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  1. Had a little chuckle at my own stupidity earlier today - thought I'd share! Honda Civic Mk8 - We've had a few of them, always do pretty well out of them and the buyers are sensible. Almost every single one we've had is has had the boot floor missing. I've been writing that it is missing on our PDIs and explaining to customers that its missing, and at the same time wondering how on earth all these different people have managed to lose this pretty big piece of carpet lined plastic. Today, whilst valeting our latest one - again missing the boot floor, I lift up the boot liner to vacuum out the underneath and notice that there is a little tag to hook it up onto the parcel shelf so it stays upright - but it doesn't quite reach the tag. When you pull it high enough to hook it up, the back end is the exact same height as the rest of the boot. Then it twigs - the boot floor is height adjustable! Duh! All these customers I've been telling that it is missing, and writing on PDIs is because I'm stupid! I always wondered why the boot floor was carpeted, and underneath is another piece of carpeting. Now I know.
  2. We've got a Honda GX160 with a Karcher (can't remember the numbers!) Pump. Motor starts first pull every time, and the pump is really powerful. Both made in the mid '90s, and still going strong! Bought 2nd hand and we've had them 2 years ourselves. Had a little Karcher and a Bosch electric pressure washer, and didn't think too much of them - noisy and didn't last more than a year or so each.
  3. CarGurus tend to remember the old advert and keep its details - not helpful for a price increase! Not sure if it remembers details for a set amount of time, when we've taken cars off, they have always been back on in less than a week. Might come up as a fresh listing if its off longer. Can't comment on AT. Hope this helps
  4. Would you take bag of pasta and box of paracetamol?
  5. We hear that time and time again too... Usually followed by an attempted 'haggle' - You're telling me its the best you've seen, why the heck should it be cheaper! Always nice to hear though... You do think, shame you didn't just come here first. Would have saved yourself hours of driving and a tank of fuel trying to hunt out a 'bargain'
  6. May not be relevant, but we had an A6 not so long ago - the comfort module was wet and giving us funny symptoms. Sure enough, under the carpet was soaked - took about 10l of water out. Carpet was dry, but you could hear the water sloshing! On the A6, it was under the carpet where the passengers feet would be. Black box about the size of an A5 sheet of paper and an inch thick. We took ours out of its plastic casing (full of water too!) and cleaned all the circuit board with a toothbrush and contact cleaner and left it in the airing cupboard overnight to dry properly. Lucky enough, that sorted all our issues. Hopefully yours will be as easy as that.
  7. Try Fusion. Neat for tyres and external trim, 50:50 for interior dressing.
  8. Speeding is normally only 3 points - as a new driver, you've got 6 to use up before you're back at the bus stop Car speedos are normally read a couple on MPH over, and cameras normally have a tolerance. Fingers crossed.
  9. Don't worry too much until the notice drops through the door. I think they normally inform within a fortnight. If the car is registered to trade, it might take longer. I couldn't tell you whether you'll be offered a course or not, I think that depends on different factors whether a course would be appropriate or not. Cross your fingers, and hope you're under. Learn from it too - trade insurance is expensive enough without any points!
  10. You've posted the owners name and address in one of the photos of the invoice - so I'd get that gone. The pics aren't really in the right order and a couple are a little blurry, and the front tyres are really muddy. We have all the exterior pics first, then interior, then any special features, then paperwork. You look like you are in quite a confined space, if you can't get back a little further I'd consider a different location. You're camera has picked out all the dust in the interior, so the inside looks a bit grubby. Also, the way the seats are set makes the car look like its going to be very uncomfortable. Doesn't look like there is any space in the front, but loads of legroom in the back. Not a bad effort, few tweaks here and there. Are you happy, have you looked through from a potential customers point of view?
  11. At the moment, you do! But, on a more serious note, The one that gives you the money first Get in on the market and find out!
  12. Wikipedia? Youtube? Parkers? Owners Forums? Reviews? The internet is your friend for general stuff.... Unless there is something specific that you want to know? Or get it MOT'd & PDi'd and get it on the net. If a customer wants to know anything, they'll ask.
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    Mr Bob

    A customer who wants his hand held. I'm guessing the car he bought was the cheapest one he could find, and I'm betting he spent less than £1k. Buy Cheap, Buy Twice. Recently, a couple of customers have left us to buy 'cheaper' - only to be on the phone a short while later asking for advice. Nope! You made your bed, you lie in it. I think Mr Bob should post to the CAG or Mumsnet.