Shetland car firm closes Kia dealership arm

A family run dealership in Shetland has announced it is shutting the new and used car dealership part of the business in order to focus on its auto store in the future.

J Burgess has been operating its car business on the island since 1966 but it no longer has the space required to continue its Kia dealership. The car brand is continually releasing new models, including hybrid and electric cars to fulfil the demand from environmentally conscious drivers. However, the small dealership no longer has the capacity to sell the brand’s range of products.

A wide variety of economic, market and personal circumstances can affect business decisions when you run a family business. There will be times to expand and times to downsize, or refocus on other areas of the business, as the Burgess family are doing. It’s vital to keep your motor trade insurance policy up to date to protect your business from any unexpected challenges or expenses as these challenges take place.

Colin Burgess told reporters: “[Kia] are about to extend their brand with a number of new models including hybrids and electric cars. This would have involved a major expansion and we simply do not have the space to accommodate their needs.”

“My family have been in the car business for a long time in Shetland but sometimes things have to change. We are very sad to be closing down the car sales side of the business, but plan to focus on our expanding Autostore moving forward.”

The J Burgess site will continue to repair and service vehicles on the island for the foreseeable future, the owners said in a statement.