Beautiful South Martin

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  1. What about policy books do you have those printed professionally or is it just designed by yourself and given to your customer. I've just looked at Crystal clear warranties on line and its up £22 a policy for 3 months roadside assistance, books etc and then £350 + VAT up front for POS
  2. Hi Trade vet No workshops just sub contract everything. 120-150 per annum but hoping to increase that to 200+ as just took on additional storeage facilities. Thanks
  3. Like probably most people in lockdown at the minute, I'm looking at changing a few things when we eventually get back to trading again. I know this subject has been discussed a few times on here but I'm seriously now thinking about using an in house warranty. At the moment we put a 3 month underwritten warranty and try and sell up to a 12 month, not very successfully I may add. As we all know half the time we end having to pay for repairs ourself as they are not covered when the claim goes in. I've just totted up how much I've paid out to said warranty company in the last 12 months and I know who's in profit!! So who are the main players in this field, the only one I been offered is Black Star warranties but it was last year when the rep called in and I can't remember the ins and out. Happy to put say a £100 a unit into a pot and see how it goes. Any pointers would be appreciated.
  4. Just had a telephone call from Aston Lark insurance informing me policy is due beginning of May. I placed my business with them last year after an introduction via the IMDA membership and to be fair they came back with a very good quote using NIG together with a few little sweetners, 0% finance on all monthly payments, anyone can drive on my policy with my permission for business use, handy when you can rope a few people in to drive stuff back from the auctions. It would appear now though they have kicked NIG into touch and all future business is going through AXA. I have not a had a renewal quote as of yet but as we are all sitting at home trying to keep ourselves busy now is an ideal to have a bit ring around to get some additional quotes. Any recommendations for a decent reliable broker?
  5. Agree with barclaywoodmotorco been renting off the same lady since 2006 she has always sorted any problems i've had leaking roofs etc. Hopefully I will receive the 10k government grant which will keep things going for the next 3 months, my accountant seems to think if it goes passed that there will another 10k top up from the government.
  6. I stopped my valeter steam cleaning engines over a year ago after a very costly fix on a 1.6 TDi Skoda Fabia got water into it. Just wondering what everyone is doing now in so far as making the engine bay presentable, any special products out there that do a safe job?
  7. Hi Guys Got fixed up used bluetooth module via breaker on ebay £125 + VAT, just fitted it, works a treat. Customer collecting CLS on Saturday....Happy days.... Thanks for everyone's input...much appreciated
  8. Ive gone down the parrot bluetooth route he does'nt like them he wants to be able to answer the phone using the telephone symbol on the steering wheel. Thanks EPV Ive checked in the centre console and theirs a plastic cover which under it has a connector presumably for some old nokia or something. Ive got a seperate owners manual for Comand/Comand APS. Is this what you have? I just can't seem to seem to find anything relating to blue tooth. On the first page under telephone it says you can only use the comand telephone function if your vehicle is fitted with a mobile phone cradle into which you can plug specific mobile phones? Mark 101 and Row do you have the ebay item number for this module if you think it will work. Thanks
  9. Morning Ive got customer hot to buy on a 2007 Mercedes CLS V6 AUTO we have, but he won't buy the car without a bluetooth set up. It has the merc phone facility fitted but no bluetooth from what I can see. It does have an aux socket in the glovebox though, is there anything I can buy to convert from the aux socket or upgrade the phone side of things. Many Thanks
  10. Ive got a 2011 Seat Altea 1.6 TDi which has a definite clunk noise coming from the front of the car just as it hits the biting point on the clutch and you pull away. Replaced drop links and also discs and pads (mechanic thought it was the pads moving around?) still no different. Ive had it to two different indies who have both had it for couple of days and cannot find anything. Problem is the car is sold and had a cherished number put on it and my customer won't take the car until its rectified and he is starting to get a bit impatient.....Anyone had a similar problem on this model....Any pointers would be appreciated.
  11. Seem to getting bombarded with free gifts from the RAC dealer network at the minute, power bank for a mobile and a wireless mouse just arrived today. So Ive had a look at their website and its fill the form in and someone will call you to make an appointment. I quite like the strong RAC branding but just wondering if anyone on here is actually an approved dealer for them and if so any pitfalls? warranty cover/ claims etc, Is their approved PDI overly strict?....Any pointers gladly accepted.
