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History

The Cole family, established in the car business for over 70 years

 

After serving in the British Army during World War II my grandfather Lenny Cole began his career in the motor trade in Dorset. Over the course of many years he gained a reputation for being a true gentleman in the way he conducted his business. I would love to think that Grandpa Lenny would be proud of me today.

During the late 1960's Lenny taught my father Barry the business at his original car sales site in Christchurch, Dorset and together they proved to be successful, later buying the building next door to expand the premises (all three pictures are of the same property through the years). 

 

Years later, with Lenny retired, history repeated itself and my father Barry taught me the industry. From 1995 (aged 16) to 2005, we worked together supplying cars to the trade. This was the most educational period of my career, visiting various dealers every single day to supply them with their stock, watching the best way to run a car dealership by seeing how these dealers operated, learning the way to do things and how 'not' to do things. In 2005 after almost a decade, I separated from my father in business but maintained a loving personal relationship with him. My wife Sarah-Louise and I set up a new company called BJC Car Sales and we opened our first retail premises which over three hard-working years grew to 9 forecourts. In 2008 we had another child who subsequently underwent open heart surgeries at a young age. We had already had a son with heart problems and had even lost a second son to severe heart problems. The third child being ill made us decide that 'wealth' was really about quality of life and spending time with our family, not about what we had in our bank account or in stock, so we decided to sell off the business and focus on dealing in luxury cars from the grounds of our Dorset country home. This meant we could work but be around the children at the same time. We are still at the same property operating in the same way to this day. I am so very proud of my son and daughter, even though they are now getting older and don't rely on us so much, I have grown to love the way we run our business so I have no aspirations to have showrooms again.

 

BJC Car Sales became a Limited Company in 2010 with myself and my wife Sarah-Louise as co-directors of BJC Car Sales Ltd.

I am delighted to continue to buy and sell the most beautiful cars. I tend to buy cars I like myself and then I advertise them, this means there's no salesmanship involved, just genuine enthusiasm and passion. I am not a salesman, I am honest and transparent, I would like to think of myself as one of you, not someone trying to sell to you! Buying from us is like food shopping at your deli or clothes shopping at a boutique, you get so much more passion and expertise, you get the attention to detail that the larger dealerships lack, we really care about every customer and appreciate every deal, our reputation is absolutely everything to us!

Thanks for reading our History Page, best wishes as always,

Baron J Cole.