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  1. 4 points
    BCA are looking at opening a very restricted type of sale , one buyer per account & masked up , but its looking like the type of sale thats for the cheapie stuff just one day a week or two weeks . Thats from the horses mouth when i collected a car from our local BCA and talking to the manager , confirmed by another guy same day too . Online is far to easy for them isnt it Less admin people , less cleaners , No drivers. Cars dont need moving , More car park space , The staff arent in uniform , No Vendors to take care of creeping about . Just too easy at present
  2. 3 points
    The average PAYE man, irrespective of intelligence and/or professional qualifications does not understand. If the average Joe Public understood this there’d be no little for the dole.
  3. 3 points
    Is it just me, or are the people that say I’m not a messer, the biggest fucking messers
  4. 3 points
    It’s kind of 6 and half a dozen our bigger truck takes 5\6 cars so if it’s a full load it’s cheaper but that run in the big truck is 2 days due to driver hours and being limited to 56mph, but if it’s just one then we have a single car beavertail which is tacho exempt as it’s under 3.5ton so it can do the same run within 24 hours and isn’t speed restricted. Hopefully going to add a bigger variety of trucks to the fleet as we build our transport side, it’s a fairly new venture for us which we just started to keep our own costs down.
  5. 3 points
    For us long in the tooth traders there is no substitute for seeing and hearing cars in the flesh. You develop a good eye for sorting the wheat from the chaff. Online just doesn't cut it. And no, I don't trust the gradings. The savings and efficiencies benefit the auction house, not the buyer.
  6. 3 points
    Good on her, these wankers are useless ......................... I have issues atm with them, our village is a 40 mph limit, and every bloody day, more so Saturday and Sunday there are post Covid lockdown zombies coming through here in droves, most are over 60mph, and the bikes, well they are at least into 3 figures. So far 3 pets killed, including one of mine, a fuckin Volvo on top of an E Class through my neighbours wall, and a few years back there were fatalities. We all have pets and children / grandchildren, it's gonna happen one day, I got threatened by a Biker the other day, which even though I'm 58 yrs old was a very very bad move on his part ............. After he had picked himself and his bike off the floor, he fired it up and fucked off narrowly missed getting hit by a Camper van I ran his number plate afterwards, yeah, he was on a 1000cc Blue Yam, plate came back as 1998 Red 50cc Honda,no tax and no VOSA MOT cert ever, meaning it had been scrapped before it's first test !! Took 2 days to get hold of the Cops, in the end I used 999 because they wouldn't answer any other numbers, did they do anything at all ????????????? DID THEY FUCK Myself and another local garage have a plan, currently collecting a few scrappers then we gonna abandon' em in the middle of the fuckin road at peak times Sat and Sunday, that'll get noticed, only we will know fuck all about it
  7. 3 points
    Brilliant.Jags to Holland and Yanks back.There was a big Yank pitch near us early 70’s in Newcastle and late 60’s there was a guy from Warren St came up every week to buy Jags.He dressed like Arthur Daley and smoked cigars and just ignored me. Can we have more stories from the golden age please Marcus.The millenials won’t believe them.
  8. 3 points
    Pendragon online with a BCA description ? Good luck.I would only buy Pendragon stuff if I could see it,listen to it and smell it and it would still be a risk.
  9. 2 points
    With cheapie punters from my experience there are generally three things that sour punters when looking at a car (although old 4x4 buyers are more realistic). 1) A reference to corrosion on the MOT. 2) A reference to an oil leak on the MOT. 3) The fuel light on at the start of the test drive. It’s ok if it illuminates on the test drive but if it’s on when they first sit in it they start whining like the rear diff on an old Vauxhall Carlton. (If selling a small car with 1, 2 & 3 you’ll have it ‘til the day you die ).
  10. 2 points
    Cant see how this would help in anyway to generate a sale, just a total negative from the off. If on occasion the light has been on, I complete the deal, then dig a £10 or £20 note out of my own wallet and hand it to them and apologise for not having had a chance to top the fuel up. When they see you are handing your own personal money out it has a more positive effect than saying "Ive just put a tenner in it for you" - all comes from the same pot.
