Back when iconic films such as Ghostbusters and Police Academy were debuting on the big screen, and the Vauxhall Astra Mk2 and Ford Escort RS Turbo rolled off the production line, a small company with a radical new approach to car dealer warranties was born. In 1984, Warranty Administration Services Ltd produced the first self-funded warranty.
Yes, this month of February 2015 heralds our 31st year in business, and we are still going strong! Continuing to supply self-funded car dealer warranty programmes across the UK for some of the largest and most trusted dealer brands. It’s crazy to think that the “new” self-funded warranty we pioneered all those years ago to the motor trade, is still at the forefront of our car dealer solutions today. Albeit modernised and digital!
Anyway, to celebrate this milestone, we’ve thrown together some fun photos and facts from our staff “as we were” 31 years ago! So be prepared for some fantastic school photos, awful fashion senses and wild hair styles!
The WAS-Files 1984
Warranty Administration Services Ltd
Movies of the year:
Ghostbusters, Terminator, Police Academy, Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom
Best Chart Song:
Relax, by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
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“1984 was a busy year for me. I changed my role at work and moved from London to Manchester, my first child was born and I purchased my first house for the princely sum of £12,500.”
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“If I wasn’t out on my roller skates when I got in from school, I was probably playing Frogger on my Commodore Vic-20!!”
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“30 years ago I was only 10, and was just about to start my adventure of boarding school life.”
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“Going to School, trying to get a sneaky peek at the page 3 of my dad’s newspaper hoping it would be a Maria Whittaker day, and then spending the evenings playing on my tape loading Amstrad CPC464.”
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“30 years ago I was already setting the trend as you can see, but mainly I was kicking a ball around the park with mates and using jumpers for goalposts!”
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“I was only 4 years old! Living adventures in Germany as my parents were in the forces. I loved Transformers, and He-Man!
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“30 years ago, going into secondary school and returning home to play on my ZX Spectrum, having being upgraded from an Atari!”
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“Back then as an RAF Policeman in Belize, it was hard fitting work in around football.”
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“In 1984 I was in the sixth form at school studying for A-levels. That seems such a long time ago now!”
Thank you for reading this fun post on the month of our 31st birthday, and we hope you enjoyed the walk down memory lane with the WAS Blog. 31 years ago we pioneered the self-funded car dealer warranty! Image credit Niels de Wit via Flickr.