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CC Automotive Ltd.
Industry Automotive
Founded 1951
Founder Frank McKee
Headquarters Rochdale, UK
Products Used Cars
Car Finance

Carcraft is an independent group of used car hypermarkets established in 1951 in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England with 11 locations around the country. Stocking cars from Alfa Romeo to Volvo. Carcraft was founded by Frank McKee and was bought out in 1998 by Noel and Darren McKee, his sons, in a £50 million deal backed by the Royal Bank of Scotland's Development Capital arm.[1]


Carcraft was established in 1951 by Frank McKee in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England. In 1998, Noel and Darren McKee (Frank McKee’s sons) bought the business from him in a deal backed by the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Development Capital arm, and was valued at £50 million. In 2000, Carcraft acquired a car supermarket located in Newport from Car Group for £10 million whilst Car Group was in receivership. It also purchased a former Carland store located in Sheffield.[2]

In December 2005 Carcraft became the first independent second-hand vehicle retailer to create and found a contract hire car company. The move ended up bringing 25 new jobs to the local community. [3] Named ‘All-in-One leasing’, the business provided services to companies who have small-to-medium fleets of cars, with Carcraft leasing them new vehicles, then replacing them and selling the used vehicles at its used car supermarkets throughout the country.

In 2006, Carcraft acquired another four sites from Carland located in Chertsey, Enfield, Lakeside, and Stockport. [4]

In April 2014, a management buyout was led by current Chief Executive Robin Bridge and has been backed by Apollo Ventures for an undisclosed sum.

Awards and Recognition[edit]

In 2011, Carcraft received recognition from Experian for achieving the number one most visited website for the UK Automotive and Dealership category, earning it an Experian Hitwise Top 10 Award. It also received a Quality Driven Award for exceptional customer service by Steve Hodgkinson from Easi Drive. [5]


Carcraft has 11 showrooms located across the UK. There are currently centres in the following areas:

  • Birtley
  • Chertsey
  • Enfield
  • Knowsley
  • Lakeside
  • Leeds
  • Manchester (Trafford Centre)
  • Newport
  • Rochdale
  • Sheffield
  • Wednesbury


  1. ^ "Carcraft set for £200m sale". The Telegraph. 2000. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Carcraft buys Sheffield centre". GForces. 
  3. ^ title = Business Briefing | publisher = Manchester Evening News | year = 2005 | accessdate = 2014-01-08
  4. ^ title = Carcraft Expands | publisher = Auto Express | year = 2006 | accessdate = 2014-01-10
  5. ^ "Internet search accolade for Carcraft". Click-Manchester. 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-18. 

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