Thursday, 30 December 2010

Car Arena - Targets the No. 1 Position for Selling Your Car On line

Following the low profile launch of Car Arena in October 2010, which was a new web site created to enable private car sellers to sell their cars quickly, on line, with more choices and at a higher price. Car Arena is now preparing to take the brand to the next level. With hundreds of registered dealers already using the site, they are building the brand slowly to ensure they can meet the expectations of not only the public selling their cars but of the subscribing dealers who are buying cars.

After months of initial development and subsequently refining the web site during the initial three months after the soft launch, Car Arena are now pushing forward into 2011 and are certain they can facilitate the sale of thousands of cars a month between private sellers and trade buyers.

January sees Car Arena launch a nationwide trade advertising campaign to attract even more high quality Motor Traders, Motor Dealers and Professional Car Buyers to the team. As a result of the anticipated increase in subscribing Motor Dealers the public advertising spend will be increased so that they can carry on matching buyers with sellers as the demand increases.

With a TV campaign already in development, 2011 looks like it will be an exciting year for Car Arena as they strive to be come the number one brand for selling your car on line.

For Motor Trade Professionals, they need never worry about supply issues again, Car Arena will feed an almost endless supply of stock for purchasing, whether you need to buy one car a week or 10 cars a day with the collection of inclusive package prices available Car Arena will be an extremely competitive solution for sourcing new stock within the motor industry. All package prices include unlimited trade listing of vehicles.

For more information call 0844 414 0985 or complete our on line form and we will be in touch with you.
http://www.cararena.co.uk
 

Monday, 20 December 2010

A Month to Forget

December 2010 has been one to forget for the beleaguered Car Industry. With the banks about to cash in their £7 billion + bonuses the car industry is reflecting on an awful end to 2010. Normally a quiet time of year for car sales anyway, the exceptionally hard cold spell we are currently experiencing has put the big freeze on anyone considering changing their car.

With the country quite literally frozen solid many people who were considering changing their car are putting off buying a car until at least the New Year. With the snow and ice covering the UK and you can understand why people would not want to be driving a new car at the moment. In fact the only people changing their car at the moment are those that are able to buy a 4x4.  Whilst they are bucking the trend and 4x4’s selling like proverbial hotcake, for many people those types of cars are out of their reach financially and to some people even morally!

Many are asking if the Car Industry will pull through, of course it will. A few of the smaller dealers may go out of business and perhaps some of the larger ones may struggle with cash flow, especially if they rely on high volume and low margins but many will have been prepared for a quiet December and will hopefully managed their stock and cash accordingly. But, inevitably lots of cash will be tied up in stock that isn't moving and in a lot of cases depreciating each month dealers will be offering some great deals to those that do manage to get out and can be persuaded to change their car now.

Those buyers that are holding out for nicer weather may be missing out on the great deals that are out there at the moment. As soon as there is a prolonged break in the weather, the industry will pick up again, find its feet and probably break into a sprint. Those people who didn’t or couldn’t venture out in the snow and ice will be coming out of hibernation and all hoping to grab one of those great deals. The chances are though, those great deals will have disappeared with the snow and within days the clogged forecourts will be virtually empty with only the cars that no one else wants remaining.

Dealers will have a lot of lost profit to make for and in true “Supply and Demand” fashion the prices may start to rise to help them try and recover from the “lost" December. This may mean there is no such thing as a January Sale in the Car Industry in 2011.

Dealers will be on the look out for good quality car stock in 2011 and for people who are thinking who will buy my car it could be a great time to sell your car online to a dealer rather than trying to find a buyer your car privately.

Sell to a car dealer through Car Arena, they will look after everything for you and ensure you are paid in full when they collect your car

Monday, 6 December 2010

New Vehicle Sales Production

After the 5th successive monthly fall in New Car Registrations in the UK, with November 2010 seeing an 11.5% fall against November 2009.

Is it really as bad as it seems, are we heading for a double dip recession led head first by the car industry?

The headline figures would certainly suggest that, but dig a little deeper and things start to look a lot more rosy, well you can see the bulbs at least.

Last years figures are heavily distorted, largely due to the government scrappage scheme. Anyone with a car older than 10 years old, could get £1000 from the government, this was then matched by the manufacturers with another £1000. If truth be told the cars sold in the scrappage scheme more often than not were the low end of the market. People trading in a 10 year old car were very unlikely to buy a BMW 3 series or Audi A4, but very likely to buy a Fiat Punto or Vauxhall Corsa. If the effects of the scrappage scheme was stripped out then actual like for like sales would show something like a 14% increase according to the SMMT.

Fleet sales are up 6% with many companies trying to upgrade their fleets before the VAT rate rises to 20% in January. Also as many of the cars produced in the UK are now exported to Europe further good news in that actual car production was up 31% against the same period in 2009.

