Mission: The success of The Lookers Group has always relied on the satisfaction of our customers and this continues to be the driving force behind our business today.
Why Choose Lookers?
'At Lookers we really do believe in being there 'for you, for life.'
We want to be there, meeting your changing motoring needs, at every stage of your life. From the purchase of your first car, to an executive saloon upgrade after a promotion to eventually acquiring an MPV or 4x4 when a family comes along.
At Lookers we just don't sell and lease vehicles but we also help you maintain them. Our dealerships offer a full range of aftersales provisions including fully stocked parts departments, vehicle servicing, MOT and accident repair facilities.
One of the top 5 motor vehicle retailers in the UK, we represent 33 vehicle manufacturers, selling a huge range of car types at 160 franchised retail locations. We also operate a number of used car trade centres from 99 sites throughout the UK.
At Lookers our staff are fully dedicated, trained and experienced in their fields. They work hard and are committed to serving our customers and providing a service which we believe is better than anyone else can offer. And we never stop looking at how we can do things better and go that extra mile for our customers.
Lookers is an ever growing multi-franchise dealer group which represents 33 volume and premium car manufacturers throughout the UK and Ireland.
Founded in Manchester in 1908 by John Looker, initially the company sold bicycles, parts, accessories and the occasional used car.
In 1910 the business joined forces with a garage owner in Hardman Street in the centre of Manchester to create Lookers Ltd. Until the First World War Lookers Ltd was primarily a Ford dealer which thrived to such an extent that in 1911 the garage in Hardman Street had to be completely rebuilt to accommodate the business generated by the popular Ford cars.
The business was appointed a distributor of Austin motor vehicles in 1918 and continued to grow throughout Lancashire and Cheshire through the acquisition of a number of garages. Lookers and Austin became very closely associated such that the slogan 'Lookers is Austin' lasted for many years.
In 1929 John Looker retired. The business continued to prosper until WWII war started in 1939 when the Austin factory was committed to the war effort and there were hard times throughout the country.
Large dealers had originally operated as Distributorships, and as well as supplying cars to their own retail customers, they supplied cars to retail dealers in their designated area. The first major acquisition occurred in the 1960s when the Group moved into Yorkshire.
In 1973 the Group's headquarters were transferred from Hardman Street to Chester Road, where they remain to this day, and the Company became a listed Company on the London Stock Exchange.
Why work for Lookers?
As one of the UK's leading motor retail businesses Lookers is recognised for our outstanding business performance. Our successful business has been built on the hard work, commitment and the contributions of all our employees.
At Lookers we:
I have been working at Lookers full-time (Less than a year)
From start to finish my experience has been overwhelming. My interview was relaxed, my start date and salary and all important information was easily explained. When I started I was nervous but everyone made a point of introducing themselves and making me feel like part of there team. I have been there a month now and I honestly do not have a bad word to say about the company or staff I work with. I have already been sent on a coarse to welcome me to the company and that was a fantastic experience too.
I do not have anything bad to say. My wage is very good. My hours are very good.
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Thank you for the opportunity
I was contacted by a lovely enthusiastic lady within a couple of days of applying online and asked if I was available for a short telephone interview. I was so the interview went ahead. I was asked about my current role, responsibilities and why I was looking for a new job. Then I was asked what I knew about Lookers plc and what I expected the role to involve. After that I asked what my past experience in the motor industry was and finally a couple of questions about how far I would have to travel to work and whether I had a full clean driving licence. It didn’t feel like an interview as the lady was so easy to talk to and because of this I didn’t get flustered. She told me straight away that I’d passed the interview and invited me to an assessment in Manchester a couple of weeks later before telling me some basic information on the role, salary and hours etc. I attended the afternoon group assessment along with 20 other people and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was very professional, informative and everyone was very friendly. There were Sales Managers and HR staff observing everyone throughout the afternoon but they were all really nice people and I didn’t feel intimidated at all by them. There was an introduction, two group activities followed by a maths and english test all of which took 3 hours. Finally we told more information about the actual role and benefits, the guy who conducted the whole assessment was great, very enthusiastic and friendly, he really sold the job to us and I left feeling very positive and wanting the job more than ever. He really sold Lookers to me and I can’t wait to find out if I’ve got through to the next stage of the recruitment process which is an interview with the Dealer Principal all my local Lookers Dealership. My experience was better than I expected it to be and I hope I’ve done enough to get an interview... I expect to find out very soon, we were told that we’d get a call within a week - it’s 3 days tomorrow since the assessment so it could be any day now. I’ve added no offer to my review as I’ve not actually heard yet - I hope I’ll be able to change this if I’m successful !