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What do you do when the phone isn't ringing.

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I'd suggest spending more time on your online presence than your physical presence. Obviously how your stock and premises look are important, but not as important as how you appear online. That can be your website, your Google My Business Page, Your Facebook, Your stock adverts (text, images & video), this is what the larger audience see, waaaay before they even visit. Make sure that all looks bob-on, way before the yards been swept and you've applied another layer of tyre shine :)

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9 minutes ago, CCC said:

Have been thinking that people might find credit harder to get and move back to prestige used rather than new on a pcp. Always better value financially as long as you’ve got the cash.

Manufacturer subsidised leases are already drying up.

You might be onto something here..

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1 hour ago, trade vet said:

Hi CB

Am I right,you stock 6 heavy cars and employ a valeter.

 

Hi Tradevet, 

No not entirely correct. It all depends on what I manage to buy.

Sometimes I have 8-10 in stock, sometimes I might have 20-30. 

I have certain preferences for stock and price bracket isn't one of them. I like to think I have something for most price brackets. A couple of weeks ago Range Rover went for £73,500.00. Currently I have stock literally from £40k all the way down to £4k (£300.00 if you include the scrapper p/x I sold on eBay at the beginning of he month). 

Yes I have an employee. His duties aren't limited to just valeting though. He collects/delivers cars, does all driving, aside from in the winter he's used as a grounds keeper at my house, keeps the pitch maintained, decorates the office twice a year etc etc and pretty much anything else that needs doing.

 

 

 

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26 minutes ago, David Horgan said:

Your panicking again Nick , stop worrying :rolleyes:

Hi Nick

Can we just clarify.

You have been a guest here for 20 years.

we probably subsidised your further education

your house has dropped in value,is it a 

 

 

new build with the subsidised deposit,they appear to be the ones to have dropped

your Ryanair flights have doubled ( that must be another £30 per time)

your Dutch GP has gone to Canada,that is understandable if they were not a practice partner,I know some GP’s,they see on average 45 patients per day plus all the paperwork and red tape,they work very long hours.

your dent guy or smart repairer must not have been any good for them to go back home or the VAT man was onto them

20 years here and you have not taken up citizenship and you are complaining,you should be thanking us for the hospitality.

you could always try USA,however to get in and work,unless it has changed,the cheapest way is  to buy a business but you must employ 2 Americans.Then you are given 2 years to declare reasonable profits or you and your family are deported.

I would not be surprised that  if I went to work in your Bulgaria,I would be prevented from setting up as a taxi operator or run a car wash.You certainly  can’t do that in Spain of course unless you have a Spanish business partner.

I could on and on.

 

 

26 minutes ago, C B said:

Hi Tradevet, 

No not entirely correct. It all depends on what I manage to buy.

Sometimes I have 8-10 in stock, sometimes I might have 20-30. 

I have certain preferences for stock and price bracket isn't one of them. I like to think I have something for most price brackets. A couple of weeks ago Range Rover went for £73,500.00. Currently I have stock literally from £40k all the way down to £4k (£300.00 if you include the scrapper p/x I sold on eBay at the beginning of he month). 

Yes I have an employee. His duties aren't limited to just valeting though. He collects/delivers cars, does all driving, aside from in the winter he's used as a grounds keeper at my house, keeps the pitch maintained, decorates the office twice a year etc etc and pretty much anything else that needs doing.

 

 

 

Sorry CB,I was thinking get rid of the valeter and do it yourself.

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43 minutes ago, twerp said:

Manufacturer subsidised leases are already drying up.

You might be onto something here..

The really stupid deals have not happened yet this year but there is still good value in the market but in smaller stock numbers.

Any manufacturer with U.K. or imminent stock are throwing in some good support money.  

In general most manufacturers seem to be putting up prices slightly and reducing support terms but I feel this is in case of a drop in the pound.  

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17 minutes ago, trade vet said:

Hi Nick

Can we just clarify.

You have been a guest here for 20 years.

we probably subsidised your further education

your house has dropped in value,is it a 

 

 

new build with the subsidised deposit,they appear to be the ones to have dropped

your Ryanair flights have doubled ( that must be another £30 per time)

your Dutch GP has gone to Canada,that is understandable if they were not a practice partner,I know some GP’s,they see on average 45 patients per day plus all the paperwork and red tape,they work very long hours.

your dent guy or smart repairer must not have been any good for them to go back home or the VAT man was onto them

20 years here and you have not taken up citizenship and you are complaining,you should be thanking us for the hospitality.

you could always try USA,however to get in and work,unless it has changed,the cheapest way is  to buy a business but you must employ 2 Americans.Then you are given 2 years to declare reasonable profits or you and your family are deported.

