End of an era for Trevan Ford
By NERIDA BLOK
ANDREW BING has bought a piece of Lismore's history ? Trevan Ford.
Zimbabwean-born Andrew took over ownership of the 95-year-old motor dealership from Bob Trevan at 6pm last Friday.
The family dealership is one of the longest serving Ford franchises in Australia.
It was started by Bob's father, RH Trevan, in 1910 and commenced trading as RH Trevan Motor Engineers.
"We want to take Trevan Ford to 100 years," Andrew said.
"We want to see it through on its original premises."
Andrew has moved to Lismore from Melbourne with his wife Robyne and three daughters.
He left behind a successful Ford franchise in Lilydale which he ran for eight years.
As general manager, Andrew said he would continue to sell new and used cars, parts and perform car services in both the Lismore and Ballina premises with the help of Robyne, an accountant, and father-in-law John Egglestone, as dealer principal.
"It's still a family business," he said.
Assisting them will be the existing 67 staff, who have all been retained.
Existing orders, he said, would also be honoured.
While it's business as usual, Andrew does see changes in sight.
"We have plans to grow the business," he said.
"We do ? that's what we are here for.
"Within two years we are going to upgrade premises both here and in Ballina."
Since takeover on Friday, Andrew has sold 11 new cars and six used cars.
"It's a big sale," he said.
But he assures his degree in industrial psychology played no part.
"It hasn't helped sell cars but it has helped manage staff," he laughed.
The car enthusiast and avid collector said his move north was prompted by a desire for a better lifestyle.
"Climate mostly," he said.
"That's really half the reason we moved from Melbourne ? I love summer."