NZ Performance Car - - Team Nzpc - Jaden Martin Email: jaden@per­for­mance­ In­sta­gram: jaden_nzpc­magazine

I’m all about sup­port­ing our lo­cal work­shops and parts sup­pli­ers. Per­haps that’s be­cause my old man ran his own work­shop for many years, and some of my clos­est friends do the same now. Ei­ther way, I try to avoid send­ing cash over­seas un­less ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary. Spend­ing coin lo­cally, even if it ends up cost­ing me a lit­tle more than what I could have bought a part or ser­vice on­line for, also means that more can be put back into the com­mu­nity — a wider range of parts be­comes avail­able, com­pa­nies con­tinue to de­velop new in­no­va­tive com­po­nents, and it even comes down to hav­ing a big­ger spon­sor­ship bud­get to help out the new guys.

Yes, there are a few cow­boy op­er­a­tions around, and I re­cently got stung by less-than-per­fect work­man­ship — a well-known en­gine re­con­di­tioner mucked up what I thought was a pretty rudi­men­tary task by in­cor­rectly ma­chin­ing a pair of valves, twice, to the point that the fi­nal prod­uct would have guar­an­teed a lot of money down the drain on my freshly built en­gine. But I like think that that was an ex­cep­tion, and many lo­cal places re­ally come to the party when it counts.

I put it out there to all lo­cal busi­nesses to re­mem­ber that cus­tomers will sup­port you if they feel val­ued and sup­ported in re­turn, as the car com­mu­nity and busi­ness sec­tor will never be a one-way street. At a time when the cow­boys are hard to spot, those who work hard to look af­ter their cus­tomer base are the ones whose names will con­tinue to float around in con­ver­sa­tion.

Lo­cal busi­nesses get rec­og­nized for every car they put work into — es­pe­cially when it comes to the cars be­ing fea­tured in NZ Per­for­mance Car — so we, the car own­ers, also have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses with our wal­lets not just our key­boards.

I’ve been lucky enough to have a few lo­cal busi­nesses help me out over the years, even when it sim­ply came down to chuck­ing in their two cents about what I was try­ing to achieve at that point in time, of­ten ad­vis­ing an al­ter­na­tive to their prod­uct or ser­vice as the best op­tion — that’s what I call ded­i­ca­tion to the cus­tomer, and I will al­ways re­mem­ber that when it comes to need­ing what they of­fer in fu­ture.

There is a point to this vague ram­ble, and it is that I’m thank­ful that we have so many work­shops and sup­pli­ers that strive to put back into the com­mu­nity what they re­ceive, and that our read­ers are an onto-it-enough bunch to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing such places.

Sup­port your lo­cal — I’ll catch you all at Man­feild for Jambo!

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