My husband has been a car salesman for nearly twelve years now in the United States. I am an attorney who was recently hired by a firm in the United Kingdom to work in a specific field of law that I have always wanted to gain experience in. I had the difficult challenge of convincing my husband that he could get a job with one of the ford dealers in UK if we researched it a little bit. He currently worked for a Ford dealer and it was his favorite company to sell for, as he believed wholly in their vehicles. I pointed out that it was a good move to make for America as he would be selling and promoting an American car company in Europe, which would be good for the United States. Admittedly, it was a weak argument but my husband was very fond of the US and I was not sure that I would be able to sway him into moving across the world to another continent.
I started finding UK ford dealers on the internet to compile a list for him so he could see how many ford dealers in UK existed before completely refusing to go. It was somewhat surprising to see how many there actually were and I was encouraged by the numbers, hoping that he would be too. Once I developed a solid list of UK ford dealers, I then began to research the size of them and get a sense of how large their respective sales staff was. I was pleased to see that a very large company existed called Day’s and it boasted twelve locations throughout South and West Wales, which is where the firm I was offered the job from, is located. This seemed like an opportunity with potential and so I made my next move by calling the firm in Wales and asking a few colleagues I had met at a conference about Day’s.
One of people I questioned knew a great deal about ford dealers in UK and he also knew a lot about Day’s, it turns out one of his brother-in-laws works for them and has for many years. He explained to me that it was by far one of the largest, if not the single largest, ford dealers in UK. Apparently, they have been in business for over 74 years and were awarded their Ford franchise in 1932, located in Swansea. In later years, franchises were added in Neath, Port Talbot and Gorseinon, increasing the amount of UK ford dealers in South Wales.
The 1980’s saw the development of a ten-acre truck and car lot in Swansea, which was acknowledged, as the premier privately owned Ford Dealership in all of Europe at that time. More recently, they have added locations at Llanelli and Haverfordwest. Clearly, Day’s sounded like a company that has a solid foundation and is successful enough to continue growing after 74 years in business. I was thrilled with the conversation and could not wait to share this information with my husband. I still was unsure about how easily it would be for him to secure a job there but at least this was a start and it was possible that this colleague of mine would be able to ask his brother-in-law for a little assistance in this matter. My only obstacle now would be if my husband absolutely refused to go to work for one of the ford dealers in UK, but I was hoping that would not be the case.