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  2. Thanks TV I used to run a couple of car washes and do the valeting before starting in this job nice of you to say I agree completely though, get the Albanian wash to do the majority of it, get your cars advertised quickly and on with a mini valet and then just give them a quick tidy up back at base.
  3. you will be great dealing with all the nice customers you are gona get
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  5. I've have started to notice more trade cars from N.I aiming to sell to England which I thought was unusual
  6. I used a few different ones there decent guys sometimes they rush a bit but guess they have to and as you say can always finish it off yourself I also have a tyre guy use too he does a good job at fair price ...
  7. Some of these Eastern European car wash’s are good guys and they can do a lot for £30.Then just finish them off yourself.No need to use one of these new bullshit breed of prima Dona valeters called detailers.They tend to be too expensive,too slow,don’t like doing wet vacs and when you show them how to cut corners,they take the huff.They don’t understand that a lot of the best car dealers started off as valeters.
  8. What sites might that be ?
  9. I pay £35 for a full valet inc polish im located in Manchester. Mobile valeter
  10. Hi Casper got the karcher and also a numatic use the autosmart brisk low foam and its never let me down over the years... apart from the time my cleaner didn’t understand the 1:20 ratio ... was an interesting day
  11. Hello mate, I have someone who works part time for me and does all the cleaning and valeting. I have had to train him up over last few years but he is defo up to standard now and reliable for me. I have 20-25 cars at my site and it is much better than giving it out to the local kurds/romainian car washes as you will be spending a lot of money on poor quality valeting and more swirl marks than a twister ice cream lol. As for you and your dad if you guys can manage it then good on you! Saving costs initially however after a while though you will start to focus more on the business itself which is that you are a car dealer not a car wash detailer so outsourcing or having your own staff on it would be much more effective. My time is better spent on sourcing more stock, dealing with customers etc Prior to that I had a mobile guy that came to my pitch and charged £10 mini valet or £50 full vallet full interior washed, machine polished and engine was shined up using the trade special can of xxxxxx . It all depends on the stock £500 micra vs £5k Audi A3 and how clean or filthy they are 5 dogs and a chain smoker or a 1 lady owner bible in the glove box only used for sunday church. Once the cars have been done you have to remember they don’t sell straight away and with the weather it’s very unpredictable so overtime you will need to wash them again and again or shine them up before potential viewings etc so that we’re it gets expensive at car washes and will be the test of your time doing it by hand. Retail is detail especially on cars, if it’s perfectly shining when the customer arrives the sale is more likely on = show me the money baby (unless it’s the last price crap then I walk back into my office lol). Anyways I hope this helps. Cheers, A.
  12. Thank you for the replies - confirms exactly what I've been thinking. May I ask your approximate locations FWIW? Cheers
  13. Thank you for your thoughts and advice much appreciated ...
  14. Hi 15 cars i pay anything from £10 for a mini valet on older stuff and the better stuff ranges from that to £50 depends on which car wash/ valeter I use I use a mobile guy also who does full valet machine polish etc for £85 I also do some.myself .. depends how I'm feeling how busy I am or if I'm in the mood sometimes I think the car wash places rush to much .
  15. Fuck me. £75 a valet. And that kid should’ve stuck with it. £90 a pop and he could’ve been doing better than some dealers
  16. Yes sure, realised that, but they've only phoned for the cheap, white German diesels - the 'trader' from Dublin that I've been chatting with this afternoon has said his punters do not care about miles or history - they just want white and cheap! :-)
  17. Up until a few weeks back, I was using a local lad (full ADHD - totally hyper and incredibly difficult to deal with, but I felt sorry for him) to valet most of my cars. His usual rate (including shampoo/wet vac, machine polish where needed and under bonnet) is £90 and £110 for 4X4/7-seaters. I told him clearly that I planned to put a fair few jobs his way and I wanted a standard price for everything - we agreed on £75, but he was horrendously unreliable and the quality of his work went from good to not much better than the local Kurdish scratch and bodge. A few weeks back, I pulled the plug on him, woke my Dad up out of early retirement and we have started doing it ourselves, saving a lot and the standard is much higher. I'm in the South of England and stuff costs a lot here but I'm interested to know what fellow traders are paying for valets?
  18. There has been a further dip on the Sterling exchange rate recently hence a few more Irish buyers. I also expect they are trying to get in before the potential Brexit fiasco.
  19. Do you mean from a customers perspective, and if so, how do you present the benefits of buying from a home trader?
  20. Good Evening Hope you're all well. Interesting past 4 weeks for me; sold a few lumpy bits (by my standards) and some rarer cheaper stuff (absolutely fully-loaded 2009 low miles, 1 owner £4k diesel Fiesta with low miles and tons of options etc) I could've sold a dozen times over - on reflection I could've easily stuck another £700-odd quid on the asking price - but I'm learning. Had one dead week where the phone literally didn't ring, despite having quality stock with low miles and low prices, followed by a week where I sold every single retail vehicle advertised and the phone kept ringing on historic ads. The dead week was rather worrying I will admit. I've been looking through my scrappy notes and it's never been clearer (to me at least) that AT is absolutely slaughtering Motors on my stock profile, so I've decided to call time on Motors for now. Found a nice trading site today through a friend of the family, so will soon have indoor 'showroom' for 15 vehicles and outdoor parking for 20-odd for not much more than I'm paying for my current yard, so I'm happy. Although tougher to find, my records are strongly suggesting I need to be finding nice condition 2-6k motors instead of the 10k+ stuff - they're quicker to turn around and the margins (again, for me at least) aren't dissimilar. Obviously, this could have everything to do with the fact that I'm currently trading from an appointment-only yard with a home-based office. Loads of phone calls on cheap white Audi/VW diesels from ROI... I still go to bed every night praying for those 2k oddballs that sell for 4k export overnight via BACS How are you getting on?
  21. Actually it is very common that there are misleading points in the government forms and no one asked for your advice about my sharpness. So please mind your own business Mr. Smart! One reason I became interested in this industry was the number of stupid car dealers whom I dealt with!!!!
  22. Yep, most of that stuff is a “Chuck the book out” type of stock. Certainly more interesting than some stock profiles but each to their own. Good luck to you.
  23. Ah, now... the slight flaw in my cunning plan... Its not easy, but some days you get lucky. One bank holiday this year I bought a load in one day...then couldn't get near anything for weeks. You miss more than you hit, thats for sure. I was convinced I was going to buy an E46 M3 at Preston yesterday. Cap clean said £9300, I thought well I can go to 14k...surely I'm I'm with a shout. I was nowhere near. £15800 plus premium bought it.
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