Located at Abram near Wigan, Heatons Motor Company is a specialist supplier of secondhand minibuses, particularly accessible ones, covering the whole of the market from eight up to 33 seats, with the occasional excursion into the 53 and 70-seat coach markets if something that offers customers a good deal comes along. Heatons have a reputation for providing customers with that rare combination of good quality products, competitive prices and friendly reliable service and recent investment at the site will make the buying experience an even more positive one for people visiting the showrooms at 53 Bickershaw Lane.
Proprietor, Wayne Heaton has been at the helm for over 30 years and the company can trace its origins back to 1965. Always professional in his approach, he began as an apprentice at S&W Commercials, an HGV commercial repair and haulage company, and shudders when he thinks of the hours put in working on Bedford CFs. This was followed by three years on a technical course at Bolton that earned him a Diploma in Motor Engineering. He is a Member of the Institute of the Motor Industry (MIMI) and an Associate Member of the IRTE. As a result he has a thorough grounding with a list of qualifications so long that he struggles to remember them all. His wife Judith is the Company Secretary and in total there are currently nine full time employees, including two mechanics, two valeters and two painters.
Wayne’s right hand man, and often the person customers will speak to when they ring in, is Philip Broadhurst. He started with the business making the tea at the age of 14, and is still there now that he is 47.
Home to Heatons for 32 years, the site was previously a British Leyland car dealership and has a main road frontage with three interconnected buildings incorporating a showroom, offices and workshops and a tarmac yard that slopes slightly down hill.