Quality car retailer of Doune
Macfadyen Motors, how it started...
As a wee boy Murdo Murchison started serving petrol, repairing punctures and sweeping the floor of the family garage started by his Grandfather in 1932. Petrol then cost 6/6 a gallon or 32.5p!!
Murdo's interest in cars developed and as a schoolboy, he repaired and sold cars to his teachers.
The best day of Murdo's life to that point came when he left school and started working full time for M. Murchison & Sons, Main St. Kyle, Ross-shire. Valuable experience was gained but he saw things very differently to his father and knew that his future would not be in the family business.
Murdo started work as a salesman for a Fiat dealer in Inverness and found that he enjoyed selling cars and soon had people in London wondering why so many Fiats were being sold to the West Coast of Scotland!
He became area manager for the Lancia division of Fiat covering Scotland and Northern Ireland. Moved to Stirling but found that he was never at home and while the job was very interesting he knew that he would be happier with the one to one contact with customers he had enjoyed in the past
Murdo finally started to sell cars under his own name from Gargunnock filling station 6 miles west of Stirling with an office in the house. Happy Days!! As the business grew he had to find his own premises in Stirling.
Banks being banks they didn't want Murdo to spend money on property, but he knew he had to establish a base in Stirling and bought 15 Springkerse Road Stirling, a former scrapyard!
Murdo bought 1.5 acres of development ground at 9 Borrowmeadow Road Stirling with no help from the bank and active discouragement from the Local Authority.
He moved into a new purpose-built premises on part of the Borrowmeadow Road site much has still to be achieved but the goal of establishing a quality outlet without incurring the huge overheads of other Car Dealers has been achieved.
In 2003 Borrowmeadow Road was sold and Murdo moved to Doune six miles from Stirling on the A84, much effort had gone into refurbishing a very run-down building which is now restored. His stock had expanded, the advantage of Doune wad that it is easy to find and rates were much lower, hopefully, this meant a more competitive deal for customers.
Murdo still stocks 40-50 cars but the site has almost been developed to full potential with 8 Tenants who have businesses ranging from Mace shop to Air conditioning supplier. He also had 12 containers for lease.
Many of customers have remained loyal over more years than he wished to remember!
The Macfadyen family bought the dealership from Murdo
Sadly, Murdo passed away but, his legacy lives on and will not be forgotten