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  1. 6 points
    Good luck to those who will reopen tomorrow who have been closed all this time.Make sure to emphasise to prospective buyers the potential risks of buying blind from those online only operators who advertise on TV.Remember their advertising is aimed at discouraging buyers from using the likes of us.
  2. 5 points
    What has 800 legs, 3 teeth & stinks of piss? The queue outside Primark on sale day.
  3. 5 points
    I tried that one , she was having none of it . just had another lady on now . Do you buy cars , Yes we do if you have what we sell 14 Kia Ceed 90 k on clock , only we buy any car are shut and i want to sell it . Anyway she starts rambling about how cars are hard to buy for us so she is in the trade and knows it books at £3,600 apparently , due to that problem we have she wants no less than £4,000 , Its a petrol Ceed in red , two weeks MOT and it was serviced when she bought it I said have you seen that Dragons Den Show ? Yes she said . " Well I'm OUT " was my reply
  4. 5 points
    From SMA Birtley (Now Wilsons) .... the auctioneer (little man from Leeds) announced "Ive been talking to the lady that used to own this car, and i can confirm that she likes a bit of leather on her arse!"
  5. 4 points
  6. 4 points
    Carzo zam inch or whatever they call them selves thought they had cornered the mkt with online delivery . THEN the virus changed the world , BCA even went online , We as independent traders went online too and there's 1,000's of car sellers delivering cars now which has probably diluted the theory somewhat . Now the next change in my head , people will get permission to leave their house to be in a freaky position of actually seeing what buy , Bugger getting it delivered I'm off for a ride & have a look at my next car , buy a burger and a coffee on the way , see it coming cant you . Had two customers yesterday wanting to see the car they want to buy , talk of how does it work is fading fast as of course they want to see a 5 yr old car , feel it touch it sit in it before buying . We and the rest of us independents are set up to go back to showing customers cars of course , see online car buying fading away personally . People are ready to get out . lets see how the next few months go , all the very best to all traders , hope its heading for a good year .
  7. 4 points
    4 months down the line and the clutch is really a wear and tear item . IF its the clutch plates or a wear tear part , Customer use can cause this to fail . Only you knows if under your pre sales testing the clutch was fine and working as should . Agreed a warranty on 3 months then its 3 months , not 3 and a bit or 4 , as there would be no point in saying 3 months would there , A positive no its not covered and its been working fine for 4 months and how ever many miles the customers done . Maybe they will ring to see if you would , maybe they wont , A firm NO sorry warranty expired 4 weeks ago will be expected . Not our job to let someone loose on a clutch then pay for it . I had a guy buy a small car off me once and moaned about the clutch , I told him straight its your car your problem 5 months down the line , we have a workshop so offered it at a lower rate but when we got in there he had proper ruined it , Ripped the thing to pieces. Dont fold or they will bleed you dry
  8. 4 points
    Just had a guy here looking at PX,ing his 2011 80k SRI Insignia 1.8 petrol estate , This car was black at one point but very MATT now , fairy liquid washing no doubt Covid extension on MOT expiries NOV 4th Service history was his brother he said as he's a mechanic , cant turn service light off as he hasn't got one of them Machines he says Then the smell was horrendous of Spaniel and left its honk of fox Shite , mud , hair , and every other filth its ever picked up . Brakes were more than ready for new discs and pads , Rear light was a plastic bag , Gear Box whining its nuts off as that 6 speed bag of shite does does Clutch needed two feet to press it down , Brother fitted it he said " I know what its worth matey he says " Go on then enlighten me i said , Bin offered £1,700 he said but its worth £2,000 We buy any car says its worth £1,600 but there robbers he goes on So i waited for him to shut up selling his scrap to me and said . Well £795 for a clutch , £800 for the gearbox , £400 to resurrect the paintwork , £150 for a back light unit , £200 to service it and MOT it , £350 to get it defumigated , £150 to valet it inside =£2850 plus the VAT =£3,414 , Does that explain why I value it at NOTHING . This post is for the amusement of fellow traders who have seen it all before . ALSO FOR THE PUBLIC WHO MIGHT READ THIS . LEARN FROM THE COMMENTS , If you car is a pile of scrap it will be valued as scrap . Service it , Clean It , Repair it when needed , keep the service records , MOT it on time ,DONT Let your dog take over the car , HOOVER it out , polish it , OWN It for the sake of your pocket . He's going to sell it private he says , £2,000 I'll get he assured me they think we ARE the CROOKS
  9. 4 points
    I don’t use Autotrader but you have to ask how on Earth can you expect any advertising platform to know you have put a fancy wax on
  10. 3 points
    Indeed... tell me about it! We had one (motorbike copper) come to look at a Audi A4. Agreed to buy it. Comes back three days later to collect it. No drama at this point. Next day he turns up on his police bike claiming that when he first looked at the car and agreed to buy it, it had new Continentals all round. But when he checked after getting home they were 'old' tyres - accused us of swapping them! Obvious BS but he argued very aggressively for about an hour. Another one last year bought a 2012 3-series for his wife. Came back after six months because it had developed the classic F30 steering knock. I offered to repair it FoC there and then - lift home for him, valet and deliver the car back. He was very aggressive - wanting full refund on the vehicle saying he and his mates would be "looking out for us" etc etc. I did think about making a formal complaint but decided against in the end. Yet when we had our security gates broke open, attempted theft of a Focus ST - all on HD CCTV with a reg. no. captured, we couldn't even get any of them to look at the video. Bloody shambles! The local area has turned into a cesspit in the last few years - like downtown Mogadishu - there is routine open drug dealing within 500 yds of the police station. Zero enforcement...
