DAVE Vorster of Pumula recently took delivery of his new 1.3 Suzuki Jimny 4x4 hard top. However, Dave hasn't yet been able to get behind the wheel quite as often as he would have liked.
He and his wife Cilla are currently in Cape Town, while the Jimny is parked snugly in the garage at home. "It was a great ride home, I can tell you that," said Dave. He was very impressed with the service at the newly opened branch of Suzuki, in Port Shepstone.
"It was a wonderful deal and the attention to detail was superb. The 'send off' I received was quite special," beamed Dave.
He was also impressed with the after sales service. "Chris has phoned me about three or four times, including while we have been in Cape Town. He actually anticipates what I am going to ask."
Dave has always wanted a Jimny. He said he and his wife thought about getting a previously owned vehicle, but then decided to spoil themselves a bit and go for something out of the box.
"We keep our vehicles for a long time. My wife has had hers 21 years and I've had mine for 14 years, so we intend keeping this one for a long time," said Dave.
Dave takes the expression 'keen fisherman' to the extreme, and will be making some adjustments to the Jimmy so that it's custom-made to enhance the enjoyment of his hobby.
"I'm a pensioner, so I fish just about every day. The Jimny is a rugged vehicle and will do what I want it do. I plan to kit it out with some racks for my fishing rods," he said.
Dave has already had some admiring and envious glances from fellow fishermen, so feels he's made the right decision.
He usually fishes somewhere between Port Shepstone and Umkomaas, so the Jimny will be perfect for his needs. "My home spot is Pumula so I expect I will be there fairly often."
Will his wife be allowed to drive it? "I may give her permission now and then subject to good behaviour," he joked.
On a more serious note, he said the vehicle offered easy access. "We're a bit aged now, in our 60s, so that's important," he said.
The Jimny is not the biggest vehicle out there, but that suits the Vorsters perfectly. "The grandkids are in Australia, so we don't need a car to accommodate 20 people," laughed Dave.