Mark Derry’s profile


Mark DerryIt all started back in 1990 when, without warning, my 1982 Honda Accord broke down during Christmas exams. I desperately needed a car right away and mistakenly purchased a 1986 Hyundai Stellar (with all the options!). Having an UNBELIEVABLE number of problems with my new purchase, I found myself visiting the dealership numerous times. It was through speaking with one of the salespeople that my interest in the possibility of selling cars was first perked. That summer I was hired by a Mazda dealer in Mississauga-I was very fortunate that this dealer believed in training young people that were enthusiastic and had not yet been “corrupted” by the industry. My new job combined my love for cars and for working with people, and I became very successful right away. This success, along with my enthusiasm, stayed with me in the over four year period that I worked in the industry.

I graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1994 and quickly put my degree to work. That’s right-I went back to selling cars! After a while, though, I became tired of the limitations of working for one particular manufacturer and decided to work with one of the largest volume used car dealers in Toronto. This was a better situation but to my mind still not ideal. I realized that I would never be satisfied until I was working only for myself, and so began to re-develop my business plan for Automotive Consulting.

In 1997, I decided to take a chance: I left my comfortable, stable job and ventured off into the land of the unknown. I was now unemployed. Applying to a business development program, I was one of only twelve people to be selected. By the end of the program I had developed a new, and much more thorough, business plan. And on December 16, 1997, Mark Derry’s CarSense was born.

Since then I have been fortunate enough to work in a business I love while helping hundreds of people buy a car. Here’s hoping the years to come are as enjoyable!