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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. 4 points
  5. 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 .
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 3 points
    Sorry for all this. And thanks to those that bought it to my attention. Any spam posts can be flagged and we'll instantly ban them. We'll also look into how they got in the first place! I'm on it.
  9. 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...
  10. 3 points
    Sos 4 tht m8 Jesus H Christ thats a lot of stock you are carrying there
  11. 3 points
    I didn't know Primarni did a designer range
  12. 3 points
    WOW !!!! 2019 Flood damaged porsche, i have got t hear how this all ends up
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 .
  16. 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.
  17. 3 points
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.......
  22. 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.
  23. 3 points
    From what I've heard lately the "blind" would be the twat doing the appraisals
  24. 3 points
    To the OP.....you mean you actually trust the gradings/reports
  25. 2 points
    I think this scenario sums it up. Phoned a private seller with a Fiat 500, nice late model with 6k miles. He was asking £8150. It was a bit over book but we need stock. Car is still available he says, but may not be for much longer. He had tried WBAC who bid him £8k, then dropped to £7800. However, since he had paid to advertise it on AT, they had upped their offer from £7800 to £8500. So the reality was that I couldn't buy the car that was for sale at £8150 in AT, even for the advertised price, let alone have a discussion on price. Every time I see that tosser Schofield or that goofy berk Rylan on the tv adverts I'd happily throw the remote through the screen.
  26. 2 points
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58335060 The headline is, that new car production is down 37.6%. Perhaps now is the time for the market correction that has been building up for ages, the fact is there is (was) overproduction of cars basically flooding the market, getting people into them with big discounts and (IMHO) stupidly high amounts of finance/borrowing. With the way the world and the environment is going, less wastage and consumerism is a long term good thing. Of course it would be a big shake up for UK with so much car manufacturing based here but then there's worker shortages in many other UK industry sectors.
  27. 2 points
    Running bids off the wall has been going for ever as we all know . Its not an illegal practise to run bids up , BUT only to reserve , after reserve its a free mkt , the problem we have of course is WHO sets the reserve price , BCA or the Vendor . If you look at the CAP price on one car SAY a Ford Fiesta Zetec S 15 plate 35,000 miles , find one on one vendor and the same car on another vendor and CAP is weirdly a different price . Plus both are different to my CAP live valuation listings, amazing hey . Not only do all auction fiddle the Reserves , They also fiddle CAP prices too .
  28. 2 points
    The only true measure is a free market, ie no-reserve bidding. Bid rigging is simply an underhand way to run a reserve auction, which is not a free market. Whether its illegal or not, I don't know, but I do know "the wall" has bought a lot of cars!!!
  29. 2 points
    Because you should have known the answer to your own question really . Private ; un loved filthy cars , scratches on paint , stained seats , missing bits , bald tyre , wheel scuffs , missing key , short MOT , needs Service , and fumigating . How do i know this , because we get PX cars from privates and i haven't seen a good one in ten years . Dealer ; Polished , prepped inside , seats carpets cleaned , Mats replaced , Serviced , Wheel scrapes repaired , warranted , New MOT , two keys , No obnoxious smells . This Asif is called a JOB and done correctly it provides a great service supplying cars that people can buy and enjoy owning . So moral of this is . Private is a risk and unless your good at mechanics , deep cleaning cars , and traveling the country looking at scrap sold by liars , USE a garage instead . Now that's not cocky is it , just true
  30. 2 points
    Yes, people will. But thats because its far from "The Exact Same." The extra processes that dealers put the cars through is the added value, as are the services that you can offer, that a private buyer does not and cannot.
  31. 2 points
    MOTs are very hit and miss whether they are dodgy or not. You could take any car to ten different MOT stations and I guarantee you will get very different reports.
  32. 2 points
    That’s all it needs so I’m unsure why you’re unhappy. So what? Advisories are a pass. Sorry but I don’t understand what you & DCS01 think is so wrong. It’s a 17yr old car that’s only failed on 2 bits of welding almost 5 months, 700 miles & the season of WINTER. Tbh without knowing the type of car, reg etc. we’re all in the dark anyway. Do you really class a bit of welding & a splash of Underseal as too much of a spend?
