I am now going back in time – over 50 years ago when my wife and I were “courting” we had to make some very tough decisions. We lived 2 miles apart and as we had very little money there was a choice to be made - Both get the bus and me walk home OR both walk to her house WITH a bag of chips on the way and me walk home!...
It would seem that the days of Diesel and indeed Petrol cars are numbered. As a parent and grandparent, I cannot help but applaud this. However it was not that long ago that we were all being encouraged to buy Diesel cars and as a result, there are a great number on the road. To scrap them all overnight is neither economically or environmentally viable. I would expect they will be with us for some years to come with a gradual decline in numbers as they are not replenished by new diesel cars.
So where does this leave us? Over recent months I have seen an increase in Diesel cars coming onto the second-hand market at much lower prices than would have been the case a couple of years back. Many of these are good reliable cars with useful life left in them.
Some months back we sold a car to a gentleman who, with respect, was one of those in life who is vulnerable to being taken advantage of. It was – AND STILL IS – a smashing little car which cost less than a thousand pounds. In the last week or so the car developed a fault – as he is some way from us he decided to take it to a Main Dealer. They repaired the fault at a cost in excess of £150 and then went on to inform him that he needed to spend a further £800 on the car – as he does not have that sort of money they invited him to take out finance!
Fortunately, before he agreed to go ahead he rang us and the following day brought the car in. So first of all the repair – this was a job we would have carried out at approximately
Having been established for a while it would seem our reputation for providing great cars is growing. It is lovely to see our long standing “garage” customers coming to us to buy their next car AND often trading in their existing one. In addition, we are seeing a steady flow of new customers who are coming to us on a recommendation from those who have already bought from us.
This is a great position for any business to be in- however, it is having a knock on effect. Buying the right stock is never easy – hence why we travel FAR AND WIDE to get them. More and more we are selling cars before we can even get them on our website or even having put them through the LITTLE – BELTERS MAKE OVER! Customers who
Mr and Mrs Smith (name changed to protect the innocent – words written by an actor so you cannot identify!) wanted a car for their daughter. We had nothing that was of interest in their budget range and specification which was - Roomy + 5 Door + Low on Tax and Insurance – Less than 50k miles + No more than 3 owners with Service History).
It always feels great to see one of our Little Belters go off to a new home. In the past 18 months, we have been very lucky to have had some wonderful customers and it is always nice to receive positive comments about our service.
It might sound rather trite to say this, but we genuinely love to hear back from our customers and how we have helped them – and it is a large part of what we are trying to achieve here. So when we get an email like the one we received the other day, it really does lift the spirits in the LB office another notch.
Jane is a lovely lady who approached us through our car sourcing services having been recommended to us by a friend. She was looking for a car for her son Daniel, who had just passed his test.
Having given us a budget to work with, we found a lovely little Renault Clio Campus. Registered in 2007, with just 76k on the clock, it looked in fantastic condition and we picked it up ourselves from a Main Ford Dealership in Somerset. Once we had checked