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About D7neo

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    Digby cars and commercials ltd

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  1. thanks for the input. I am going to give it at least another 12 months to see how things go then make a decision from there. I would like to go at it full time, but like you say, I don't want to rush it.
  2. Thanks for that, I'll look in to it. If thats the case, I have got a 8m x 4m living room I dont use so that can be the new office and it can lower my council tax! hopefully be a win win.
  3. thank you all for your input. I think you have just confirmed what I thought. There is a unit coming up close by, around 2200sq ft. It's 8k per annum rent, business rate relief, but with services you're still talking 10k a year. I think I'll put 10k into my own house, extend my garage for an office and re-do the driveways. Give it 12 months and see how I am next year. Finance wise, everything is pretty much 6k upwards and thats where I would like to stay even with cars, so I would imagine finance would be popular, but time will tell. Thanks again, Dane
  4. I don't really know what I want to hear, maybe just a bit of advise or experience of someone who has recently gone from door step trader to a unit. I have been trading a little over a year, mainly LCV's and minibuses (generally 8-12k value) but would like to introduce car sales abit more. I am FCA registered and started to register with a few finance companies. As I continue and with the benefit of being able to offer finance, I want somewhere I can ideally be meeting people away from my home, with an office that we can sit down in and go through to the finance etc. I trade part time and work full time in construction. So it is very much an evening and weekends business for the time being. There isn't much in the way locally to rent, except bog standard 2-3000 sqft units. I would ideally like more of a 'lot' than a unit but there simply isn't anything. All my vehicles are self funded and I don't take a penny profit out of the business. I'll be honest, I am 'scared' of taking on somewhere and having the monthly bill and being desperate to be selling to cover the rent etc. How have others gone about it when the time as come?
  5. like e30 m3's!! they was 25k about 3 years about, do well to get one for 50 now!
  6. I don't know too much about vauxhalls, but I am guessing these are the closest thing to a lotus carlton, which now make silly money. Like MGM said, the popularity has risen and there isn't many around, supply vs demand.
  7. looks well in the pictures! what camera do you use?
  8. I have been VAT registered from the start as I mainly do vans. I'm not sure how it really works on cars, its something I need to figure out. I know you need to vat registered if you want to offer finance as you grow but I suppose thats down to the value of the cars you are aiming for...
  9. Do many of you guys operate mot stations or general repairs/servicing as well as vehicle sales? There isn't anything local to me that affordable to justify the cost for doing a few sales a month as the business grows. I was toying with the idea of getting something big enough to put in an MOT station, with the idea that it would hopefully cover the costs of the unit as opposed to really taking a wage from it. I know the cost of the equipment is 25-30k, but surely it would pay for its self soon enough? It also has the benefit of cheap MOT's and a mechanic on site....
  10. I read your introduction then thinking it was a biography of myself. Civil engineer, sick of the commute, hoping to do it full time in future, wanting an industrial unit to work out of.. relatively new myself but if there is anything I can answer then ask away.
  11. yes, VAT registered, mainly sell vans 2-4 years old so been VAT registered from day one. Zuto finance seem to be willing to work with me, just had to make an amendment to my FCA approval first. I'll try Meridian Finance next. Waiting to here back off Motonovo, mann island want 3 years trading from a premises first.
  12. it appears they have, he has since copyrighted 'lanny man' and is repeating the process land rover did to them, to other small indy's
  13. Yeah sorry it's to be able to supply finance to my customers. natalie is fantastic, she helped me a lot through my FCA application. Unfortunately I'm not in her catchment area and my local rep doesn't seem to be no where near as helpful so far... same goes for close brothers at the moment.
  14. I did try and use the search function but couldn't find anything specifically. Have any home traders managed to partner with a finance company for their sales? I have tried a few so far and none seem to want to help as a home trader. I do, in the near future, want to relocate to a unit, but would rather have some time offering finance first before I take on the cost of a unit. Plus, there isn't really anything that suits locally at the moment. Vat registered ltd company, 11 months trading, FCA approved.
  15. A guy local to me has just gone through legal proceedings with Land rover, he was called 'Landy Man' and was forced to change his name. He is now 'Lanny Man' and copyrighted the name