  11. 3 points
    Sos 4 tht m8 Jesus H Christ thats a lot of stock you are carrying there
  12. 3 points
    I didn't know Primarni did a designer range
  13. 3 points
    WOW !!!! 2019 Flood damaged porsche, i have got t hear how this all ends up
  14. 3 points
    They have probably set up their own WhatsApp group where they can ‘ one up ‘each other like the usual auction ring group of bullshitters of old.I can imagine what it’s like if you post ‘how ya doing’ and in reply ‘ a bit quiet but did 9 on Monday ‘.How about margins ‘ still only netting 2 grand a unit ‘ .Then another ‘ wouldn’t get out of bed for less than 3 grand ‘. You have got to laugh.
  15. 3 points
    You have absolutely made my day dickdv. I personally designed these booklets ten years ago (obviously there has been some updates along the way) and never imagined a day when I would see them sold as a second hand item on eBay – fair play to you. I am sorry they didn’t work out for you, we know hundreds of dealers who have saved thousands of pounds using them. If you have trouble selling them, please get in touch as we would be happy to consider taking them in as a PX against any of our stationery or legal services.
  16. 3 points
    They cant add up can they . Next Gear charge so many different fees it confuses people , Seen it mess with peoples heads quite bad Also with stocking funds at low rates from Finance houses , come reciprocal business using their Finance to a level that's quite high , if not reached its a big jump on interest. Only one way i think Start low , Start slow , Reinvest and grow slowly to start and then it speeds up as you go , Benefit it ITS ALL YOURS , some big companies are up the creek without a paddle if they sold up as they would have nothing left after pay back .
  17. 3 points
    No Appointments, No Viewings, No Road test, as it says " click and collect - or - click and deliver", the whole transaction must have taken place remotely , so paid for in full and they simply collect!Customers not allowed in the premises. That's the rules, but there are many trying to 'work' their way round it.
  18. 3 points
  19. 3 points
    Three weeks MOT but it’ll pass easily but I’m too busy with work. The ABS light is on but my mechanic says it just needs resetting. It’s been on since I bought the car and it’s never bothered me. Engine light on but just needs a run out. It’s been on since I bought the car and it’s never bothered me.
  20. 3 points
    The other side of the coin is do you blame them? I don’t & certainly wouldn’t trust many in this trade selling cars - those that aren’t barefaced liars usually couldn’t appraise a car accurately . I see the trouble as being the government’s pisspoor direction - even the police say they don’t have a clue. I know, because I sold a car to a copper yesterday
  21. 3 points
    My experience with women leads me to believe she’ll be wanting something bigger Loads of absolutely mental idiots emailing looking for; mega discounts / free delivery / assurances of no rust on 12yr old 4x4s / shit trade ins / alleged “trade deal mate” / cambelt? / service history details/ a life / a chat with a strange man / anal sex (possibly). I don’t know what on Earth has happened these last few days. I’ve got a handful of cars but every loon, chancer, desperado, liar, bullshitter, big talker & gimp (probably wearing a rubber mask) has taken to the Internet. The last time I got so many non-enquiries was last Christmas Day when a £600 p/x BMW hit the Internet & every decent, respectful & hardworking Romanian in the country bombarded my email & FB account. Truly delightful
  22. 3 points
    For what it’s worth I’ll be sitting on my hands, I think cash will be king in a month or so. From the conversations i’ve had with friends and ex-colleagues still lucky to be working for some of the big dealer groups, September didn’t save most of them and sales have dropped off a cliff since (to quote more than one sales manager’s exact words). I think they will be liquidating aging stock/raising money come December. Add that to the delayed finance repossessions that have got to start filtering through at some point and desperate sellers needing quick cash, think the used car market could get decidedly messy. And that’s before you even get to brexit/3rd wave/zombie companies.......
