Donated by NGK, Andrew won his exclusive prize after better acquainting himself with a wide range of OE and non-OE manufacturers exhibiting at the Automechanika show held in June.
Andrew quizzed staff members present on the stands, asking a series of questions set by OESAA, such as, “How many vehicle manufactures does your brand supply as first fit?” and “What quality certification and procedures are in place to ensure the reliability and quality of your products?”.
“I decided to participate in the competition after visiting the OESAA stand and listening to Andy Savva’s presentation”, said Andrew. “I thought it would be really interesting to fully understand the difference between genuine OE parts and the poorer quality alternatives.
“It confirmed what I have believed for a long time: it’s essential for our reputation that we fit good quality parts that are manufactured to high standards.”
Parkside Garage is a family-run business, which was first opened in 1971 by Andrew’s father, John. Now in his late seventies and still an MOT tester, his Dad has been testing vehicles ever since 1960.
Andrew now runs the garage with help from his son, and says that the most demanding aspect of the business is keeping up to date on training and technical information, as this is what keeps the business driving forward.
“Our Automechanika competition certainly helped to drive home the message that ‘matching quality’ alternatives simply aren’t worth the reputational risk”, said OESAA Chairman Nigel Morgan.
“Clearly our winners are progressive, customer-focused businesses who are already fully on-board with our vision, which is great to see.”
For further information on OESAA, visit http://www.oe-suppliers.org/