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McKenna's Windward Ford sold

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 05:16 p.m. HST, Jun 12, 2014

Longtime Hawaii auto dealer Mike McKenna has sold his familiar Kailua dealership to a California-based businessman.

Jay Gill has five automobile dealerships in California selling 11 different brands, and has additional business interests, according to the dealership's new General Manager Aiyaz Dean, a 28-year veteran of the Hawaii automotive industry.

The Kailua dealership was sold for undisclosed terms and will do business going forward as Windward Ford Hawaii.

The new management plans to offer free safety checks to any active duty service member with a valid military ID, Dean said.

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Geb wrote:
Hopefully the new owner won't play the old style car selling games.
on June 12,2014 | 04:35PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The best at nothing hidden is Servco Pacific.
on June 12,2014 | 06:45PM
lokela wrote:
yup. wonder if they also going the mascot route. cougars! ouch!
on June 12,2014 | 06:27PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Nothing decided yet.
on June 13,2014 | 06:39AM
kainalu wrote:
I'm a talking advertisement to anyone that may ask - DO NOT buy a car from ANY McKenna dealership. The customer service from Hell!
on June 12,2014 | 06:37PM
Bdpapa wrote:
BS great customer service.
on June 12,2014 | 08:35PM
beachbum11 wrote:
Check out the other dealers
on June 13,2014 | 06:01AM
RandolphW wrote:
Most likely, the familiar mascot dog did not stay with the dealership.
on June 12,2014 | 06:37PM
HOSSANA wrote:
can't beat the good old days of LIPPY ESPINDA's car dealership right on Kalakaua Ave. esp. with his tv ads.....those were the days..
on June 12,2014 | 07:19PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Good commercials, wouldn't buy a car from him!
on June 12,2014 | 08:36PM
headcheese wrote:
Remember Lippy's famous guarantee: When you see Lippy waving in the rear view mirror; guarantee pau.
on June 12,2014 | 10:28PM
glenn57377 wrote:
Maybe you'll get a good deal on a car from a dealer......if you can stand the game. But if you don't know anything about cars or know a good, reasonable mechanic, dealers will gouge the hell out of you when you bring your car back in for ANYTHING not covered by a warranty. And you know, they always seem to find something else that "needs taken care of." My friend recently brought his car in to a dealer to have it looked at. It wouldn't start, sometimes. They told him it needed a new ignition switch. Didn't have one in stock and had to order it. It came in. They installed the switch. When the car was turned off after cranking, it wouldn't quit running. Suddenly the car needed another part. I decided to team up with my friend, since I am a pretty good mechanic. Next, when they took the new switch out, a bar was not secured beforehand and it fell down the steering shaft. They called him and told him he needed a new steering column. The car went in for occasionally not starting......and now it needed almost $2000 worth of work and parts. I raised the bull flag. A decent mechanic would not have messed everything up like this. I talked to the manager. She said she had her best guy on it. I was getting cliche company lines. She kept trying to upset me so she could have a reason to stop the conversation. I didn't give in and stayed very calm. I told her everywhere her mechanic had screwed up......and to boot, she didn't know anything about auto mechanics, at all. I requested a conversation with the mechanic. She said he was too busy. My friend called corporate and they referred him to the primary Honolulu manager. After explaining the situation, the manager told my friend to come in the next afternoon and pick up his car......with the new steering column installed. The price plummeted. You have to stand your ground with the dealers and their maintenance people. They exist, most of them, to take your money. We were "this close" to calling the Better Business Bureau. What a nightmare it was.....but it turned out good because of not settling for their lies and incompetence. My recommendation to everyone is to ask your closest friends about non-dealer expert mechanics.......for a recommendation. Forget about the dealers.....how do you think they paid for those state-of-the-art beautiful showrooms? With your money.
on June 12,2014 | 10:36PM
Geb wrote:
Most dealer mechanics get a commission on parts.
on June 13,2014 | 04:45AM
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