Automotive Property FAQ

Read our automotive property FAQ and all the common questions pertaining to this category. We have compiled some of the most common questions we get asked related to automotive property.

Commercial automotive property frequently asked questions

What use class would an MOT testing centre/car service property fall under?

Typically, an MOT testing centre or service station would fall under the use class of B2 General Industry. We have, however, heard of cases where an MOT testing centre was classified under sui generis too depending on the local governing body.

Shouldn’t a car showroom be a A1 use class?

Car and motor vehicle showrooms did used to be classified under A1 until 2005 before they were moved to the sui generis use class when the more detailed retail and shop property classes were introduced.

What type of property should I be looking for with regards to a car repair or vehicle maintenance property/workshop?

If you’re planning to operate a workshop business that focuses on car repairs, you would want to be looking for an automotive property with the B1 use class.

What are the benefits of a property in the automotive industry?

The automotive industry is unlikely to be declining in the near future and with car sales growing year on year. The demand for services like MOT testing, vehicle repairs and servicing means the industry is in a strong position for future sustainability.

What types of land can I convert into a car park?

Any land you are considering converting into a car park will need planning permission unless it has already been granted and you will have to ensure the land is zoned for the correct use.

What are the benefits of the automotive property market?

Below are some of the key benefits of the automotive property market:

  • Flexibility
  • Suitable for a variety of uses
  • Steady demand for services

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