You can’t make a Silk Purse out of a Sow’s Ear!
We do not sell New Cars – we do not sell nearly New Cars – In fact we don’t sell very many nearly – nearly New Cars.
Our primary market ranges between £1000 – £3000. This invariably means cars will mainly be around the 7 – 12 years old age group.
As such it is likely they will have some “age” related blemishes – in other words, they may have the odd scuffs – scratches and even the odd dink. It would be disingenuous to “pretend” any different.
We do our best to make all our cars as presentable as possible – jet washing, waxing and polishing and if needed buffing and touching up paintwork. Wherever we can we look to avoid cars having to visit the body-shop other than for minor work. Some of you will have discovered for yourselves bodywork can be eye wateringly expensive. How many times after a slight bump has occurred have you heard those immortal words “I do not want to put this through insurance – I will pay for the bodywork myself” – then on seeing the Estimate have a change of heart!
It is worthwhile pointing out that bodywork damage is a key factor in my buying criteria and I have had to reject many a good car because the cost to repair was uneconomic relative to age and value. I would also make clear I will not buy any car which is subject to a Category C or D write off.
During preparation, priority is given to ensuring cars are safe, reliable and mechanically sound and able to do “exactly what it says on the tin!”
In my usual clumsy fashion, I am attempting to “manage expectations” in making it clear for us to bring a 10-year-old car up to the same standard as a new one is simple, not practical and the simple truth is
“You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”