  33. 2 points
    I differ totally to TRADE SURVIVOR. MOT complaints are heard for the first month, or 3 months for corrosion. Something like almost 5 months have now passed, don’t waste your phone call because they will not be interested. We all know there are MOTs & there are MOTs, sometimes looking at the mileage since MOT, tax end date can give you a clue there’s a tale, sometimes not. All it’s failed on are a couple of bits of welding. The rest are advisories so all you are really complaining about are the failures & I’m afraid holes in end-of-life cars can, and do, appear in the space of 4 to 5 months. Expecting a 16/17year old car to fly through an MOT suggests your a ‘glass half full’ type of person. I repeatedly hear the trade say ‘it passed its last MOT with flying colours so it should be ok this time’ . I deal in a bit of old shite & old cars do NOT fly through MOT after MOT without a bit of hand/wallet interaction.
  34. 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 .
  35. 2 points
    Cap is more wrong than ever.The conspiracy theory of course is that the major auction groups are not correctly reporting their results to Cap because a lot of major vendors have contracts hedged with them at guaranteed 95% of C/clean.So keeping Cap values lower would be in an auction groups better interests if they get to keep above Cap proceeds.
  36. 2 points
    We are calling all our customers who bought in November and offering money back if they wish to sell
  37. 2 points
    Also the "31% don't trust car dealers" is somewhat shooting themselves in the foot. THEY'RE A CAR DEALER TOO!!! The difference being, a consumer could still buy a car from an untrusted car dealer because they could go and look at the car beforehand, nitpick, take it for a test drive, blah blah blah. At the end of the day you're not marrying the dealer or asking them to look after your puppy, the car could still be good despite the car dealer being a sleazeball. And car dealers being untrusted is a disadvantage to them, not an advantage, because in addition to themselves being a car dealer, they need to establish a sufficiently high amount of trust to convince the customer to do it entirely online. Starting from nothing is a risk. At least Cinch have the advantage that parent BCA have been screwing their customers for donkey's years so have it down to a fine art.
  38. 2 points
    It seems that a lot of security features - locking wheelnuts, immobilisers and coding electronics to VIN etc. only cause problems for the law abiding. The lowlifes have no problems getting around them.
  39. 2 points
    called citroen to order replacement locking nut recently asking if they had a master set and could i come down to see what lock nut it was, They said it is on file by chassis, Recognised my lock nut type quickly and told me it was £100 will take 2-3 weeks (same think from renault on previous ocasion was £22 and a 1 week wait) I used the services of a local when nut remover, True expert no damage in slightest and it was 3 min and £60 for all 4, made me think i am in the wrong game
  40. 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 .
  41. 2 points
    I wouldn’t know but not that long ago we had someone on this forum informing us his stocking loan cost something paltry like a few quid a car. I suspected I could smell b/s at the time.
  42. 2 points
    It’s not the VAT man sweating it out at the MOT station, or dealing with dickhead painters high on thinners, or stranded at the side of the motorway on a winter’s night driving back from the block when an engine suddenly lets go. Apart from that he’s welcome to his 20%
  43. 2 points
    Let’s put it this way, if I were a part timer running very close to the VAT threshold I’d damn well make sure I didn’t go over it.
  44. 2 points
    NO they just believe in SANTA , its the whole red suit white beard , reindeers and the ice pole thing + Amazon now yes I would think . Not even foodies , cheapest biggest turkey they can get , cheapest puddings and trimming , chuck it all in the oven at 6 am , pressure cook or micro wave everything else and eat it when its well over cooked , dressed in Christmas onezies this year apparently, OMG I'm so pleased I said no when they met . She has learned so much from us but Christmas never left her
  45. 2 points
    Its 48 hours, and when you mot a car, that has previously expired, it can take up to 3 hours, as the mot website is only updated every few hours, I found out recently when I came back from a mot and customer was waiting for me, he went straight up to tax it and showed as no mot, and refused tax, he went in again on my advice 2 hour later and it went through incorrect, sorry the valid bit The other bits right Tail light warranty, when I can't see your tail lights leaving me, your on your own
  46. 2 points
    sounds like a well prepped car you should have no problem selling it.............................. bet it comes with an Island warranty too.......................... the first island you come to is the end of the warranty
  47. 2 points
    Hello, I had a similar case, and bought a bomb from Halfords,it was about £10,and you fill car with aerosol,with widows up, engine and fan running. Meguiars Air Re-fresher 208584 It worked!
  48. 2 points
    Main agents around here will still be open, workshops as normal, sales for click and collect.....can't see much changing to be honest. MOT stations open too. Only go to work if can't work at home Sort of a 'dry' plastic lockdown then.
  49. 2 points
    ....... eat out help out didn't help anyone, brainless idea. Now we're all fooked up again.
  50. 2 points
    Sold a VW Polo today, AT good price 1703, we sold it for 2695 high price.