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  1. I'll second that. He lasted about as long as a dry cough and high temperature.
  2. I'm looking forward to more scary stats from him. And he's watching some flight scanner website too. Hope he's stocked up on toilet roll in his bedroom, god knows what will happen when he discovers Porn.
  3. My opportunity to interact with a lot of people is directly correlated to the number of people who are scared of the corona virus. So today, my risk is zero. The staff in Home Bargains next door? I'd say they're fucked.
  4. Who Needs Arfur when we have notadealer? Mods, please dont bar him yet, he's good value.
  5. I dont clean the engine bay. If they ask to look at the engine, I explain when I'm popping the bonnet (and theyre taking a minute to find the latch to open it) that I don't believe in mixing water/steam and electrics. Rarely is anyone bothered. I Had one punter ask me to get it cleaned before he picked it up a couple of days later, so I asked my valeter to wipe it over, which he did. The punter didnt even check when he collected.....
  6. But the bit that's different this time is that its driven by fear of an illness, and the potential knock on of job losses, not the conventional slow down and recession we have all seen before.To those that don't give a f**k, its just another day. So as the big businesses with 'responsibility to the well being of staff', close their doors, the little businesses like ours have the opportunity to sell, assuming people are allowed out and we arent on a total lock down like China was.Italy is still open but with restrictions like one at a time in shops. I've got to stay optimistic, hope Boris doesnt close the schools because my Mrs works in the NHS so it will be me looking after the kids and they think my work is boring.
  7. It does seem a little less aggro. And to be fair to this first time poster, its a very reasonable question that deserves a reasonable answer. If only any of us knew what that was.
  8. If you have the original log book, I think the supplying dealer left it to you to register it, likewise the tax. If they had done it online with you, everything would have been with you within days and you would have received an email instantly. Likewise the tax. If you have the original log book still, fill it in, post it or follow the online instructions. And use the green section to get it taxed online IMMEDIATELY. You might want to check its got an MOT while you're at it....
  9. Back in the days when you couldnt look such things up online!
  10. Sensible Intro! Re the tax question on the Corsa - you pay tax on everything at the end of the tax year, not the individual car. If you mean VAT, yes, its 20% of the margin between sale and purchase, so buy for 1500, sell for 2200, VAT payable on 700 = £116.67. your tax is payable on all profit, less your annual allowance (which you will currently be using via your job). The cosst of your office, and the 6k loss are legitimate business expenses so will reduce your tax bill. Only you will know if you can make this pay by leaving your job. Is your objective to earn more than the 35k you currently make? Or is it a lifestyle choice? And how many cars could you buy today with cash you currently have? to sell 4-5 a week you will need at least a stock of 20.
  11. Same - lets see how quickly they get it fixed...
  12. As Above. Tempting as it may be to find out what is going on, that really isnt worth doing unless a court summons arrives. And even then, the facts are the facts. You are a business. He is a Business. The car was sold through a medium which permits that type of sale. It was clearly sold as spares or repairs. End of. This is the opinion of the legal advice you have sought. A short letter which is to the point is all that you (or your legal adviser) needs to send. Dont complicate it, just state the facts as they are. And state that any further correspondence will not be entertained unless it is by post. Do not respond to texts, emails etc, you will only encourage him!!
  13. Rory, it was you I was thinking of regarding delivery. My impression of you is that you do the job right, so have no concerns when you send a car to a customer. I agree that they are getting lazy, it may be that Huggins has a unique car or maybe he is the only one with a more common car who has said yes to delivery. either way, its down to his level of prep and customer expectation. If they're right, no worries.
  14. Are you being paranoid because of the customers manner/ behaviour over the phone? Or is it just because you're concerned you may get your finger burnt? With the costs associated with this transaction, the only caution I would express is to make sure that the customer knows exactly what they are getting. How much is a 200 mile delivery going to cost? And if the delivery driver is faced with a customer rejecting the car for whatever reason they may decide on, is he actually able to bring it back or is he moving on to the next job from there? I would recommend you having a delivery charge involved here, and just ask yourself the question, why cant this customer make it to look at the car and drive it back himself? Even if they dont have a car, they can always get on a train etc, I'd think it will take you a few days to get a delivery of that distance arranged, so the 'i cant get down till next monday ' line doesnt really win out here. Aside from the cautionary notes we have given you so far, if you have confidence in your car and your customer, then you shouldnt have much to worry about. I know there are many on here who do deliver distances without issue, out of interest, whats the car ?
  15. MattR

    Fiat Panda

    I've had one of the new shape ones. It took ages to sell, and barely made anything when it did. As for the 2004 shape on, I've had a few of them, the £30 tax ones sell just fine, I avoid the others. But they are a 'pitch car', not really one to set the internet on fire.
  16. that you are happy to discuss the price in person when they have looked at the car with you. If they arent prepared to come and look, there really is no point in going any further.
  17. I'll agree with Airvidox. Used it on thursday, overnight so longer than the 8 hours the product recommends, still a slight chemical smell but certainly no other odours. Just make sure you dont have a test drive booked in it just after youve finished, the car will need a long airing to get rid of the chlorine smell!
  18. Uzzi seems to have gone quiet! I'm sure its because he's doing his VAT calculation. Mark 101, love the calculation, maybe that should be added in to the 'how to be a dealer' guide?
  19. If the service history and dvla mileages stack up as you suggested in the first post, then surely that is the more likely mileage? entirely possible there has been an input error at VW.
  20. But still want a discount when its priced great. Like the family who are with me now.....
  21. Well, you learn something every day. I cant see he is entitled to request payment for work he has authorised without your say so. But, with the info given (its not something ive ever thought about before as I only sell cars from my car business), then logically the CRA 2015 does apply as you are a business selling something to a private individual. Bit harsh though. If he has requested a rejection and refund, then do so if there is a fault with the car. what makes him think the timing chain needs replacing? is it a garage scaring him? Or has he had a warning light come on? He seems determined to get his money off you for the service, is it possible a mate of his with a garage has given an estimate (for work which isnt required) which is roughly double what the customer thinks is what you 'owe'him from the service etc in the hope you'll go 50/50 on this estimate?
  22. A dent can happen at any time. Maybe before it was bought, maybe after. Has he gone too fast over a speed hump? Run over something like those left over bits of tyre you sometimes see on the motorway? His mechanic mate not put it on a ramp properly? the list is endless. No rejection in my book.