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The Story behind Cumbria’s
Biggest Car Supermarket

Nobody knows more about cars than a mechanic. And that’s exactly where the idea for Autostore was born. Discover how Cumbria’s biggest Car Supermarket evolved from a family-run car and truck repair business to a one-stop-shop for all your automotive needs.

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Mechanic David Hayton and his wife Eleanor build a vehicle repair shop in the orchard adjoining their home in Bolton, Appleby-in-Westmorland.

Responding to demand, the workshop soon expands into a garage which also supplies petrol to locals.

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Whilst also raising a family, David and Eleanor maintain the business, spotting a gap in the local market for new vehicles. They begin their long-running relationship with Peugeot Motor Group, opening a dealership in Bolton village..

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David and Eleanor’s son, Chris joins the family business bringing even more enthusiasm and motoring knowledge to the blossoming enterprise.

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A move to a more accessible site in Penrith allows David Hayton to expand further, continuing the relationship with Peugeot.

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Chris Hayton’s brother, Phillip joins the group, taking up a position at the Penrith showroom. It’s certainly a family affair!

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Taking advantage of the excellent location of an existing Volvo showroom, David Hayton opens its second Peugeot dealership, this time in Kendal.

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David Hayton Penrith dealership is awarded one of the group’s many accolades as it joins Peugeot’s prestigious Guild of Gold Lion Dealers.

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A Lancaster site is added to the David Hayton Motor Group, ideally located to serve the surrounding towns in north Lancashire.

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David Hayton Motor Group grows again, settling into another new site at Carlisle. This third dealership in the region provides comprehensive coverage of Cumbria with excellent motorway access and additional space for future expansion.

David Hayton Prestige is added to the portfolio, providing a more flamboyant range of cars to our discerning customers.

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A second marque joins the Group as David Hayton takes over the Mazda dealership in Southport along with a 5th Peugeot site, giving us a foothold in the south Lancashire and Merseyside new and used car and van market.

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We welcome Lotus Cars to our Prestige showroom at Carlisle. We’re delighted to be able to share some of the best handling cars with our audience and the Lotus philosophy, “Simplify, then add lightness”.

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After years of planning and a desire to provide an even greater range of cars to deserving car buyers, David Hayton opens Cumbria's first Car Supermarket. It offers over 300 quality hand-picked used cars and vans, as well as servicing and repairs, all on one two-acre site. This latest addition puts over 50 years of mechanical and car retail experience to good use.

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David Hayton celebrates 40 years as a Peugeot dealer. Here’s to many more…

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Another Autostore showroom opens in Lancaster, following the success of its sister site in Penrith. This makes it even easier for us to offer a huge range of used cars to a wider audience with the same care and attention... from the Autostore family to yours.

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We can‘t wait for you to see what we have in store for the future, making car buying and maintenance even easier, all wrapped up with fantastic customer service.

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For over 50 years, we’ve built a reputation for great value and exceptional customer care, treating all of our new and used car buyers like family.

This is why you can trust that every car you buy from Autostore is quality, provided with the same superb customer service that David Hayton customers have enjoyed for over half a century.

Autostore

  • Penrith - 01768 890870
  • Lancaster - 01524 62939
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Opening times

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  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Autostore Penrith,
Hillcrest Garage,
Gilwilly Industrial Estate,
Penrith,
CA11 9BN

Autostore Lancaster,
Mellinshaw Lane,
Morecambe,
LA3 3FB

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