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1st birthday bash for PACCAR Somerton

PACCAR Somerton has pulled out all the stops to celebrate its one year anniversary.

Whilst they have been dealing in a range of truck and trailer parts (TRP) to their local customer base for the past 12 months, it was decided to hold the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 12-month anniversary due to covid-related lockdowns.

Operated by the PACCAR-owned Kenworth DAF Melbourne dealership, which also operates the TRP Ballarat and TRP Geelong stores, the Somerton branch is located just 19km from Melbourne’s CBD.

The long-awaited celebrations didn’t dampen spirits however, and local customers and guests were able to take advantage of meeting various part suppliers and TRP store staff.

Other highlights of the day included special prices, door prizes including a Meritor supplied BBQ and a Fleetguard bar fridge. The main draw saw lucky customers winning a $250, $500 and the top prize of $1000 voucher to spend in-store.

Kenworth DAF Melbourne parts manager, John Everett was both happy and relieved that the opening ceremony was finally able to go ahead.

“Somerton is the third specialist TRP all-makes parts store opened by Kenworth DAF Melbourne, to provide an even better service to customers within its extensive trading territory,” said Everett.

“Somerton is part of a fast-growing chain of TRP stores and is one of nine across the country. The store, which is manned by experienced staff all of whom are well known to customers in the area, has been an immediate hit; enabling us to substantially improve our delivery lead-time to local customers. Opening with a team of four, a fifth staff member was added within a few months and more resource will be added as the business continues its strong growth.”

Excellent off-the-shelf availability on a wide range of parts for all makes of trucks, especially American and European drivelines, has been a cornerstone of the PACCAR business, backed by direct supply from PACCAR’s Bayswater Distribution Centre.

The store stocks a high proportion of consumables for all major truck brands, ranging from filtration, lube and electrical products, to brakes, suspensions, steering, wheel ends and other parts and accessories.

In addition, TRP stores have a direct link into the PACCAR Parts Distribution Centres at Bayswater and Brisbane, which allows quick access to the entire breadth of their 300,000-plus product portfolio.

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