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  1. Agree totally, the majority of potential customers aren't stupid and have been conditioned to the new normal by the supermarkets. I will certainly be opening on the 1st June, I have a pitch with an office which is clearly signed no entry. I will socially distance myself outside with customers and explain that we cant discuss things in the office. I expect the majority of customers to understand and I can work around this. As far as I see it, we were all covered by "car showrooms" during the lockdown, regardless of whether we had a showroom or a just pitch, I am not now going to spend time looking for a loophole or technicality that prevents me from opening. Be sure that if there is an extension to the SEISS (which I doubt there will be), owners of car showrooms will not be included and they will certainly not extend it to us, or make exceptions for those with just a pitch. Everyone is welcome to their opinion, if you can afford to stay closed, do so, but having lost nearly a quarter of the year I believe its time to get this sector going again.
  2. I did think that as I was writing it. Although the stuff some people put on here can be quite revealing! Have applied to join the big boys, see you on the other side hopefully.
  3. Yeah, fair point, understand its somewhat sensitive.
  4. Without meaning to start a debate on the pros and cons of the bounce back loans, has anybody had any success so far in applying and receiving any funds? Are some banks more responsive than others? Barclays seem to have had a few problems.
  5. Another problem with the 6 month extension is the glut of MOTs that will come due later in the year, followed by a big reduction in demand around this time next year. Workshops will be flat out doing MOTs around mid autumn, MOT slots could become like gold dust. Then in the spring there will be no demand. Could take a few years to filter the bottleneck out of the system.
  6. The reality is the NHS wont collapse, it will simply reach saturation point. There will be armed police or the army stood at the door and you will be turned away. I said at the start of this that those that got ill early in the pandemic will eventually be seen as the lucky ones.
  7. I am assuming they are referring to a net profit of £50k and not a gross profit of £50k. Wont be much use to many of us if its based on Gross.
  8. Seems one extreme to the other, schools are still open yet in 72 hours we might be locked in our houses? Personally I cant see it, but who knows!
  9. Agree, I don't touch them anymore. Only Peugeot (or Citroen) I have are the 107's or 108's or C1's, because in 1.0 form the important bits are all Toyota.
  10. Great way to introduce yourself with a first post "f-bomb"...…….. To clarify, yes I am well aware of the concept of exponential growth. Believe it or not, some of us car dealers did go to school/ college/ university.
  11. Slight difference was theirs began with a major cluster in the North, it was rife before they had a chance to react. Ours seems pretty well spread, no idea if that will make a difference though. We seem to be having circa 50 cases a day and should it remain around that then I would be fairly positive. Lets just hope for some warmer weather and battle on in the meantime!
  12. How bloody unreasonable of you! How dare you attempt to make a living!
  13. I think the funniest one I saw was a private ad on AT here local to me last week. 2007 Honda Civic diesel. 170k miles with a list of modifications that nobody would want. Asking £3995 for it, AT retail was something like £1100, showing a marker of £2900 over retail. Do these people not do any research into what the car might be worth before paying a fortune to advertise?
  14. Simply due to the fact that they have to get off their ass and look at the car. "That's another £500 off the price I'm afraid sir!"