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Where do the big boys, such as trade centre wales, cargiant, carbase, evans halshaw, source there cars from?

I've noticed alot of these dealers will have serveral cars in stock with very similar number plates e.g. GC65 OMN & GC65 OMO as if they have been sourced from the factory but they have 20k mileage and obviously been owned.

Just got me curious if anybody has any insight what these big dealers do to source there cars from?  

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with very similar registration plates like that I guess they could be from Hire car companies such as Hertz or Avis? wouldn't surprise me if they sourced direct from motability.

I'll stop guessing and let someone with the facts come forward :D

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Tcw gets a lot from. Manheim, reason the plates may be similar etc is due to the ex mobility and fleet sales which are held and they bulk buy

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1,2,3, 4, 5, 6 7, 8,9, 10  and breath. Sorry, I could not possibly comment on TCW.

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They have buyers who attend auctions all over the country.I would imagine they now employ on line buying specialists.Then you have Greenhouse for the nearly new stuff and I would imagine Motorpoint have deals with big leasing companies where they buy brand new stuff at hefty discounts.The supermarkets are under big pressure to buy stock,they usually have huge stocking loans to service,so that is why when you attend auctions ,stuff you want can bring £1000 over your own valuation.I remember driving through the night in snow storms to get to Nottingham one Friday thinking the M1 would be blocked and the Great Trade Centre guy would not be there,he was of course,I think he bought the first 80 ex lease cars !

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22 minutes ago, tradex said:

The Great Trade Centre....many memories there of Lynn buying everything with NHS spec' at Enfield in doom blue, dogs cock red, killer white (it was back then:D), then the entertaining 'TV special' on how they do business and then boom they were gone not long after.

Hi Tradex

I don’t think we are talking about the same people.I am referring to what is now called Car Giant,which I believe may be the biggest car pitch in the world.

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7 hours ago, trade vet said:

They have buyers who attend auctions all over the country.I would imagine they now employ on line buying specialists.Then you have Greenhouse for the nearly new stuff and I would imagine Motorpoint have deals with big leasing companies where they buy brand new stuff at hefty discounts.The supermarkets are under big pressure to buy stock,they usually have huge stocking loans to service,so that is why when you attend auctions ,stuff you want can bring £1000 over your own valuation.I remember driving through the night in snow storms to get to Nottingham one Friday thinking the M1 would be blocked and the Great Trade Centre guy would not be there,he was of course,I think he bought the first 80 ex lease cars !

Any idea who was that old cockney that used to stand at the front of BCA Castle Bromwich and bought 1/4 cars ?

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2 hours ago, twerp said:

Any idea who was that old cockney that used to stand at the front of BCA Castle Bromwich and bought 1/4 cars ?

Del boy

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Do you mean Trade Sales in Slough rather than the  Great Trade Centre in white city (which is now car giant)?

And as for consecutive number plates at places, Well I know Motorpoint buy directly from the used car department at the manufacturer I represent.... and they must buy in bulk because the can retail them for cheaper than I can buy them for!!!

Edited by Frankieola

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