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  1. Customer claiming misrepresentaion

    Back on topic. I think the OP is reaping what he sowed. Saying the car has a service history is bending the truth to breaking point. All he had to do was say the car is well maintained (if it looks like it was) and recently serviced. No ambiguity in that. customers can be no angels for sure, but avoid giving them ammunition. My opinion of the motor tradeis not that good generally, so I,m not surprised the general public don't trust us and the courts often find against us. In my opinion it's no more than we collectively deserve, which is pretty unfair on the people who try to do it right. I bought a car from a local dealer once. Which was being offered to the public as an RAC inspected car with full warranty.I said are there any faults .? Do I need to drive it?No mate it drives perfect, honestly, we wouldn't rip if another trader.I thought well, this operation are virtually neighbours so they would need balls to rip me off. Paid for the car, starts it and the exhaust is blowing, then I realise the gearbox needs attention and by the time I had driven it as far as their offices I realise the suspension ball joints are shot. I stop at the office and say I thought this car was spot on...exhaust, gearbox, ball joints.... Well you could have driven it mate, was the response. I didn't argue the toss, just turned on my heel and said this will cost you more than a few repairs. And I can guarantee it has. If they do that to another trader...how on earth do they treat the public?
  2. I do all my own valeting and any prep which doesn't require paint. I also do anything mechanical and electrical which isn't to oily. I,ll fix electric windows, door handles, replace hood motors, maybe brakes at a push, that type of thing..anything clean really.
  3. I,m consideringbuyinga retail car (for myself)for the following reasons....or at least I was 1. It's cheaper than auctions at the moment. 2. The prep is somebody else's problem 3. I,ll be looking for a good warranty. 4. I can get cheap finance, no point tying up my own capital. So,seeing things from a customers perspective and listening to the bullshit some of those trying to sell mea car are throwing around...especially the know it all's on who's shoulders I can still clearly see schoolbag marks... Its actually been quite entertaining, if a bit of a waste of time. Every car is a great price, fantastic condition and "you'll have to be quick Sir, I,ve had a lot of interest" Actually, just about every car on most dealers forecourts is a disgrace. Most of what I have seen I would be ashamed to sell myself. A full service history apparently means it has been serviced at some point in its life. Excellent condition... a credit to its owner means it needs about 1k prep. "It's a used car sir it will have a few marks"... I,m actually considering a main dealer assured vehicle...
  4. Never been this dead before

    Well, this is my last month anyway. Got 2 to shift. Anyone want a 58 plate Audi TTS roadster.One owner, full history with less than 34k miles. Black, Red and black leather. In top retail condition. Had it 2 months and not a phone call on it. And an S3 in grey. 08, 52k, amazing service history, recent service inc brakes and prop shaft , invoice from Audi for 2.5k! Retail ready.
  5. Which 7 seat SUV ?

    I think the Q7 is probably the most sensible option, but I just don't like them for some reason...never have. The newer ones are more attractive, but originally it's like Audi set out to make the most visually unappealing car they could, which is strange I,m usually a big fan of Audi,s style.
  6. Which 7 seat SUV ?

    R350 drives great, very comfy bus. Just not what I need.
  7. Which 7 seat SUV ?

    R350 is a good shout but I want a SUV. I,ve always found X5's reliable. A Disco certainly tickets all the boxes the best, maybe I,lltake a chance but it would need to be HSE spec, so may have to up the budget to 20k. That should by me a decent 11 plate with 60k up
  8. I need to get a 7 seat SUV for the winter. The 7 seats and carrying capacity are the biggest factor. A Land Rover Discovery is the obvious choice but they don't seem to go 5 minutes without breaking down. I need reliability as I,ll be in Europe and have an 1800 mile drive to get to my winter digs.They are also pricy. An X5 would be fine, I,m familiar with an X5 and know how to buy them,but it's not a great 7 seater. Not very keen on Q7,s for some reason and it would cost 20k for a decent one. AVolvo XC90seemsgood value. I can get a high spec 50/60k mile 2012 model for 14k. I,ve never even looked at one though. Are they good? Around 15k, under 80k miles and no older than 10 plate is where I want to be. Any thoughts?
  9. I need to get a 7 seat SUV for the winter. The 7 seats and carrying capacity are the biggest factor. A Land Rover Discovery is the obvious choice but they don't seem to go 5 minutes without breaking down. I need reliability as I,ll be in Europe and have an 1800 mile drive to get to my winter digs.They are also pricy. An X5 would be fine, I,m familiar with an X5 and know how to buy them,but it's not a great 7 seater. Not very keen on Q7,s for some reason and it would cost 20k for a decent one. AVolvo XC90seemsgood value. I can get a high spec 50/60k mile 2012 model for 14k. I,ve never even looked at one though. Are they good? Around 15k, under 80k miles and no older than 10 plate is where I want to be. Any thoughts?
  10. Getting our own back.....

