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    Every 3rd Diesel I get in for a service up here has this strange red coloured shit in it's fuel filter
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    Hi Salt You are probably making the usual mistake of stocking cars that YOU like.I would suggest trying different stuff and work on very low margins until you will find out what the punters want.So you might find it is Zafira’s or Dacia’s or Ssang Young’s rather than A6 Avants or M Sport BM’s .The punters will let you know and you can take it from there. Good luck.
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    I noticed in the news an article about a guy using software to screen shot staff working from home. Also he monitors key strokes? That’s the future for all those people thinking working from home is like early retirement? It’s the ‘COVID tax’. Meaning, An extra cost of money and/or time usually invented, that’s levied on any purchase or activity due to the virus. It’ll be in the dictionary next year!
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    I think this should one be posted on the Magic Circle forum ....JLR's current wiring make 60's Lucas Prince of Darkness look top notch, without the addition of a dose of saltwater. Best of luck with though
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    BHM touched on this months ago.... ..... .a simple use of the search function may of brought this to light..... Covid probably It's odd isn't it. Because we are all with the automotive 'bubble' where its a case of 'no grafty, no payee' and, things seem relatively normal, once you step outside of this 'bubble' it's amazing just how many aren't working, just how many services have restrictions on them.
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    Yes salt the system of the green slip works twice for sure and more too . . Only thing is , you wont get any tax back if the cars in trade . Let two payments go out if you pay DD as they will switch your account off if you abuse it .
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    I love the old adverts,extras like w/mirrors,heater and 4 Spd g/box.During the 60’s when strikes were common place we advertised a Moskvich Van.We described it ‘ this van will carry 2000 strike leaflets ‘ and we got into trouble with the printers. Please post some of the old adverts it might even amuse the younger guys.
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    Trade vet its a family business 2nd generation mainly retired, 1st generation sadly no longer with us so 3rd generation now running it now. You like us will have seen the changes over the years still got some of the adverts from grandpas days will dig them out and post them because some the advertised specs make me laugh.
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    This virus situation has brought out the worst in the worst people. Too many idiots see these restrictions or small inconveniences like for example wearing a mask as a huge attack on their personal liberties and freedoms? I saw that video of those people in the town centre after 10pm pub closure continuing to party en masse! F****** gimps!
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    is he dead then? lost count of all the people gone from this job someone wanted a favour the other day,I said not doing it too old, so they asked if I knew anyone, so I stopped and thought and realised they were retired or dead
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    We deal mainly between £5k and £15k a few over that and under px's, tend to find the £25k plus, hard market they wonder why ours is so cheap (aint got the overheads of main agent) but ours is discounted cos it is too cheap they think there is something wrong, most of our £25k plus have been sold to local people who know us and know we have been in business since 1947.
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    price them to sell them and make enough screw what others are doing you lead,others will follow
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    Got to say, they were alway poverty spec but, never had a bad one.
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    A plastic one at that too, guys a wrong ern, walk away
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    Lied about ownership, lied about history....
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    Thanks all, that’s what I thought, gave it a miss!
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    Depenends on your bank used to be an ask bank manager need a business account for that Trade vet loads of my friends think its easy money becoming a car dealer think we print money its not they have tried makes me laugh
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    You will get plenty of good help on here and you will need it..One thing,may I ask what influenced you to want to be a car trader.
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    If you tax by DD and keep cancelling the DD when you sell, DVLA will eventually block your bank details and you won't be able to tax again using the same details. Best of luck with the new venture!
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    The dates are key to this, yes you can tax a car on the green slip twice, but you need to make sure the date you sell it out of trade is the same day entered on dvla site as they taxed it, and paying monthly is a nightmare, if you do not put it into trade the same month the previous owner cancelled their direct debit they will get emails saying they owe dvla, and dvla are crafty if you pay for a month and cancel direct debit its not always good for that month can show as untaxed And good luck in your new business its certainly not easy selling cars at the minute with customers not understanding auction prices have rocketed and cannot understand why they are driving round in circles chasing the under £2k market which is flying out and the 5k-12k market much more competition
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    We had this last year with a Kia Sorento, water in fuel light on, new fuel filter and it cured it for a couple of days then light back on. We then dropped the tank and found it to be bright green that looked like shreks piss. Drained and cleaned the tank and all good. Sainsbury’s even paid the bill for the customer too! Thankfully our workshop heater runs on waste oil / diesel so it worked in that and kept us warm for a while
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    Same notice here , DONT BUY ASDA FUEL , ITS RUBBISH , same as Sainsbury and Morrison's fuel "rubbish " I've got a highly modified Bike and it wont get out the forecourt on Morrison's petrol , pops and farts bangs and splutters it does . Got a guy comes for service with an L200 , he does moon miles per year , so 2 maybe 3 times a year its in for service , New Fuel filter every time as its blocked , Because the firm he works for has a Morrison's fuel account . found fuel rail issues once and it was the filter . Another Hyundia i10 customer took her car to ASDA from us EML light on as it left the place , she bought it back , we checked it out turned the light off told her to fill it up with Shell or BP round the corner and it was fine afterwards never a problem since . . There will be stories the other way I know , but I wont go near them .
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    Track car ! ......you must be a glutton for punishment.
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    NHS yellow Focus Estates,never had those but I would imagine they would make good Hartlepool taxis.