So lets look at the positives:
Higher value cars now being sold versus the low value cars in the scrappage scheme.
Like for like sales up 14%
Fleet sales up 6%
Exports up 31%

Things all of a sudden start to look a lot better, so sell your car, buy a new car and lets start getting the country moving again instead of wallowing in self pity!

In 2011 used cars will be in high demand, both from the public and dealers wanting to supply those cars, if you are thinking I want to sell my car, make sure you go to the right place and get a few valuations on your car before committing to anything!

Car Arena will work hard to get you the best possible price for your car.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Winning the World Cup...not in this decade..or the next!

BREAKING NEWS...ENGLAND HAVE LOST THE RACE TO HOST THE 2018 WORLD CUP

The world cup fails to come home again, today at 3pm England failed in their efforts to become the host nation of the 2018 World Cup. It went to Russia!!!
Not since the heroes of 66 Banks, Cohen, J Charlton, Moore, Wilson, Peters, Hunt, Hurst, B Charlton, Stiles & Ball carried the Jules Rimet trophy high above their heads has the people’s game been on our shores and it won't be now until at least 2030


The BBC and  some of the UK media did their best to derail the attempt to bring this tournament to our shores, for whatever reason they were putting their own short term interests in front of the interests of the entire country…it looks like they succeeded.

I hope the UK Media are pleased with their efforts, surely they could have timed their documentaries better than a couple of days before the vote.

The country must now come together as one first for the Olympic Games in 2012, then regroup to bid for the 2030 World Cup Bid
I do hope though that a serious investigation is started into the corrupt world of FIFA. football is corrupt and it starts at the top and runs right down to the professional game with players attempting to cheat and dive their way to success.

This does beggar the question though “how far would you go to secure tickets for a world cup finals match and would you travel to Russia?”
Sell a car? Sell the family jewels? Split up with a wife/girlfriend?
I personally think I would sell my car. Yes it`s nice to have some nice wheels, but come the time of the tournament I’m sure the infrastructure for transport in our country will be first class, trains, buses, trams, the underground will all surely have had a major upheaval.
But who would actually buy my car if everyone else is doing the same?
a) Car Arena will buy your car!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Winter Driving

A few inches of snow and the country comes to a standstill, how do places in Russia carry on with every day life when the temperature plummets to -60C for months on end?


Well today I have some sympathy for those that were unable to get into work. It is getting pretty bad out there. Living at the bottom of a very slight incline isn't good news on days like this. After digging six neighbours cars out of the snow ruts (and my wifes after I decided to have a go at getting out), all of which decided not to venture any further, I decided not to even attempt to get my car out of the garage. I didn't want to cry off work though...what if I was the only one in the office that didn't make it in?

So I donned my trainers, jogging bottoms and waterproof jacket and headed off into the snow swept landscape that is Hull. 5 miles and one hour later I stumbled in to work (which I thought was good going in the snow) to a full office! If you can get out of your side street than the main roads seem pretty much OK and because most people have decided to stay at home the roads were pretty empty.

There's a lot to be said for owning a four wheel drive, if only to pull others out of the snow. Digging at 6.45am is not much fun!!

Whilst you may mock people in the gas guzzling beasts, I bet everyone wishes they had the use of a 4x4 for the winter.

If I was able to I wouldn't hesitate to sell my car and buy a nice Mercedes ML or Range Rover. Then I wouldn't be facing the prospect of a 5 mile hike back home later!

I guess selling my car, a convertible in winter isn't going to be easy though and by the time I have sold the convertible, the weather will have changed and there'll be no need for a 4x4...well until the next time at least!!

Sell your car at Car Arena quickly and easily

Friday, 19 November 2010

Selling Your BMW

Sell my BMW
BMW has long being the car that all drivers have aspired to owning, even those that compare BMW drivers to hedgehogs secretly dream of driving a BMW…they just don’t want to admit it.
For decades now BMW has been the car to own, the one to have sat on the driveway, the one that says you have made it!
The demand for BMW cars has never waivered, sure they have made a few mistakes in the styling of some cars but by and large they get it right and, more often than not set the bench mark for the other manufacturers to follow.
The ever popular 3 Series has had a long life, beginning in 1975 as the E21, right through three decades to today’s E93 version bursting to the brim with technology.

