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    Freeborn changes hands

    Has anyone noticed, according to MMM, that Freeborn Guildford and Southampton, have changed ownership? Anyone know any more about it? Graham (and Carole)

    #2
    No I didn't know anything about this but it looks like they are now called Wilmoths.


    http://www.wilmothsmotorhomes.co.uk/index.php
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      #3
      Doing this on the phone is difficult. I managed to delete rather than edit my typo. Let's try again.

      Reading the small print on their site they say they are

      Freeborn Motorhomes Ltd trading as Wilmoths Motorhomes

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        #4
        I had a look at the section of vans starting from £12, 999 and then when I went into it the first one was £90,000 and so on right down to £12,999.

        Scary stuff, the price of a van

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          #5
          Originally posted by BrianTheSnail View Post
          Doing this on the phone is difficult. I managed to delete rather than edit my typo. Let's try again.

          Reading the small print on their site they say they are

          Freeborn Motorhomes Ltd trading as Wilmoths Motorhomes
          So first we have Romahome changing their name about three times now Freeborns are at it!!??
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            #6
            Originally posted by Graham View Post
            So first we have Romahome changing their name about three times now Freeborns are at it!!??
            It's harder to hit a moving target.

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              #7
              i am really sorry to hear Freeborns are no more as we have got on really well in any dealings with them Andrew Jones seemed very good as the boss then Neville (Peachy) was fantastic as was Sarah(Martin) we had a lot of confidence in them ..i know Neville moved on a year or so ago but hope Sarah is not out of work ................Mark and Shirley

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                #8
                I did a quick search on this, and as far as I could see Wilmoths is part of the 'Freeborn Group' .

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by cordyroy View Post
                  i am really sorry to hear Freeborns are no more as we have got on really well in any dealings with them Andrew Jones seemed very good as the boss then Neville (Peachy) was fantastic as was Sarah(Martin) we had a lot of confidence in them ..i know Neville moved on a year or so ago but hope Sarah is not out of work ................Mark and Shirley
                  I would think the staff would probably be the same Mark, it sounds like it's still Freeborn but using a different name for some reason.
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                    #10
                    The loss of the Freeborn name is a shame. I'd always considered BrianTheSnail to be

                    "A Freeborn van, of the travelling people"
                    😀

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                      #11
                      Wilmoths are a garage group in Sussex with at least 2 showrooms, one at Willingbury on the road to Eastbourne. That branch, at present, deals in Citroen cars. I rather have the impression that Wilmoths have bought up Freeborn. Graham (and Carole)

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by GeeCee View Post
                        Wilmoths are a garage group in Sussex with at least 2 showrooms, one at Willingbury on the road to Eastbourne. That branch, at present, deals in Citroen cars. I rather have the impression that Wilmoths have bought up Freeborn. Graham (and Carole)
                        I'm a bit confused with this, this is the website page which I thought implied that Freeborn might be the overall owners, not sure what to think really!

                        http://www.freeborngroup.co.uk/about-us/
                        If you scroll down and read the financial disclosure at the bottom right of the page it almost gives the impression that Freeborn owns Wilmoths, perhaps they always have? As I said, I'm confused!
                        Last edited by VonUK; 14-08-2017, 09:45 AM. Reason: Disclosure not declaration

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by VonUK View Post
                          I'm a bit confused with this, this is the website page which I thought implied that Freeborn might be the overall owners, not sure what to think really!

                          http://www.freeborngroup.co.uk/about-us/
                          If you scroll down and read the financial disclosure at the bottom right of the page it almost gives the impression that Freeborn owns Wilmoths, perhaps they always have? As I said, I'm confused!
                          Even more confused now! This is the Wilmoths site and their financial declaration at the bottom left seems to imply that Freeborn is the finance/ credit provider. I think.

                          http://www.wilmothsmotorhomes.co.uk/index.php/about-us

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by GeeCee View Post
                            Wilmoths are a garage group in Sussex with at least 2 showrooms, one at Willingbury on the road to Eastbourne. That branch, at present, deals in Citroen cars. I rather have the impression that Wilmoths have bought up Freeborn. Graham (and Carole)
                            Right I think have puzzled this out now but it’s VERY confusing to stick with me!

                            WIlmoths is an established car dealership group specialising in Citroen and DS vehicles but sell some other marques as well. They have been trading under the name of Wilmoths since 1990. As Graham has summised, It appears that they bought Freeborn in March of this year and are in the process of absorbing all their sites and businesses in to their own group. http://www.automarketdata.com/tag/jarretts-motors-ltd/
                            To add to the confusion, Wilmoths is only a trading name, the actual registered company is called Jarrets Motors Ltd………………

                            To really add to the confusion, the company number listed for Freeborn motorhomes, when entered in to companies house, brings up the name Standset Ltd. I think that name is familiar, weren’t Romahome controlled by Standset at one point?

                            Anyway, ignoring all the trading names and wot not, the basics of it are WIlmoths have purchard Freeborn to create one very large chain of Car Dealerships in the South and South East. As Romahome (as in the people who actually produce the campers on the IOW) is no longer owned by Freeborn, we must assume that they are not connected to the deal in any way and that the former Freeborn motorhome dealerships will be rebranded as Wilmoths but carry on much as they have before.

                            I think the various websites haven’t been fully updated since the takeover, I would guess that references to Freeborn will start to disappear in due course.
                            Better a rainy day on the hill than a sunny day in the office!

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                              #15
                              Thankyou Rob, your post and the link was very helpful. I'm not confused now - well no more than usual.
                              Last edited by VonUK; 14-08-2017, 11:18 AM.

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