Jason Jones Autocentre closed 'because of stress'
GARAGE boss Jason Jones says he closed his business because the stress of running it was making him ill.
The 41-year-old ran Jason Jones Autocentre, at Shuthonger, near Tewkesbury, for more than eight- and-a-half years.
But he closed it suddenly earlier this month, removing all of its new and used cars from the forecourt.
No notice was placed at the site to explain to customers what had happened.
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But now Mr Jones says he wants to explain the situation and scotch rumours that he was in trouble with the authorities and had fled the country.
He said: "People were saying I had gone to Spain and that HMRC had confiscated the cars because tax hadn't been paid. But that's nonsense. I'm still living in Cheltenham and it was nothing to do with HMRC. I had a health scare two months ago and I decided to put the business into administration."
Jason, who spent 18 years in car sales in total, said he recently thought he was having a heart attack but it turned out to be a reaction to stress.
He said it came about due to a heavy workload that saw him take just five days off in 12 months.
In a way, he said, he had been a victim of his own success as he had increased car sales at the garage from 100 per year when he began to 1,000 last year.
He said the company was not having financial problems and that he put it into administration due to the pressure of trying to maintain sales levels.
And he said he was keen to help his loyal customers by helping to get the garage up and running again under new management.
Mr Jones said it would be nothing to do with him any more, other than that he would still own the land and the new garage would pay him rent.
According to Mr Jones, the eight people he had working for him should keep their jobs when the new business opens in the next few weeks. He added that he planned to take a six-month break, but would not then return to the motor trade.