Cordoba Motors Awarded Five Star Grading
As part of MIWA’s grading process, Cordoba Motors in Phoenix Industrial, north coast KZN, was recently graded and achieved five stars. Cordoba Motors was started in 1986 by Denny Pillay, who was formerly from Mercedes Benz.
He was one of the first few Indian technicians and after his tenure at Mercedes, he worked at Macintosh Motors being instrumental in the beginnings of a truck workshop. Thereafter he worked at various places gaining knowledge and insight into business and the automobile world in general.
Denny started the business from the back of a bakkie with one assistant, as a mobile operator servicing and repairing his customers’ vehicles on site. When the need for secure premises arose he rented a premises in Aberdare Drive from Flex o Thene Plastics, one of his customers at the time.
In the early ‘90s he was joined by his sons, Dino and Dersan and in 1995 purchased the premises at 71 Aberdare Drive. At the time it was a small double bay covered workshop with an office and an open yard. In the years to come a lot was done to improve the premises with new floors and a completely new structure.
This was the turning point in the story as owning something spurs you on to greater things. In 1997 TATA Automobile Corporation approached Denny to market their brand and become a service dealer in the region as he was well known in the truck segment.
He agreed. In 2004 he purchased another premises in Aberdare Drive due to the increase in volume of work. Denny had suffered setbacks due to his heart condition and had taken a step back and allowed sons Dersan and Dino to take over the reins.
Before his untimely death in 2008 he fulfilled his dream of purchasing a third premises in Aberdare Drive which became the panel shop. Denny’s son, Dersan, continued his studies and over and above being a qualified A Grade Diesel technician has continued to become a Cummins and Eaton accredited technician, and is currently completing the MIWA Master Technician Course.
Both Dersan and Dino have been to India for training at the TATA facility and Dersan also visited Korea for training at the TATA Daewoo training facility for the Heavy truck division. On a social awareness point Denny had established a strong sense of giving back by supporting various NGOs and welfare organisations that till this day continues.
“Being an independant workshop with no financial backing from anyone was a major feat which took hard work and stamina through the good and bad,” says Dino Pillay. “The staff at Cordoba Motors are also to thank as it is due to their hard work that the company is now the best in its field. All trucks types are maintained and repaired at the facility.
All latest diagnostic tools and equipment are on hand to repair the vehicles to standard. The panel side attends to vehicles from the existing customer base with the use of qualified technicians. Dino adds that they currently maintain many corporate fleets and as well as smaller operator vehicles.
“With a staff of around 22 including qualified and semi-skilled staff, getting things done is no problem. We have a regular stream of learners from various training centres that come in for practical training as well,” he says.
“Being part of the RMI has really helped us keep up to date with current trends and information about the automobile sector, and being graded a Five Star workshop is a real achievement to us and gives a positive response from our clients and prospective customers.
Thanks to our loyal customers who have supported us during these years without whom this would not been possible,” he concludes. Brothers Dino and Dersan Pillay from Cordoba Motors receive the five star grading award from Vishal Premlall, MIWA Director.