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  • THE SL SHOP RELOCATES

     

    “We have been bursting at the seams for some time now” said Sam Bailey, SL Shop Founder “The SL Shop is now 10 years old.  We have a respected brand, a wonderful network of great customers and a team of really talented individuals.  The timing is right to move the business to the next level.”

     

    The new Stratford location is a short drive from The SL Shop’s previous home of Inkberrow, Worcestershire.  With double the floor space, Sam sees opportunities for the business and is excited to start the next chapter.

     


     

    Come and visit us;

    UNIT 1A, 2, 3 & 4B
    DRAYTON MANOR DRIVE
    STRATFORD UPON AVON
    WARWICKSHIRE
    CV37 9RQ

    MON - FRI : 8:30AM - 5:00PM
    SATURDAY : 9:00AM - 2:00PM
    SUNDAY : CLOSED

  • Easter Bank Holiday Opening Hours

    Please note; that we will be closed through the duration of the Easter Bank Holiday (14th April til 18th April)

    Opening Hours

    Thursday 13th April - 09:00 - 18:00

    Friday 14th April - Closed

    Saturday 15th April - Closed

    Sunday 16th April - Closed

    Monday 17th April - Closed

    Tuesday 18th April - 09:00 - 18:00

    Easter Bank Holiday Opening Hours 2017

    Please be aware that we will endeavour to respond to any emails upon our return as swiftly as possible.

  • Job Vacancies [Updated]

    The SL Shop are experiencing a surge in growth and so are looking to recruit three new members to our parts team in the following roles.

    Ecommerce Assistant

    We are looking for an Ecommerce Assistant to help support the growth of the SL Shop by creating listings, improving content and  This will initially be a 6 month contract with the possibility of a permanent role if the right candidate is found.

    We are looking for a focussed and organised individual who is as committed to their own learning and development as we are. Reporting directly to the Merchandising Manager, your work will be a key element in the development of our online product inventory.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • - Reporting to the Merchandising manager
    • - Creating new product listings that meet company standards
    • - Sourcing product images and finding alternatives/solutions if imagery is not available
    • - Ensuring marketplaces (eBay and Amazon) are updated with best sellers, latest products and new items
    • - Monitoring and updating of marketplace feeds (Google Shopping, Facebook)


    Skills and Experience 

    • - IT literate and able to manage, process and upload large volumes of product data.
    • - Good working English (spoken and written)
    • - Must be comfortable using Microsoft Excel
    • - Attention to detail is essential
    • - Knowledge of Automotive Parts & Classic Cars would be advantageous
    • - Experience of using Magento or similar E-Commerce platform (would be advantageous but not essential)

    If you're interested in this role, please email your CV and covering letter by following this link


    Buyer Assistant

    We are looking for a permanent Buyer Assistant to help support the on-going growth of our SL Parts department.

    The ideal candidate will be someone who is willing to work independently and who is as committed to their own learning and development as we are. Working closely with the Purchasing team, your work will be vital in the day to day management of stock, creation of purchase orders and development of supplier relationships.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • - Day to day ordering from major suppliers
    • - Review and maintain competitive pricing and margins
    • - Working closely with merchandising by completing and supplying all product listings data
    • - Purchase order creation and admin
    • - Working alongside internal sales team to provide parts quickly and efficiently
    • - Assisting in the creation of requested back order product listings when necessary

    Skills and Experience 

    • - IT literate and able to manage, process and upload large volumes of product data.
    • - Good working English (spoken and written)
    • - Must be comfortable using Microsoft Excel
    • - Attention to detail is essential
    • - Knowledge of Automotive Parts & Classic Cars would be advantageous
    • - Experience of using Magento or similar E-Commerce platform (would be advantageous but not essential)

    If you're interested in this role, please email your CV and covering letter by following this link


    Warehouse Assistant

    The SL Shop is a family run independent Mercedes-Benz centred business dedicated to all things SL and Classic Mercedes-Benz. Our approach is honest, straight forward and no nonsense.

    We are looking for a full-time Warehouse Assistant to join our current team in a very busy and fast-paced environment.

    The ideal candidate will have previous experience of working within a warehouse environment or similar, and hold a current counter balance fork lift licence and full driving licence.

    This is a physical role involving manual handling and heavy lifting and the successful candidate must be physically fit.

    This position will involve the use of computerised warehouse management systems for which full training will be given, however you will need to be computer literate.

    We are looking for a hard-working individual who is as committed to their own development and progression as we are.

    Reporting directly to the Warehouse Manager, your work will be a key element in the improvement of our warehouse operations.

