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Used-car show series hits Mandeville

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2012 | 12:00 AM
A black 2004 Toyota Altis which got a lot of interest from patrons at the Jamaica Motor Show in Mandeville. - Photo by Dave Lindo
SUVs on display at the Jamaica Motor Show in Mandeville. -Photo by Dave Lindo
A burgundy 2000 CLK 230 Compressor Convertible Mercedes Benz on sale by Street Image Auto Zone, which caught the attention of patrons at the Jamaica Motor Show in Mandeville. - Photo by Dave Lindo
This 2005, 5 Series BMW was a show stopper at the Mandeville Jamaica Motor Show. - Photo by Dave Lindo

Dave Lindo, Freelance Writer

Last Sunday's Mandeville Jamaica Motor Show was the second of an all-island motor show series which started at the Police Officers' Club in St Andrew in January.

On display were cars from Mandeville-based used-car dealers, including D&M Auto Zone, Street Image Auto Zone, F&R Motor Sales and CarMax Jamaica Limited.

There was a wide range of cars and SUVs from Toyota, Honda, BMW and Mercedes-Benz brands. The event was sponsored by Scotiabank, which offered financing for cars on display.

Michelle Evans, manager of marketing programmes at Scotiabank, and her team, were busy throughout the day giving financing advice to potential customers.

"We supported the new-car dealers and we are giving support to used-car dealers as well, not only at this show but other companies from Mandeville and surrounding areas as well," Evans said.

"We have a 13.5 per cent special and we presently have a $5,000 cash-for-gas promotion, where if you get a car loan from us we give you an additional start in purchasing gas, which is so expensive these days," she said.

RBC Royal Bank, led by Chad Allen, Mandeville branch manager, was also on location offering financing on cars.

"We have very competitive rates of 12.5 per cent to 14.95 per cent on used cars. The age of the vehicle has a lot to do with how long we give for repayment," Allen explained.