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  1. Dealer Auction - Any better now?

    Love it. :0) Yeah, you’re right- nice guy is irrelevant, but he was,and he listened to me - I’m under no allusion that anythingwill change and, in the grand scheme of things, we’re nothing to them compared to the dealer. He said it wasn’t true so make of it what you will. I also thought it might encourage others to complain where necessary if they thought they might at least be listened to Well it’s because of said chancers that we DO need to drive the junk before handing over our hard-earned. You do get to know the good ones as I said, and Emporium (Pointy Shoes)BHM Ltd would no-doubt be one of the good guys. ;0) It’s not an auction really per-se except that it is as long as they know how to describe a Kit Kat. You need to check it’s not my dog’s crap wrapped in tin foil. If you bought a Surecheck BCA /Manheim car thatstates mechanically OK and it in fact wasn’t- then you don’t keep the junk. These DA chancers are crooks.
  2. Car gurus

    Car Gurus is years away from being able to be the sole advertiser solutionfor sure. If ever. I’m interested to see what happens with the Motors/Gumtree/eBay merger and how much dough they throw at it. They’ll probably just put all the prices up rather than streamline and reduce.
  3. Car gurus

    Ha. Et Tu Brute?! ;o) No worries mate, was brave of you to try to give up the addiction and you did really well your first month without them as you say remember I still sell cars via AT apparently. According to the odd punter every so often. It’s been a quiet few months for many (on and off AT) so will be difficult to gauge scientifically,as peaksand troughs are the name of the game. Just because you may (I honestly hope) get busy soon, may or may not be a consequence of going back on with the robbers of course. Did you try Motors Mark ever? I think if you’re not on AT, you need to be on a few others (still at considerably less spend of course in my case with 50 plus stock). Maybe (and probably) if you are on AT, you don’t need to be on anything else.
  4. Dealer Auction - Any better now?

    I dunno who they are as never bought off them. And not likely to ever be buying from them either. Suzuki Jimny Auto, finishing tomorrow. Yorkshire. To be fair to them, they’venot tried to hide their (outrageous IMHO) stipulations.
  5. July, how’s it going

    Ticking over pretty nicely. No records being broken, but much better than the previous two months.
  6. Dealer Auction - Any better now?

    Whilst I was in a ranting mood with Car Gurus today, I also made a complaint to DA via their contact us button. Thought I’d hear no more about it as usual, but, to my surprise, the head bloke called me. Nice guy. Whilst he understood my point of view and somewhat sympathised with me, the nice conversation ended with no remedy. The dealers basically list what they like, and say/stipulate whatever terms they like. All DA can do is try to educate them as to how to best go about the listings to attract the most buyers. My suggestion of not having that dealer on their books fell on stony ground of course. Things like ‘absolutely no test drives or inspections’ and ‘payment in full in advance’ etc are what they are itwould seem. NO TEST DRIVES - IT’S AN AUCTION – SOLD AS DESCRIBED – NO TEST DRIVES AT BCA ARE THERE?!! I said that in my head that means ‘ car’s shagged and I don’t care-you can go forth and multiply you trade scum’ and surely goes against the two way trust that should exist on DA, and, to be fair, does with many vendors on DA. Whilst its called an auction, it’s a bit more than that,and it’s only right that we get to check the descriptions and the lack of descriptions before paying. That and checking there’s an engine is always advisable. How long does it take to start the junk up, drive it a few hundred yards and then neatly report your findings I asked? (You can be damn sure the said dealer in question has indeed driven the junkbefore doing the deal on the car they sold. Or transporting to their compound etc) Anyway, I said I’d draw their attention to this forum and you good people’s feelings about DA. He said he would be really interested in honest feedback, so over to you. I forget to mention the recently raised points by others where a shagged, seriously mis-described car is re-listed forthwith without any mention of said issues-despite DA being made aware of the offending dealer. The list of dealers not to buy off grows in the meantime of course.
  7. Car gurus

    I’ve been moaning at them again today. Days in stock etc and, as you say, their whole ethos is skewed the wrong way. Theyforget that we are the customer, not the punters. Same with Autotrader, but I’ll resist my bi-monthlyhate-rant for now. ;o) Back to CG, I was also moaning about the upcoming price increase (it’s still cheap in comparison). The account manager is nice enough and agreedwith me, but, of course can’t do anything about any of my gripes. I’ll put up with it a bit longer. Think I’ll end up spending some of the money with Facebook in the end as that’s doing well surprisingly.
  8. Car gurus

    It is weird that Nick. Have you asked them? For example, I know Rory has said he does alright with them also.
  9. Border cars