    Duties and Responsibilities 

    • - Taking delivery of goods and storing them
    • - Creating postage labels and providing accurate postage quotes where necessary
    • - Liaising and communicating goods in and out with various necessary departments
    • - Checking for damaged or missing items
    • - Moving stock by hand or with machines
    • - Packing, wrapping, loading and locating goods
    • - Keeping stock records and keeping the warehouse clean and tidy in line with Health and Safety standards.

    Skills and Experience 

    • - IT literate
    • - Great communication skills
    • - Experience of using Warehouse management software (would be advantageous but not essential)
    • - Attention to detail is essential
    • - Knowledge of Automotive Parts & Classic Cars would be advantageous

    If you're interested in this role, please email your CV and covering letter by following this link


  • Relocation, Relocation, Relocation!

    Following 10 years of first-rate service to customers from around the world, independent Mercedes-Benz specialist; SL Shop has moved to new premises in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

    Situated just 12 miles from its original site in Stockwood, SL Shop’s new location satisfies the company’s demand for more space in a rural setting, and with good links to the nation’s motorway network. This aspect was key to retaining its expert staff and existing customer base, while providing room to expand its highly successful parts, servicing and restoration operations, as well as other aspects of the business.

    Visitors to the new premises are greeted by clean and secure parking bays, and crisp SL Shop branding. Stepping inside, there is an open plan reception with ‘period’ customer lounge, and a spacious sales floor displaying pristine Mercedes-Benz cars. There is also a live assembly area, which serves as an extension to the showroom environment, plus detailing bays and dedicated facilities for staff – the latter a very popular development among SL Shop’s team…

    Customers old and new are invited to SL Shop’s fresh and exciting facility among Drayton Farm Buildings, just 15 minutes from the M40 motorway and two hours from central London.

    Let us know what you think of the new premises by adding a comment below. 

  • Get your Classic Mercedes-Benz Ready for Spring

    Get your Classic Mercedes-Benz Ready for Spring Classic Car Season by checking these common issues.

    Get your Classic Mercedes-Benz ready for Spring

    Whether you own a luxurious 190SL, a resplendent SL W113 Pagoda or a hard-working SL 107; it's safe to say you're a knowledgeable and seasoned classic Mercedes-Benz owner. With the harsh cold of winter rapidly becoming a distant memory it's good to know that, during show season, it's worth paying particular attention to these common issue areas.

    Need your Classic back on the road? Want it to be running smoothly and better than before? With the following list, we're helping to prepare you for show season and a long, enjoyable summer for you to really experience your Classic Mercedes-Benz as it should be experienced. 

    Tyres

    Examine your tyres comprehensively by removing each wheel from the car and inspecting for tread depth, any damage or wear to the sidewall or tread. You can even use our own tyre tread depth keyring to ensure the legal limit is adhered to.

    Ensuring the bead seat on the inner and outer faces are examined for damage or deterioration. Remove the valve caps and set the pressures exactly as they are in your Owners Manual.

    It's a great opportunity at this time of year to remove those old winter tyres and replace them with more suitable Summer Tyres; ideal for holding the road in dry conditions and keeping your road noise levels to a minimum.

    Braking System

    An important safety feature in your Classic Car, we always recommend periodic examination of your Brake fluid. We recommend that this should be checked with a hygroscopicity meter. If, however, the fluid is black or hasn’t been changed in the past two years, replace it - we have several options of Brake Fluid available for various Classic Mercedes-Benz models.

    We also recommend comprehensively checking your pipes, pads and shoes for damage, deterioration or corrosion. Examining your pads is important to ensure that they haven't fallen below the 1.5mm legal limit.

    Cooling System

    If your car has been sitting, it's good to then check the coolant levels in expansion bottles and the radiator header tank. We have a wide choice of antifreeze available for you to top up or completely refill your car with or alternatively, you could use waterless coolant from Evans.

    Finally, examine all hoses for cracks, corrosion or deterioration and then check the expansion hole under the water pump. If you suspect a leak then you may need to replace some elements of your cooling system. Our Owner Services team will be more than happy to help you with this.

    Oil & Filters

    It may seem basic but always check your engine oil level using the dipstick and adjust as necessary. Many times a classic car can experience issues when either poor quality oil or when insufficient oil is used, especially as the excitement of being back in the driving seat forces you to rush getting your car back on the road. To avoid those costly engine parts and labour bills, ensure you're car is filled with the right grade and quality of oil.

    Remove the spark plugs to spin the engine on the starter without any load to get the oil pressure up quickly before you attempt to start the engine.

    We always recommend changing your oil and filter for the new season after running the engine to temperature.

