THESE may be difficult times for business in general and especially the motor trade, but a Kilkenny man with plenty of experience in the field has taken the plunge and opened a new garage outlet in his own village.
Martin Carey, Young Irelands (Gowran) clubman and former Kilkenny minor and under-21 All-Ireland hurling medal winner, has opened a new sales and servicing outlet on Main Street, Gowran.
Finest in area
The spacious premises, right in the middle of the village, are one of the finest in the area and offer Martin Carey Motors huge road frontage for the display of what is a growing product line.
“There is a strong demand for used cars right now, and that is the market we are chasing,” explained Mr Carey, who has nearly 20 years experience in the business working with Citroen and Honda and earlier Fiat.
“As with most things now, everything is price driven and our challenge is to get the product to the customer at the right price,” Mr Carey added. “So far, so good, things have started well and we have received very good support, particularly from locals.”
The stocks, anything from a modest Peugeot 207 to a roaring BMW, are sourced through an approved dealer network.
“You can’t be afraid because these are challenging times,” Mr Carey said. “Business is always challenging and we are determined to meet the challenge head on.
“We are sourcing cars that are reasonably prices, and because our overheads are low, we can deliver them to customers competitively priced.”
Martin Carey Motors have a qualified technician with over a dozen years experience on hand, and he will head up the servicing division that will cater for all makes of vehicles. There is also a full valeting service offered.
“The motor trade is a great business to be in,” Mr Carey insisted. “I love it, and there is a corner of the market there I think we can service very well.”
Mr Carey is married to Diana, and they have three children Dillon (11), Killian (8) and Zara (5).