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D Canny Car Sales - proudly serving Cork for 87 years

Thursday, 28th March, 2019 8:54am

The long-established family business D Canny Car Sales has settled into its new premises on South Terrace.

Speaking to the Cork Independent, co-owner of the used car sales company Don Canny described the make-up of the business as one family, two locations, three fully trained mechanics and a professional sales team offering competitive finance rates.

Don believes that their history as a family business has influenced their personal, friendly approach that gives them an edge over the bigger companies. They offer the same professional standard as others but with an emphasis on aftersales support.

Their variety of stock also sets them apart. As they are not a franchise, they offer many brands and their vehicles range in date from 2008 to 2018.

As part of the service they offer, staff ensure that each vehicle receives a “full health check, valet and warranty” along with a history review.

The business was founded in 1932 by Christy Canny, Don’s great grandfather, who opened the first Canny's Garage on the Old Blackrock Road.

Christy also had his own transport company and delivered barrels of stout for Beamish and Crawford all over Munster. Later, Christy was joined in the business by his son Don who expanded the family holdings to include Canny's Pub on Anglesea Street. Don also ran the Grand Central dancehall on Merchants Quay in the city centre.

In 1953 Don decided to sell Canny's Bar and later opened the second Canny's Garage on Anglesea Street in 1964. Don was joined by his sons Tony and Don Junior who ran the business until the year 2000.

Now the mantle has been passed to the fourth generation and Don Junior's sons Don and David maintain the family tradition and belief in great service, good value and top quality.

They have certainly been successful in this regard as Don says that D Canny Car Sales is the only small car sales business in the city to be a Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) member.

Future plans could involve opening a second workshop in the city. For now, the current focus is on the South Terrace premises opened last year by Don’s brother David as they develop their customer base in the city, while Don oversees the South Link Road premises.

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