    Fuel System

    A tip before winter is to leave the tank empty as a full tank can result in a thickening, while ethanol-based fuels can result in corrosion. We recommend filling your empty tank with fresh fuel and any chosen performance additives such as Lucas Injector Cleaner Treatment.

    Glass & Wipers

    Didn't get round to replacing that murky windscreen or the squealing wipers on your Classic? Well, now is a perfect opportunity.

    Glass can suffer over the winter months, especially if you haven't got a specialised car cover protecting your pride and joy. We have a full range of glass products as well as windscreen and glass tools and adhesives to help you replace your glass with minimum fuss and hassle..

    When it comes to your wipers, with wiper arms removed, drip some oil onto pivot points where they protrude through the body then operate the wipers on fast to work the lubricant in. Oil the links on wiper gearboxes too, then replace the blades as a matter of course. If you’ve used a plastic wrap under the wiper in storage, remove it.

    Lights

    It's crucial to check that all of your lights are working on your Classic Car. If any lamps are dirty inside, we recommend removing them and giving them a full clean and polish. Replace any blackened bulbs with brand new bulbs.

    Seats & Seat Belts

    By pulling on the belts, you can check the anchorages at the floor and B-pillar mounts, then check the centre mount using the same process. Making sure that the seat belt catches are working adequately and not releasing - except when you need them too.

    Exhaust System & Components

    Check underneath your car for signs of corrosion and deterioration on exhaust pipes and silencer boxes, then check each of the rubber hangers for cracks or damage because a broken mount can lead to a damaged exhaust, so spend a few pennies to save big pounds later on.

    Seeing damage or corroson in your exhaust? Check our exhaust system for various options here.

    Car Care, Detailing & Cleaning

    As it is spring, a spring clean is to be done to get your car looking as good as it can. We recommend using SL Shop branded Car Shampoo, wash and leather off using a microfibre cloth to avoid watermarking. Fully Vacuum and clean the interior, you can also use Magic Sponges and interior cleaner for unparalleled results. Finally, use a gentle clay or paint protection bar on the paintwork, wax polish, buff off, chrome polish and clean those tyres with a non-acidic wheel cleaner. Your car is now ready for long twilight drives, riverside stops and envious looks.

     

     

  • Exciting News From the SL Shop - We're Moving!

    We are excited to announce that The SL Shop is moving to purpose-built premises close to the historic riverside town of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

    'We have been bursting at the seams for some time now", said Sam Bailey, SL Shop Founder, "The SL Shop is now 10 years old. We have a respected brand, a wonderful network of great customers and suppliers and of course, the key to it all - a team of really talented individuals. The timing is right to move the business to the next level"

    From Monday 13th February 2017 we will be available to visit at:

    Unit 1a, 2, 3 & 4b
    Drayton Farm Buildings, Drayton Manor Drive,
    Stratford Upon Avon,
    Warwickshire,
    CV37 9RQ

    General office:  +44 (0)1789 337 070
    Parts Office:      +44 (0)1789 337 072

    The new HQ will also allow The SL Shop to do more at its base throughout 2017, including more restorations, a larger selection of parts and great tours and trips to join and once the paint has dried, We'll be hosting an open day for our customers to sample the delights of this fantastic new home for The SL Shop.

    Wish us luck with our move and we will see you on the other side…

  • NEC Classic Motor Show (November 11-13th 2016)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The NEC Classic Motor Show has been a staple of The SL Shop for many years and we were pleased to, once again, put our stand in the Main Hall for the entire weekend.

    The UK's Biggest and Best Classic Car Motor Show November 2016

     

     

    The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, held from 11-13 November at Birmingham's NEC, caters for every motor taste with around 250 of Britain’s best motoring clubs displaying unusual and breathtaking marquees while over 500 trade stands sell a wide range of parts, spares, tools, motoring services and memorabilia. 

    From Left to Right; Jake Bailey, Sam Bailey & Bruce Greetham looking very dapper

    From Left to Right; Jake Bailey, Sam Bailey & Bruce Greetham looking very dapper

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sam, Bruce and Jake took to the stand this weekend and showcased the new logo and branding that The SL Shop has undertaken along with The SportLine & Bruce's Concours trophy winning SL 107.

    The stand was sporting an industrial luxe theme, allowing customers the chance to comfortably sit and chat whilst also not straying too far from the heavy industrial beginnings of Mercedes-Benz.

    The SL Shop NEC Classic Car Show 2016 November Hall 1

    The SL Shop NEC Classic Car Show 2016 New Branding

    The SL Shop NEC Classic Car Show 2016 November Hall 1

    The SL Shop NEC Classic Car Show 2016 Industrial Luxe Display

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The SL Shop NEC Classic Car Show 2016 November Hall 1

    The SL Shop's SportLine on Display

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The new branding has been inspired to encapsulate the premium service and feel of what the SL Shop stands for and delivers to it's customers locally and internationally.

