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Sydney car carrier forges alliance with Isuzu

DAT Autogroup has expanded its fleet with a number of new Isuzu acquisitions.

These include an FRR 107-210 AMT, a pair of FSR 120-240s – one short and one long wheelbase, a long wheelbase FSR 120-260 Tipper and an FSR 140-260 Tipper with a lazy axle.

According to Isuzu, DAT’s first Isuzu truck, an FRR 107-210 AMT (automated manual transmission), performed exceptionally well as a transport car-carrier, impressing the operations team with a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of 14,200kg, helping make light work of everyday towing duties.

Sydney-based DAT Autogroup offers alternative vehicle transport, interstate vehicle transport, vehicle storage, car dealer services and nationwide car park recovery services.

According to DAT Autogroup National Operations Manager, Andrew White, the company is known for a bespoke service that customers can trust.

“Our customers continue to use our services because we keep our word on delivery and pickup dates,” said White.

“We have long standing clients including automotive dealerships, fleet companies and major carpark chains, and we pride ourselves on maintaining professional business relationships with all our clients by offering fast, outstanding service.”

Last year, DAT Autogroup decided to bolster its 30-strong truck fleet with a number of medium-duty Isuzus, deeming them to be the best fit for the business.

“Ever since we purchased the FRR, we have not looked back,” said White. “In fact, we’ve already replaced a number of other vehicles in our fleet with F Series Isuzu trucks.”

Isuzu’s F Series range incorporates a sophisticated mix of options and specifications, including both four- and six-cylinder, high-torque turbocharged engines, Meritor drive axles, steel spring or Hendrickson airbag suspension, and either Allison automatic or ZF nine-speed manual transmissions.

The ISRI 6860 air suspended driver’s seat, which is standard on all F Series models, is highly appreciated by the driving team at DAT Autogroup, who are regularly plying Australia’s interstate routes.

“Our fleet needs to be able to handle everything from metro roads to interstate freeways and the rigours of the roads less travelled in rural Australia,” said White.

“This is why it is really important that our truck dealer understands our business and works with us to keep our trucks on the road.”

White praised the Gilbert and Roach Isuzu Trucks dealership at Huntingwood in western Sydney for its sales and aftersales approach, which goes hand in hand with DAT Autogroup’s own customer philosophy.

“I cannot speak more highly of Rod Brincat and the team at Gilbert and Roach,” said White.

“They took the necessary time to understand our business and our requirements, setting them apart from their competitors.” DAT Autogroup utilises the priority service agreement, Isuzu Total, with all its Isuzu trucks.

“Communication is key with repairs, and Gilbert and Roach has exceeded our expectations every single time,” said White.

“The aftersales service has been sensational.”

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