  11. 2 points
    Nothing worse than a customer picking their 'new car up' regardless of cost and no fuel in it! I put at least £15.00 in every car minimum.
  12. 2 points
    I love it when they say I sold my px to we buy any car cos their advert said I would get a better deal as a cash buyer - no we want your px to retail if we can I don't need finance - so no HP commission (but to be fair these days it's negligible ) What can you do me for cash ( well I still have to pay the vat and taxman) agree a deal and they hand over a credit card!! that's not cash and it costs me more to take a credit than debit card. but the best one we had recently was a phone enquiry who had loads of questions about a car involved us running up and down the pitch in the rain (cos none of his questions were the usual owners, fsh, mot which are on our website) 35 minutes later, he thanked us for our time and advised he was only ringing because his wife had just bought the identical car which had gone back to the garage for a fault and in case they could not fix it and they gave her a refund he was ringing all dealers within a 150 mile radius who had the same car just in case he needed to arrange viewings for a replacement vehicle.
  13. 2 points
    This young guy just arrived from over 100 miles away , no call , just turned up . rang the number on our door , " Hi I'm outside come to see the Golf you have " So we lets him in , there's the car , he wants to test drive it . Need a deal setting up first my friend I say , as hes mentioned a PX outside . 56 Plate 112,000 miles Zetec S in white , Bit Rare he goes so don't look at yer values on this one , I want decent money for it . " Wont be buying the Golf then one thinks " HPI /Experian reveals his car was born BLUE then changed to WHITE in 2010 , Its also got 14 previous owners , all odd tyres at 2mm , MATT Paint , Wrapped Bonnet , Kerbed wheels No History , says hes had 3 years but he'd had it March 2020 . What do want for it then i says 3k mate he goes I printed CAP and autotrader out for him £270 & £295 came out , so how do you value it 3k then , Cos i need that for the deposit on finance . Its not how it works though , tried explaining but he didn't actually get it , had zero concept that his car had a value based on ,condition , service history ,Provenance age and miles . He argued the fact that he wanted 3k for it based on the requirement of a deposit to get the payments down to what he could afford . Plus he had driven 100 + miles to get the golf . But you cant afford it I say based on what i can give you for the Fiesta . Its not rare , its been to friendly with to many owners , its not been serviced , its changed colour , it wants scrapping . Go sell it yourself . "Tried mate no one rang bout it " mmmmm wonder why Whats best you can do on my car then he asks now realising the reality of the valuation system . £50 i say his mate says that's what that other guy said Hes gone to sell it himself , rare cars those old school Zetec S 's , be zero tread on tyres now as he wheel spun down the road They have NO Clue nowdays at all , I remember being 11 yrs old and knowing cars had values based on condition .
  14. 2 points
    We will do anywhere mate, been as far down as village called shitterton before Will always aim to have it down to you within a week.
  15. 2 points
    I really want this car, I don’t want to leave a deposit but can you keep it for me till Christmas?
  16. 2 points
    Heard this on Saturday,punter on phone asking all sorts about N/Leaf then says it’s not for me it’s for my 17 year old son.Was then told ‘ he ain’t going to want a Nissan Leaf ‘.
  17. 2 points
    "I'm not a messer" "I'm in the trade" "My mates a mechanic/ In the trade" "Can you beat this fake finance quote with 1% APR even though I haven't worked in 5 years and have several CCJ's against me?" "I'm not looking to buy, just to test drive" "So are you a car dealer or just flipping these for a profit?" "Do you take paypal?" "Can I have it next week without leaving a deposit?" "Can I pay you £10 a week?" "Can I take it away now if I pay you half now and the other when I get paid" Take your pick
  18. 2 points
    Best one we had, fair play to the guy, asked us for a valuation on p/x so we just sent him WBAC value and said we’d match it. He got offended and sent us back the WBAC valuation of the car we was selling ,which was less than half of retail, and said that was all he wanted to pay for ours then.
