COURTENAY CAR CENTRE
Courtenay Car Centre is a member of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia, a non-profit industry association that represents the interests of those companies involved in the Recreation Vehicle Industry. Membership in the Association is voluntary, however, potential members must make application to the Association providing industry references and agreeing to abide by the RVDA Code of Ethics.
All our mechanics are licensed mechanics of British Columbia, and regularly take upgrade courses to keep up with new innovations in the automotive industry.
Many of our long time employees have been with us for 15 – 20 – 25 and 30 years of employment.
Hours of business:
Tuesday to Saturday 8:30 to 5:30
Closed Sunday and Mondays
ABOUT THE OWNER
The owner, Robert Kirk, has been in business since January 3, 1955, in the same location, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Courtenay. Here is his story…
I came out of accounting school in Vancouver 1954 and worked for a Mr. Bob Michelin at the English Car Centre in Courtenay. One month later the Sherriff seized everything and closed the business down. A Mr. Brian Walker and myself restarted up the business. I worked 7 am to 7 pm and take home pay for 2 years was $60.00,of which $40.00 went to Mum and Dad for room and board and there was $20.00 for spending money.
We obtained a British Leyland car franchise and sold the Austin cars and serviced vehicles. We sold new Austin Minis for $1245.00. Five years later we took on the Volvo car franchise and slowly built up the business. We took on the marine Volvo-Penta and a boat franchise selling the Double Eagle boats. We later dropped these, as they were very seasonal selling and took on the Edson recreation vehicle franchise of travel trailers & truck campers for sales.
We sold a lot of units, but many people did not want to put out the money to buy a trailer when they were only going for holiday for a week or so and asked us if we would rent them as trailer. We said that if we did we would destroy the retail price. One year we had 4 trailers held over to the next year, so we put a license plate on them and rented them out and they were gone all summer, hence we were now in the Recreational Vehicle travel trailer, motor home, tent trailer and truck camper rental business also.