can, it’s a refreshing change to see that one manufacturer is keen to satisfy the owners of its performance models. Renault have taken the bold step of appointing eleven Renaultsport specialist dealers, handpicked from their nationwide network after consulting with owners, who will offer expert knowledge of their entire range of excellent hot hatchbacks.

Renaultsport Specialist Dealers

You’ll still be able to buy a Renaultsport model from any dealer but, from the beginning of March, Renaultsport Specialists will act as ambassadors for the range. Each specialist dealer will have its own Renaultsport Sales Expert and Renaultsport After-Sales Expert who will be able to demonstrate, and offer customers test-drives in, the entire Renaultsport range. On top of that, Renaultsport Specialists will also have exclusive access to the national Renaultsport events programme that, for example, will allow them to bring customers along to track days. So, gone are the days of the hard-sell and in comes subtle bribery – nice touch, and if they want to offer me a free track day I’ll definitely consider buying a Clio 200!

Renault and the Renaultsport range have had a good start to the year. Top Gear magazine voted Renault as their Manufacturer of the Year whilst the range of Renaultsport cars swept the board in the What Car? Best Hot Hatch award category.

Before choosing each of the Renaultsport Specialists, Renault studied feedback from existing Renaultsport customers on their experiences when buying and maintaining their vehicles, as well as canvassing the opinions of the community forum on and members of independent owner clubs such as Méganesport and Cliosport. The eleven Renaultsport Specialist dealers had to exceed set levels of sales and after-sales customer satisfaction and the sales and after-sales experts had to pass a knowledge test of the Renaultsport range, both past and present.

The lucky dealerships are:

Renaultsport SpecialistSales ExpertAfter-Sales ExpertContact number
Shelbourne Motors – CraigavonAlastair HerronGeoff Devlin028 3839 6808
Arnold Clark – GlasgowDes MorranHyke Ter Beek0141 632 4545
Arnold Clark – WarringtonLeigh FrackletonStephen Garner01925 575885
Ness Motors – PerthGlenn PetrieDuncan Milne01738 620877
Ness Motors – InvernessMike AndersonFiona Owens01463 222848
Crawley Down – CrawleyRichard HaughtonAlan Hughes01342 718288
Mitchells – LowestoftAndrew DuffieldLee Cooper01502 500950
Smiths – PeterboroughTony MitchellMark Bristow01733 330030
Rawlinsons – Bury St EdmundsMark LawAndy Nolan01284 752999
Lookers – ChesterMike GriffithsRob Jones01244 390009
Renault – London WestEduard Jones-DellaportasAndrew Campbell0208 276 2000

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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