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Hi All, I run a 'non traditional' dealership in that I don't have a forecourt, but work from serviced offices with use of a very large adjoining car park. We have 24 hour security presence in the building and car park, and there are also some very large head offices of major companies in the same hub. We provide all dealer facilities, i.e. finance & warranty, and are VAT registered and authorised by the FCA. The business has been trading for just over a year but I'm really struggling to secure a stocking facility, primarily because of the set up I'm told. I've approached both BCA and Nextgear, and although I quickly got a response from Nextgear stating I'd passed all checks but they weren't comfortable with the set up, BCA have taken almost a month and are yet to get back to me, despite me constantly chasing the 'area rep' that is supposedly dealing with my case. I know this is clearly not a good sign but am really surprised at BCA's lack of professionalism as it seems they'll only engage with the dealers they'll approve and not even bother giving a decision to those that they won't. I'm struggling to grow the business organically as I feel I'm running at 100mph on a treadmill going nowhere. Market conditions have been pretty poor over the last few months and it may not be viable for me to continue without having access to a wider variety of stock. My question is, are there any other stocking facility companies that might be able to help someone in my position? My personal credit and bank account conduct are both fine but I obviously don't want to get ripped off. Any suggestions or advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for any help.
Pre-Reg â€“ Surplus Stock â€“ Special Offers May be this could open up a can of worms or help ALL dealers out there. I get asked many times to source specific cars or even sometimes not a specific car but a general type/price range of cars ( Iâ€™m sure lots of others do too) I use ATM to try and source / request cars â€“ requests normally fall on deaf ears (still donâ€™t know why?) I get lists from various companies of their stock and try to sometimes sell from that or even buy for stock. I hear of lots of â€˜pre-regâ€™ cars with great savings, or new cars with â€˜supportâ€™ but whenever I want or try and find any of these , no one ever comes forward with them , but the retail customer always knows whoâ€™s offering what/where & how to get it. Iâ€™d be interested to see what others think about cars /deals being shared /offered with this forum with obviously secure login so that only us dealers can help each other. Its simple I might have a customer in stoke for that â€˜pre-regâ€™ sitting in Aberdeen which needs to be moved rather than collecting dust/ costing money ! Any thoughts ?