The Story of a Little-Belter!....and how it really is more than just selling cars.
It is a cold and crisp Monday morning on New Zealand Road in Stockport (it’s sunny and 82’ in Poynton). Lights are switched on and computer screens flicker. Messages are coming through thick and fast from the auction sites telling us all about the thousands of wonderful cars they want to entice us to buy. Within these glowing descriptions there will be a fair number of “porky-pies”.
The hunt begins – I must find the PEACHES and avoid the LEMONS. I must stay focused and disciplined and not get carried away by the hype. I know exactly what I want – why I want it AND how much I am willing to pay to get it. I study the screens intently and start to put together my short list. I am drawn to a small number and one in particular catches my eye– 2007 SKODA FABIA CLASSIC – ONLY 52K MILES – GREAT SERVICE HISTORY – 3 OWNERS – IN WELL ABOVE AVERAGE CONDITION. SOURCE; A SKODA MAIN DEALER IN CHESHIRE.
This looks like a Little -Belter and I bid right up to my “value for money” limit – I watch the final seconds tick by – finally the message flashes up on the screen – I have won the bidding – I immediately send the funds via Bank Transfer.
The next day I collect the car – inspect it and it exceeds my expectations – on the drive back it runs like a Swiss Watch!
I have been mulling over who this could appeal to and a particular lady springs to mind. We have been servicing her current car and we know it might be the right time for her to upgrade, and we know what she needs. On my return I hand the car over to my trusty mechanics for inspection. They report the car is “clean” and is ready for viewing. I contact my“prospective customer” – explain what the car is and why I feel it would be ideal for her – I re-assure her she is under no obligation to buy if she wants to just come and have a look. She decides to pay us a call. She views the car – test drives it – and is delighted –it’s just what she has been looking for.
I suggest she thinks about it overnight, but no, she trusts us and wants to go ahead straight away. We agree on a price and a date (2 days hence) when the car will be ready for collection.
The car is returned to our MoT bay for testing (even though it already had an existing 9 month mot) – then on for Servicing – during which we find an item we feel requires attention – worn brake pads –these are replaced at our expense. The final stage – it undergoes its final Valet.
Our customer arrives at the arranged time. We run through all the paperwork which includes our report showing what we have replaced on the car , plus details of the service schedule ,the new mot certificate , details of our own warranty on the car, and of our discount deals on future servicing and MoTs.
We organise car tax for the customer via Internet. And our happy customer pays for the car via Debit Card.
OR IS IT?
I hope not – I want this lady to come back to us for her future MoT and Servicing work AND if it helps we will even collect her car and return it to her home when we are finished.