Willoughby

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    Zenith Classics Ltd Manchester

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  1. Have a look at RAC car passport - 2.99 a go - seems to work well.....the printout is also handy to give to the customer.
  2. Not sure but I would have thought that taxing it on the V5C/2 i.e a new keeper will log it at the DVLA as having a new owner on the date the tax was issued...they'd then just be awaiting the new owners details to be sent/input .........so suspect its definitely bending the rules, bet if you rang the DVLA they'd tell you that you need to put it in your name.... Sort of thing that isn't a problem until you have a bump or get a tug from the plod.........
  3. Once had this with a customer who although paid in full kept dragging his feet about collection, order form now states will store car for 14 days following sale foc, then £35 per week storage charges apply. .
  4. We don't do much on finance but when we do could be a 20K or 30K deal - so use a broker. Advice we got from FCA was that even if you only refer customers to a broker you still need a Limited Permissions. Main reason being that the introduction confers a level of financial awareness/responsibility hence you should have a licence.... any doubt FCA do a "Decision Tool" that defines what licence if any you need.....
  5. Don't think its quite that easy as it would be seen by the tax man as appropriation of company assets at below market value, particularly if they have either been written down or had work done by the business without reflecting that in the their sale value......So you should sell them at something like market value - taking into account their condition, if they had a few issues (say engine problem or some other issues) you would value them accordingly! - just keep a written note on file in case you were ever asked to justify it.
  6. Same as MttR, car was MOT'd so was roadworthy at sale. Clearly car does show signs of wear and tear due to its age and mileage - its what cars do. Its all about expectation - would the garage who inspected it like to find him a similar car for the same price with no items showing wear? - I suspect they would advise him to spend more money on something newer/lower mileage........ No point in falling out, tell him that's what you get of money he paid, throw him a few quid as a gesture of goodwill to assist in getting the car to the standard that he is comfortable with, however if he doesn't want the car deduct £500 or so for use and take it back. For sure if you think he's going to be difficult take it back, its not worth the hassle...
  7. I use excel, and have been looking around at the API's on offer just this week, (there must be about 20 to choose from)..for me Vitaltax looks to be about the simplest as you download the software once to your PC and don't need to send your data via the cloud to a 3rd party as with many of the others, its also cheap... like you wondered if anyone else has done it yet?
  8. I'd rather use a classified advert on ebay rather than an ebay auction listing, if its cheap you can get the idiots who win without viewing, then pitch up to collect and moan "its not what I was expecting" .....and you are back at the start..... With a cheap classified ebay advert you sell it to the first buyer to pay and drive away, also if you think the buyer could be trouble just tell them "this car isn't for you" - there's also no feedback issues.....Oh and never never never accept paypal......
  9. yeah, don't have an on site mechanic so if a customer isn't quite happy about something or think something isn't quite right ...(even if you're pretty sure there's nothing wrong) no need to try and talk him around happy to say we can get it checked out properly by a third party when its serviced and MOT'd.......
  10. no you are not reading me right - since when has a car needing its tracking checked or perhaps a possible exhaust rattle of blow when the engine is cold been dangerous ......I've been in the trade for over 30 years and touch wood have never had any contact from trading standards or a solicitor - so must be doing something right... calm down dear....
  11. If a car has a known issue get it fixed when it arrives but as I sell stuff that can hang around a while do the service and MOT only once sold, when we go on a test drive I tell the customer its not yet been serviced so if the customer comments on anything - "it pulls to the right a bit", "exhaust sounds a bit noisy" - easy to say it will be checked properly and attended to prior to the handover. ...... but do see if different if you have people turning up wanting to pay and take stuff away....
  12. We sell specialist stuff that sometimes sits around for months, batteries are a right pain.....sometimes when the battery is completely flat (like leaving lights on overnight) - the Ctek just won't start the charge cycle, if you hook up the flat battery to the booster pack and let it sit for about 20 minutes it transfers enough charge in the flat battery for the ctek to then do its thing.... always worth a try before buying a new one...
  13. Posted about this couple of months ago, we use pretty simple excel spreadsheets, don't have a workshop and just 1 valetor. Have had a look around and everything is much more sophisticated than what we need.... Hoping someone will bring out a simple API (interface) that will mean we can still used Excel (which HMRC have stated they are happy with) and basically transfer the numbers from excel into the API - which will communicate it to HMRC. According to my accountant there are hundreds of thousands of businesses in the UK that aren't yet aware of the requirement both small ones who issue only a few invoices, and large ones with groups of companies who perhaps have multiple bespoke accounting systems - that quarterly produce a VAT summary and until now someone keys it in and send it.... The industry are saying someone will bring out a simple API but as yet no-one has broken cover............my take is that either the deadline will slip or they will run the old system in parallel until they have vast majority of companies sorted....... I'm not panicking yet, I understand the first new system electronic Vat return to be sent will need to be made at end of July - for the first accounting quarter....
  14. The cars we have sold for export to Cyprus or anywhere else are always on the basis that the invoiced buyer pays in sterling and once paid its down to them to arrange onward shipping, import and taxes etc. We sometimes provide customers with a few pointers of help if they need it but from experience if you're not careful you become the point of contact for the complete thing (for which you're not being paid).......like car hasn't been loaded at docks (even when it was there on time) so will be another month before it can go, there's damage at the other end or somethings gone missing, ship was re-routed due to bad weather so it will be 3 weeks late.............Depends how committed you are, easiest route would be to buy UK cars, get them imported and then sell them once they're tax paid and ready to go - once had a customer who as ever wanted to buy as cheap as possible........bought and paid and arranged his shipping on a 7 years old car without seeing it - he'd had loads of pictures, he then moaned when it arrived that the paintwork wasn't as good as he expected and that did I know it had 3 different makes of tyre on.......so you may well be able to made a go of it with the right contacts and you'll never know unless you try....
  15. Have sold a few to Cyprus over the years, and as you are probably aware there are a few companies / sole traders who are already into this market, typically Cypriots who already live in the UK, there are quite a few shipping lines that take the cars some RORO others in containers.... You'll need to be 100% on top of the import regulations, as getting it wrong can give you a major problem. .....Once sold a car that had originally been first registered in Japan then came the UK, had a UK V5 - no problem............unfortunately the buyer wasn't aware until the car arrived in Cyprus that as its first registration was outside the UK import tax was huge.... and he ended up sending it back to the UK, effectively re-importing it (as it was down as being exported) finally selling it on about 12 months later - and down about 3 grand.......