Blog: Can I place an order for 4,000 cars please?
Dave Leggett | 19 March 2007
I have just had one of those telephone conversations that is a bit unusual, a little out of the ordinary. A guy representing a company in Iran that he says has just won government approval to operate a private taxi service in Tehran was asking for my advice on how he goes about contacting European carmakers about the possibility of placing an order for 4,000 cars. The chap contacted me because he'd seen a recent just-auto forum thread about the Iranian vehicle market.
He doesn't want all the cars at once - a delivery flow of 400 a month would do the job. The taxi drivers actually purchase the cars from his firm in the business model. He doesn't want to use locally produced cars, preferring the higher quality of import models. Apparently, the Tehran authorities have given him all the slips of paper he needs for the importation and have recently reduced the duties applying to cars imported for use as taxis.
Any old slow-moving stock might do the job also (the cars have to be as new, zero mileage, but can be discontinued models, no problem).
I told him to contact vehicle makers directly and he said he'd been doing that but some of them appeared not to believe him because of the size of the order he is talking about.
If anyone out there is interested in supplying the fellow with his 4,000 motors, you can always drop me a line and I'll do my best to act as matchmaker.
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