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Well  I guess it's this time of year that we all look back at the joys and triumphs , wondering where 2015 went ..it only seems 5 minutes since we were welcoming 2015 never mind waving goodbye to it.

For me business has been challenging in 2015 compared to the 2 years of great results, so I have to think was it the market, was it me, the strategy ..we all do it and wonder what we did right /wrong or indifferent , so many things to take into account.

In trying to see if I make next year absolutely awesome , I've been looking at Autotrader iControl system , lots of interesting data and a totally new way to sell cars, but one of the things that it shows is desirability of cars in areas, especially in my area, this would obviously help to sell cars faster and more profitable !

I also use motors.co.uk and asked for some data on my stock , now you'd think that would match AT desirability chart , wouldn't you ?

Both give me different information , call me old fashioned but I've always worked on what I think I can sell from my business profitably , doesn't always work as its gut feeling , not actual science.

Majority of the time gut feeling works ,but the odd few just do not work out , but then again if it was that easy everyone would be selling cars!

Curious to know

·         How's your year been in comparisons to say last 2 ?

·         How do YOU buy cars ? desirability ? value? ?? whats on offer at the time?

·         will YOU Change the way you buy/sell cars in the coming year compared to 2015?

·         Do YOU Price your car at 'the price' as opposed to higher and then lower it if it doesn't sell ?

·         Do you have an overage policy or till it sells?

·         What ONE thing did you learn this year that you believe will significantly change/help you business next year ?

 

Thanks for your input guys, wishing you all a happy new year and a very prosperous 2016.

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this year a lot worse than the previous 2

customers more picky than ever

depended on a loyal customer base but cant afford to do that in 2016 so need to reapraise where im going to go

AT been a complete waste of time with ebay doing me more good but is hard work because of all the nutters who contact you expecting discounts unseen

 

what one thing did i learn? to be harder than ive ever been hard before but to still be fair

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Best thing I have learned over the year is never buy hot food if you want to eat it, however it will always result in some customers turning up :D 

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Best thing I have learned over the year is never buy hot food if you want to eat it, however it will always result in some customers turning up :D 

I'd say keep buying the hot food as it obviously brings customers in !  :) #EveryTime

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Ended the year a lot better than I started it, I didn't really monitor overage stock for years or understand how much it cost me until mid year, now after its been re-priced and adverts freshened up if its still not sold after 90 days then I trade out of it. I now don't use CAP or Glasses for a view on selling price or find l'll be sat on them for months, don't get attached to cars or fill your forecourt with what looks nice is what I found many years ago but never actually stuck to it until this year. now I don't have a single car over 90 days and its not reduced my profit, far from it I made more in last 6 months (still not a lot, I'm not bragging here) than I did in all of 2014.

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