A day in the Life of….Paul Diamond, Used truck sales manager, Roanza Truck and Van

Commercial Motor
January 18, 2018

What time does your day normally begin?
Typically 8am if I’m in the office, but I’m often on the road earlier.

What type of customers do you deal with during an average working day?
Anything and everything, from retail buyers looking for a single Mercedes-Benz truck or Fuso Canter, to bigger operators in the market for a fleet. I also deal with international customers - a large proportion of the trucks we sell are exported to places like the Middle East and East Africa.

How much of your day is spent in the office/workshop and how much on the road?
It’s roughly 50/50. When I’m on the road it’s mostly around the North West, although I make trips to the Mercedes used commercial vehicle centre at Wentworth Park, near Barnsley, to source stock.

How long have you been with the business?
I’ve been with Roanza and its predecessor Road Range for about 15 years, but with Mercedes for 20-plus years.

What types of vehicles are selling at the moment?
If the price is right, if it’s clean, and if the mileage is right, it will sell - that goes for any size or spec of tractor or rigid. There’s a strong demand for Mercedes Actros 2530 6x2 rigid curtainsiders.

Will Brexit have an effect on the industry in 2018?
I’m sure it will, as there’s bound to be uncertainty, but it’s not something I’m worried about. Customers will still need to replace their trucks, so there will always be buyers looking for the right vehicles at the right price.

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