  23. 3 points
    You have to remember that the condition reports only state what can be seen from a certain distance away - 1m, 2m or whatever. The problem is we all thought the "m" stood for meters but as it turns out as far as the auction houses are concerned it stands for miles.
  24. 3 points
    From what I've heard lately the "blind" would be the twat doing the appraisals
  25. 3 points
    To the OP.....you mean you actually trust the gradings/reports
  26. 3 points
    For all the lights to light up, could be a battery/alternator issue. Although I agree with the refund, it equally could be something she has done, i.e put diesel in a petrol, damaged some parts. I'd get a workshop to diagnose the issue before parting with any money. Explain to her you want an impartial party to look at it first. If its an easy fix, explain everything to her, pay for the fix and happy days. Work from there....
  27. 3 points
    Paint shop backlog due to covid, prices gone up due to covid, mot station back log covid (this I can understand) finance commissions gone down (covid) main agent had a car from february until July (covid) I know it is a major issue but feel like its the new excuse.
  28. 3 points
    Very easy, sent them a personalised video of the car about 2/3 minutes explain how nice your car is and the fact that they need to have realistic expectations of what their budget will buy them. Not a slagging one but just a professional reply! Converted a couple of deals last month but they weren’t being as silly but fi I hadn’t bothered or simply sent silly reply back I’d have lost them! Good luck! Can’t win them all but if you don’t try you’ll never know.
  29. 3 points
    That part made take a sharp breathe Martin Work for your self and you only work half a day Just choose which 12 hour shift you are going to do . Think I'm joking ? you will see Good luck and all the best with it . Selling from Commercial premises brings an entirely different set of people Martin , but remember you only need One customer per car , Have fun and the rest will develop as you see fit
  30. 3 points
    It will come to you , dont panic , just have to imagine every day is a school day I've been selling for best part or 50 yrs Salt and its always fun in my head , Customers change but their questions and expectations don't , Just learn to tell the truth and be firm , Don't let them rip your heart out , because they will have a go , no morals in the buying public , most rude set of people on earth , but you will learn the retorts that shoot them down , I do actually get off on dealing with the public though , one big competition and I don't lose Stick at it you will be fine
  31. 3 points
    Hi Salt You are probably making the usual mistake of stocking cars that YOU like.I would suggest trying different stuff and work on very low margins until you will find out what the punters want.So you might find it is Zafira’s or Dacia’s or Ssang Young’s rather than A6 Avants or M Sport BM’s .The punters will let you know and you can take it from there. Good luck.
  32. 2 points
    I must be a greedy type lol Customer just told me this week that she thought £160 was quite sufficient profit out of her PX , I asked what she wanted . £2,000 she said lol because I know what you will sell it for . Whats that then ?, £40 advert and you will easy get £2,200 Lady your a genius i told her , but what about Valet , Service , Two tyres , MOT , VAT , £20 of fuel , Advertising , Wages , Running costs , warranty costs . Then the hassle of selling your pile of un loved scrap " You have all these cars to pay that she utters " Lady your car is valued at £ 500 end of thanks for coming . Bye . She left and came back two hours later , I've sold my car to my niece for £500 what discount can i get now . NOTHING sorry I sold the car 30 mins after you left . ____________________________________________________________________________ We have it all wrong , £143 is plenty , Bread and water Chaps , Porridge on Sundays .
  33. 2 points
    Old story I’m afraid. I’ve never had an XC90 leak but XC60s must use the same windscreen adhesive as Ford (being the Ford years it makes sense), stand beside the A-post & a gentle push in the top corner from below will show most screens move. The remedy is to either remove & reglue the screen (risking a broken screen) or simply slice out the top gasket & use windscreen glue along the top gap & down the sides up against the decorative trim. The big hassle is removing the interior - you need to remove all seats, the three carpet pieces, suck out the water but you’ll never dry out the foam so just rip it off the carpet back & replace with loads of house carpet underlay or old towels (the height of professionalism). Replace carpets after drying out on the Mrs’s radiator. FOR OBVIOUS REASONS THIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME PROCEDURE AS FOR FORD KUGAS, although they also piss in on the body seams under the roof rails & ESPECIALLY those body seams you can see when the boot is open. ALSO, for Ford Focuses see the italicised writing in the paragraph above. If I sound like an old hand at this it’s because I am - through bitter experience.
  34. 2 points
    I sincerely hope my pension company aren't ploughing money into any of these vendors.
