Mercedes-Benz South Africa opens TruckStore in Centurion







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: September 7, 2012
Categories: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Trucks

MBSA opens TruckStore in Centurion

Highway Business Park ‐ TruckStore, the used commercial vehicle specialist from Daimler has been launched by Mercedes‐Benz South Africa (MBSA) in Centurion - Gauteng amid great anticipation and enthusiasm.  MBSA is the first market performance centre (MPC) in the world to bring TruckStore outside of Europe and it is set to become one of the largest used commercial vehicles dealers selling used trucks, vans, buses and trailers.

Mercedes-Benz South-Africa TruckStore

“TruckStore is a Daimler initiative which began operations in 2002. This very strong model concept has been adapted to suit the Southern African market,” says Martin Zimmermann, President and CEO of MBSA.

Zimmermann adds that TruckStore Centurion will be operated by MBSA’s own retail arm and headed up by an experienced TruckStore man Oliver Marte.

 “TruckStore sells vehicles of all brands, body configurations and ages. Conveniently situated off the N1, on 30 000m2 of prime real‐estate, the facility will have ample parking for large vehicles and is well‐situated in Gauteng, between the two major airports (OR Tambo International and Lanseria) for the convenience of its clients,” says Oliver Marte, head of TruckStore South Africa.

TruckStore will have a dedicated reconditioning centre based at Zandfontein, which will also serve as the national return centre for our Finance House – Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. The preparation of the used commercial vehicles by dedicated technicians and service staff to bring these used commercial vehicles up to set TruckStore benchmark  standards, will be undertaken at the Zandfontein facility.

As part of the MBSA’s commercial vehicle Value Chain, TruckStore customers will benefit from a range of services specifically for used commercial vehicles, such as finance, insurance and warranties.

This TruckStore initiative will ensure significant growth in the used commercial vehicle segments and the close collaboration with the MBSA dealer network will be strengthened.

TruckStore also accepts commercial vehicles of any vehicle type or brand in part exchange (trade-ins). The condition of every vehicle is thoroughly checked and assessed on the basis of uniform standards. Vehicles are then subdivided into the product categories gold, silver and bronze. This ensures that every vehicle delivers what is promised.

On the shop floor, vehicles are classified as Gold, Silver or Bronze depending on their price-performance ratio.

Gold

  • · Vehicle max. 4 years old
  • · Warranty / Manufacturer warranty
  • · Technical inspection in line with TruckStore standards
  • · All necessary repairs and services carried out
  • · Roadworthy Certificate
  • · Fully refurbished
  • · Tyre tread at least 6mm

Silver

  • · Vehicle max. 6 years old
  • · Warranty optional
  • · Technical inspection in line with TruckStore standards
  • · Roadworthy Certificate
  • · Refurbished
  • · Tyre tread at least 3mm

Bronze

  • · Technical inspection
  • · Roadworthy
  • · Basic cleaning

Customers can conveniently search for vehicles online at truckstore.co.za. Vehicles are stored with photographs, the key technical data and offer prices. For instance, customers can make a preliminary choice from the stock via the Internet and decide which vehicle they want to look at on site.

Construction work on the R20 million office building, which will house offices and display facilities, started in February following the official sod turning ceremony. Consideration has been taken into the design of the building, which will be functional and environmentally friendly. Certain eco-friendly measures have been put in place such as solar geysers.