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About MrC

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  • Location Chorley
  • Your industry Independent dealer
  1. Thats a bit harsh, I dont think any one can judge a persons life choices just because of an amount of money they have in the bank. They might be as happy as a pig in shit.. But skint
  2. Facebook Advertising

    I get far more hits on my FB page than my website
  3. PCP return cost angst...

    PCP is a bubble just waiting to burst. And after it bursts it will be the next PPI because the furcoat no knickers brigade will need someone to blame for their false lifestyle. You heard it here first.
  4. How much???!!!

    Sounds dear to me. Today I collected front and rear bumpers plus rear spoiler for a VW Transporter from my painter £250, they were second hand so had a few issues that needed sorting before painting. He usually charges me £50 for a corner bumper scuff, rule of thumb £100 a panel.
  5. Peugeot 207 whistling noise from engine

    Cut your loses and set fire to it now. You will thank me later.Hatefull cars. More usefull advice next week.
  6. What the feck is wrong with some people. I spend a fortnight looking for a decent VW T5 donor van for a conversion, there is not much between Auction price and retail once you have given the BCA tip so I'm happy to give good money for a good van. I spotted one at a place called Discount cars in Dudley a 200+ mile M6 nightmare round trip, SoI spoke to the dealer over the phone explained that I needed a really clean and well looked after van, I did expect the odd age related mark. He went on to tell me how mint this can was and I would not be disappointed. I dont usually discus price over the phone but due to the distance we talked money and agreed on a price subject to viewing. Set off in the morning to be fair the M6 was ok and 2hrs later I pull up at a shonky set of units behind a Lithuanian car wash place.... I cant begin to tell you guys how bad this van was, zero prep, not one decent panel or panel gap and Stevie Wonder had drank a gallon of paint and pissed it on. Stone chips and rusthas just been badly painted over and even little bits of what was a wrap where painted over. I was fecking furious, and all he kept saying in his thick Dudley accent.. Was "Well we think it looks good" I could have swung for the crunt. Pisser was the M6 was shut at Thelwall on the return journey and it to me 5 hrs to get home. Why waste people time, if some is travelling a distance I give a walk around honest over the phone appraisal.
  7. Valuation tool / CAP v Glasses

    eBay, Autotrader, Gumtree that's the guide i use. See what kind of money like for like cars are advertised at and go for the medium. That's the true market reflection.
  8. A5 3.0 TDI Cabriolet S Line Auto wanted £10k budget, Ideally not with starship miles. Must have sat nav Thanks
  9. And now the end is near...

    They just have the massive following that no other van has. Look at the amount of VW shows every year and then subculture showslike Busfest and Camperjam. Personally I could not get excited about converting a Vivaro or Transit.
  10. And now the end is near...

    Im going on a Trading estate that shuts its gates at 6pm, has 24 hr security, CCTV and ANPR. I did find cheaper units on shady looking places but Im happy to pay for the security.
  11. And now the end is near...

    I think this is how it works.. I buy a van commercial VAT is 20% which I can claim back. Then I can claim back VAT on all materials to do the conversions. I sell to an end user wont be able to claim VAT back as its no longer a commercial vehicle and therefore HMRC's interest in the van ends. I pay VAT on the profit of the van not including money spent to do the conversion. So buy for £10k sells for £20k pays £2k VAT.
  12. And now the end is near...

    I had two buyers on the same day wanting the van, they couple whomissed out are wanting me to build them a van once they find a suitable donor vehicle and are in regular contact with me. I have two other very serious buyers lined up for the next one. I do find that in general buyers are genuine and I am yet to receivea "how much for cash" text. The VW camper and as I have found out Caddy world is led by recommendation and getting know for a decent job, these people see the value the work rather than trying to beat you down on price. You tend to find they are passionate and if you are the same it shows. My only problem is sourcing decent vans at the right price, T5's hold the money and clean honest ones even more so.
  13. This year has never really got going properly as far as I am concerned, I've just about scratched a living from cars and have had a record number of after sales repairs on daft things that a few years ago I would not have had the customer ring up about. I'm finding more and more that auction prices turning in to retail prices and I have spent an increasing amount on garage bills. So as of Friday I contacted HMRC to pull the plug on the job and once I've seen my accountant this week I will register the new business. However all is not lost, I'm putting all my efforts in to VW camper vans. I enjoying building them and they sell fast if done right. My last one, an £18.5k van sold in 9 days and could have sold the thing several times over. And yet Ihave £2k cars sat here taking up residence and attracting the champagne cars for lemonade money brigade. Dont get me wrong its hard work and very labour intensive, but I enjoy creating a van. But now its going to be full time, I have found 900sqft unit that I'm going to rent, sadly I cant have it till mid to late Sept. I'm lucky that I do have space at home to work however I need a secure unit on a nice industrial estate especially if people are entrusting me with their pride and joy for several weeks. And I refuse to work outside mid winter! I have had more good times than bad times, I certainly wont miss the auctions, "CASH tonight mate" brigade,tyre kickers and no shows. Anyway Im not going away as I quite like this forum. I can be found here