    By the way- welcome Casper and thanks for the introduction! There's a fair few big names down here on the South Coast that are hurting too. I'm amazed that Westover got bought recently by Hendy - so I guess they at least must be an attractive proposition.Who knows. I wonder how we'll all look back on the 2015-2020 period in a few years time. Any previous era and words like 'squeeze, crunch and recession would maybe have been mentioned?' Or maybe it's just the transition from actual to virtual business a-la Amazon.
  10. Car gurus

    Yeah, maybe. Her Indoors is permanently welded to Amazon. I’m talking about a google search though. eBay is no nowhere by the looks from my non-scientific search.
  11. Car gurus

    It’s odd isn’t it? Bit of a coincidence that, once Gumtree came to the fore of their focus, thenEMP starts to under perform. Wonder what the story is. Maybe they’renot spending on the eBay google rankings anymore? (a quick search seems to prove me correct: Used cars local & up Pops my site, the competition and then Gumtree first, then Motors, Exchange & Mart, Autovillage (Motors), RAC Cars (Motors) and then a little fledgling company-Autotrader.) Ebay is nowhere! Smoke, fire? Interesting that the head company- Ebay isn’t promoting themselves, but they are pushing their purchases of Gumtree and Motors.
  12. Car gurus

    We’re on the paid package. Its ‘alright to good’. There is a price increase coming though, so I’ve called their bluff and not renewed yet. Gumtree is hopeless I think, but it does get a lot of views compared with just ebay MP. I was happy on just the EMP contract to be honest. However it turns out the phone number they’d given us wasn’t working! Each time I think about cancelling Motors, it sells a car. The RAC Cars part of it seems to be performing well. They’re quite up the google rankings. EMP has been quiet recently but over the years has done well.
  13. Printed invoice pads?

    You can still get them. John’s is very efficient. I buy deposit books and trade sale pads off them still. Johns Motorcare Supplies Used Car Sales Invoice Pad & Receipt Buying & Selling
  14. BMW radio code

    Now you’re talking! Good sound too. Or at least that’s my (very distant) memory of them as a kid. Speaking of in the past:Where’s TV btw? I miss him (and his sunny disposition of course).
  15. Finance for doorsteppers

    Zuto give commission? Quite respectable too I think -only done one deal with them so can’t remember how much it was Another vote for Mallard. Nice people. Same with Zebra (Autobahn now)
  16. No more BMWs

  17. Forum problems!

    I can tell you....what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people......I will look for you, I will find you...
  18. No more BMWs

    I agree Pip- but I widen it to all German cars. Did about 2 and a halfyears ago. We are not alone. When I was a kid in the 80’s and into the early 90’s I loved them and sold plenty. I still have a few, but mostly when theycome in PX. The older they are, the more headaches 3-5 years seem OK after that, I’m not so confident. Also, often cheap people aspire to own one and don’t look after them properly- and unlike in the old days- they are no longer ‘bulletproof or built to last’ especially if they’re not looked after. Stress levels have been miles lower- although, of course, the sales numbers are lower too, as many still aspire to Germany’s ‘ahem’ finest. The ones doing big numbers a month sell plenty. For me, and I know a few on here, agree, VW/Audi is just one step above Vauxhall junk. Bmw and Mercedes are a bit better, but the W123 was the last decent Merc IMHO. It’sa personal thing maybe but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. I’ve not been impressed by any VW/Audi, Merc or BMW for many a year. (I do like the BMW i3 but whether that’ll be a good older second hand product or not I don’t know.)Looks, build quality , driving experience or anything except a V8 petrol engine or Bi-turbo monster- but I wouldn’t want one myself. Kia and Hyundai a much better product I think by far. Love the looks of the Kia Sportage etc especially. Anyway: Us dealers are like customers luckily in that we all like and buy different things and have different levels of perceivedrisk-aversion. How long a warranty do you get when you buy a new VWcar? 3 years? Makes you wonder how much confidence the manufacturer has in the product. Or maybe they just want you to buy a new one. After all, it’s a bad business model making an indestructible car.
  19. July, how’s it going

    :0) Imagine the sweat coming of his brow just thinking about it! Another one yesterday and two today! Back in business all of a sudden! Where is TV anyway?
  20. For those worried about electric cars....

    'Grave concern' as sales of low emission cars fall
  21. July, how’s it going

    Utterly Dreadful June Three already so far though, so let’s hope we’re back in business!
  22. V5 Dispatch codes

    I never understand this so called ‘log book loans’. V5 is not proof of ownership. Even says so on the back. There must be other requirements.
  23. Buyers beware.....

    This. I’ve tried a few times over the years, with seriously mis-described/broken carsand they honestly don’t give a toss. We are just two-a-penny. All they care about is the Main Dealers.
  24. I need a second hand car

    Tiverton is near AD no? He’d love to help with free advice. :o) To the OP: Que?