James01

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  1. I was just thinking the same thing. It’s either a big mix up or both transactions would have likely been moody. The person would not have bought the first car legitimately with his card and details and then bought a second one using stolen card unless they are extremely stupid. A local dealer to us nearly got taken for £40k on a bmw M4 with the same trick. Luckily the police recovered the car!
  2. I am a one man band and also have a 3000 sq ft unit, FYI I can squeeze in 20 at a push you will do well to fit in any more. I stock 25-28 cars and do not have any employees but I have everything on site here mechanic, tyre fitter, parts stores so I do not need a driver to help run about which is a nice position to be in. I get everything delivered through Movex as it is cheaper than paying someone to go and do it for me. That said as Rory has said I spend a lot of time taking cars to get cleaned. I polish, prep and everything else that’s involved. I will be looking to take someone on soon as it’s just not worth my time doing this now as I am getting busier and busier. It may cost me a bit more money but nothing that can’t easily be made up, it’s just trying to find the right person which is a challenge. Out of curiosity do people tend to employ older or younger people? I have had semi retired drivers in the past but are younger people who can be trained the way to go?
  3. I’m a keen golfer but don’t get the chance to play nearly as much as I would like. It doesn’t relax me much either, probably the only other thing than a time waster that really winds me up!
  4. Thanks for the help guys, hopefully should be relatively straight forward.
  5. Hi guys, after a bit of help, I am taking a vehicle in part exchange from Jersey so need to re register it as a UK vehicle. I have never had to do this before, is it an easy enough process for those who have done it before? Anything I should be aware of? thanks
  6. I am pretty certain this dealer sells cars through DA that are not there actual part exchanges but in fact stock from an independent dealer. lets just say I have seen this R8 up for sale since April with an independent and have seen other stock cars that he cannot sell make there way through DA with the same dealer.
  7. I noticed one vendor now charges a £60 “traders fee” on top of the sale price. Understandable as they are doing us such an incredible favour in letting us buy their part exchanges!
  8. Why don’t you wait until you sell it and just apply for one in the new owners name? Can tax it at the same time in the post office aswell.
  9. In fact you can get yourself into some trouble in trying to do so!
  10. This is spot on. It has always been feast or famine in this job but as long as the sales come it doesn’t matter when or where from. I also enjoy the odd quiet week, I can get out on the golf course without the Mrs chewing my ear off!
  11. I had something very similar recently on a BMW. Customer tried to claim it had some problems before finally admitting he didn’t like the car. We happily took it back, at trade money.
  12. Fair enough if the customer had an average to poor credit and that was the only rate you could get them on with. If they were good and the rate was bumped up to this it’s a bit of a liberty if you ask me.
  13. Exactly the same here, had an excellent month sales wise but seem to be selling new stock quickly and have a few we just can’t seem to shift!
  14. I gave up my site about 2 years ago now, best thing I ever did. You couldn’t pay me to have an open site again.
  15. Exactly this, get on with it and sell enough cars that your autotrader bill becomes irrelevant!