 
BMW has relentlessly pursued innovations, incorporating technologies such as stop start, iDrive, run flat tyres and also produces some of the best performing sports variants available with the M sports additions.
BMW were also the force behind the rekindling of Britain’s love affair with the Mini, whilst almost twice the size of the original Mini, partly for safety reason and partly for practicality, BMW managed to keep the quirkiness of the mini, with its cheeky looks and go-kart like handling.
There’s no doubt a BMW car whether brand new or a used one is still one to be treasured. Residual values remain some of the highest around, meaning you should be able to demand a great price if you are trying to sell your car, but don’t worry if you are looking to buy one, you can be sure you’re getting a lot of car for your money. Providing you look after your BMW and service it regularly you should still be able to recoup a large part of your investment when you sell it on in the future.

www.cararena.co.uk for the quickest and most secure way to sell your car.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Sell my Audi

Unlike some manufacturers Audi has never had a problem with image or reliability problems. Their strapline Vorsprung durch Technik (translated into English - Progress through Technology) is one of the most recognised phrases in the world. Audi have been using it since the 1970’s and it still remains today. It has even been quoted by Del Boy in an episode of Only Fools and Horses.
Audi are producing some of the most desirable cars in the market and the A4 competes pound for pound with the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C Class for the top spot in the most competitive of categories - the Compact Executive Car.
With a full range of cars from the A2 super mini, through to the Large 4x4 Q7 and on to the astonishing R8, Audi appear to be the company that have everything at the moment.
The R8 is a true supercar, built in its own factory in Neckarsulm, Germany, by a team of engineers hand picked by Audi. To work on the R8 the engineers have typically been working with Audi for at least 10 years. The main assembly is by hand, with each car taking 120 engineers approximately 70 hours to build. Interestingly all the welding on the Audi R8 is by hand, only 6 robots are used in the entire production process. Audi produce 28 cars a day with a car rolling off the semi automatic production line every 32 minutes.
Audi has based its success on producing high quality, reliable cars that have wowed drivers for decades. That doesn’t look like stopping now and is good news if you are looking to sell your Audi. The market demand for used Audi’s is high, if you have a well maintained and clean Audi you are sure to have a highly desirable car on your hands which will put you in the driving seat when you look to sell your car. Make sure you try Car Arena to get the best price you can quickly & hassle free

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Selling My Alfa Romeo

Any one thinking I want to sell my Alfa Romeo will be pleased to know that they are seeing somewhat of resurgence in recent years, long gone are the days of poor build quality, workmanship and reliability. They are some of the most unique looking cars available. At a time when other manufacturers are sharing platforms and body shells producing cars that look almost identical to one another.
Alfa seem to have worked on the design of their cars over the past decade and really are producing drivers cars, with just as much thought put into the interior as the exterior.
Some of the recent launches such as the Mito and Guilietta really have captured the imagination, with distinctive styling that really is up there with the class leaders.
This is all good news if you are thinking of selling your Alfa Romeo, whether that be a 156, GT Coupe the 159 they are sure to be in high demand.
White is the new Black so if you had the foresight a few years ago to buy a white Alfa when everyone else was buying black, you could well be inundated with offers for your car. Obviously the Red option is forever a popular choice and will help the residual values of your car.
Don’t just take our word for it, to quote Jeremy Clarkson “Do not pretend the 159 isn’t there next time you want a mid-range four-door saloon because that would be a mistake. A bad one. First of all, it is exactly one million times better looking than a BMW 3-series. And with those triple headlamps, and perfect proportions, at least half a million times better looking than any rivals from Audi, Mercedes or Jaguar.”
Mr Clarkson went on to say how good the interior was and was equally enthusiastic about the performance of the engines.
So whether you’re looking to sell your Alfa Romeo or thinking of buying an Alfa Romeo there couldn’t be a better time. If you are selling your Alfa then try www.cararena.co.uk They will try hard to get you the best deal they can to buy your car for cash.



Wednesday, 3 November 2010

All Seeing Speed Cameras - or ASSET

A new type of road safety camera that as well as catching speeding motorists, will be able to pick out those not wearing a seatbelt, identify tailgating and can recognise number plates, so will be able to identify those cars without tax or insurance as well. ASSET (advanced safety and driver support for essential road transport).

Are drivers a soft touch for raising extra revenue or will this new type of camera really lead to improved road safety and catching those without TAX and insurance.

Depending on which report you read, speed cameras have either saved thousands of lives or not made the slightest bit of difference to road safety, with the only beneficiary being the treasury!

My argument after having been involved in two serious accidents in the past 10 months and two very near misses is that the other drivers who were at fault in all the incidents would still not have been caught by the new ASSET cameras. Speed wasn't a factor, nor was tailgating. In all incidents it was just the drivers not paying attention. So I guess my question is will these make any difference to Road safety or just bump up the government coffers.

One thing I think will improve road safety, especially if you're driving a dark grey car (my C4 Picasso despite its size seemed difficult to see on the road to other drivers) - is drive with your lights on at all times.

