BRUNSWICK, Ohio – After 14 years in Brunswick, KDK Auto Brokers is going against some current trends in the auto industry this year by growing.
“When Sims Mitsubishi closed its doors in Medina about 18 months ago, (Mitsubishi) approached us and told us that we would be perfectly suited to take over this franchise,” said Phil Klima, co-owner of KDK. “We were working from our location at 1633 Pearl Road and using our other location, at 1700 Pearl, for automotive reconditioning (services).”
Reversing the services offered at the two locations, KDK recently opened its Mitsubishi franchise at 1700 Pearl Road. The dealership will celebrate the unveiling of the new KDK Mitsubishi at 11 a.m. on Saturday (August 7), with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon.
The event will also feature family-friendly activities including inflatables, a clown, face painting, food trucks, a DJ, and animal adoptions from Buckeye’s Missions and Sanctuary. Special offers for dealers will also take place throughout the day.
Ironically, Klima said that one of the dealer’s goals when acquiring the new car franchise was to increase used car sales, noting that KDK Auto Brokers is already one of the car dealers. largest used vehicles in Northeast Ohio. As KDK Mitsubishi, Klima has said, the financing options for customers will undoubtedly expand.
“We actually want to expand our used inventory,” Klima said. “From our perspective, when you don’t have a new car nameplate associated with your (dealership), it’s more difficult (to get financing) with some lenders.
Klima said the dealership is also expanding its after-sales service.
“We’re (adding) actually three new companies – a new car, a used car and our after-sales service,” he said. “We have already added eight new employees since April, and we expect to hire approximately four more in the coming months. “
KDK Auto Brokers was founded by Klima’s father, John, in the 1980s. Klima grew in the business as it expanded from its locations in Cleveland and Brook Park before moving to its current location, a former Ganley Lincoln-Mercury dealership, in 2007.
“We have a great team and (owning a car dealership) is in my DNA,” Klima said. “It’s a different world, but we still want to be ‘mom-and-pop’.”
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