    Displaying Status Volume 2, our new experience range and receiving positive feedback, The SL Shop championed the title of Europe's leading Mercedes-Benz SL Specialist in Hall 1 and had a great time meeting and talking to all of our new and pre-existing customers over the weekend.

    We'll be sure to see you there Next Year!

    Status Volume 2; The SL Shop's Exclusive Magazine

    Status Volume 2; The SL Shop's Exclusive Magazine

     

     

     

    Not got your new copy of Status Volume 2? You can add it to your basket by following this link or why not read more about what's inside this bigger and better issue here.

     

  • NEW RELEASE: Status Volume II (Winter 2016/2017)

    It's that time of year again.

    Status Volume 2 (Winter 2016/2017)
    Status Volume 2 (Winter 2016/2017)

    Status is back, bigger and better than ever.

    Featuring stories and inspiration for you to get your classic Mercedes-Benz out on the road, finish that restoration or come down to our showroom to cast your eyes on and try one of these fantastic cars for yourself.

    New for 2017

    Our Experience offering encompasses SL Hire, The SL Day, Trips & Tours, SportLine Track Time and Race & Rally Preparation. Don your favourite sunglasses and feel the wind in your hair as you drive these marvels of engineering; You can read all about how to get involved in these great experiences within the pages of the magazine.

    You’ll also find a parts catalogue for a variety of Classic-Mercedes models, including the newly stocked items for the 121 190SL & the 198 300SL.

    With great articles, inspiring stories and a wealth of information, Volume 2 is truly much bigger and better than ever.

  • Mercedes Enthusiast Pure Sport June 2016 Sportline Article

    If you picked up June's edition of Mercedes Enthusiast, you will have seen the cover story on the R107 Sportline, developed and designed by The SL Shop.

    If not, we recommend going out and grabbing a copy, or alternatively you can read the glorious cover story below:

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    Mercedes Enthusiast June 2016 Pure Sport Sportline The SL Shop

    It's great to see the form and function of the Sportline put under the microscope and receiving such rave reviews from the industry.

    If you'd like more information on the R107 Sportline, you can follow the Sportline link on our site, or alternatively you can email your enquiry by clicking here.

     

  • Spring Bank Holiday 2016 Sale

    As the classic song says "Here comes the sun" and with it comes a whole host of great spring bank holiday deals to get your Classic Mercedes-Benz Model running and looking as luxuriously as it should. So, read on for some great deals for you to take advantage of over this bank holiday.

    25% Off Seasonal Specials

    25% off all Seasonal Specials

    With an ever-expanding inventory we always ensure that our seasonal specials cater to the "needs" and "wants" of our customers. That's why we offer a whopping 25% off all items in our Seasonal Special Category - with new items being added every month.

    From Mud flaps to wind deflectors, spare your wallet (or purse) the weight and enjoy 25% off these items; what more can you ask for to make those spring and summer drives even more enjoyable. 

    10% off all Orders over £500.00 

    Here at The SL Shop we love to celebrate good weather (because what Classic Mercedes-Benz doesn't look amazing in the sunshine?) and with that comes our BIG SPRING BANK HOLIDAY BLOW-OUT SALE.

    Featuring 10% off all orders over £500.00 (excl. shipping) so you can put those large orders through this weekend and save 10% at checkout. Looking to repair your Classic Mercedes-Benz, install some luxury elements or add some SL Shop official merchandise to your collection; this weekend offers the chance to save big in one go.

    While this offer doesn't apply to package deals or seasonal special items in your basket, it means that you can save even more money by shopping with The SL Shop.

    Our friendly and knowledgeable team are here to help, so please visit our contact us page to get in touch.

    Terms & Conditions of  Spring Bank Holiday 2016 Sale:

    In conjunction with our terms and conditions of sale, the following terms are also applicable for this sale period (28.05.16 - 31.05.16).

    • the limited 10% off offer applies to all parts on The SL Shop website except those parts that are already selling with a discount, as part of a sale or package deal.
    • No other coupons, discount codes or trade discounts may be eligible when taking advantage of our Spring Bank Holiday Sale offer.
    • The SL Shop Spring Bank Holiday Sale runs from 28th May 2016 00:00 GMT until 31.05.16 00:00GMT. Any orders placed before or after this period will not be classed as part of the sale and discount will not be applied.
    • Any items purchased during this sale and returned after the sale has ended will be refunded at the value originally paid for at checkout and not the non-discounted price obtained through the sale.

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