Pioneering the self-funded car dealer warranty in 1984

The WAS-Files – Where were we in 1984?

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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


Company:
Warranty Administration Services Ltd

Date:
1984

Movies of the year:
Ghostbusters, Terminator, Police Academy, Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom

Best Chart Song:
Relax, by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Fashion Taste:
None existent

 

Warranty Administration Services Ltd Staff in 1984

Case No. 233445

Name: Alan

“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.”

 

 

Warranty Administration Services Ltd Staff in 1984

 

Case No. 5435435
Name: Jo

“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!!”

 

 

 

Warranty Administration Services Ltd Staff in 1984


Case No. 2390033
Name: Jenny

“30 years ago I was only 10, and was just about to start my adventure of boarding school life.”

 

 

Warranty Administration Services Ltd Staff in 1984

 

Case No. 110020
Name: Bryan

“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.”

 

 

Warranty Administration Services Ltd Staff in 1984

 

Case No. 998556
Name: Paul

“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!”

 

 

 

Warranty Administration Services Ltd Staff in 1984

 

 

Case No. 5337641
Name: Edward

“I was only 4 years old! Living adventures in Germany as my parents were in the forces. I loved Transformers, and He-Man!

 

 

 

 

 

Warranty Administration Services Ltd Staff in 1984

 

Case No. 130900
Name: Tara

“30 years ago, going into secondary school and returning home to play on my ZX Spectrum, having being upgraded from an Atari!”

 

 

Warranty Administration Services Ltd Staff in 1984

 

 

 

Case No. 03002198
Name: Steve

“Back then as an RAF Policeman in Belize, it was hard fitting work in around football.”

 

 

 

 

Warranty Administration Services Ltd Staff in 1984
Case No. 0277451
Name: Andy

“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.