Ashley

Monday, 1 November 2010

Earn Money from your web site

Car Arena has launched an affiliate scheme to enable you to earn money from having a Car Valuation tool on your own site. Everytime a valuation is completed using our service we pay £0.20p
For more information or to sign up click here
Car Arena is a web site where the public thinking I want to sell my car, or buy my car or value my car can log on and receive multiple offers from Motor Traders and Dealers across the UK.
These are no obligation offers but if they are happy with the money offered they can liaise directly with the Dealer to sell their car.
Ashley
Car Arena
0844 414 0985

Thursday, 28 October 2010

The London Congestion Charge

The times I have been to London, had a fantastic meeting with clients, come away feeling great only to be whacked below the belt two weeks later by my wife as a letter arrives informing me of an £80 charge...
I do plead guilty of all the offences, the worst one was once I actually called them to see if I had driven into it by accident, they couldn't tell me and said I should just pay it if I was in any doubt, running late for a meeting I said I would call back and do just that...only I didn't!
It looks like progress is being made though, you can now register for auto charging....I'm going to do this as soon as I can. The thought of another £80 bill landing on my door mat doesn't fill me with pleasure, rest assured if I don't I can guarantee the next time I go to London I'll get another lovely letter from Boris!
Or perhaps I should sell my car and buy a New Mini One D....somehow they have got their emissions down to 99g/km.....1g/km below the 100g/km exemption level...this looks a bit contrived to me. The hours of work they must have put in to arrive at that figure must be phenomenal, was the car stripped out and Frankie Dettori employed as the driver, driving down hill, with a hurricane strength tail wind. I wonder what the emissions are under everyday use.
www.cararena.co.uk
 

Monday, 25 October 2010

Car Arena - Creating Buying Opportunities for Motor Dealers, Motor Traders and Car Buyers

Car Arena is bringing new vehicle buying opportunities’ in their thousands to Motor Dealers, Motor Traders and Car Buyers.
The current economic climate is having a well reported impact on new cars sales, volumes are lower, the end of scrappage scheme etc, etc... but so far, any mention of the difficulties facing the used car dealer, motor trader and buyer seem to be few and far between.
Car Arena has been launched to help used car dealers, motor traders and car buyers overcome the low supply issues. Through Car Arena they can now buy cars directly from the public. Once a preserve of just a few of the larger companies with the money to spend on advertising, now using Car Arena, professional motor traders can have the luxury of 1000's of cars a month being delivered directly to their desk top! They can then view the cars details, including specification, cap data, cap values and DVLA data before they decide whether or not to make an offer for that vehicle.
Using Car Arena can help you create additional business within your existing business, opening up stock channels previously out of reach. Any one in the motor trade looking to expand their business into the cash for my car market should contact Car Arena and discuss your requirements.
High quality vehicle stock shortages will get progressively worse over the next few months. Those dealers using the Car Arena system will, without a doubt will be at an advantage when it comes to securing this stock. Those thinking “it isn't just new cars they buy, but we buy any car.” Then no problem Car Arena lists cars of all ages, makes and models. You just set your filters up to only see the cars you want to make an offer on and don't forget if you're a trader and thinking I want to trade my car then you can do just that...Free of charge!
The public are able to find our web site easily because of our ongoing work with search engine optimisation and the substantial budget we have allocated for marketing and advertising. If a member of the public is thinking I want to sell my car, they can easily find Car Arena where a simple 1 minute process allows them to list their car free of charge. They know a dealer bid on their vehicle is safe, secure and hassle free.
So whether you're a dealer looking for nearly new stock for your forecourt, a buyer trying to source their next car, a trader looking to list some cars to sell to fellow traders or indeed a member of the public thinking who will buy my car then Car Arena is all you need.
Contact us now on 0844 414 0985 to discuss our launch offers, you can be up and running in minutes without it costing you a penny!

www.cararena.co.uk

Friday, 8 October 2010

What's the quickest way to sell my car?

You may be thinking how do I sell my car with the minimum of effort, minimum of hassle but at the best price?
Car Arena will distribute your cars details to all our registered Motor Dealers, Motor Traders and Car Buyers, professional buyers who won’t waste your time, they have everything they need from the information supplied to make you a cash offer for your car.
If you really are wondering how do I sell my car, give Car Arena a go, it is free of charge and won’t cost you a penny.
Once your car is on our site, the dealers can view the details and decide if it is a car they would like to buy. The more information you can include the better, you are more likely to receive offers for your car if you let potential buyers know about any extras.
Another important thing to remember when you are asking how do I sell my car? Is, is the offer genuine. All the potential buyers on the Car Arena site make their living buying and selling cars, as you will be receiving more than one offer you will be able to judge for yourself a realistic price for your car.  Once you have received your offers, feel free to call the buyers and discuss their offer. You may be able to sell your car for more should there be something you didn’t mention on the original listing i.e. it has four new tyres,  has recently being serviced or has sat nav etc..
Because the dealers listed on Car Arena pay to bid on your car you can be sure they are committed, and not just there to make the numbers up. If you really want to sell your car you will sell it on Car Arena.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

New Car Registrations down..but who's to blame?

