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Nov 9, 2005

Dealers prepare for annual auto show

Story PictureSome younger viewers may be unaware that it was not long ago that Belize didn’t have any real new car dealers. In those days you went to an agent who represented one of the auto manufacturers who would then order you a vehicle that might arrive in a few months. Of course back then only the wealthy could afford a new car; today it’s a different story as only the wealthy can afford gasoline. Be that as it may, this weekend is the annual auto show and after speaking to two of the country’s major dealers, Jacqueline Woods is ready to buy.

Eddie Bouloy, Managing Director, Bravo Motors
?What we are trying to achieve by the shows that we have on an annual basis is to expose the general public to the products that we carry. More than a car being a luxury item, it?s now a necessity. People are spreading out where they live in Belize. People live in Ladyville, they live in Mile Eight, and throughout the entire country people are spreading out and they need to move from point A to point B. So a vehicle has moved from being a luxurious item to a necessity.?

Israel “Pie” Marin, Managing Dir., Belize Diesel & Equipment
?There are two things really. We go out and try to sell what we have in stock, so it could be anywhere between thirty, forty cars for the show. But it?s also showing people the products that are available so people that are looking for something for next year can start shopping from now.?

Eddie Bouloy
?We are planning on having at least ten models on display there at the show. As you know, we represent three different brands, which are Isuzu, Nissan and Daimler-Chrysler. And under the Daimler-Chrysler umbrella falls Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge products. So we are trying a have a couple different models from each of those lines on display at the show this weekend.?

Pie Marin
?Belize Diesel will be doing it?s usual display of Toyota vehicles, including Prado, the new Hilux, also the Daihatsu line that we have, which is going to be cars. The one that we?re featuring is a one point zero litre, three cylinder Daihatsu Charade, boasts fifty-two miles per gallon and we?re also going to introduce a new line of Fiat vehicles assembled in Brazil. And that?s going to be our display at the show this year.?

The auto show takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Old Belize on the Western Highway, opening each day at nine. Children enter free and adults pay two dollars admission. The public is reminded that bank representatives will be on hand to make purchases more palatable and we’ll add that our many credit unions are also a good source of financing.

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