The No.1 Automotive
Trading Group in the UK

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GROUPAUTO is the premier trading group for motor factor businesses operating in the Independent automotive aftermarket with higher sales and purchases, more motor factor members and more outlets than any other group in the UK. Our success is as direct result of dedicated resource working on behalf of our membership.

GROUPAUTO is owned by Alliance Automotive Group a European leader in supplying parts and the related technical knowhow to more than 25,000 repairers (car and commercial vehicle), garages, fast fit outlets, body shops as well as specialist and DIY chains.

Alliance Automotive Group is active in France, Germany and in the United Kingdom, and is also a member and the largest shareholder of a powerful international buying group GROUPAUTO International which is represented in 40 countries in Europe and South America.

Purchasing is the core of what we do, but a successful trading group needs to support every element of an independent factor's business, so that it has the strengths of an independent business while being able to complete like a large company through access to professionally operated central resources

Our belief is that a successful trading group needs to act like and be perceived as a coherent business with a dedicated professional organisation with sufficient financial resources is key to achieving objectives.

We also firmly believe that ethical standards are the core to a long-term successful business.

We provide marketing tools to our members to help them increase their sales and profitability

On behalf of our members we operate two "franchised" garage networks for passenger car the first being AutoCare. The AutoCare garage programme offers quality garages; branding, IT, technical training courses and marketing to help them develop their businesses. AutoCare is part of the 6000+ European network called EuroGarage. The second garage network from GROUPAUTO is approvedgarages.co.uk which provides quality workmanship fitting quality parts and is successful in generating new customers for garages within the network.

We also operate TopTruck a repairer network for specialist commercial vehicle operators. TopTruck is part of the international network TopTruck International

We believe that it is not sufficient to be a buying group with a sole focus on purchasing.