  19. 2 points
    Yes, it happens. Vendors need certain amounts back for cars... what can you do? Best thing to do is only pay your maximum and if it keeps going don’t get emotional - it’s not meant to be. Plenty more fish in the sea.
  20. 2 points
    I deal with majority of warranty companies through the workshop, I think the Rac seem to be the least hassle.
  21. 2 points
    retail figure back is the way to think forward in simple terms Look at a car , find its retail value from various sites like ebay or autotrader , take off fuel costs , service costs , warranty costs , advertising costs , valet costs , MOT Costs , Your intended profit margin and the figure left is your Buying price . Pay more and you earn less its that simple really .
  22. 2 points
    Oh I dont think so , my daughter is a viper , down the station when she got back , complaint went in to the sergeant , written in complaint too . Inside sources say hes gone for re training we have two retired cops who drive cars for us , they asked the question
  23. 2 points
    My daughter got pulled last week for NO Insurance , Plates in window , Plates on MID . Stupid Copper said plates only cover TAX , NO they don't yes they do argument took place for 20 mins before my daughter called the bloody police from the coppers car Can you tell this twat he doesn't know his job she said
  24. 2 points
    AFAIK they have to be on your Trade Policy MID, they do according to my Insurers, otherwise you will flag an ANPR, and potentially could get a Car impounded if you get an arsey Cop
  25. 2 points
    Don't worry - that's simple - I can't speak for others, but mine are on my trade ins policy, maybe a thought?
  26. 2 points
    Anyone with a viable business before is viable now. people will need and want cars.
  27. 2 points
    Chineses takeway forum LOL He's waiting for the prices to go UP , he's on our side Mark I've just put two UP £800 last night and got a customer coming tomorrow on one of them , just passed finance prop at the higher price and the deals set for 1pm Friday . This guys waits for November to strike a deal hes going to be handing over more cash to some lucky dealer for a better deal Your not good at this are you Better change your name to " Nevergoingtobeadealer " There's a shortage of good stock my friend , that means only one thing , supply shortage and prices don't go down . Like rice at Chinese takeaways that MarkTVS is on about , Rice Shortage and price goes UP not down . Your not going to change the thoughts of the guys on here with ramblings about price crashes and future discussions about what happens after your down turn predictions , better not try being a car dealer though as your not really in the correct thought patterns , or make decisions quick enough either . Keep doing your day job , not time for a career move just yet . You do make me laugh though over my coffee . so thanks for that .
  28. 2 points
    Clio trophy and e46 m3 that I had recently both attracted the worst type of perverts. If I had a tenner for every time someone asked if the boot floor had been reinforced I have 2 x Honda s2000’s due in stock soon I imagine this will be the same!
  29. 2 points
    Waiting that long it will be long gone lol Not much power in that type of knowledge .
  30. 2 points
    I took in a ‘delightful’ Category S trade in the other day. A quick sweep out of the filthy interior, threw a bucket of dirty water over its battered exterior, pointed the camera at it & wrote an advert starting “IDIOTS TAKE NOTE!! NO EMAILS!! PHONE ONLY!!” Only 2 people managed to phone but the number of emails beggared belief & the pitifully low quality of questions even more so.
  31. 2 points
    Do you cover the plates then? I always leave them visible for exactly this reason.
  32. 2 points
  33. 2 points
    I have a contact and can get any car taxed for you without a V5 pm me. Small fee charged. Apply for v5 but if you don’t have it no problem.
  34. 2 points
    Thank you for taking the time to respond; I've made a note to ask for you in December.
  35. 2 points
    I'm happy to personally take a look at your renewal when it comes up. Drop me a message with your company name and I'll make a note to catch-up with you in December.
  36. 2 points
    The cars fine, no issue and nothing to sort. in this instance you should have taken control of the customer and explained this in a way they understood and shown confidence in your product and service. you do this everyday, you sell loads of these, it’s a characteristic of this model etc and then you wouldn’t be in this situation. learn from it
  37. 2 points
    And I thought driving up and down the Uk through the night to various far flung auctions at short notice was hard ! Very interesting Marcus.
