57 years in the motor trade!

Over the years, we have matured as a company, gaining valuable experience within our trade. However, we like to think we’re still young in spirit, striving ahead as a forward-thinking and family-run business. Take a closer look at our history below.

Why Choose Us
Through The Years AutoTrader

1906 - 1962

Back in 1906, the entrepreneurial Preston family started Hippo as a coal merchant, with family man George Preston passing it down to his two sons who led it to success throughout the 1920s - 50s.

1962 - 1990

In 1962, go-getting brothers Stanley and Eric Preston decided to gear up for a new challenge, guiding us down a prosperous path within the motor trade.

90s and early 2000s

Our first ever custom-built showroom, the booming Prestons BMW, kicked off the ‘90s and in 2001, the Hillendale Land Rover showroom let customers through their doors.


Six years after that and Thomas and Richard Preston saw the auspicious potential of Hippo, stepping in to rise it to high-end success through bringing prestige and performance cars to their customers.


Our accomplished and knowledgeable team are proud of our heritage, and we continue to introduce new services and ways of supporting you in seeking out your new car.

"I collected my car 14th June, The salesman Duncan Pendle. I must admit that throughout the sale he was friendly, professional and very very helpful. There was no problem that the team didn't address immediately. I have been looking for the right car for months now and ha to been to a number of car showrooms. I must admit that Motorpoint was not as it portrays itself in its commercials! I would definitely recommend Hippo and to be honest I already have. Thanks again for a first class service, A great team and a pleasure doing business with you."
15th June 2019|Shaun Round
01254 916450