Thriving in a Tough Economy

The day we rode with Matco distributor George Terebey, the first stop was a few miles outside his territory. “I inherited that stop, but that’s OK, you inherit stops here and there as you go along. My last stop today isn’t in my territory either...


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George makes some of his buying decisions based on what his customers see in magazines or websites. “Years ago I told another distributor the Internet is going to hurt us, and it has to an extent, but it’s also helped. (Customers) will see products and ask about them, and sometimes they’ll look at a high price and know the only way they’ll get it is by buying it (on terms) from me.”

George is willing to go the extra mile to make his customers happy after their purchase. A few who bought wheel balance machines from him discovered they needed a special cone to balance super-duty pick-up truck wheels. George contacted the manufacturer but “they couldn’t offer me anything, so I had to take the bull by the horns.” With engineering help from one of his customers who builds off-road vehicles from scratch, George designed a special spacer that gets the job done. He’s in the process of having some made and he’ll give them away to the customers who need them.

Since several distributors have told Professional Distributor some customers are unhappy after buying high-end diagnostic equipment because they don’t understand it, we asked George how he feels about selling it. “I’m comfortable selling the Matco Determinator. I tell them it’s got a demo program, just push that button and take the time to learn what it does. It seems like everyone wants the code readers too because they’re so simple.”

When asked what brought him into the business, George jokes that it might have been his midlife crisis.

He started at the bottom in a heavy equipment sales company, worked his way up to service manager “and realized that the service manager is really a punching bag.” After 16 years in heavy equipment, he became a Matco Tools distributor, and after 12 years here, George is still happy with his decision.

One of the things he likes most is the freedom. “When my son was growing up, if I needed to go watch a cross-country event at his school, I didn’t have to ask anyone. Customers understand, just like when I stop by for a payment and they’re off watching their kid’s game, I have to understand too.”

His advice to people starting out today: “Start with a new vehicle so you don’t have any problems. I had a used truck and the trans(mission) went out my first week.”

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