The headlines are out again and no doubt the press will be full of the joys of optimism (not), they will be claiming that an 8.9% reduction in new car registrations, second worst September since 1999, is proof we're on the verge of a double dip recession...I guess it sells papers in the short term. Perhaps if they were more optimistic in their headlines people would go out spending again. At the moment we're all too petrified to spend anything as we keep getting told the black hole of a DDR is just around the corner.


Anyone reading past the headlines will see that the figures for the whole of 2010 should still be up on 2009. We're also not comparing like for like, apples with apples. Last years figures had the enormous help of the scrappage scheme and without researching the fact I think it is a pretty safe bet the the majority of the cars sold under the scrappage scheme were at the lower end of the market for value. This is probably reflected in the fact that the premium manufacturers figures are nowhere near as bad as the headline figure.


So instead of worrying about this 8.9% reduction in volume can we be more optimistic....what was the actual figure in Value???


Also contributing to these figures must be the long lead times currently being quoted by manufacturers, I know if I was looking for a new car at the moment and I was quoted 3-4 months lead time I would look at the alternatives and this would include a used car 6 months to a year old. You only need 1 in twenty potential buyers to take this route and you have a massive impact made on the figures.


You can probably gather from my blogs I'm neither a professor of English nor am I in anyway an economist...just someone in the real world fed up with all the doom and gloom, who is trying to be optimistic about the future.


The one thing for sure that neither the scrappage scheme or the reduced volume helps is the used car market. Scrappage took a lot of roadworthy cars out of the market altogether, this reduced volume is now doing the same. Meaning dealers have to box clever when looking at ways to buy used cars to retail. Alternatives are available, part exchange car volumes are reducing so dealers are having to rely more and more on trade contacts, auctions, car buying sites. A great new tool for Dealers, traders and Buyers to use is www.cararena.co.uk, they have a great supply of cars that you can buy directly from members of the public and other traders.


I guess all I am saying if we all look on the bright side, glass half full, side of life and start spending a little bit more than perhaps things will start to look better a lot quicker than if we all mope about in our cloudy little world staring into our half empty glasses.


Happy Spending!

Friday, 1 October 2010

Don't stop me now...not BMW's favourite Song

BMW's The envy of many a car driver, well not today! They'll be driving home hoping they're not going to plough through the garage door when they get home...if they get there at all.


Every brake light in front will be met with panic..will they stop in time, or will they hurtle in to the back of the No. 9 bus.....Can it be any worse for BMW doing their utmost to emulate Toyota.


Oh dear the press will have a field day, turning something that probably effects a dozen cars out of the 350,000 recalled in to a major crisis, speculating it will lead to job losses at BMW and a double dip recession throughout the developed world.


The press I suspect have a lot to answer for, they simply love to build something or someone up just so that they can knock them down again. And BMW will be no exception.


We seem to loose all sense of perspective when it comes to slightly bad news, instead of focusing on the positive action taken by BMW all the coverage will be on what may possibly happen if (a big IF) the brakes do fail.


Lets get some perspective in our lives and start looking forward with a bit of optimism instead of looking for the negatives in everything.


If you're selling a BMW no doubt it will still make good money and you can rest easy knowing that BMW will fix the problem with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience to you.


RANT over 

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Ryder Cup Ambush Marketing

With the Ryder cup about to Tee off, companies who wouldn't dip their hands into their pockets to sponsor the event are trying to cash in on the tournament. Paddy Power are in the process of building a massive HOLLYWOOD style sign that over looks the first tee.

Is this clever marketing, unethical, tight, cheating, funny....???

Whatever you may think of it, companies have to come up with ways to advertise their brand cost effectively and already the column inches given to Paddy Power must be the envy of other large companies who only wished they'd got there first.

I could only dream of getting a Car Arena logo displayed at the Paris motor show for free, I can see it now at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Ferrari having paid millions for their stand, waiting patiently ready to unveil their latest incarnation the 599 convertible to the worlds media, the covers come off and I have manged to paint their beautiful Red Ferrari, Pantone 200 Blue and slapped a huge Car Arena logo on it declaring free car valuations...not a very nice thing to do but immediately the brand would be recognised across the world. Now I imagine around any new car launch the security would be akin to that surrounding Mr Obama  having tea in Helmand Province...still we can dream.

Already the London Olympic Committee are working hard to ensure only official sponsors have access to the 2012 Games, advertising sites in and around London have been snapped up and reserved for official sponsors...Still I have a couple of years to figure out how I can crash this Party...Only kidding Mr Coe, I wouldn't dream of such a thing...well I would, but wouldn't have the guts to try and do it!!!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

GAP Insurance - to buy or not to buy

I'm sure I'm not alone when it comes to this...but why didn't I take GAP insurance???


