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2018 PACCAR Financial International Dealer of the Year announced

Ford & Slater in Leicester, one of DAF Trucks’ top-performing UK dealerships, has been crowned ‘2018 PACCAR Financial International Dealer of the Year’. With its principal location in Leicester, Ford & Slater is also one of DAF Trucks’ largest UK dealer groups with 10 locations throughout East Midlands and East Anglia.

Ford & Slater is a family-run business which, coinciding with DAF Trucks, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The company says its sole use of PACCAR Financial for its customer funding solutions is instrumental to the business model and the overall success of the Ford & Slater Group.

The award was announced at DAF Trucks’ International Dealer Meeting in Seville, and is one of three major awards presented to DAF Dealers across Europe. Other awards were presented to ESA Trucks Polska Sp. z o.o. for ‘2018 DAF International Dealer of the Year’ and DAF Dealer DBK sp. z o.o. in Olsztyn (Poland), which was named ‘PACCAR Parts Europe International Dealer of the Year’.

2018 PACCAR Financial International Dealer of the Year, Ford & Slater Ltd, Leicester. From left, Preston Feight (President DAF Trucks), Tim and Nigel Strevens (Ford & Slater), Gerrit-Jan Bas (MD PACCAR Financial Europe) and Richard Zink (Marketing & Sales Director DAF Trucks).

In addition, Ford & Slater was on the podium again at DAF Trucks’ UK DAF Dealer Awards in Manchester, picking up three honours; Retail Sales Dealer of the Year, Technical Training Dealer of the Year for the company’s Lincoln location and DAF Service Dealer of the Year for its operation in King’s Lynn.

“Naturally, we’re thrilled to pick-up these awards,” said Ford & Slater’s joint Managing Director, Tim Strevens, “Our PACCAR Financial award was particularly pleasing as it comes against competition from some excellent European DAF Dealerships. We’re very much focused on long-term business partnerships with our customers,” he said, “and, invariably, that means a funding arrangement is key to a successful relationship. Our sole use of PACCAR Financial is fundamental to our success, providing us with a range of flexible finance solutions which we can tailor to the exacting demands of our customers – and it fits in with our comprehensive customer support package whereby operators see us as a one-stop-shop.”

Gerrit-Jan Bas, Managing Director PACCAR Financial Europe handed the ‘2018 PACCAR Financial Europe International Dealer of the Year’ award to Nigel and Tim Strevens, Joint Managing Directors of Ford & Slater Ltd.

“For good reasons,” said Gerrit-Jan Bas, “Ford & Slater has been awarded ‘2018 PACCAR Financial International Dealer of the Year’. The Sales team ensures that more than 60% of all their new trucks sold are financed through PACCAR Financial, more than double the European average. Thereby, Ford & Slater proves to be an excellent partner for their customers by creating a total transport solution, resulting in the delivery of the best truck for the job, combined with an attractive financing package.”

In addition to the ‘2018 International Awards’, ten Gold Award Winners were recognised for excellent overall dealer performance. Among them was Imperial Commercials Ltd. in Hull.

PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business. PACCAR shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.