A couple of weeks ago we – as in Uncle Pete, Ginny and I, went to visit Mike Ward, Dealer Principal at Nash Nissan. The aim was to hand over some copies of Sibo Looks Right – our road safety book published by Lets Look Publishers.
We had crowdfunded (via Thundafund) to raise money to publish this book and Nash Nissan was our main sponsor. With their wonderful help to the tune of R33,600 we managed to raise enough to have an e-book as well as print a few hundred real books as well.
There’s a nice story behind the funding too. The Nash Nissan team (and Mike personally) had won the money as a prize in a national golf tournament and whilst they could have spent that cash on any other charitable organisation – they decided to back our story book and help kids in South Africa learn about road safety in a fun manner.
So off we went to visit. We were going to hand over some of the real books to Mike – so that he could pass them on to local schools and also share some with his staff and other corporate people.
What a fabulous place Nash Nissan is.
It’s right there on Vootrekker Road in Alberton. Big, shiny and impressive looking!
The best thing about the place though, is that everybody is so very friendly. It felt just like a family atmosphere. From the guy who operates the boom to let the cars in for a service, to the lady who keeps all the cars looking so shiny bright to the workshop staff… to Mike the boss!
He took us around and introduced us to lots of people. Each time he waved my book under the person’s nose and explained about the project. We took lots of pics.
I felt a bit like a movie star at the end of it all.
Mike showed us everything at Nash Nissan – from the new cars to the second hand cars to the workshop. We even went into the basement and checked out where they store their stock of new cars waiting to go onto the showroom floor.
He explained that these days it’s actually really easy to buy a car. You can do most of it online. They also have lots of special deals – crazy ones like you can get insurance free for the first few years. They want everybody to be able to afford a car – none of this waiting for the bus or having to drive in dangerous taxis stuff.
You don’t even have to live in Gauteng to buy a car from Nash Nissan – you could test drive one at your local Nissan dealer and then actually buy it from Nash – they’ll deliver your brand new car to your doorstep.
How’s this for seriously cool… Nash Nissan employs lady mechanics. That’s right. Not one, but two ladies! They did their apprenticeship there and turned out to be such great mechanics that they were given permanent employment as soon as they finished – quick chop chop – before anybody else could snap them up.
The sad thing was that not one of the other car dealerships was interested in giving lady mechanics a chance to do their apprenticeship. How silly is that? Don’t people know that we girls can do anything we put our minds to – even if it is traditionally a boy thing.
Yay for Nash Nissan for being so proactive and promoting gender equality!
All in all Pete, Ginny and I were bowled over by the awesomeness of Nash Nissan. (And we’re not just saying that because they gave us money for the book – we were truly impressed.)
If you are looking for a new car please consider buying from Nash Nissan. Such awesome car dealers are few and far between.
Their tag line is “Committed to earning your trust” – you sure can bank on that!
Thanks Nash Nissan for caring about the safety of children all over the world.