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About pmpants

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    Paul Mundy Cars

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  1. The last 3 cars I bought from BCA were the week before the first lockdown! Two I bought in person, were prepped and sold as soon as we were allowed with great margins, the third I bought online, and it's horrific! I only pushed myself to look at it this lockdown when I'd run out of things to do! After 5 solid days prep I'll be lucky to get money back, how can people bid on 10 year old plus cars with no appraisal? I'd go to auction with 40+ possibles marked down, by the time you've checked them the list has dropped to 5-8 cars. I can't bring myself to sell sub standard cars, we've built a good reputation over the years, have repeat customers and local garages who recommend us, I'm not going to start buying cars blind and try to palm them off on decent people who trust us. If Manheim and Aston Barclay go the same way as BCA I really can't see a future. I guess there enough traders who are happy to show a car 10 times before finding someone willing to buy, or enough new traders buying and getting stung to keep the conversions up for the vendors, all the time that's the case the auctions would be crazy to let us come on site and see what were buying!
  2. If only more vendors would sign up to Full Auction, great site, just like the old Dealer Auction, the staff were really helpful if you ever needed them too, I really felt for them when they lost Robins And Day, it's nice to see the stock levels improving on there the last couple of weeks
  3. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Casper and everyone else in the forum, here's hoping to a prosperous 2020!!
  4. Didn't take long for autotrader to push the prices up, who else got this email this afternoon: As of January, your subscription will remain an annual fee, just £199p/a +vat payable each January. You’ll be rebated for any months you’ve already paid for, as highlighted below........ The new platforms awful, prices still seem crazy, really want to sack them off, if just a few more of the larger dealer groups head over to Full Auction it won't be worth staying on there anyway!!
  5. You say the car is still registered in your name, are you a consumer or trader? Either way I presume you filled in the yellow "transfer to a motor trader" section of the v5c? If you filled this in as you should have and took a copy of it and YOU sent it off in September then you shouldn't have any problem, you've told the DVLA that you no longer own the car. You should have received confirmation they received it.
  6. Thanks Casper, would definitely give you more confidence in a car if the latest v5c was issued years ago, as you say not perfect but really handy
  7. We always ask customers to text to let us know they're leaving. When they say "oh don't worry I'm not the kind of person to muck you about" I finish the call, put the phone down and say "they won't turn up", sadly I can't remember when I was proved wrong
  8. 4! Don't get it at all! Not enough wheels!!
  9. Had the same with a diesel Hyundai Getz, every call or email, first question "how much is the tax" , mentioned it to a mate, he suggested advertising it with six months tax, I sold it soon after taxing it, as the lady got in her new car to drive away she asked "oh how much is the tax when it's due" Typical!!
  10. Years ago we had a copper call wanting to part ex his old Chrysler Neon auto, I knew nothing about them so gave my best mate (and at the time lodger) a shout, he warned me to check the head gasket, the guy was 45 mins from us but took well over two hours to get here, he loved our car (after checking it thoroughly), I started looking at the px, popped the bonnet just as my mate turns up, as he gets out his car in his Chrysler Jeep polo shirt I go for the coolant bottle lid, my mate calls over "they have to go really badly to be any sign in there", I opened it carefully and what seemed like a gallon of mayonnaise came gushing out covering everything! Obviously the customer didn't know anything about it!!! Strangely enough the only customer who ever nicked the tax disc out their px was another copper soon after I started. He left the px on the road behind a hedge, I re checked the car quickly before doing the handover and then later he said he just had to pop to the car to check something.....
  11. Exactly this happened to us a few months ago, I asked someone to check the laptop to see how many lots away Enfield was from the car we wanted, I'd left the cursor in the middle of the screen, accidentally over the bid button, one slight movement of the trackpad and a click to wake the laptop up and we were highest bidder on a dog of an Audi tdi estate in ukcgr! Reserve met it was a tense few seconds until thankfully someone out bid us! The car was about the polar opposite to what we normally stock!
  12. Welcome aboard lucky13, just a bit jealous of your location, beautiful part of the world!
  13. Me too! Welcome fatboy, good luck back in the thick of it!
  14. Exactly what I thought when I've looked through the section at Paddock Wood, looks like a load of knocked about p-ex's with problems, the partner finance dealers don't dare attempt to retail.