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  1. We always service/fix faults/checked over by mechanic before advertised so car should pass mot first time once a deposit is taken (doesnt always work out like that though)
  2. Cant decide if its best to MOT in advance or not. At moment we MOT once a deposit is taken or if car is within 30 days of expiry. Main reason we wait till got a deposit is if in the event something goes wrong an MOT 1mile/1day before collection goes a long way to showing the car is roadworthy at the time of sale. Also if we have MOT a car in advance I feel pressured to sell it quicker as it is obvious how long we have had a car in stock and of course customers wont be getting 12 month mot anymore. The reason I doubting my strategy is I get the feeling cars that have already been MOT in advance (ones within 30 days of expiry) are selling quicker. I also had a couple of comments from customers recently saying they were put off at first because the car only had 4 month mot when they looked it up. Even though it says in numerous places 12 Month MOT on every car. But this shouldn't be of any surprise because I am sure the majority of customers can not read. I also put viewing by appointment everywhere but every week get at least someone just turning up. So do you MOT in advance or not and whats your reasons behind it? I am assuming we all put a fresh test on every car, I do as I feel it adds value to the vehicle and it covers my back legally. Be interesting also to see how many on here dont put a fresh test on.
  3. Thanks for advice everyone, in conclusion I think only way to know its for me is to have a go. Who would be best company to deal with for me. Ideally one who would help with FCA applications and would accept customers at this price point. And should have mentioned I run my business on an appointment only basis from an industrial estate not a traditional forecourt. (Dont know if that will make any difference)
  4. Mainly stock cars between £2000 and £4000 price point I never offered finance as I rightly or wrongly always thought it will be a hassle (with declines, extra paperwork etc), I dont want customers rejecting car to finance company 5 months down line(should this be a genuine concern?) and I didnt like the idea of doing business with people who need finance on what is a cheap old car ( I dont want people with no money barley keeping up with repayments ringing me moaning it needs eg a tyre a few months down line ) Obvious plus point is I might sell more cars and I might get some commission (cant imagine much on a 3k car though). Is it worth offering finance on such a low price point and if so who would you recommend using?
  5. What year vitaras? I get through a fair few suzukis never caused me any bother. You have to watch out for gearboxes on swifts and corrosion on Jimnys though.
  6. Only advertise with Autotrader (no walk ins), usually sell 10 to 12 a month. August up to change of order (around 19 days) I sold 8 cars. Since they changed search (around 17 days) sold 2 cars. May be coincidence but I have given my 30 day notice just in case things dont pick up. Although I have had around 5 enquiries today, so hopefully will pick up this weekend.
  7. Been a week or so since Autotrader changed search order to relevant. Inquiries and sales drastically plummeted. May be coincidence we will see. Anyone else noticed a difference? I did ring up to see what makes a car relevant, spoke to three people no one knew. Quite annoying saw a private advert with one line of text and only 3 pictures more relevant than mine with 20 pictures and large paragraph of text.
  8. I put this on another thread, so apologies for repeating myself. I just had a 3 month trial with ebay/ gumtree, worked out at approx £120 per sale Autotrader approx £90 per sale Thats all that matter to me £ per sale. Ebay/gumtree brings a lot of enquiries but the quality of them is poor.
  9. You dont get to drive them, very little come back, large fees, and a lot of auction houses false bid. My advice is dont use auctions.
  10. Yes you read it right. Just had a 3 month trial with Ebay/gumtree, always been with Autotrader. All I am bothered about is £ per sale. Ebay/gumtree £120 + vat per sale. Autotrader £90 + vat per sale. Marked increase in enquiries with ebay on board but the quality of leads are a lot worse than autotrader. Think I might give cargurus a trial or fbautomotives facebook marketplace for £25.
  11. I dont buy from auctions. I started out buying from local auction but got fed up of going and coming away with nothing. Waste of time I found.
  12. I have been doing it 3 years started with just an interest in cars, no contacts (apart from place I take my personal car for mot) Its a bit doom and gloom on here. Whats hard, I buy a car, I drive to paint (if needed), I drive it to service/mot, I drive it to valeters, put photos online. Viewing by appointment at my home address (most cars kept on some storage land). Sell 10 retail a month trade 3 or 4 on. Around 10 advertised at any one time. Hardest bit at first was sourcing cars but I find it easy now. (I have more than I have room for, hence trading some on). Don't have many problems but only buy cars that are good examples and from reliable brands. Get trade plates, get traders policy and put more effort into the buying than everything else put together.
  13. Thanks for the clarification. Appreciated. Totally agree with the above. I avoid selling anything for less than £2000. My original point is I was trying to make was that you dont have to give a warranty on everything. You can sell cars for spares or repairs. (although you have to tread carefully).
  14. He replied regarding who is a consumer, nothing was mentioned regarding selling an unroadworthy car. I was always under the impression an unroadworthy car could be sold as long as it was stated to be unroadworthy. How can there be come back on a car that is being advertised and sold for spares or repairs. It is as described, it is fit for purpose (the purpose being spares or repairs) and of satisfactory quality.
  15. So we get a old banger in px its too good to scrap but not worth enough to prep properly (service fresh mot warranty valet etc). Can we or cant we sell it as spares or repairs?