Well I bought the car before I worked in the Motor Industry and I honestly thought I would never need it (famous last words). Surely it was just another ploy by the motor dealer to try and lift my leg and get even more cash out of me?


Maybe so, I'm sure the dealer would have made a healthy commission out of it and at the time £250 seemed a bit much to lay out when I was already pushing an already stretched budget.


£250 is beginning to look like small change now though! Four weeks ago whilst on a drive out with the family, the car traveling towards me turned across my path causing a big, big collision. 2 Fire engines, 2 ambulances, 2 traffic police, 1 paramedic, 1 closed road, 5 hours on a spinal board, 1 fractured sternum, a dozen bruises, 20 boxes of pain killers later and then, to top it all off a bill for £2700 to cover the shortfall on my car!


Eh....but it wasn't my fault, surely, yea if I had caused the crash I could understand...BUT IT WASN'T MY FAULT.


Doesn't matter sir they said, shortfall is an uninsured loss and is only covered by GAP insurance..awe rollocks!


No matter how much I plead, it is just tough!


So if you are selling your car and buying a new or nearly new car, I strongly recommend stretching that little bit further for either shortfall cover or return to invoice cover....as it could be some other idiot on the road that results in you been £2700 out of pocket.


If you are selling your car, or part exchanging your car try and get that bit extra cash for your car to help pay for GAP Insurance.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

October Used Car Prices and Availability

Looking at the data released by CAP this month it seems the old trends no longer ring true. In days gone by October used car prices would have typically been 0.5% lower than September as it hit a bit of a lull after the new plate release activity. Not true this year though, this months book price sees virtually no change against September.


Shortage of quality stock looks to be causing issues around the market place, with researchers describing chaotic scenes at some auctions as dealers were desperate for new stock. Normally September sees a fresh influx of used car stock as people trade their cars in for a new one. Not so this year, long lead-times on new cars has lead to a shortage of part exchanges’ coming on to the market. This problem shows no sign of abating as most manufacturers are making cars to order and not building stock as they did in the boom time.


This is compounding the problems experienced over the past two years. Scrapage took a lot of road worthy cars out of the market place and didn’t generate the PX turnaround cars . It did a job in getting older (but many still roadworthy) cars off the road and helped in the short term increase new car sales….it didn’t replenish in any way the used car market stock. Month by month there have been fewer quality used cars available. It is estimated that by 2011 there will be 2 million fewer 1-5 year old cars on the road than in 2008.


Dealers need to look for alternative stock streams, one of which www.cararena.co.uk allows Main Dealers, Motor Traders and Buyers to register and bid on cars listed on the site by the public and other motor traders. This service is free to the public and is seeing a phenomenal increase in the number of cars listed on the site for sale. Once a dealer has bid on a vehicle they can contact the seller directly to negotiate and arrange collection or drop off.


As the public have been exposed to the numerous car sites offering to buy their car, (sell your car, cash for your car) for sometime now, Car Arena offers a great alternative as the public know they will get more than one bid on their car, they can talk to buyers directly and will have more confidence in the dealers affiliated with Car Arena especially as the brand develops through carefully executed marketing strategies

