Kirk motors loses GM contract

Sales of GM vehicles in the Cayman Islands will soon be taking place in a new home.

Carl Gordon, general manager of Kirk Motors has confirmed the company has reached the end of its contract with General Motors International Sales as its exclusive sales and service representative.

Mr. Gordon said the contract was terminated by mutual agreement.

The 33-year dealership contract came to an end 31 December.

GMIS is based in Cayman and handles inventory and logistics for GM dealerships across the Caribbean and Latin America.

While GMIS now undertakes an open bidding process to select Cayman’s new GM products dealer, Advance Automotive signed a one-year contract Wednesday naming it the Island’s new authorized GM service provider.

GMIS President and Managing Director Nicolas Wsevolojskoy said the decision to go with Advance stems from a pre-existing relationship.

Charles Markman, proprietor/director of Advance, has provided service for Kirk Motors for the past 10 years.

‘With the quality leadership of Charles Markman, Advance has proven itself to be just the kind of business we were looking for to provide our customers with an attractive, impeccably maintained location and an unparalleled level of professionalism and service,’ said Mr. Wsevolojskoy.

Advance Automotive will now be responsible for honouring all warranties and service for GM vehicles purchased at Kirk Motors. Advance is a Mazda dealership and a general service centre specializing in all vehicle types.

‘We are happy with this development as I think the hard work and dedication of our staff is the reason for this great news,’ said Mr. Markman.

‘We are already expanding our existing 15-member team, and this is a truly exciting development for our business and we know we will be able to offer the service GM clients have come to expect.’

Kirk Motors will continue to sell its inventory of GM vehicles, but will no longer be taking new shipments.

Mr. Wsevolojskoy said the new GM dealership contract will be a far more modern and comprehensive one reflecting the many changes that have taken place in the automotive industry over the past 33 years.

‘We are absolutely not excluding Kirk from the bidding process, indeed we welcome their submission, but it was time to make some necessary changes that meet the needs of 21st Century customers,’ he said.

‘We have a number of very strong candidates we are currently looking at.’

A decision on the contract is expected in about a month.