About Us at Bridgend Motor Group

Black and white photo from 1930

Bridgend was founded in 1930 as a haulage firm. The change from haulage contractor to garage took place in 1950 when Hugh McLaughlan, founder, opened the first Bridgend Motor Group in Old Glasgow Road, Kilwinning carrying out car repairs and selling fuel.

Hugh’s sons Daniel and Alexander joined their father in 1966, helping the business to expand over the next 20 years from the traditional garage into associated motor trade operations – used car sales and vehicle service facilities such as accident repair.

Bridgend Accident Repair Centre was established in 1975 at a site in Woodburn Avenue in Kilwinning. In 1980, a substantial increase in business prompted a move to new, larger premises at Alexandra Terrace where Bridgend Accident Repair Centre would remain until 1994 when the huge growth of the accident repair prompted the next move of premises to its current location at Burnside on Old Glasgow Road, Kilwinning.

In 1980 our Irvine branch was opened, becoming one of the first Mitsubishi franchises in Scotland. A major refurbishment took place in 1990 and this branch has seen regular investment over the years to keep it up to date.

Black and white photo from 1975

Dealership image from 1980 at Irvine

During 1999 a multi-million pound development at Riverside, Kilwinning, opposite the original Bridgend Motor Group, became the West of Scotland’s largest dedicated used car complex.

In 2006, Bridgend Motor Group took its first steps out of North Ayrshire and into South Ayrshire. A four acre site was acquired at Heathfield and Ayr Autoplex was launched.

November 2013 saw Bridgend Motor Group expand into East Ayrshire opening initially a 100 used car site which has been followed up in 2014 with the opening of a dedicated Van Centre with over 100 used vans and commercial vehicles for sale. This site was fully developed and now hosts 400 used cars and 100 commercials over 3 showrooms.

The success of the Kilmarnock Van Centre led to the opening of an additional Van Centre in Ayr with a further 100 used commercial vehicles and most recently, another Van Centre at the Riverside Autoplex in Kilwinning. Bridgend Motor Group now comprises thirteen departments whose operations encompass used car sales, used commercial vehicle sales, service, maintenance, MOT and accident repair. The company is still family owned and run with twelve members of the McLaughlan family in key positions. Now with some of the 4th generation working in the business. We have over 200 local employees many of whom have been with the company in excess of 10 years and some for more than 30 years!A family owned company, renowned for its excellent quality of service, Bridgend Motor Group is located in four central locations across Ayrshire.

Bridgend Riverside Autoplex – in Kilwinning is a five acre custom built supersite with over five hundred used cars on the forecourt and a modern showroom and customer reception.

Bridgend Van Centre Kilwinning – Following the success of both our Ayr and Kilmarnock Van Centres, we have recently opened up an additional Van Centre at our North Ayrshire site in Kilwinning.

Bridgend Outlet Irvine – holds a range of around one hundred used cars, with many of them inside our spacious showroom.

Bridgend Ayr Autoplex – in Heathfield, Ayr, is a four acre custom built supersite with over five hundred used cars on one forecourt. One hundred of them displayed in our massive car showroom.

Bridgend Van Centre Ayr – in Heathfield, Ayr we also have a dedicated Van Centre, including a full range of van types, with over 100 used commercial vehicles in stock.

Bridgend Kilmarnock Autoplex – Bridgend Motor Group’s Kilmarnock supersite has over 300 used cars across 3 showrooms and forecourts, all at one location on Campbell Street, Kilmarnock.

Bridgend Van Centre Kilmarnock – A bit further along Campbell Street, Bridgend Van Centre is now open with over 100 used commercial vehicles for sale.

Bridgend WAV Centre Kilmarnock - Also on Campbell Street this showroom has a large selection of used wheelchair access vehicles.

Bridgend Prestige & Performance at Ayr and Kilmarnock - stocking our more exclusive vehicles.

Bridgend Eco Centre Irvine - Ayrshire’s only dedicated Eco Centre stocking a wide range of used electric and hybrid vehicles

All six of these sales sites have full aftersales facilities offering servicing, MOT testing, repairs, parts and accessories for all makes and models of cars and light commercial vehicles. Our latest development has been to expand our aftersales facilities to accommodate all sizes of commercials for MOT with specialist Class 7 equipment. Also, at these six service centre locations, is our new Bodyshop Express – from bumper scuffs to dings and dents, bringing your vehicle back to showroom condition.
Our sales team are experienced and professional. They will guide you through the buying process and will help and advise you as best they can. There is little they have not dealt with before. If there is something you are not sure about, just ask our friendly team. Each car is treated with the same commitment to care and quality. Each car is serviced and valeted before it reaches you. Each car also comes with an MOT (if applicable) and a comprehensive parts and labour warranty. For your peace of mind each vehicle goes through an HPI and independent mileage check. There are no hidden extras – it’s all included in the price. We welcome part exchanges and can tailor a used car finance package to suit your individual requirements – with written details on request. We can offer low rates, as well as helping those with a history of credit problems.
Situated in Kilwinning, Bridgend Accident Repair Centre is Ayrshire’s largest independent accident repair centre. All major insurance company repairs are carried out as well as private and corporate repairs. Bridgend Motor Group supplies all aspects of motoring services. From new and used car sales and finance to repair, MOT vehicle care.