Friday, 24 September 2010

Car Arena - A New Dealing Platform for Motor Dealers, Motor Traders & Car Buyers

Car Dealers, Buyers and Traders can now take advantage of Car Arena's unique online trading platform.
Car Arena was developed in 2010 to help Main Dealers, Motor Traders and Buyers have more opportunities to purchase vehicles directly from the public in order to secure new stock and maximise future profits.
Having extensive experience in all sectors of the motor trade, Car Arena has been created by the trade for the trade.
Car Arena has created an opportunity for traders to enter the market to buy cars direct from the public at realistic prices without the huge outlay for advertising, web site development and car information databases.
Dealer Benefits
  • CAP Data valuation on every car – all the information in one place to instantly assess the cars real trade value
  • Sales management process – Use the system and tools to ensure all leads are followed up
  • Auto email System – The system automatically emails the seller once you make an offer
  • Fully automatic process – Not able to sit and bid, save parameters onto our system and have it bid for you.
  • 1000’s of buying opportunities – Thousands of opportunities each day, our advertising spend is optimised so that you don’t have to spend thousands of £’s on search engines and trade advertisements
  • Increase vehicle turnover and profits – Use Car Arena to quickly buy and re-sell stock
  • An alternative stock stream – Access to stock that normally isn’t available to you directly
  • Pick the cars you want, make and age etc – Set the system up so that you are only notified of the cars that really interest you.
  • Quickly locate vehicles asked for – looking for specific vehicles, find them quickly with Car Arena
  • Sell vehicles immediately back into the trade for quick profits - maximising profits and increasing cash flow.
  • No minimum period contract – try it for a month
  • Get access online, right now – You could be up and running within minutes
  • For traders only – Strictly reputable traders only
  • No advertising costs, the cars come to you – we do the advertising for you, you don’t need to spend a penny more.
  • No hassle direct debit payment – no monthly hassles, simple direct debit payments
  • Online reporting – View your accounts status anytime.
How it Works
We spend thousands of pounds each week in advertising and marketing to ensure we have a high volume of potential sellers constantly entering their vehicles details on to the Car Arena portal. It is important that we have enough high quality dealers bidding and more importantly buying these vehicles.
Once a seller has entered their cars details on Car Arena, this car’s information is immediately available for you to view along with;-
  • CAP valuations (clean/average/below)
  • Vehicle details such as condition of exterior and interior, tyres, MOT, Service details colour, whether or not a V5 is available and any other details added by the seller including additional photos.
  • DVLA Data such as previous owners, date of last change and date of first registration, engine capacity, CO2 rating, Fuel Type and if it is a UK car.
  • CAP Data provides further information on the full specification of the car.
All the above information allows you to make a realistic bid on the car, you know what you could retail the car for, or what its value would be in the trade and what level of profit you would like to make from the deal.
Making a bid on the vehicle releases the sellers’ details to you enabling you to follow up your bid and negotiate.
No longer is buying cars directly from the public reserved for just a few established online businesses, with thousands of pounds to spend on advertising and marketing each week.
You can also submit you stock vehicles on to the Car Arena portal and receive bids from other dealers.
With no middle men involved, negotiations take place directly with the cars owners and the buying dealer.
Log on to www.cararena.co.uk or call Ashley on 0844 4140985 for more information on how to become an approved Car Arena Dealer.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Ways to sell your car

We all know the drill, you've had your car a couple of years and fancy a change, you want to sell your car...question is, is it paid for or (like me) do you still owe a great whack to some finance company?

If you sell privately whether this be to friends, family or strangers you need to pay the finance off before you sell it...bit of chicken and egg here, as no doubt you need the money tied up in the car to pay the finance off. Some negotiating may be needed or indeed the buyer could pay the money direct to the finance company and the balance (if there is any) to yourself.

If you sell to a Motor Dealer / Trader they will settle the finance for you and pay you the balance.

What is the best way to sell it?


Selling your car to Family - undoubtedly one of the easiest ways if someone in your family has been hankering after your car...ask them if they want it. Beware though (and ask anyone in the motor trade) family and friends will be  your most difficult customers. Every time they see you you they will mention something else that isn't quite right with the car and if something major was to go wrong then take cover because they will be on the phone or round at your house quicker than Lewis Hamilton trying to get home to Nicole. On top of all of this they will expect you to sell the car cheap to them..after all they'll  think they're doing you the favour.

Advertising your car privately - Another popular way to sell your car, it will cost you to advertise and like most things you pay for what you get. Typically you would either advertise in your local paper or with Autotrader. Whilst these options are no doubt the best way if you are looking for the premium price for your car, you may have to be patient and re-advertise it a couple of times depending on how desirable your car is. You will also be faced with a lot of tyre kickers, test pilots, dreamers and time wasters in general. Who will expect your car to be in showroom condition and then and knock you down for the slightest mark. No doubt they will also bring their mate Bob who has been a mechanic for 25 years, he'll tut a couple of times and say the bottom ball joint is knocking (I thought that was something that joined my leg to my backside). In the end you'll either tell them to clear off (and re-advertise) or take a vastly reduced offer just to get rid.

Part Exchange - A great choice if your new car is with a dealer and they offer you a price you are happy with, they'll assess the car and make you an offer..simples. Don't accept the first offer though, tell them you want more and don't forget they will be making profit out of the car they sell you. Also if you are comparing deals with other dealers make sure you look at your total cost to change, not just what they are offering you for your PX. A small variation in the interest rates offered can make a massive difference to your total amount payable over the duration of any finance period.

Selling your car online or direct to a dealer - a relatively new way to sell your car with many new companies popping up in the past couple of years such as webuyanycar; bestcarbuyer, trademymotor, sellacar . Most of these allow you to enter your registration number, fill in a simple form with details such as service history and condition online and value your car for free. Whilst you won't necessarily get the highest price for your car, this method is virtually hassle free and the transaction could be done and dusted within 24 hours. Don't give these companies any excuse to knock the price down when the car is presented to them. Be honest about the condition, tyre tread and service history and the deal should go smoothly. Try and find a company that pays you by Chaps transfer (normally takes about 20 minutes to process) and if possible one that collects the car. If you're on home ground then they have already committed to the sale by sending a collection driver, their negotiation position when trying to knock the price down for chips, tyre wear etc... will be substantially less than if you were to to take it to one of their drop off points.

