Mike McAuliffe of McAuliffe Trucking and his transport manager Declan Mangan established Kerry Truck Sales in 2001 to represent DAF in the Southwest of Ireland.
The fact Mike and Declan had a wealth of experience in the haulage industry made them ideal candidates to establish their own sales, service and repair centre. Their indepth knowledge lent itself to establishing a main dealership.
As truckers they were able to evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the garage trade in the region. They were also able to put into practice, the type of operation they would be happy to deal with as hauliers.
Based at Fahaduff, Castleisland, the company is well placed – geographically and strategically – to take advantage of opportunities in the local market.
The company operates from a modern premises on the same site as McAuliffe
Trucking. In line with best practice the workshop is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, and manned by an excellent team of mechanics.
To keep abreast of all the technological advances in the market Kerry Truck Sales’ mechanics receive ongoing training from DAF.
The company also has a fully stocked parts department on site managed by Davy Corkery who is a mechanic himself.
In the unlikely event that a part isn’t in stock, Kerry Truck Sales operates a Vehicle Off Road (VOR) service, which guarantees delivery of the part to Castleisland early next morning.
“Any truck we sell, we will back it up 100 per cent. We understand that a truck off the road is costing the customer money. We know that from our experience with McAuliffe Trucking.” “In that respect we are willing to work late into the night, on weekends and bank holidays to get the customers’ truck back on the road. Through no fault of their own, most garages wouldn’t understand what it means to have a truck off the road. On the other hand we have seen both sides of the coin,” Mike McAuliffe
As a haulier, Mike is ideally placed to sing the praise of the Dutch marque. After all McAuliffe Trucking runs a fleet of 18 trucks, 90 per cent of which are DAF. Fuel economy and payload capacity and driver comfort are the marque’s 3 strongest selling points.
The average tipper operator can save up to €8,000 a year in fuel costs in
comparison to other marques.
This saving can best be seen when an operator has a mixed fleet of trucks and can compare one with the other.
Reliability is also a key factor DAF is extremely reliable right across the range. When you look at the whole package DAF is a very attractive proposition.