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Salesman Paul clocks up 25 years at Darlington dealership
1:05pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
A DARLINGTON car salesman has clocked up 25 years with his employer - and sold 5,000 vehicles along the way.
Now Paul Cook, who has attracted some loyal customers over the years – including one couple who have just bought their 22nd car from him – is looking forward to the future as he celebrates the milestone.
Mr Cook started his career in the motor trade with British Leyland, aged 17 before joining Mitsubishi in 1988, aged 23. A quarter of a century later, he is still going strong as sales manager at Tees Valley Mitsubishi in Darlington.
He said: “I like to think that over the years Mitsubishi have been good to me and I have been pretty good to them. In the last 25 years I have probably sold more new Mitsubishis than anyone else in the country.
“I’m very unconventional in the way I do the job. I don’t do it in a textbook way, like the lads here do."
A career highlight for the 47-year-old came in the late 1990s when his boyhood hero, Sir Ian Botham, was a customer.
Mr Cook added: “I had idolised the man since I was 12 and he didn’t let me down. He was an absolute gentleman and he even gave me a signed shirt.”
Fred and Marion Griffiths, from Hartlepool, have been buying cars from Mr Cook since the 1980s.
Retired businessman Mr Griffiths, 81, said: “He is a lovely man and he just gives us good service every time. We don’t even consider going anywhere else, we just ring Paul and he helps us out.”