I would not be surprised that  if I went to work in your Bulgaria,I would be prevented from setting up as a taxi operator or run a car wash.You certainly  can’t do that in Spain of course unless you have a Spanish business partner.

I could on and on.

 

 

Sorry CB,I was thinking get rid of the valeter and do it yourself.

What a complete twat.

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1 hour ago, Nick M.K. said:

You sound exactly like my ski instructor when we both look from the top of the steepest black run :D

I went up one of those a few years ago on a lift and went down on my ass... It took all day...

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24 minutes ago, trade vet said:

Sorry CB,I was thinking get rid of the valeter and do it yourself.

TV, I used to do everything myself. Absolutely everything. Right up until when my wife had our first child in March 17. Since then I employed my 'general, does everything man' and as the baby gets older I seem to spend less and less time in the office. There's no substitute for spending time with them imo. 

I do miss doing everything myself, the days out on the train collecting stock then the days out with the transporter, chipping main dealers to within an inch of their lives, and there's also the odd occasion where my guy misses something that in my opinion is blatantly obvious! 

 

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1 hour ago, CCC said:

Have been thinking that people might find credit harder to get and move back to prestige used rather than new on a pcp. Always better value financially as long as you’ve got the cash.

Very good point....

1 hour ago, ExCouncilJobsworth said:

I watch porn when the phone doesn't ring :ph34r:

 

@boring dave

:lol:

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6 hours ago, C B said:

January started well and better than expected.

I was pretty well stocked up with some reserve funds in the bank. Then a couple of lumpy bits came up and at price I couldn't say no. 

For the last few days the phone hasn't rang. 

Normally it wouldn't bother me and I'd comfortably ride the storm but I'm stocked up to the eye balls and the bank balance is a bit lower than what I normally let it get to. 

Prices reviewed and dropped slightly in attempt to tempt anyone that's interested. 

Valeter is stood around with fuck all to do so he's re valeting everything as I type this. 

Normally when it's quiet I go home, see the baby and don't give a fuck but I could do with shifting a couple more bits this week, if not this week definitely by the end of the month. 

How do you guys pass the quiet times?

Just wait it out, we occasionally get periods like this. It all comes back around, before you know it back at auction paying over the odds as everyone is in the same boat. 

 

But if you need to shift some quickly is it worth trying a new advertising package somewhere? Trial no sign up...Who do you advertise with currently?

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28 minutes ago, Contracts said:

 

Any manufacturer with U.K. or imminent stock are throwing in some good support money.  

 

Yes - saw some particularly cheap new shape A Class AMG and A3 S Line petrol deals a few weeks back.

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1 hour ago, trade vet said:

Hi Nick

Can we just clarify.

You have been a guest here for 20 years.

we probably subsidised your further education

your house has dropped in value,is it a 

 

 

new build with the subsidised deposit,they appear to be the ones to have dropped

your Ryanair flights have doubled ( that must be another £30 per time)

your Dutch GP has gone to Canada,that is understandable if they were not a practice partner,I know some GP’s,they see on average 45 patients per day plus all the paperwork and red tape,they work very long hours.

your dent guy or smart repairer must not have been any good for them to go back home or the VAT man was onto them

20 years here and you have not taken up citizenship and you are complaining,you should be thanking us for the hospitality.

you could always try USA,however to get in and work,unless it has changed,the cheapest way is  to buy a business but you must employ 2 Americans.Then you are given 2 years to declare reasonable profits or you and your family are deported.

I would not be surprised that  if I went to work in your Bulgaria,I would be prevented from setting up as a taxi operator or run a car wash.You certainly  can’t do that in Spain of course unless you have a Spanish business partner.

I could on and on.

 

 

Sorry CB,I was thinking get rid of the valeter and do it yourself.

Seat. Drink. Popcorn. Let the fun begin.

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Riding it out isn't normally an issue, what's got me on the on edge is how low I've let bank balance get (I don't normally do this hence why I'm uncomfortable) The end of this month is the end of my financial year. This is when I normally rape and pillage the account for dividends, expenses and all the rest of it. 

Could do with the on the lumpier bits going. 