  12. Just took a 2010 Peugeot 3008 in swop and the LCD display that sits above the radio showing which station you are on is distorted. Just priced it up with main dealer £255 + VAT . Anybody know if these can be refurbished and if so who does it....Thanks
  13. Been using Close Bros for quite a few years now, happy with the service, payout speed etc but I was wondering if I'm getting the best commission rates out there, which lets be honest it is the main reason why we offer finance. Currently Im offering 5.5% Flat as a base rate, maximum I can charge, anything less and commission drops. Example of deal going out this weekend, customer has borrowed £4500 over 48 months and my commission is £350. Is this about right or anyone who would give more commission on that deal? + they have a £350 doc fee built into it spread over the term. I don't have any stocking loans with them either so no ties......Any pointers would be appreciated.
  14. Was watching Martin Lewis on GMB this morning who mentioned a recovery company called Auto Aid offering a years cover for £48 which covers the driver not the car. Touch wood I've never broke down yet driving to and from the auction but I'm sure I'm due one. Thought this might be worth taking out or would it be null and void if they landed and your sitting there with your hazards flashing and trade plates on display, only thing I can see in their T&Cs business vans are not covered......Anybody got any recovery cover that is applicable to the motor trade?
  15. Thanks lads....I think I'll get my man to take the AC belt off and fire it up and if the noise goes off it sounds like the pump/clutch is the issue.
  16. Ive just purchased a 2011 Astra 1.6 petrol estate nice 51k miles. When it warms up there is a ticking noise from the engine like a dry pully/bearing noise. When you boot the air con up it disappears?? Just picked it from my local indy who re-gassed the AC system but its still the same. Any clues chaps?
  17. Just sold a customer an A3 2.0 TDi and he is complaining of a strong smell inside the car especially when starting from cold, not a smell of diesel as such but more gasses. Booked in tomorrow for inspection at my local indy just wondering if anyone had anything similar so I can point him in the right direction......Cheers
  18. Was out on a test drive today with an elderly couple when got blue lighted off a police car. Spoke to the officer and asked what the problem was and he said the number plate flashed up as no insurance. I said it was on my trade plates and I was doing a test drive, he said it only checks the actual number plate on the car. Fortunately he knew me as I had sold his father a VW golf a couple of years ago so he let us carry on without further discussions, even though my trade plates were in the front and rear windows. I have mentioned this before on here about should I put my entire stock on the MID listing even though my broker states just vehicles that are taxed and in use. My thought now is if I this car today had been on my MID list would it have flagged as uninsured, presumably not. I suppose the other argument is if you get one stolen its going to flag up as uninsured if seen by the police. I think all my stock are going on the MID tomorrow taxed or not......All very confusing!
  19. 2007 (57) No eml on just running lumpy and belching smoke out the back. Stripped and cleaned EGR which was seriously clogged up, fuel filter was black as well.
  20. Has anyone got a supplier/contact for a swirl flap kit for an Audi A3 TDi 2.0 (170bhp), just checked with Audi and you have to buy the complete inlet manifold. Looked on ebay and can only find a kit for the 2.7 and 3.0 engine...any pointers please.
  21. On the 3rd December 2018 I left an untaxed vehicle outside my unit (which is in a residential street) whilst I took another vehicle to my local MOT guy, I was away for approx 15 minutes and when I came back was greeted with a nice yellow clamp on the front wheel, hands up, my fault entirely. I had to go to the compound place approx 15 miles away with trade plates, proof of motor trade insurance, V5 etc etc and pay the £100 un-clamping fee. Ok put that one down to experience and make sure all untaxed cars are brought back in doors. HOWEVER I have now received a further letter from DVLA Enforcement Centre Swansea demanding a further £105, under the heading of Penalty for untaxed vehicle. So thats £205 in total. Seems a bit extreme, I thought once you paid the un-clamping fee that would be the end of it. Anyone come across this before or had the same unfortunate experience?
  22. Just spoke to my accountant about the forthcoming changes to processing VAT returns. He has suggested I switch over to quickbooks for the princely sum of £12.50 + VAT a month (discounted rate). At the minute everything I process is hand written in a ledger and handed over at year end and I also do my own VAT returns. I knew the day would come when I would have to move over to totally computerised accounts, just wondering if anyone is running their outfit with quickbooks and if not anything to recommend.