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  1. Been busted myself for this. 55 mph in the inside lane of the A14 minding my own business. Traffic cop pulls me over. End up with £30.00 fine for incorrect use of trade plates and £100.00 for obscuring the vehicles reg no. Both displayed outside the vehicle but over plates. Got to be proud of our boys in blue, he got two offences out of an easy stop. His parting shot was Ha Ha I'm the only copper who bothers about this stuff round here. A week later the Mrs was driving out of town in her Cayenne and was pulled over for tinted windows, told the correctly spaced private plate was suspect (we've had it 20 years and its not) . Result £50.00 fine while he got her to struggle and de tint the windows on the spot. The car was tinted when a demo and no one including my MOT tester friends had noticed the tint was SLIGHTLY illegal. This stop took just under an hour and I guarantee he could have found real crime within a hundred metres many times within that hour. In fact illegally parked cars with roma plates were in the same main road. My take on it is, cautions would have been good enough or maybe one fine for the tradeplates. Neither of us have criminal records or associates both natives, taxpayers and in our fifties . First offence on both counts. Easy stops but my opinion of the local traffic cops round here has not improved.
  2. Great. Thanks Dealer. Another option to check out
  3. Brilliant! Thanks David , strangely virtually went past their door today chasing stock totaly unaware. Hope to return the favour one day.
  4. Looking for my first bit of help please ! I have recently dealt a few high spec high mileage (140,000 plus) vehicles with good success. But have now encountered the problem of finance companies the two brokers I use losing their appetite at 120000 - 130000 miles. I also notice that some dealers offering finance packages on higher mileage cars. Please can someone point me in the right direction. Many Thanks
  5. Loving this thread, great to see motor trade banter is still alive and kicking. David Horgan ,large 4x4,s have been considered but warranting Range Rovers scares me ! Used to be fairly safe with the Landcruisers, Hilux, 4 tracks etc but not so sure now. Back in the day even had a Shorrocks supercharged Range Rover 3.5 with a body kit and alloys that made it look like a Suzuki bigfoot jeep.....tasteful!. After the novelty had warn off was wedged with it for ages but funnily enough managed to unload it to a trader outside Belmont Auctions in the end. Off to the pub now for large chilli and chips and a few guinness.......you dont get a body like this without feeding it!
  6. Thanks for the great welcomes !. All I can say is I am a pretty sensitive fellow when it comes to weight but when I got on the scales this morning the reading was " one at a time please"
  7. Morning , Have been lurking for a year or so thought I should introduce myself and thank you all for the valuable information gained already. I have returned to the motor trade after a break of over 20yrs during which time I managed to build and sell a financial services firm and retain a small property business. The FCA compliance and the last load of exams I took made me realise although I had made reasonable success of it there were 20 odd years I hadnt enjoyed and could nt replay so I needed to change before its too late. The start of my motortrade career in the early eighties was washing vehicles in the morning and petrol pump attendant in the afternoons. Was nt very good at being employed ended up self employed at the age of 21. The things You miss thread tickled me striking many chords. I was one of the boys from "the country" taking shiney japanese stuff with "ahem" mechanical challenges which certain groups found appealing! down to Belmont Charlton. " lovely Blue bird estate freshly in from the country ideal for runs to the wholesalers during the day minicabbing in the evening, by the way marvellous jacket you have their sir must bring me back one next time you are home will you start me at 2 grand!" Great well spoken Auctioneer could write a book on that place. Fast forward to now have10 to 15 in stock and have ranged from £1495 upto 20 odd grand all different stuff but still havent found my niche. In the past I have had phases on mk1 minis, rover P5b's, 7 series volvos, 3,5,7 series BM, 2.8 Capris and Yanks but still looking for my modern speciality. Minis were in the very early days have trouble getting into one now! Any way that is probably enough , I am enjoying myself again and look forward to interacting in this forum and helping if I can. Cheers for now Fatboy