Friday, August 29, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Powertrain sales hit another high at DuPratt Ford

By
From page A11 | August 18, 2013 |

Ron DuPratt Ford in Dixon finished 11th in the country for 2012 in growth of Ford Blue Diamond parts sales, the company announced. DuPratt has been among Ford Blue Diamond’s top 50 U.S. dealers for growth for four consecutive years.

The Blue Diamond program is a joint venture with Ford Motor Co. and Navistar based on the parts and service of the Navistar 6.0 and 6.4 diesel used in light and medium Ford trucks for the 2003-10 model years, said Paul Lubkeman, sales representative.

“With more than 3 million vehicles on the road, the need for parts and service will continue for years to come,” he said in a news release. “Northern California dealers have done a great job and continue to be some of the best in the nation.”

DuPratt’s retail service manager, Adam O’Neal, gave the credit to general manager Pete Spitzer. “Pete came from the service side, when most GMs are from the sales side of the business,” O’Neal said. “Pete’s insight, focus and experience on the back end makes what we do possible.”

Handling DuPratt’s management chores for parts, service, fleet and the body shop is Rich Bedoya, parts and service director and fixed ops manager.

“Having a single person overseeing the entire back end of the dealership is extremely helpful,” O’Neal said. “Rich is always available, understands our issues and works to find solutions. Even though our fleet department has its own shop, techs, service advisers and parts department, because of Rich, the interaction between retail and fleet is seamless.”

Wholesale parts, DuPratt’s newest division, is “our meat and potatoes,” Bedoya said. “When it comes to powertrain, our main business is parts replacement, injectors, turbo chargers and EGR valves, all very common for the 6.0 and 6.4.”

Bedoya said the dealership’s wholesale division began in 2009 with 4,000 square feet of space and in 2011 it moved to a 16,000-square-foot facility.

“Although we grow the business each year, it’s difficult,” he said. “You have to have patience, a plan and the budget to support it. Others have tried to mirror what we do and discovered how difficult it is. It takes commitment to the long run because none of this happens overnight.”

Among the awards that DuPratt garnered in 2012 are Ford’s President Award, Premier Club and Blue Diamond’s Million Dollar Plus in customer pay service, as well as Top 50 in growth.

“So much of what we do and have achieved is due to the heritage of this dealership,” O’Neal said. “(Ron) DuPratt is here every day. He started the dealership in 1955 and the people of our community know him and his sons Greg and Val. It is great to have ownership on hand and available.

“Besides the DuPratt family, we have a lot of long-term employees. Customers like seeing the same faces and dealing with the same people year after year and, in our case, generation after generation.”

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Saving Putah Creek: a quiet concert at sunset

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1

     
    Mr. Dolcini goes to Washington

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Winton to be feted for her many years of community work

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Researchers solve mystery of Death Valley’s moving rocks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    California extends review of $25B delta plan

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Assembly approves statewide ban on plastic bags

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Forum explores local mental health services

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Solar-cooking workshop set at Food Co-op

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Celebrate the Senior Center at Sept. 9 luncheon

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Equestrian eventing competition slated

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Dinner, auction benefit Yolo County CASA

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Kids can sign up for a library card and get a free book

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Explorit Science Center: Volunteers supercharge summer camp

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Tee off for Davis’ continued prosperity

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A4

     
    Bodega Marine Laboratory hosts open house

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Local group charts a year’s worth of beauty in flowers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Free blood pressure screenings offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Name Droppers: UCD honors two of its own

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Forum

    Let’s sell the MRAP on eBay

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

     
    Seeing both sides of ‘tank’

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

    What if we need MRAP?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

     
    How could tank be helpful?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: C2

    Don’t sentence our police to death

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: C2, 1 Comment

     
    Will Davis see river water?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

    Travel buddy is getting too fat

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    .

    Sports

    Forget the score; focus on the energy brought by Aggies

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    Returning seniors, new faces lead promising DHS links squad

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devil golfers return from Scotland with smiles on their faces

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Devils scrimmage with Sac

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD-Stanford: the clock is down to counting the minutes

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    Sports briefs: DHS girls fall by the slimmest of net margins

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6 | Gallery

    Wire briefs: Aces cruise past Cats at Raley

    By Wire and staff reports | From Page: B6

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘The November Man’: Who can be trusted?

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    B Street’s ‘The Ladies Foursome’ is aces

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    .

    Business

    Technology makes a great car better

    By Ali Arsham | From Page: C1 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Margarita Elizondo

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Elaine Dracia Greenberg

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics