The economic climate has created a lot of uncertainty in the automotive sector as of late, but one point of consistency is the continued growth of DriveNation, one of Canada’s fastest growing automotive dealerships.
Solely focused on used cars, DriveNation’s humble beginnings in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan are a distant memory, as they have announced they are opening their eighth location, DriveNation Abbotsford, their first in the province of British Columbia.
“People weren’t created to stay in one place,” says Neil Irvine, Vice President of Operations for DriveNation. “Regardless of the economy, your credit situation, or frankly your background, we help get people into a quality vehicle that they can trust will get them to their next destination. We do this by providing a set of benefits that alleviate any concern of buying a dud, something most people fear when looking at a used vehicle.”
DriveNation was established in 2012 to fill an unmet need in the automotive market. Delivering a used car buying experience that puts customers at ease and provides access to credit in minutes, regardless of financial situation. With the biggest used vehicle sourcing network in Canada, backed by quality standards such as free history reports, 90 day/3,000 kilometer warranty and 7-day exchange, they are confident in supplying the best used vehicles on the market. It’s this reason DriveNation has become the go-to place for cars and credit in Saskatchewan in just a few short years and has since branched out to Alberta and now BC, bringing even more people closer to acquiring the vehicle of their dreams.
Moving back to her home province of B.C. has always been the dream for Amber Seguin, the General Manager for DriveNation’s new location in Abbotsford. “I’ve been with DriveNation since their inception,” notes Seguin. “The experience in buying a vehicle with us is so much different than other dealerships. We don’t have commission sales staff, so we don’t have that extreme high-pressure atmosphere. It allows the process to be much more comfortable for both the customer and our sales team, who can actually focus on getting the right vehicle for you, not the one that will pay them the most.”
Soft opening its doors on July 7th the Abbotsford dealership is situated across from the Sevenoaks Shopping Centre at 32835 S Fraser Way. Open Monday through Sunday, the store features ample parking onsite, a large showroom entrance and will soon facilitate its own parts and service area. Coupled with a strong online presence, DriveNation allows its customers to shop in comfort, and at their own pace throughout the buying process, culminating in that visit to see the 60 plus vehicles on the lot.
“Our business model works and scales so easily because it’s all about doing right by our customers,” says Irvine. “I’ve seen firsthand the difference we’ve made in people’s lives that never thought they could afford a vehicle. Our competitively-priced, low mileage vehicles, combined with our quick and simple online retail process will be a great new alternative for car buyers in Abbotsford and surrounding area.”
DriveNation has put over 10,000 Canadians behind the wheel of their new car, truck, van or SUV. With programs dedicated to those new to Canada, with no credit and those who need their credit rebuilt, they have become Canada’s most trusted used car dealership.
“I missed the beautiful scenery and people of this province but being a part of a group that is changing the way people think about used automotive dealerships has given me the opportunity to come back here and truly make a difference,” adds Seguin. “We’re going to have a lot of fun and bring out a ton of smiles in this community. I’m really excited to get started.”