Gerry Connolly, our Valuer & Managing Director certainly knows a thing or two about car values. He commenced his career in 1972 as a cadet salesman with Kevin Dennis Motors, the largest Used Car Dealership in Australia at the time.
In 1974 he was promoted to Valuer / Buyer, then to Sales Manager of the Balwyn branch in 1975, then General Manager and in 1977 he advanced to a Director of the company.
In 1982, Gerry resigned his Directorship to buy a 50% share in First Auto Wholesalers, a thriving company buying and selling in excess of 100 vehicles weekly to the trade including, Trucks, RV’s, & Classic, Vintage & Veteran vehicles. Also importing and selling prestige cars from the UK and importing new vehicles from the USA and converting them to Right Hand Drive and Australian standards.
Gerry's role as joint Managing Director was to oversee the buying and selling of the vehicles always having a hands-on approach. In 1994 he sold his share in First Auto Wholesalers & bought an existing used car dealership in Prahran, adding a new Citroen franchise & Commercial Vehicles to the dealership. The company was renamed Connolly's Prestige Cars.
In 2000 after 28 years in the business and many requests for independent car valuations and truck valuations, he decided to add a new business & named it First Vehicle Valuers.
What is my car worth? or what’s the market value of my car? These are questions that Gerry gets asked all the time.
His extensive range of clients include lawyers needing valuations for family law matters, corporation valuations for buying or selling their vehicles, shipping agents for valuations for the Australian Customs Services for imported vehicles, truck owners as well as clients needing valuations for pre-accident and insurance disputes, vehicles in restoration, Classic, Veteran and Vintage vehicles, Mobile Machinery and Motorcycles.