USED VOLVO TRUCKS GO THE DISTANCE FOR J M GORRY & SON LTD
A lot has changed since Mick Gorry founded his Morecambe-based company, J M Gorry & Son Ltd, back in 1969. Despite operating a mixed marque fleet for the first 12 years, in 1981 Mick made one decision he's stuck by through thick and thin: to buy nothing, but Volvo trucks.
“Those first F7s did 600 miles a day and were reliable too,” Mick remembers. Nowadays Mick is still double-shifting his 44 tractor units day and night, providing traction for blue chip companies. The fleet ranges from Volvo’s FH12 Classic version 3 right up to the latest FH version 4 and is a standing testament to the longevity of the Volvo product.
“Some of the trucks have done 1.3 million kilometres and they've never had a spanner on the engine” Mick reports, adding “They're still functioning well after 900,000 miles. It's amazing.”
Despite the road transport industry’s challenging economics; Mick Gorry refuses to compromise when buying used commercials. “These days you need a truck to give you over 8 mpg to make money. The Volvo truck can, and it's reasonably priced as well.”
Having tried most options, Mick currently prefers the 460hp version of the D13 engine coupled to an I-Shift automated gearbox and he chooses to buy used for increased flexibility in funding purchases. Many of these vehicles come from neighbouring dealer Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland in Lancaster, where it's the aftersales support that keeps Mick coming back.
“The technicians are good, the trucks are good and the parts people are brilliant,” Mick says – vital for a firm with its own workshop. “I can get a part sent over from Sweden by tomorrow morning.” For situations requiring Volvo's specialist diagnostics, the service is excellent too. “My trucks are very rarely off the road for more than a few hours” he adds. “They're that efficient.”
“All in all Volvo trucks perform marvellously for me and I have no qualms about recommending them” Mick concludes. “It's what I use and I have no intention of changing.”