Family keeps wheels turning

DIE Ford-agentskap in Kerkstraat.
DIE Ford-agentskap in Kerkstraat.

Where did it start?

IN 1978 Greg Scott started his business, Auto Trac, in Bethlehem in the heart of the Eastern Free State.

This company specialised in selling used trucks, tractors, farming equipment and the new SAME-tractors.

In 1980 Auto Trac acquired the International Harvester (IH) dealership, but as Bethlehem already had an IH dealership, they moved to Reitz.

During this time, Auto Trac had the dealerships for Alfa-Romeo, Deutz and Yamaha. In 1986, Auto Trac also started the Ford dealership in Reitz and six years later, in 1992, the Mazda dealership.

At this time, Auto Trac started using the new company name as it is today, Scott Auto.

On 1 July 2000, Scott Auto also acquired the Ford and Mazda dealerships in Bethlehem.

The TATA Truck & Bus dealerships was given to Auto Trac in 2003 and in 2007 the Bethlehem branch was opened. Lloyd Scott became head of sales.

During 2014, Mazda in Japan decided to distribute their vehicles themselves and in September 2015, Scott Auto opened new Mazda premises on the corner of Commissioner and Muller Street.

When the Scott Family renovated the new building, they only used local contractors, to invest in the local economy.

In 2016 Scott Auto celebrates 30 years with the Ford dealership. This milestone could only be achieved through the loyal support of their clients and staff.

The family

In 1963 Greg Scott started as a young salesman for David Brown and Volvo tractors with his father, Bill Scott, in Bloemfontein. They imported the tractors. They were also producing winning implements designed by Bill Bramley. Greg visited the very first Sampie Harvest Day, now known as the Nampo Harvest Day.

Then, as area manager of IH, he lived in Bethlehem with his family. In those days, the price for a new IH V8 bakkie was R1 968, a tractor R2 500, an eight-ton truck R5 000 and a harvester R8 000.

“My dad, Bill, said to me: ‘One day a car will cost you a million rand.’ And I laughed about it,” Greg says.

In 1979 his wife, Grieta, also joined the company. After 37 years, she is still by his side. Their sons, Lloyd, Wayne and Trevor, have liked everything with wheels since childhood.

In 1994, after Trevor had graduated with a BSc degree, he and Lloyd joined the company in Reitz as salesmen. Wayne decided to rather pursue his career in dental health in the Netherlands.

Lorraine, Trevor’s wife, joined the company in 1999 and they moved to Bethlehem in 2000 when Scott Auto was opened here.

A member of the next generation in the family, Lauren, also joined the family business after another 16 years. Lauren is Lorraine and Trevor’s daugter.

Trevor says: “All of us enjoy treating our clients and we appreciate their loyal support a lot. Our passion for people is the motivation for good service delivery throughout the generations.”

Greg and Grieta says: “Our sons made us proud growing Ford and Mazda to what it is today.”

The family writes about the way ahead:

After an amazing 30 years with Ford, members of Auto Trac was approached by Fed Auto, who wanted to buy the Ford dealership.

After intense consideration, they accepted the offer and, if all goes according to plan, Fed Auto will continue at the same premises with sales of vehicles, spares and services on 1 October.

Auto Trac will then continue with Scott Auto Mazda, TATA Truck & Bus Bethlehem, as well as Auto Trac used vehicles.

Lloyd Scott, current sales head of Scott Auto Mazda, has decided to leave the car industry for a time. We wish him and his family the best of luck with their new chapter in New Zealand. We thank him for years of input in the family business.

Trevor, the current sales head of Scott Auto Ford, will start as the new sales head of Scott Auto Mazda on 1 October.

The current staff of Scott Auto Mazda, Lorraine and Lauren, will continue at Scott Auto Mazda.

To the staff of Scott Auto Bethlehem, thank you very much for all the years of loyal service. We wish you happiness and luck for the future, you truly have a special place in our hearts.

All honor be to our Heavenly Father for carrying us through the years. Without Him, we would not have reached this milestone.

To our clients around South Africa: THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH for your loyal support. We trust you will continue your support by buying Mazda, TATA and used vehicles.

Who knows what lies ahead. WATCH THIS SPACE.

The Scott Family

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