A RETIRED couple from Preston have been dubbed Nissan’s most loyal customers — after collecting their 50th Nissan from their favourite dealership.
Tony and Anne Adkinson have been buying cars from Fred Coupe Nissan, on Chorley Road, Walton-le-Dale, since it opened as a Datsun dealership in 1974.
Looking for reliability, and impressed that Datsun cars came with lots of as-standard features for the time, the couple bought a 120Y.
Over the years they’ve returned time and time again to upgrade their vehicles. As well as the 120Y, the couple also owned the 100A, 140J, the Cherry, the Sunny and the Violet.
When Datsun became Nissan, the Adkinsons continued to show loyalty, buying the Nissan Bluebird, the Bluebird ZX Turbo, the Laurel, the Micra, the Primera, the Almera Tino, the Note, and the Qashqai.
Mr Adkinson said: “I can remember all the models we have owned over the years but not how many of each one — we both drive and up until we retired we would replace one of our cars every year. Today, we have the Note for running round and small journeys, and the Qashqai for longer trips.
“We cannot fault Fred Coupe Nissan, everyone is so fantastic here and can’t do enough for us. Through the generations it’s always been the same. We wouldn’t go anywhere else.”
Their latest purchase is a Nissan Qashqai, a car celebrating it’s own milestone — its 10th anniversary.
And the couple could soon be making their 51st purchase as they’re attending the dealership’s VIP event for the all-new Nissan Micra.
Mr Adkinson added: “It looks a very nice car indeed from the pictures — we’re quite looking forward to seeing it in reality!”
Director John Coupe conducted the handover of Mr and Mrs Adkinson’s 50th Nissan and presented them with a bouquet of flowers for their loyalty.
He said: “Customers like Tony and Anne are more than just car buyers, they are our friends. We think they’re Nissan’s most loyal customers — we’re honoured they chose us all those years ago and delighted they’ve stuck with us for so many years.”