Fatboy

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    SDX Motors

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  1. Loving this thread, great to see motor trade banter is still alive and kicking. David Horgan ,large 4x4,s have been considered but warranting Range Rovers scares me ! Used to be fairly safe with the Landcruisers, Hilux, 4 tracks etc but not so sure now. Back in the day even had a Shorrocks supercharged Range Rover 3.5 with a body kit and alloys that made it look like a Suzuki bigfoot jeep.....tasteful!. After the novelty had warn off was wedged with it for ages but funnily enough managed to unload it to a trader outside Belmont Auctions in the end. Off to the pub now for large chilli and chips and a few guinness.......you dont get a body like this without feeding it!
  2. Newbie, but long time lurker so not sure how qualified to comment. Went VAT registered from day one this time round as I knew the first vehicles I was going to buy were VAT qualifying. Also I knew if I wasnt going to hit the VAT threshold I was nt going to make it anyway and could claim more vat back than i had paid if I crashed and burned. In addition there is the credability factor when dealing in some areas of the market. In conclusion I think something like MattR is suggesting would be a good solution as it would still allow people starting out and winding down to participate.
  3. Thanks for the great welcomes !. All I can say is I am a pretty sensitive fellow when it comes to weight but when I got on the scales this morning the reading was " one at a time please"
  4. Morning , Have been lurking for a year or so thought I should introduce myself and thank you all for the valuable information gained already. I have returned to the motor trade after a break of over 20yrs during which time I managed to build and sell a financial services firm and retain a small property business. The FCA compliance and the last load of exams I took made me realise although I had made reasonable success of it there were 20 odd years I hadnt enjoyed and could nt replay so I needed to change before its too late. The start of my motortrade career in the early eighties was washing vehicles in the morning and petrol pump attendant in the afternoons. Was nt very good at being employed ended up self employed at the age of 21. The things You miss thread tickled me striking many chords. I was one of the boys from "the country" taking shiney japanese stuff with "ahem" mechanical challenges which certain groups found appealing! down to Belmont Charlton. " lovely Blue bird estate freshly in from the country ideal for runs to the wholesalers during the day minicabbing in the evening, by the way marvellous jacket you have their sir must bring me back one next time you are home will you start me at 2 grand!" Great well spoken Auctioneer could write a book on that place. Fast forward to now have10 to 15 in stock and have ranged from £1495 upto 20 odd grand all different stuff but still havent found my niche. In the past I have had phases on mk1 minis, rover P5b's, 7 series volvos, 3,5,7 series BM, 2.8 Capris and Yanks but still looking for my modern speciality. Minis were in the very early days have trouble getting into one now! Any way that is probably enough , I am enjoying myself again and look forward to interacting in this forum and helping if I can. Cheers for now Fatboy