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Sunday 21 September 2014

'Is Feidir Linn' attitude a sure sign of success for this forecourt

Published 17/10/2012 | 05:00

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The Irish language is seemingly very much part of this garage as all signs were duplicated in Irish and we noted one in particular with the wording 'Is Feidir Linn'.

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Anyway, we have noticed recently that some dealerships had what we would class as small quantities of used cars.

Naturally we thought that with a reduction in new car sales, pre-owned cars would start getting scarce. This was not the case at Malone's in Navan.

With in excess of 70 used models varying in years from 06 to 12, the garage had a great selection, so we focused on purchasing one of them.

On the forecourt we saw new and used cars neatly parked with the registered models all displaying prices.

We counted 12 customer parking bays, two disabled and three demo spaces. All were clearly marked.

This garage is gifted with two showrooms both of which sit side by side.

One is for used cars and the other new models. After passing a new Land Cruiser and Prius, we entered the new-car showroom and were met by Linda at reception.

We asked to have a look around so, we drooled over the new Black Toyota GT86. It was joined by six other Toyota models. All had price lists and details attached to 'silent salesmen' and there was a poster displaying CO2 ratings.

The new car showroom was beautifully laid out with cars, brochure displays, customer waiting area -- all the mod cons, and a lovely children's area where Foras na Gaeilge posters were attached to the walls.

Strolling around we saw accessories and a signed Meath football jersey nicely displayed.

Another was of a local GAA team which Malones seemingly sponsor.

One advertisement feature on the wall showed the garage dating to 1927 while another had a calendar page depicting a Christmas scene from 1944.

Disabled

We checked out the well-maintained toilets and noted a sign which said a disabled unit was under construction.

We were met by John Malone. We told him of our requirements. He fetched a used car price list and invited us into the adjoining showroom.

Like the new car unit, the place was bright, lights were on and 20 cars were neatly displayed. Again all were priced and stickers attached to 10 windscreens highlighted the diesel models.

Among the cars that caught our eye was a 2011 registered Ford Focus saloon with only 12,000km. It carried a price tag of €16,950. Indeed, the general mix of marques suggests Malones has a wide base to work from.

Being a Toyota garage we decided to stick with the Japanese make and homed in on a 12 registered Avensis diesel with 20,000km and one previous owner.

Priced at €22,500 and with 30 months' warranty left, John told us he would let us have it for €21,000 on a straight deal.

He offered to take it out for us to drive; we told him that time wasn't on our side. Before we left the lovely used display facility where cars could be viewed in comfort and out of inclement weather we noticed a lovely 11 registered Yaris diesel with a tow bar attached. Seeing this as an unusual feature on a small car we said to John Malone that we thought garages usually remove such items, so questions wouldn't be asked. "We have nothing to hide as all that car towed was a little trailer to the recycle centre," he told us. Its owner also has a Land Cruiser to pull the big stuff. We were invited into his office where he gave us his business card and asked for our details.

Walking us out we asked about the nearby zinc and lead mine. Shaking hands and smiling he said: "It's beneath us." We reckon Malones is a bit of a mine for good cars itself.

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