The benefits of living in the country

I AM a resident of Portland and earlier this week I bought a new Subaru from Warrnambool Subaru. I just wanted to let you know of my experience. 

I spent a couple of weeks getting prices from Melbourne-based dealers, believing that they would be able to provide a better price and better service. After several instances of poor customer services and salesmen not returning phone calls, I decided to try Warrnambool Subaru. Well, what a surprise. Not only did they match the best price I could get from a dealer in the ‘big smoke’, but their professionalism, responsiveness and friendly customer service was a cut above the rest. 

I recently moved with my young family from Melbourne. Escaping the madness of Melbourne traffic, angst and pollution was the first bonus. Having some of the country’s best beaches and national parks on our doorstep was the second. Discovering that our son’s new school (Portland North) is of much higher quality than his prior Melbourne school that was reputed to be one of Melbourne’s best was the third bonus. Relocating my elderly father from Brisbane to Portland because the quality of care he can receive at Harbourside Lodge is far superior to the care he could have received in Brisbane was a fourth bonus. My wife being German would rate the existence of a local Aldi supermarket as the fifth bonus. And the shock of discovering that Warrnambool Subaru can offer a better price and service than Melbourne-based car dealers is a sixth bonus. These are just some of the reasons we love living here. How lucky we are to be Westerners.

Brendon Grail, Palmer Street, Portland


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