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  1. Made my own web site today

    considering you have knocked this up yourself it looks really impressive. I only have a few cars for sale at a time so dont want to spend bigfor a website. Might just have a go myself. The video presentation was very good , either you are a natural or you have been watching a lot of videos on here!
  2. Farcical Court Case!

    Like Bham council who have to pay office staff the same wages as bin men as they are doing 'comparable' jobs, even though at the time they got took on they were aware of the pay and accepted it. If thats the case maybe the office girls would like to swap jobs?! Everywhere is the same now, companies like to level pay across all roles so they aren't seen to discriminate. I used to work as an aircraft tech in the Raf many moons ago and we had different higher pay grades to admin/dental/police staff as the training was longer and the job more difficult. Now every role pays EXACTLY the same and my role has hardly changed in pay whereas most others has gone up. How on earth is that fair.If anyone is thinking of joining up now just pick the easy job as there is no incentive to choose a technical role.
  3. Newbie dealer struggling for 2 years

    Sometimes you have to take a punt on the less desirables at auction. Ones which the regulars who don't want to put too much effort in will steer clear of. For example i just bought a 2009 VW Fox. Needs some work, all of the exhaust looks like it could be off the titanic and it was blowing as it went into the hall. windscreen wipers and screws in engine bay are rusty (scottish car) , the passenger wing needs replacing and a repair carrying out to the bumper near it. And new wheel trims ,MOT and service. But it cost me £570 with fees. All in it will owe me about £1100 and at £2000 it should go out quickly as its done just 56k miles. It does help if you can do a bit of spannering as that keeps the costs down. Sometimes you just have to put your neck out with certain cars as the unloved ones dont get fought over like the grade 1s and 2s and even 3s.
  4. Newbie dealer struggling for 2 years

    I've been doing it for nearly 2 years myself and I understand your pain! I haven't got it all figured out myself yet but here is some advice which may help you. 1) most of my purchases come from Manheim and vary between hall or online. Whichever you choose always research every car you bid on carefully, from length of mot, past mot issues, tyre condition because if you buy one with low tread that is a decent cost straightaway. If you do go to the auction, walk round the car with the eyes of the buyer, check every panel, exhaust ,interior, everything that you can. Listen to it starting up ,see if the engine is quiet,ask the driver if the clutch is ok. What you want to be doing is costing every single thing you can that will in your opinion need sorting, and then work retail back taking off fees and refurb costs. For me i work back from retail taking off around 300 fees, 400-500 profit and 250 refurb .These figures are rough and vary with each car. You then have a max bid amount, don't go over it. I have bought some cars and made 500-750 easy profit and others i have put loads of hours in and either broke even or lost £100 from it. These buying experiences should hopefully steer you onto cars which you think are profitable. But don't overlook any car if profit is in it. Oddball cars seem to do well for me because there is less competition when you are selling them. 2) If you buy private always check EVERY SINGLE THING that you can. Drivetrain-bodywork-suspension on the test drive-tyres-exhaust-all electrics e.t.ce.t.c . For me privates are worse than the auctions as so many cars have had issues undeclared by the owners. If you cannot see a clear profit after taking off every cost, keep your money in your pocket.
  5. What would you do?

    Had a look at AT price,seems about 3k for a comparable and £3200 to £3400 on ebay bizarrely. Think I'll put it up on eBay at 3k and fingers crossed it will fly out! Also use facebook/gumtree as well. Facebook seems to be the best place to get stuff shifted at the moment.
  6. What would you do?

    Follow up to what has happened....... Took the car into Manheims as they said bring it back and we will give you a full refund. When i got there I was asked asked for the logbook so the manager could see it. After waiting about 20-30 minutes i thought something might be up. But i went for a chat with them in their restaurant (free tea and sandwich from them!) , and the manager Lisahad got in touch with LV and the car was put on the record mistakenly. The manager Lisa had spoke to Experian and they couldnt work out why it was on the vcar, but she expected them to contact them soon as a result of her chat with LV so we waited for the phone call. No call so I said what chance do you really think it will be off the register and was told at least 90%, so i thought I'll just go home and keep it. Didnt receive anything back for a couple of days so thought they might be struggling to get it off the vcar, but then a call from Lisa and lo and behold its off the register. Funny thing is without Lisa chasing LV herself and asking them it may not have got off the register. So now I have a little fiat to sell! Cant fault Manheim really , I know they will put the company first but I do think they try and look after their customers, at this branch anyway.
  7. Oxidised Headlights

    When you say it like that!
  8. Oxidised Headlights

    Its literally 5-10 minutes each headlight with a mop and some g3, and headlights look mint afterwards. Would take you longer to search/order then fit the new ones!
  9. XC90 active vinyl seat tear - repair?

    Blenheim car sales recommended Trim Tec in Potters lane Wednesbury Ws10 0AT to me. Nice guy called Joe, sorted out the side bolster same as yours for £50 in perforated leather. Great job done, depends if you are near to him. That does involve removing the seat for him though and dropping it off. So really £100 for a mobile service does seem decent value, if you value as you should your own time.
  10. Time To Turn Stock

    I start from when the hammer falls. I do it this way because for me it gives me more impetus to get stuck into the jobs that need doing on a car. A rough average turn for me when I started would have been around 30 days, that was when i was selling 1 to 3k stock. Now my average price is around 3-4k I am finding it is taking 60-70 days for each car. I had a Peugeot 207 for 5 months and that had just gone in January. For me its the longest car I have ever had and notbeing used to sitting on stock I used to look at it every day and pray for the 'one call'! I am now more comfortable with waiting for stock to sell but it has taken a while to just relax and just bide my time for a buyer. What I have found is that if something is below £1500 and clean with a full Mot it will normally go really quickly. The only problem with these cars though are because the margin is tight anything you spend on them quickly eats into your profit.
  11. What would you do?

    If at half cap i would go for it. Any more and probably not as my drive is too small for ornaments. I have a patient wife!
  12. What would you do?

    Just a follow up. Spoke to Manheim yesterday and they have said bring it back for a full refund. They did say work out your costs and have said they will take them off future auction fees, so not too bad there. When it comes back through the block would i bid for it again? Not sure, the car is decent now but its just Whether or not i can get the marker off it. Typing on phone and pressed submit by accident so its split into two posts! And after typing that it automatically merged the 2 posts!
  13. What would you do?

    ok,cheers ,will have a think and let you know of the outcome when Manheim call.
  14. What would you do?

    that sounds like a plan. Are Cat N's worth about half cap clean?
  15. What would you do?

    And there i was thinking as it was just a stupid error it would be an easy fix. Not the cars fault ,but Fiat 500's are definitely marmite and i think I'm going off marmite!