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Everything posted by grant8064

  1. I use Motorcheck. It's cheap, drags up loads of info and prints nicely for punters. If you check a whacker it often includes photos of when it was advertised in a salvage yard with no front end which is quite fun. The guy running it appears on the various FB groups now and then, has the right ideas and seems like the kind of person/company I want to use/support.
  2. ...had a few parts made of that stuff myself this month
  3. Just get on with it, no point being afraid. Currently people need cars and there's very limited supply. Will people need cars in a few months time...probably. All you can do is work hard, efficiently and keep an eye on costs, same as every month. If there's a mega recession I won't be able to stop it.
  4. I spent over a month waiting for a kit with the right ecu/pas part number to come up on eBay. Seem to have shot up in price since I last bought a kit
  5. Still open next week (assuming retail isn't closed by then). Taking all sensible precautions with gloves, proper grade sanitiser, hand washing, safe social distancing, unaccompanied test drives etc. Open for business and ready for business. Priority though is looking after the guys we need. Paying all the trades; dent man, trimmer, painters and valeters same day they invoice so they're not stressing and trying to find them a bit of work here and there. Luckily we only have two staff but they're aware they can ask and have any time off they need for shopping, family stuff, emergencies or if they're just feeling a bit overwhelmed by this all (they're both too proud to accept help but the gesture's there). Can't influence any of what's going on but we literally are in this bollocks together so getting people paid on time and helping out where we can is the goal for now. That and concreting a few potholes on the forecourt Monday if T.Perkins are still open. (not nice to hear about the break in's guys...feel for you)
  6. Our painters usually seem so pissed and high on fumes i'd doubt they even know what's going on.
  7. But then they wouldn't be "we buy ANY car". They can't start saying sorry we're not buying cars right now can they...totally undermines everything they're about. Personally nothing against them. Wish i'd come up with the idea and made it work as well as they have.
  8. I remember MG had software issues in the past, ended up with loads of those MG6 saloons getting scrapped, but you'd think they'd have caught up by now. Gonna be a world of pain when all those electric ZS ones get to a year old and start throwing a paddy.
  9. Had one off it, car was fine, transaction a bit messy. It's a good idea but like all these things is open to abuse so tread carefully.
  10. Not worth the hassle for us, just inviting problems into your life. Unless you're a busy repairing garage people don't expect a courtesy car when they're buying used and if they do just reset their expectation level.
  11. Struggle with the newer shape but do fine with the old shape...older ones a low price point + still low tax, mpg etc
  12. We're strictly 9am - 5pm. Won't do Sundays under any circumstances or appoint after 5pm. Occasionally go in a bit early for a handover but that's it. Probably costs a couple of deals a month but so be it.
  13. I got my first "Hi, your car, what discount can you offer because..." in months. Apparently you're a rude c**t for saying that the cheaper "privately" advertised base model that you saw in Friday nights auction with three months ticket sounds like a cracker and to snap their hand off. Some people just can't handle good advice.
  14. Glad i'm not alone. Haven't needed an alarm clock since I joined the trade!
  15. ...i've got a few kicking around to back their claims up!
  16. A couple of the small traders around our way specialise and buy privately. One only does 107/C1 & Aygos, the other's into small autos. Limits the buying opportunities but once you've had a dozen of the same make/model you soon get to know the pitfalls, common issues, rough recon costs for bits etc. Handy if you're only doing a few a month and starting out.
  17. +1 On the few occasions we take a car back it's only for good reason; cash or finance buyer it would make no difference to the decision. I've never experienced a finance company putting any pressure on me facing a complaint or rejection so long as it's dealt with properly. BIGNIT; FWIW we do 2K - 8K and find about 90% of the finance applications that get accepted are on 5K + stock. Under 4K we find little uptake or enquiry. (that said we do get plenty of enquiries for finance on £995 part ex's )
  18. Spare a thought for all the Bristollian crusties living in converted ambulances and minibuses... reap what you sow.
  19. Ours is £25 a panel...location, location, location! (we're gonna really struggle to hit those AT price markers looking at what some of you boys pay for work)
  20. Another vote for Ring units, had a couple of "Tradecharge27"s for 3 or 4 years and both are robust units, can't kill 'em. I wish I had enough hair left to need conditioner.
  21. Maybe the same as somewhere charging £50 but smashing it on the discs and pads? ...or am I just being a cynic?
  22. It's a different world in certain areas past London. I wouldn't ever choose to leave where i'm from but did look properly at a nice gravelled 40 car forecourt near where my missus is from, Peterborough area. Could've bought the freehold outright for the same as two years rent and rates on one of our current places. Absolutely crazy.
  23. You won't find an indie around where we are doing MOTs for less than £40 and labour is £50/60 upwards + VAT. I don't really mind the hourly if it's to someone capable. It's all a bit meaningless IMO because living costs/operating costs vary so much around the UK, screen prices vary to a lesser degree but a £2995 Corsa in Birmingham can still be £3495 in the South East.
  24. 40 from 70 ish in stock. Cleared some old faces which is good.