Dyson’s cash eases the pain for ex-customers

He’s earned a formidable reputation as a leading builder of truck bodies for the vehicle recovery sector – but now Roger Dyson is actively pursuing opportunities to buy high-quality equipment.

In recent weeks the Droitwich-based businessman has added a silver lining to the cloud hanging over two operators that have gone out of business, by shelling out tens of thousands of pounds for their fleets.

Both former customers of Dyson, they have pronounced themselves delighted not only with the prices they achieved, but also with the speed with which he responded to their plights, and the ease with which the deals were done.

Gloucestershire firm Taylers of Woodford has ceased trading after 87 years, following its failure to reach an agreement with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. Having made the heart-wrenching decision to place the company into liquidation, Managing Director Andrew Tayler feared that as guarantors he and his mother would find themselves still owing money on seven of their 15-strong fleet of vehicles, many of which were fitted with Roger Dyson bodies. They included a pair of heavy recovery trucks on Volvo chassis and a Volvo tractor unit and low-loader trailer, as well as various Hydraloader slidebacks and a 7.5-tonner with spectacle lift.

“I rang Roger to see if there was anything he could do,” recalls Mr Tayler. “That was on a Friday – he rescheduled his plans for the weekend, came down to see us on the Saturday and by Tuesday had struck a deal with our finance company that’s given us the clean break we wanted. He’s lifted a huge weight off my mind so if Roger makes a bit of profit on our trucks, good luck to him.”

It’s a view echoed by Steve Rome who, together with his brother Kevin, ran St Helen’s-based Bob Rome & Sons. Founded by their father in 1973, the company worked for many years under contract to Merseyside Police.

But after accident recovery work was allocated to the Highways Agency, and following a second arson attack on their premises during which criminals torched a vehicle that had been involved in a crime, wrecking several others in the process, the brothers have now decided to call it a day.

“The job’s not what it was and we’ve decided it just isn’t worth the grief any longer,” says Steve Rome. Bob Rome & Sons ran seven recovery units: most were conventional Hydraloader slidebacks – two with cranes – but the line-up also included a John Deere tractor used for recovering burnt out and abandoned cars from farmers’ fields, and a pair of ageing but immaculate 4x4 Bedfords, both ex-army vehicles. Dyson bought them all.

“Roger came up to Liverpool within a couple of days of my call,” says Steve Rome. “He knocked me down by a few quid but paid a fair price. And although the vehicles were all road legal, I didn’t have to provide any guarantees or warranties – one man, one cheque, it was all completely hassle-free.”

For Roger Dyson, the satisfaction of adding to his impressive stock of used recovery vehicles is tempered by the knowledge that two loyal customers have left the industry. “I’d much prefer to see Taylers and Bob Rome still trading,” he says, “but sadly, it’s not to be. Both fleets were in excellent condition and are a credit to their operators, and I’d like to think that in some small way we’ve helped them through what is obviously a very difficult time.”

To view the Roger Dyson Group’s full stock of used vehicles for sale, visit www.rogerdyson.com Those with a vehicle to sell should click on the ‘Immediate cash collection’ link beneath the Stop Press heading and complete their details, or call Roger for a confidential discussion.

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