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    I’m tempted to try it for my track car and see how good it actually is
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    I've been to Germany recently, different world over there, the VAST and huge majority are wearing masks anywhere outside of their home. My brother has a house in Denia Spain, last week he witnessed an argumentitive maskless Brit getting slapped with a 105 euro fine..... the alternative was a trip to the local nick, which he was very close to. Apparently, the Spanish police officer even spoke reasonable english and, tried to do the decent thing pointing out the error of the guys ways but, there's no educating pork. Mr 'won't wear a mask guy' was a well educated Rupert, not some beer bellied tatt'd up lager lout. * nothing wrong with beer bellies, mines stupendous.
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    I believe most police forces fleet are now leased and have been for many years. My friend Dave works for BT and they service a lot of other vehicle fleets, good earner. Their tightest customers are the lease companies for the plod squad, everything is cheapest possible, buy cheap buy twice attitude doesn't compute with them.....that said I've not spoken with him for over three years
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    They used to mint them up to sell them........ then rather than minting them up they started declaring all faults at the block........ then 6 or 7 years ago they started auctioning them like everyone else by declaring sweet f.a.! I had some good do’s years ago out of ex-service cars, they were cheap & the public loved them - especially fluorescent yellow ex-NHS Focuses! Now it’s a lottery buying them, they ain’t cheap & the Average Joe doesn’t want them.
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    Hahaha, I remember when this wheeze came in & being offered it, “Ideal for performance cars” was the guff, something to do with less expansion due to heat if I remember correctly. What a load of fucking bollocks. Rather like Manheim’s Checkpoint fee.
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    I’m just done with it all mate time to crack on safely and get the job done.
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    That's my understanding too - if you've been in close contact with someone with Covid, you should self-isolate. If its a further step (or more) away, no need. The reason being, the person with Covid19 could have passed it on very easily. But without the receiver having any symptoms (ie sneezing etc) they're able to incubate it (and maybe go on to develop Covid later) but not transmit it. So onwards people are much less likely to have caught it off the receiver. Of course, its down to timing too - if its been a number of days; and the receiver is asymptomatic but also a spreader (which is unlikely but possible) they could be capable of spreading it. The "test" isn't a sure way to properly know if someone has Covid (because it can't sense minutely small quantities during the incubation phase) and having symptoms or not, isn't a sure way either (because some people can have Covid but be asymptomatic; or have a different virus eg cold/flu/similar). Its all a bit of an unknown but it always is, in epidemiology.
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    Only they could afford those state of the art turntables, anyone know where there is one for sale, cheap? Want to make a merry go round for the kids!
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    Thought about buying a dehumidifier? Might work out more cost effective for you.
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    Every car I buy seems to be more or less running on air, no matter where I buy. Every car we prep gets at least 50 quid of fuel to cover our testing, drying after valet (its that time of year again) test driving and run to MOT centre. Hopefully its near enough half when customer drives away. I think anything less is down right mean looking. When we point out to some its got a half tank of fuel its met with.......... 'what about the other half''?! Cant win!
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    If you can't understand TV, then you better hope I don't do a podcast. TV sounds like he is talking the Queens English compared to my Scottish accent. Back in the day Police cars wanted for nothing, most forces had a highly skilled maintenance force and their own garages. Getting a slot in a Police garage was a prime job for many mechanics. In many forces the cars got washed every day to.
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    my local petrol station,im in the minority wearing a face mask I've spent a fortune on hand cleaner sprays signage etc most customers just ignore till i put my hand up and say stand back I'm not getting any younger but I want to get older
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    Worked with a South African salesman who was fantastic, great salesman but he could also be really rude and customers didn't notice / loved it / thought it was funny. One of his best Customer: I've been to a ford and they are going to give me £3000 in px for my car, what can you do?! Salesman: Grab your stuff, Let's go, I'll give you a lift down there!!!
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    Think I have the same one Tony HAHA not thought of that idea
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    I've been wearing one when with customers since June. Its fine and works as a visual reminder for them to keep away from you. Customer goes, throw it in the bin and put a new one on when another turns up. Theyre peanuts now on Amazon, about £5 for 50.
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    Well done TV. I enjoyed that and related to many of the memories from the ‘easy as shelling peas’ years.
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    Just gad a short listen, one thing stood out to me when Ian said cars were "easy to buy and easy to sell", how different to today that is.
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    Different world now pal , your decades behind . He's no bull talker , its how it was back in the day . Harder in some respect and easier in other respects . But its always changing and always will .
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    last police car i bought would have been 88 and i can confirm it had a brand new engine just fitted,probably the day before ive listened to the pod and i can confirm that what ian says happened,i might not know him personally but the stories ive witnessed ,no way would i call him a bullshitter,with regards his calling to hmrc i can also confirm his story 100% even down to them asking you what you had for tea last night i think a competitor bubbled me because he was jealous,i had no skeletons by the way i see so many traders come and go even to this day because they think they can confetti receipts...bad move
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    Now that was his opening comment this morning at 9.30 am What do you have you need valuing then i ask . Its a VXR Mate , mi mates wanting to buy it off me but want to know what he's got to pay me for it , fair like money so thought id ask a trader , mmmmm So your looking at buying a car I'm selling then was my approach . Two traders apparently told him to take a hike and value it himself . Might buy one mate depends on deal n what I get So I said ok , got a little time with coffee in hand , took the details of the VXR and gave him a retail figure minus £200 LOL heard his mate say "ok bud I'll tek off yer at that money then " So my next question was now you've sold your car what you looking for to replace it then . Be bak later mate he said , so I thought oh well my kind deed for the day 30 mins later i receive a credit checker , High High High eligibility on all levels , this was on a 20 k car .So i rang the number back and it was the same guy with the VXR Corsa . Got the money off mi mate he goes like this motor can I put 2k deposit , so i sent him the deal BOOM auto accept and hes just left with it . Worth the effort after all .