Linwar Motors Limited, based in Southport in the north west of England, is the UK's largest independent BMW specialist. Ian Thompson, a qualified engineer, founded the company in 1970 when he decided to leave his work in mining engineering and pursue his life-long interest in classic cars. He saw the opportunity to recycle BMW parts and pioneered the concept of indoor dismantling, cleaning and storage of the parts rather than having customers clamber over unstable piles of rusting salvage seeking the parts they needed.
The company has grown rapidly over the years and has amassed a huge stock of BMW parts, many of which are now hard to obtain. It still remains a family run business and is committed to providing outstanding customer service.
The early years saw the company dismantling 2000s and 2002s but this rapidly grew to encompass the ever-increasing range of BMWs. Linwar started providing customers with reconditioned parts as well as second hand parts, and soon expanded its stock to include new and original equipment parts.
Our Current Premises
By the early 1980s Linwar had outgrown its many small warehouses. In 1985 it bought the present warehouse in Virginia Street that provided enough storage space to collate all its stock in one location - 36,000 square feet in all.
One of the smaller buildings at the Virginia Street site was converted into a workshop establishing the servicing side of the business. Customers were delighted to have a cost effective alternative to the expensive servicing provided by the main dealers, and enjoyed the added benefit of thousands of new and second hand parts available from stock.
Having dismantled so many cars Linwar Motors are in an unrivalled position to offer expert advice, something that most other mail order BMW parts companies are just not able to do, and with nearly 40 years experience of the marque the company has encountered just about every problem that a BMW owner has faced. In recognition of the outstanding service provided by Linwar Motors the company was awarded the BMW Drivers Club Customer Service Trophy.
Linwar Motors dispatches parts all over the world - at the last count parts had been despatched to 87 different countries, everything from a bolt to an M3 engine!