Borland’s interest in operating a new Isuzu for the first time was spurred on by Isuzu’s three-year, unlimited mileage warranty as standard.
He adds: “Proven daily reliability is massive for me, as this is my office and showroom, and it is how I make a living. Having my retail showroom off the road through unreliability is totally unacceptable so the investment in my first new Isuzu, supported by this three-year warranty, gives me complete peace of mind going forward.”
Operating five days a week, Dougie anticipates that the Isuzu will have an eight-year working life, covering approximately 12,000 miles per annum, servicing customers in and around the East Kilbride area with a range of vehicle, janitorial and workshop cleaning products, and accessories.
With a few months under its belt, the vehicle has proven to be reliable in operation as well as creating a positive impression with customers.
“It’s clean, modern and the right image for a company that is specialising in cleaning products,” Borland commented.
The vehicle was purchased from local Isuzu Truck dealer Motus Commercials (Glasgow) in Govan. Whilst Motus arranged delivery and collection of the Isuzu 7.5 tonner to the nominated bodybuilder, Borland worked directly on the final specification of the 18-foot showroom body with Belfast coachbuilder Drumack Coachbuilders, an approved supplier to Autosmart.
The Isuzu N75.150 Euro VI rigid is specified with the Isuzu Easyshift automatic transmission. Although this is the first time that he has operated an automatic truck, Borland says he soon noticed the benefits when out of the road: “The smooth Easyshift transmission makes the Isuzu such a pleasure to drive within the busy local urban conurbation, and the truck is so manoeuvrable not just out on the road but also at those customer premises that are limited in space.”
The specialist Autosmart body on the Isuzu 7.5 tonner is designed to carry and display over 200 products, as well as also housing several barrels for the mini bulking deliveries of chemicals.