Trading Places 3: Dealer joins the challenge

Time 14 years ago

IT’S time to bring in the professionals! We always knew there was only so far Car Dealer could take the Trading Places feature before we needed help and now we’ve got it.


The first firm ready to take on the challenge of turning our initial £1,000 baton into even more money is HS Cars of Chichester.


Headed up by Mark Boyt, the dealer specialises in sports and prestige motor cars, selling to customers across the Hampshrie and Sussex area. Our helpful friends at Autotrade-mail put Mark in touch with us and he was more than willing to help raise some cash for automotive industry charity BEN.


‘I’ve been reading the feature in the magazine and when Kevin from Autotrade-mail got in touch I knew I could help,’ explained Mark. ‘It’s for a good cause and we’ll be doing all we can to increase the pot of cash.’


Mark already has a car lined up for the feature and is in the process of preparing it for sale. 


‘I’ve take in a Kia Clarus saloon in part exchange for a Mondeo diesel and it’s perfect for this challenge,’ explained Mark. The car is a V-reg, 70,000 mile, one owner example and Mark thinks it’ll be snapped up by an older buyer. ‘It’s just arrived so we’re in the process of cleaning it up,’ added Mark.


‘It’s a very tidy model and only needs a decent clean to make it saleable. It’s got an MOT until September, but I’ll put a year on it to make it even more attractive.’


Mark plans to put the Kia on his website –  – and he’s pretty confident he can get £1,495 for it. ‘We get a lot of passing trade and it’s the kind of car at the right kind of price that will catch someone’s attention,’ added Mark. ‘I’m sure we’ll sell it in a week.’


We’ll catch up with Mark next month to find out how he’s got on and find out who’ll be taking up the baton next. It could even be you!




THE plan is simple – raise as much money as possible for automotive industry charity BEN. How? With a motor industry-inspired relay race and your help. Autotrade-mail donated our first car and we aimed to sell it for as much money as possible. 


We managed to get £695 for it, and impressed with our efforts Autotrade-mail made it a round £1,000. Now Mark Boyt holds the cash in the Kia and will be attempting to make even more!


We still need willing dealers to take up a leg of the relay. Call Car Dealer on 023 9252 2434 or email [email protected] if you’re willing to help out a worthwhile charity.


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