As an auto dealer in Victoria—a south Texas town of about 68,000 people—Mac Haik Ford sells over 200 cars a month.
While the dealership was mostly spared the wrath of Hurricane Harvey with minimal damage to new cars, it was still without power in the wake of the storm.
“Like everyone else, we were without power,” says sales manager Greg Gunn. “We didn’t know when the power was going to come back on. Some people didn’t get power for up to three weeks. So we had to look high and low and far and wide to try to find power source.”
A rental generator from another source quit working, forcing the auto dealer to search again. By mid-week following the storm, Mac Haik Ford found a generator through Holt Power Systems in San Antonio. A local electrical contractor helped connect the generator to the auto dealership and restore power.
“Once we got it set up and going, we had enough fuel to keep it running consistently,” Gunn said. “There were no disruptions during the time we had it—it held up real well. The generator was able to operate our main building and two secondary buildings.