  38. 2 points
    Another vote for Ashley good lad very helpful so is @John Cook - Aston Lark Very helpful both worth a shot I've used think insurance and never had any problems with them a few times though a few here have said negative things and also towergate who were slightly more expensive but seemed to offer a better level of cover ..
  39. 2 points
    Ashley @UKGLOBAL, done my renewal last month. Was a good chunk less than everyone else. His numbers are 01244 257829 and 07593137984
  40. 2 points
    It wouldn’t bother me, if you look into stuff too much it ruins it for you. We’re all gamblers in this job. Just take a chance
  41. 2 points
    Thats the life time experience too Pal . Pendragon is all rubbish , always has been always will be .
  42. 2 points
    pm me vin. Or if you want it done often register free for BMW AOS
  43. 1 point
    I had this last week Dave, a customer with a Bmw x35D brought it in for a juddering on gear change when full throttle from standstill and lack of boost from first turbo, Started with a 26 mile range after a few attempts to replicate the fault i was down to a zero range. It infuriates me, it’s not the having to put fuel in it’s the time it takes to do so, ten minute drive then ten minutes drive back and ten minutes to wait in the que as it’s an m&s garage so always people doing their weekly shop. I feel like adding .5 hours labour to their bill for my inconvenience. x5 turned out to be a poor remap issue, reflashed it to original and it’s all good.
  44. 1 point
    Guessing this idea will be scrapped now for the time being with the 6 people rule?
  45. 1 point
    I started off thinking they would miss the revenue from the cafe's the private buyers who get run up and pay eye watering fees, however on there flip side the trade seem to be paying way into and more often than not over cap clean so i guess with half your staff off its a very close numbers game and there clear lack of urgency to reopen it just could be the final nail in the coffin.
  46. 1 point
    Are we talking Northern Irish or Southern Irish? Big difference!
  47. 1 point
    A Bit of a frustrating day today. Last Friday a customer came (with her mum) to view a car we had advertised online. The advertised price of the car was €4000, they took the car for a spin and asked would we take €3700 and we settled on €3800. The customer left a €400 deposit and filled out the full sales invoice as though the car was being purchased with the balance of €3400 due on Collection the following friday. The customer brought to my attention following the test drive that she felt the accelerator pedal was a bit stiff, I personally couldn't feel anything but I agreed to have it looked at by our mechanic.(bearing in mind the customer is 18 years old and has not yet sat her practical driving test) I Had the mechanic look at it he said its perfect and then got another opinion off a second mechanic who also said it was fine but said to grease it up to make her happy. On departure the mother said "if you cant fix the pedal we get our deposit back right?" To which I said I'll get it 100% but if I cant fix it of course you can. I Had the car Professionally Valeted for Collection last night (€80) Girl and mother arrive today. Look around the car again quick test drive and say "shes just not happy with it, we want our deposit back" Had taken the add down off all online platforms for the whole week and had a sold sticker on the window in the yard incase any walk in Customers wanted it. Would you refund A) The full amount B ) Partial amount C) Withold Deposit Thanks in advance
  48. 1 point
    @Marian TDM Last year I had to pay 2400£ with bollington as part time trader from home and 10k max value. This year DNA insuance quoted me 1400£ when bollington is asking 2k. ============= That £1400 sounds like a nice reduction, is the max value still £10k ? The problem I get is that I store most of the cars in the unit we prep them in and bring them back to my home for viewing once they're ready, mostly now 'by appointment' viewings when any buyer unknown to me asks to see/buy a car. I'm currently with Aston Lark, who started out very competitive, but last year made a lot of fuss saying that cars were only insured at my business premises, so the cost took quite a hike. Unfortunately I'd left it too late to start speaking to others, but in when my renewal comes up in January, I'll certainly spend more time shopping around.
  49. 1 point
    We have just got the Launch EuroTAB 2. to replace the Launch X431 Pro4. I personally like the Launch stuff - you get great support from them too if required. Everyone local to us always comes to see us when their Snap on - etc doesn't work - the Launch never lets us down.