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.

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!

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, 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