Fife car re­cov­ery firm shuts its doors

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A Fife re­cov­ery firm which picked up crashed and stolen ve­hi­cles for the police has gone into liq­ui­da­tion.

Methil-based Ace Motoring Ser­vices closed af­ter suf­fer­ing heavy fi­nan­cial losses.

The fam­ily-owned com­pany in­cluded Ace Re­cov­ery and held a con­tract with Police Scot­land to re­cover ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing those in­volved in road ac­ci­dents, un­til last year.

It is not yet clear how many em­ploy­ees have been af­fected by its wind­ing up.

Pa­pers lodged show that Richard Gar­diner, of Dun­fermline-based Thom­son Cooper, was liq­uida­tor on Novem­ber 14.

Nei­ther of AMS’ di­rec­tors, Robert or Julie Brown­lie, was avail­able for com­ment but a no­tice at the premises in Har­bour View con­firmed the clo­sure.

It said: “The di­rec­tors of Ace Motoring Ser­vice have de­cided to close the work­shop/re­cov­ery busi­ness with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

“This is due to the large fi­nan­cial losses en­dured in the re­cov­ery sec­tor of the busi­ness. We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience this may cause.

“The di­rec­tors/own­ers will be open­ing a new work­shop fa­cil­ity in the very near fu­ture.” ap­pointed

Mr and Mrs Brown­lie are listed as di­rec­tors of another com­pany, Ace Auto Cen­tre, based in Bankhead Drive, Ed­in­burgh.

How­ever, when The Courier con­tacted it a rep­re­sen­ta­tive said the firm was not re­lated to the Fife busi­ness and the Brown­lies were un­avail­able.

A Police Scot­land spokesper­son said the force had not used Ace Re­cov­ery since April last year.

Ace Motoring Ser­vices was es­tab­lished in 1993 by Julie Brown­lie’s par­ents, Melv and Car­rie Hen­der­son, and also in­cluded Ace Auto Ser­vices, Ace Car Sales and Ace Car Leas­ing.

The com­pany’s of­fices in Methil.

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