Shropshire Star

Go Carz merges with Comet Cars to create 200-strong Shrewsbury fleet

Shropshire’s largest taxi firm has continued its expansion by merging with a rival firm based in Shrewsbury.

Carl Wilday, managing director of Go Carz

Go Carz has merged with Comet Cars and now has more than 210 vehicles in Shrewsbury, taking the firm’s total across Shropshire to over 600.

Carl Wilday, managing director of Go Carz, said: “The merger expands the number of drivers available in Shrewsbury which will mean improved efficiencies for drivers and enhanced service and improved dispatch times to customers of both Go Carz and Comet alike.

“We are delighted to announce this exciting development and warmly welcome the customers and drivers of Comet.

Comet Cars' office is opposite Royal Mail in Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury. Photo: Google

“We are proud to have been the biggest and most reliable taxi firm in Shropshire for some time, but we now have the largest number of available vehicles by some margin.”

Go Carz, which also operates in Telford, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Willenhall, has invested more than £1 million on new systems, mobile phone apps and automated booking systems in recent years.

Its head office is at the Battlefield Enterprise Park in Shrewsbury, while Comet Cars operates from Castle Foregate in the town centre.

Mr Wilday said these back-office systems were all designed to make the process of matching a vehicle with a customer as smooth as possible.

The Go Carz head office at Battlefield Enterprise Park in Shrewsbury

“We are very much a corporate taxi company, with a corporate set-up, internal systems and structures,” he said.

“Our mobile phone app is very simple to use and now accounts for 50 per cent of our bookings.

“We also have an executive vehicle service which caters for business clients with a fleet of high-end cars and very smartly dressed drivers, and a fleet of minibuses which are regularly used for airport trips or group outings.”

Mr Wilday added: “We are proud of our service, which is underpinned by a team of excellent staff and drivers who are all highly trained and given enhanced checks when the join the firm.

“We are looking forward to continuing our growth and maintaining the first-class service we provide for our customers across Shropshire.”