ABOUT US



OUR STORY 


Founded in 1976 and still a family owned and run business Malcolm Waite is proud to be run by its second generation. We believe in keeping our customers completely satisfied.




1976


Malcolm Waite starts his business in Sandwich supplying used cars. Malcolm would buy the vehicles, clean them, sell them and do all of the administration by hand himself. This small start gave Malcolm a grounding in the importance of every element of car retailing. A focus on high standards in all of these elements saw Malcolm's car sales grow and grow.


February 1976
Harnet Motor Carriage


1976


The business was going well and Malcolm had the opportunity to expand. The Delf Coach Works allowed the business to carry out paint and bodywork correction. This opened up the opportunity to improve the paintwork of used car stock as well as carry out repairs for customers and insurance companies. More over this meant Malcolm could personally oversee all aspects of a vehicles repair and maintenance allowing a higher level of vehicle preparation.


September 1976
Delf Coach Works


1978


The next chapter in the business came only 2 years later when the opportunity to take over the operations at 88 New Street in Sandwich arose. The premises operated a Petrol Station and a Ford Franchise and represented the final piece in the jigsaw. The business now encompassed all aspects of automotive retail. Fuel, parts, New & Used Cars, Service, MOT and bodywork were all carried out by Malcolm Waite Ltd.


April 1978


1979


Market Hall was a much larger site than the Delf Coach works and allowed an expanding operation more room to continue to perform Paint & Bodywork repair. The premises has evolved other the years and is now our Vehicle Preparation Centre where we also carry out all vehicle valeting and detailing work on all our used cars.


December 1979


1981


With a growing stock of used cars it was perfect time when Alan Pickett decided to sell his used car showroom on Galliard Street in Sandwich. This site allowed for another 25 cars to be held in stock with a number of these indoors in the showroom which allowed Malcolm to stock more prestigious cars. In 2020 a redevelopment of the site was complete allowing Galliard Street to live up to its title as our Sports & Prestige Centre


December 1979 & January 2020
Galliard Street


1993


The purchased or 9 Park Avenue in Deal opened Malcolm Waite Ltd into another town for the first time. This showroom and workshop displays 25 cars and offers vehicle servicing, repair and MOT. This is also a Ford Authorised Repair Centre so can carry out all Ford Scheduled Service and Warranty work.


September 1993


Park Avenue Motors Deal


2013


The second generation of the family joined Malcolm Waite Ltd in 2013 when Aynsley Waite, Malcolm's son, joined the business. With a background in IT he worked on updating the companies infrastructure to make sure it was making the most of technology available to deliver the highest possible standards to its customers.   


July 2013



2019


With a very strong background in Automotive Retail it was a delight when another member of the family joined the business. Nick joined in early 2019 as Managing Director with a direct focus on growing our used car numbers whilst still focusing on our core principles of high standards and customer satisfaction.


March 2019


2019


Dover Used Car Centre was purchased in December and marked the first acquisition by Malcolm Waite since the second generation joined the business. This site can display 45 cars and perfectly fits the aspiration of growing our used car stock. This opens Malcolm Waite to a wider audience and serves another town within East Kent making Malcolm Waite Sandwich, Deal and Dover. Due to the proximity to our existing sites it is easy to manage quality control and keep a keen eye on vehicle preparation. Not only this but the Service Centres in Sandwich and Deal are close enough for any vehicle servicing or maintenance for our Dover customers.


December 2019
Dover Used Car Centre
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