By James Callery

Dealer group Vertu Motors, the biggest Hyundai partner in Scotland, has claimed to have bought the trade and certain assets of two Hyundai dealerships in Edinburgh, adding to its 99 existing sales outlets.

The dealerships were reportedly purchased in two separate transactions from Phoenix Car Company and Archers of Edinburgh, which Vertu claims makes it Hyundai’s largest UK dealership partner.

Last year Vertu announced it was the UK’s largest Honda network having acquired sites in Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham as the company benefited from its 2010 £25 million debt and acquisition facility from Barclays Corporate.

Paul Williams, Chairman of Vertu Motors, has previously spoken out about bad industry practice, including the rise in UK dealers who classify self-registered vehicles as private because they are "inflating registration data compared to sales levels."

Independent motor auctioneer SMA Vehicle Remarketing has also claimed the second-hand car market in Scotland is on the rise, following the company’s recent high business volumes.

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