Agree or disagree?

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Car Info

Just thought I'd create this so people could post away with info about their company, don't mind what info that is as long as it is legal and in some way car related.

Happy posting!
Thanks
Ashley

Funny Car Insurance Claims

Funny car insurance claims - taken from the web www.duck2watercarinsurance.co.uk .... no link to myself.

Here are some incredible, but true statements which all appeared on claim forms submitted to car insurance companies by policyholders who had been involved in car accidents.
Accidents with pedestrians
  • The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.

  • I was sure the old fellow would never make it to the other side of the road when I struck him.

  • To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front I struck a pedestrian.

  • The pedestrian had no idea which way to run as I ran over him.

  • The car in front hit the pedestrian but he got up so I hit him again.

  • I saw a slow moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the roof of my car.

  • A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.

  • I saw her look at me twice. She appeared to be making slow progress when we met on impact.
Car accidents
  • I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way.

  • A truck backed through my windshield into my wife's face.

  • The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intention.

  • I had been shopping for plants all day and was on my way home. As I reached an intersection a hedge sprang up, obscuring my vision and I did not see the other car.

  • I was on the way to the doctor with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way causing me to have an accident.

  • As I approached an intersection a sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident.

  • My car was legally parked as it backed into another vehicle.

  • I told the police that I was not injured, but on removing my hat found that I had a fractured skull.

  • The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.

  • I started to slow down but the traffic was more stationary than I thought.

  • Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don't have.

  • I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment.

  • I thought my window was down, but I found it was up when I put my head through it.

  • In an attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.

  • The gentleman behind me struck me on the backside. He then went to rest in a bush with just his rear end showing.

  • I was thrown from my car as it left the road. I was later found in a ditch by some stray cows.

  • The telephone pole was approaching. I was attempting to swerve out of the way when I struck the front end.

  • I pulled in to the side of the rode because there was smoke coming from under the hood. I realized there was a fire in the engine, so I took my dog and smothered it with a blanket.

  • The accident occurred when I was attempting to bring my car out of a skid by steering it into the other vehicle.
Who caused the car accident?
  • The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.

  • I was going at about 70 or 80 mph when my girlfriend on the pillion reached over and grabbed my testicles so I lost control.

  • On approach to the traffic lights the car in front suddenly broke.

  • I had been learning to drive with power steering. I turned the wheel to what I thought was enough and found myself in a different direction going the opposite way.

  • The accident happened when the right front door of a car came round the corner without giving a signal.

  • I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.
  • An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Preparing your car for a private sale

Just by preparing your car properly can add hundreds of pounds to your vehicle's value;
Use a good-quality car shampoo to clean off any 'road grime'. Work from the roof down, rinse off well, and dry with a chamois leather.

Stone chips are unsightly and can rust if not attended to. Repair them with a touch-up stick. These aren't expensive, and with a little patience, you can dramatically improve your car's appearance.

Missing wheel trims or badges are unslightly to used buyers, so make sure you buy replacements. Breaker's yards offer a cheap source of parts.

Wheels covered in brake dust look awful. On alloys, if it's particularly stubborn, buy an alloy wheel cleaner and treat them. If you've got wheel trims, consider replacing them.
A good polish will create that 'new car' shine that so many used buyers are looking for. Don't worry if paint residue appears on the cloth; this is just a layer of 'dead paint' you're removing - there'll still be plenty left on the car!
Cleaning the interior requires a little more hard work. Start with the vacuum and treat carpets, seats, dusty crevices, and even the dashboard itself.

Dashboards should be cleaned with a 'low-gloss' dashboard cleaner; don't use household polish, as it'll give a cheap appearance.

Windows should be cleaned after the dashboard, to make sure you don't spoil your hard work. Use a glass cleaner or damp chamois leather.

Replace any non-standard parts, such as racy gear knobs or alloy pedal covers. They won't impress buyers, who'll think your car has been thrashed. Standard is always best.

Avoid dousing the car in air freshener, unless you have smoked in it - in which case, buy an odour neutraliser. Spray the ashtray too, after giving it a good clean.

Lift tatty old mats out; the clean carpets underneath will look much more attractive.
Buyers love looking under the bonnet, even if they haven't got a clue what they're looking for. You should therefore make sure they like what they see.

Tidy up generally; attach alarm wiring correctly, clean out leaves from air intakes, and generally make the engine bay appear cared-for.

Oil changes are cheap, and clean oil looks far better than sludgy treacle. Make sure the oil level is correct too.
Fill all water and coolant bottles up, maybe using a sweet-smelling windscreen washer?

Finally, steam-cleaning is much-loved by car dealers, but don't go overboard, particularly with older cars as it can sometimes damage fragile parts or connections.