Since writing this thread I had a call on a 17k car. Got me slightly excited until I learned the 'trader' from birmingham wanted to pay £15k and no more. As tempting as it genuinely was to get funds back in I politely declined. I then hung up when he asked, wats last price innit

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Last price, last price :lol:

Maybe overhaul how your do your accounting throughout the year, for next time. 

They should move, the weekend is coming but hopefully tax will be down with all the stock 

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TV. 

 

I read your thread. Only a couple of questions: 

1) Why in each and every thread do you feel te need to talk about the VAT man? 

2) Why would you assume that you (and the nation) have subsidized anything of mine??

3) Why on earth would you even begin to assume that you will be anything less than welcome in my home country INCLUDING setting up any businesses you might like to set up???

NOTE: I wasn’t insulted when you called me a “guest”. 

 

 

P.S. I certainly continue to feel the “hospitality” even after reading the above. 

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2 hours ago, JimmyGlen said:

I'd suggest spending more time on your online presence than your physical presence. Obviously how your stock and premises look are important, but not as important as how you appear online. That can be your website, your Google My Business Page, Your Facebook, Your stock adverts (text, images & video), this is what the larger audience see, waaaay before they even visit. Make sure that all looks bob-on, way before the yards been swept and you've applied another layer of tyre shine :)

Stevie

Anyone reading this forum and wondering which traders to listen to, the answer is listen to anything like this, or similar,  to what this guy is talking about. 

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36 minutes ago, EPV said:

Anyone reading this forum and wondering which traders to listen to, the answer is listen to anything like this, or similar,  to what this guy is talking about. 

HMRC

Pitch 

 

Not Like it Was 

 

no no I don’t need a website I advertise in the paper 

 

dont listen to the ones like this

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6 minutes ago, Arfur Dealy said:

People buy from people, that is fundamentally the key to selling.

+1

(but the selling is the easiest bit)

 

 

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16 minutes ago, grant8064 said:

+1

(but the selling is the easiest bit)

 

 

It depends on who. For me, the selling is the most different part.

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52 minutes ago, Nick M.K. said:

TV. 

 

I read your thread. Only a couple of questions: 

1) Why in each and every thread do you feel te need to talk about the VAT man? 

2) Why would you assume that you (and the nation) have subsidized anything of mine??

3) Why on earth would you even begin to assume that you will be anything less than welcome in my home country INCLUDING setting up any businesses you might like to set up???

NOTE: I wasn’t insulted when you called me a “guest”. 

 

 

P.S. I certainly continue to feel the “hospitality” even after reading the above. 

Nick

I was just replying to your adverse comments about the U.K.Maybe I was being a bit to ‘Alf Garnett ‘ if anyone remembers him.

1) I don’t think I refer to the VAT people that much,I don’t mind them,it is Revenue Inspectors I am not keen on.

2) when you referred lately to being an economics graduate,I had assumed it was from here and therefore subsidised.

3) The UK follow EU rules to the letter.However in Spain for instance and probably other EU states they don’t.( especially Greece )

I have to say,I was expecting a lot more flack from the southerners on here.

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Ive been doing this for years and i used to worry like mad when things were quieter . Now im more relaxed. Don't get me wrong, i prefer to be very busy but you just have to ride out any mini storms.

I am relatively happy with my january but the workshop side of things is absolutely manic . I am very lucky that when car sales can go quiet due to recessions etc, then people tend to keep their cars longer and the workshop side is more busy

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Nope, Bulgaria born and educated. Arrived here literally 4 days after passing all state exams. I have a NEBOSH Certificate I got here in 2004 (Health & Safety, don’t ask) but that was paid by a private company I worked for at the time. 

In Bulgaria they also follow EU rules but the rules for setting up a business (irrespective of the nationality of the owners) are very very open and relaxed. You want to invest - invest. No barriers. 

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13 minutes ago, trade vet said:

Nick

I was just replying to your adverse comments about the U.K.Maybe I was being a bit to ‘Alf Garnett ‘ if anyone remembers him.

1) I don’t think I refer to the VAT people that much,I don’t mind them,it is Revenue Inspectors I am not keen on.

2) when you referred lately to being an economics graduate,I had assumed it was from here and therefore subsidised.

3) The UK follow EU rules to the letter.However in Spain for instance and probably other EU states they don’t.( especially Greece )

I have to say,I was expecting a lot more flack from the southerners on here.

We're too busy selling cars and lighting our cigars with £50 notes

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