One site for all wheels
by Laurie Willetts
Avon City Ford is part of the Colonial Motor Group and has been trading for more than 100 years. The company began trading from the current five-acre site opposite the southern roundabout on Blenheim Road in 1965. It has developed into one of the major dealerships in the South Island selling Ford passenger and light commercial vehicles.
“Avon City Motorcycles operates from the same site along with the Suzuki and BMW franchise,” says new car manager Shayne Brown.
“We have more than 100 staff plus a satellite service centre in Rangiora. Avon City Ford covers all motoring needs with expert salespeople, a finance department, car and light commercial technicians, parts advisers, full paint and panel division and a grooming department.”
All new vehicles are prepared on-site where they are put through a comprehensive pre-delivery check and road test. Any accessories are fitted according to the client’s instructions. The grooming department completes the vehicles to ensure they are delivered in pristine condition.
“Our used vehicles are fully checked mechanically prior to going through the paint and panel department to bring them up to our high standard for resale. Our in-house buying team only retain the best possible vehicles for resale.”
The finance department offers competitive rates on lease agreements and can organise finance through several vehicle-focussed providers by tailoring finance packages to suit all individual needs.
“We also have a full Auto Training department with a number of course spanning multiple NCEA levels and qualifications as well as a number of industry certified courses.
“Visit Avon City Ford to view our wide range of new cars such as Ford Escape, Ranger, Ecosport, Fiesta, Mondeo and more or come and see us at the Malvern A&P Show where we will have specials available.”