    Some of you guys must have the patience of saints. I couldn't deal with these people, I would be sectioned in a week or in Jail. I don't sell anything under 5k and only have low owner,full history, low milage mint cars so people can't catch me out on anything. Luckily most of my customers barely look at the car and a deal rarely takes more than half an hour to complete. Trade ins go straight to auction. I learned!! I took a 1 owner low miles 03 plate pug once and decided to retail it as it was so clean. £1295. Phone was off the hook and emails, texts with all the stupid stuff. I think I had PTSD by lunchtime.First guy came to see it, was over it like a nasty rash, underneath, inside, gave it the mother of all test drives, brake tests, steering tests....2 f*ckinghours. Looked at this, checked that... He bid me £1150 because he detected "some wear" in a place that may or may not exist. Normally, I would have told him to go forth simply because he had screwed around for 2 hours, but rather than put myself through that again, I said fine...just take the car and go. Never again.
  11. Getting our own back.....

    I,ve been trading again for a couple of years now, having been a full time car dealer previously in pre internet days. I am going to quit for the winter and move to the sun for a few months an reassess. It's just been so quiet and my search for suitable premises has so far been a time consuming waste. I did finish (well just about finish...still got 3 to move on) on a high note though. A couple of weeks ago a couple wanted to buy a £7400 car, said they were going on holiday and would collect in 10 days. £200 non- refundable deposit taken.10 days later woman phones me and claims major financial crisis and can't pay. Fair enough. It's actually the first time I,ve had a sale fall through after a deposit was taken. I thought the car was a bit cheap so I readvertised at £7700. Within 48 hours I sold it for £7700 with the customer paying on the spot and driving away. I'm £500 up on the original deal. It's difficult not to smile.
  12. Merc SLK PX price

    Maybe. I tend to avoid Blue, the exceptionsbeing Alfa's Breras/Spiders inBlue and Audi,s inSprint Blue and BMW,s in Estoril Blue which seem easy to sell. I,ve not had JasperBlue, but it looks like a quite aPearlescent colour and my instinct would be that it's just a good colour for the model.
  13. Merc SLK PX price

    It's a pretty saleable car in normal circumstances.Mileage, spec, history,colour all good. As long as it has no more than 3 owners it's goodstock even at this time of year. In normal circumstances ie. when people are actually buying cars that wouldbe a fairly easy retail at £8995.00 for me. I guess you need to decide what you can get for it. And how much you are making onthe car it's being traded against. I would say you would have to be cautious and between 6.5kand7k is probably about right given the time of year and the fact you may be stuck with it all winter. If someone came on to my drive with the car right now trying to sell it to me, 6.5k is as far as I would go.
  14. Audi with a phone holder fixed to the dash. It's the Audi option, so take it off and there is a 35mm square hole in the dash. I usually by newer cars so I,ve notencounter this. It's a low mileage 2008 S3 so still a 5 figure car, so not something I want. Any ideas?
  15. I don't accept that the dealer is always in the wrong and I will stand my ground. If the cars right when it goes out and I,m confident my cars are, and the customer has declined an extended warranty, then after the statutory 30 day period they are on their own within reason. A head gasket goes 6 weeks after purchase and the customer hasthe right attitude I,ll probably repair it, after 3 months I would offer a contribution. Again depending on attitude, but I would not feel under obligation to do so. We need to stand up for ourselves.