Metro Car Sales gets facelift after bus crash damage

2011-07-26 00:00

METRO Car Sales has completed extensive renovations, less than four months after an SA Roadlink bus crashed into vehicles on display at its premises at the corner of Victoria Road and Boshoff Street, causing damages worth about R2 million.

The managing director of Metro Car Sales, Baboo Essa, told The Witness that the landmark building has been revamped and that it now offers 24-hour viewing of its vehicles.

The building also boasts attractive new neon signage.

A new steel roof was fitted and the display floor retiled.

“During the renovations an upmarket customer waiting lounge was also created,” Essa said. “It is fitted with refreshment and entertainment facilities.

“Our insurance company has come to the party and paid for the damage, and wrote off the damaged vehicles.

“The insurance company is now in the process of conducting a recovery from SA Roadlink,”

Essa said that renovations at the premises were last conducted five years ago.

Established in 1976 by Essa, Metro Car Sales has been situated in the same location since 1991.

The property covers about 4 000 square metres.

The business records average annual sales of about 1 000 units and employs 30 people.

“About 85% of our business comes from referrals and repeat customers,” said Essa.

In a separate development Metro Car Sales has secured top spot in KwaZulu-Natal in a nationwide competition for new and used motor vehicle dealerships, run by the Motor Finance Corporation, which is a division of Nedbank.

The prizes are trips — to the value of R100 000 each — to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand for the top dealerships from each region.

The dealer principals are eligible for the prizes.

The competition was based on the number of MFC deals secured.

Metro Car Sales was also placed in the top three nationwide.

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