  35. 2 points
    1. First remove ignition key and put somewhere safe away from the vehicle. 2. Disconnect the 12V battery - this will cause the BSM (Battery Smart Module) to isolate the HV battery outputs. 3. Put on safety gloves and remove the orange service interlock on the HV battery. 4. Wait 10 minutes. 5. Remove the inverter cover and use a digital voltmeter to confirm 0V on the HV leads. 6. We also disconnect the airbag and ABS ECU's if welding..
  36. 2 points
    Normally a customer who can’t afford to buy from Audi but takes it to them for a health check so he can get the dealer he bought it from to pay for Audis standards.
  37. 2 points
    I always test drive every thing we sell Casper So i'm in anything from the latest Golf R to an Aygo PX all trade cars . I do have a Very Sorted Personal 600+ BHP XFR in the Garage though for Sunday lunches if we ever get back to Sunday lunch and if they are open when we do get back . , Today I'm in a 90k 58 plate Octavia VRS px because it was brimmed with fuel . Neighbours love my old bangers, last week it was a C1 07 plate shitter , week before 05 plate Panda , cant trade a car on when the petrol's worth more than the car can you . Lease is not for me . I like the mods far to much , If it ain't got 8 cylinders and growls I'd get bored in mins , have to open the garage door and laugh or its gone I'm old enough to know better really . But silent electric will be here soon sad days Wife's got a Skoda 245 VRS estate , she shares it with the Dog I do nick that .
  38. 2 points
    Wife gets a nice CRV to float about in , I'll drive any old crap !
  39. 2 points
    Hello there Lads Was wondering what you fellas are currently paying for your Motor Trade policy as I’m due a renewal soon and just want to see what the market is like. currently paying £4700 with an any driver policy for trade, me and missus on for social and son 19 on for trade only.
  40. 2 points
    6 billion or whatever,if the guy has copped for £100m of investors money already as rumoured,no wonder they are bandying around these figures.It will be interesting to see their next annual accounts.
  41. 2 points
    Is it just me or is it amazing that new users on here with zero reputation seem to do very well buying cars from these people??
  42. 2 points
    I agree, once you can one to turn up they are usually OK. Had a Rusky try to short change me few weeks back, paid 3k in cash all in scores. "No need to be counting, money all here my friend, bank count money" "Well I better make sure you haven't given me too much then" ....counted it thrice and was 60 quid light each time, I knew it would be light, just by the looks going between him and his wife. When I pulled him up, he got quite shirty, pulling faces, waving arms and raising his voice, the usual piss and wind. Pregnant pause until his wife magically pulled the missing dosh from out of her coat pocket. All this crap soured the deal for me somewhat, up to that point he was a brusky rusky but, knew his cars.
  43. 2 points
    Sub £10000 I would agree Rav4/Sportage/CRV/XC60 all good and reliable. If you want the height then an S-Max/ Galaxy etc offer better value, mpg etc. They will have a more useful boot space and, if you need 3 child seats in the rear, offer individual seats which move independently. After all they are designed as kid carriers, unlike the Chelsea tractors. Top tip. If you feel you have enough kids and don't want a vasectomy then buy her a Zafira. Because if you do you won't be getting any "sexy time" again!!
  44. 2 points
    “That f***ing c*** I’m sick of the sight of” does perfectly well here
  45. 2 points
    ....... eat out help out didn't help anyone, brainless idea. Now we're all fooked up again.
  46. 2 points
    Seen chains give up at anywhere between 30k and 60 k service or not . They must all have had one or more at some point Chains , tensioners , guides , oil pipes to turbo on the S , Piston rings , are main faults We've rebuilt these dreadful things many times , they can use oil like an oil tanker leaking and it doesn't show out the exhaust pipe , run that hot the bloody things burn it away . Rust , interior , and the rest as you say are fine .
  47. 2 points
    BCA seam to be declaring major faults now, engine noisy/smoking, Clutch fault etc. Doesn’t seam to be putting buyers off though. Watched a Jag XF last week declared as engine noisy, eml on and gearbox fault. Capping clean without faults at £3700. It sold for £3750, madness.
  48. 2 points
    How long before London area companies paying £50k a year to office staff to work from home might work out they can employ people elsewhere to do the same work for £20k.
  49. 2 points
    Worked with a South African salesman who was fantastic, great salesman but he could also be really rude and customers didn't notice / loved it / thought it was funny. One of his best Customer: I've been to a ford and they are going to give me £3000 in px for my car, what can you do?! Salesman: Grab your stuff, Let's go, I'll give you a lift down there!!!
  50. 2 points