Car Accessories Dealers and Distributors Federation (CADDfed) was formed in the year 2015 with the sole aim of development of car accessories trade.
Car Accessories business came into existence after the arrival of Maruti Suzuki cars during the second half of eighties. After the automobile market opened up for international manufactures during nineties, car accessories business also flourished and was lucrative and the sailing was smooth to all involved in this activity.
But now it is not all that good and accessories business is facing rough weather due to various reasons. The year 2014-15 was indeed a very bad year and many shops were forced to down their shutters and those who were running the show was in heavy financial debt. It became quite evident that the only way to save the trade is to identify the problems and find a solution.
To explore the possibilities a WhatsApp group was formed under the leadership of Mr A Mohamed Shafi of Xtra Palace, Haripad, Mr. Sidiq Poovath of The Car Shoppe, Ernakulam and Mr. Bijish John of Bijironix, Kakanad and a meeting was convened on February 16, 2015 at Ramavarma Club, Ernakulum. Nearly 150 dealers and distributors from all over Kerala gathered at the venue. For nearly three hours all those gathered had a candid discussion and it was decided to form an association of distributors and dealers in the state.
An ad hoc State Committee was formed and Mr. Abdul Kareem of Car Palace (CP Group) Trivandrum was elected as its president. Mr. A Mohamed Shafi, Extra Palace was elected as Secretary, Mr. Sudheer Devaraj of Car Park as Treasurer and also 14 other office bearers and members from different parts of the state.
Within 2 years of inception, under the able leadership of Mr. Abdul Kareem CADDfed is now an all Kerala organisation with district level committees in all 14 districts and over 1000 members. The association is also successful in addressing many issues faced by its members, their families and also employees. It has also conducted tax seminars, leadership classes, sports events etc. for its members and associates.