DFC Belfast 25 Year Anniversary

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DFC Belfast 25 Year Anniversary

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Local Company, Local People, Local Service




DFC is now the only major locally owned Vehicle Management Company in NI due to the acquisition of two large competitors within Northern Ireland which leaves DFC in a unique position. We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary in business soon and are looking forward to the year ahead. We warmly welcome anyone to give us the opportunity to discuss their company/individual requirements and are confident that we can offer a market leading solution. 

The acquisition of two large competitors within Northern Ireland by Lookers Plc and Sytner PLC leaves DFC is a unique position as the only major locally owned vehicle management company.

The two men who have led the company for over a decade continue to guide its fortunes and are in a confident mood about the marketplace in 2013 and going forward.

But both Uel Butler and Peter Shaw are quick to admit that the past number of years hasn’t been easy. “We were hit by something of a perfect storm back in 2008,” says Shaw. “Our customers were hit by the recession, and local banks appetite for asset finance effectively become non existent overnight due to the global credit crunch “But challenging times can sometimes do you a favour. We’ve adapted to changes and come out the other end. We’ve made hard decisions and we’re very confident that we can offer even more value and even better deals to our customers going forward.”

DFC has forged close business partnerships with three major European funders which operate in the UK.“ “These organisations purchase over fifty thousand vehicles per year and so have huge buying power. DFC can offer this benefit to Northern Ireland businesses and with the new personal contract hire product, also for individuals. we can offer the kind of exceptional deals customers in mainland GB are getting to our customers here in Northern Ireland,” says Peter Shaw. We can now provide unlimited funding and alternative credit lines in addition to local business banking.

DFC ethos hasn’t changed, according to Uel Butler. “We’ve always concentrated on offering a consistently high level of personal service to our customers, and if anything, that is set to become even more important in the future.” We have empowered, experienced people, accessible 24/7 to deal with emergency situations and we always go the extra mile to make sure customers and their drivers are always mobile But the company is aware that some of its customers are finding it harder to look too far ahead. To that end, it has expanded its DFC Rental Operation, providing cars on short-term rental deals to customers, and has also introduced a number of mini-lease options...once again majoring on short-term commitment.

“We also combine exceptional deals with the fact that we’re the largest independent provider here in Northern Ireland, solely owned by Northern Ireland people. Our board of Directors have always and will always be accessible and actively involved with our customers. We are increasingly finding that Northern Ireland business owners like to deal with a locally owned company run by local people.

Uel Butler says that DFC has long enjoyed a high level of customer loyalty, and he is sure that the firm’s local identity has a lot to do with that.

DFC works with a wide variety of customers, ranging from larger organisations with multiple fleets through to many smaller companies with only two or three cars on the road. It also offers personal contract hire to a range of self-employed, sole traders and private individuals The company’s impressive purpose-built base in Belfast’s Airport Road area also houses an increasingly busy department selling used cars and vans headed by Trevor Armstrong....selling a wide range of vehicles which have come off contract.

“So we can offer our customers a complete range of vehicle options,” says Butler. “And that kind of flexibility is what it is all about in these challenging and changing times. There’s no doubt that the economic climate has sharpened everyone’s focus. Value and keeping costs down is the name of the game.

“Customers are looking at whole life costs, and they’re looking at brands they perhaps wouldn’t have considered before. The rise of Kia and Hyundai models is clear evidence of that.....”

The company offers a comprehensive one call Operations Department this also includes an on line service booking facility. Essentially we take all the hassle away by taking full responsibility for managing your vehicles. Both men say that they’re confident but realistic about the business prospects in 2013 and beyond. DFC will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in business soon. “We’re looking forward to the year ahead, and we’re as fit and energetic as we’ve ever been as a company,” says Peter Shaw. “ We warmly welcome anyone to give us the opportunity to discuss their company/individual requirements and we are confident that we can offer a market leading solution.