For some people, cars are a means for getting from A to B, but for others they are a whole lot more. For people who really appreciate cars, there’s a deep understanding of the link between quality and performance which makes a great car a joy to drive.

One such person is Ben Hodgson, founder of Ben Hodgson Cars in Dalston, who this year celebrates the business’ 20th anniversary.

Ben’s passion for cars – along with the company’s reputation as a straight talking, straight dealing operation – has been recognised, not just in Cumbria, but way beyond the north west, resulting in an impressive growth in the company handling luxury, performance cars from the higher end makes, such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

With 30 of his own classic and collectible cars, that passion has already passed on to the next generation, with Ben’s eight year old son Bobby already proving to be a bit of an expert, appearing on some of the company's Facebook posts and showing his enthusiasm like Ben.

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“Both buyers and sellers have picked up on our passion and knowledge of cars, especially our understanding of what can makes a car unique or just that bit more special,” said Ben, “as a result we attract like-minded people from all over the UK who appreciate our understanding of the luxury end of the car market and the fact that we pay good money for good cars.

“We are not your average garage. We are passionate about cars and try to bring in cars not found on other forecourts.

“It’s not just luxury and performance, either. We know the kind of vehicles which will attract special interest. We understand the difference between, say two Range Rovers or two seemingly identical Mercedes and what makes one superior to the other. And we take that full spec into consideration when quoting a customer a price. People appreciate that attention to detail.”

And that attention to detail extends beyond quoting a good price for a good car.

“We are totally engaged throughout the processes and in the service we provide. We have a shuttle trailer and are in the processes of buying a second so we can deliver your new Audi TT or classic camper van to your front door in pristine condition.”

Ben, who has grown this family-run business over past two decades - from a workshop specialising in body repairs to the major car sales company it is today - has noticed that people’s appetite for new cars has grown over the years, with the emphasis on purchasing the best they can afford.

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“People are definitely buying cars and often looking to buy the car of their dreams. It is noticeable how the market has been shifting to the quality end of the car spectrum.”

And where better to start looking for the car you've always wanted than Ben Hodgson Cars; whether to sell your current performance ride, to upgrade a bit further or to treat yourself to a classic set of wheels, contact Ben and the team and discover what Ben Hodgson Cars can do for you with a name you can trust.

Ben Hodgson Cars is located in Dalston, on the outskirts of Carlisle, five minutes from Junction 42 off the M6.


Tel: 07759 229171