Secondhand cars - why don't dealers prepare them before they go up for sale?

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11/08/2007 at 18:59
Been looking to get another Jaguar.
Was looking for a V8 Sovereign but could we find one that was presented nicely...could we by buggery.


We got totally fed up looking at shoddily prepared s/h cars in Jag dealers...do these guys not want to sell them?

I don't know what it is but to a man these dealers simply do nothing to make the car attractive to punters.

We've seen cars that are knackered, stink of cigarette smoke (and I mean seriously rank!), have filthy upholstery, wheels that look like they've been attacked with a hammer & chisel and even have gouges out of the paintwork.

So got utterly fed up ad went and got a good deal on a 57 reg Merc E class diseasel and take delivery 1st Sept all being well.

Anyway, why do the delaers not prep s/h cars before they go on sale, anyone know?
Seems basic business sense to me for crying out lahd!
11/08/2007 at 19:00
Why are you even considering a "used" car?

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11/08/2007 at 19:00
£££££££££££££££££££££££



Yawn! It's wearing a little thin now, don't you think?


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11/08/2007 at 19:02
moth wrote
£££££££££££££££££££££££



Do you work for our local £ shop?
11/08/2007 at 19:03
moth wrote
£££££££££££££££££££££££



Thing is, I have gone & bought an entirely different brand because of it.
I can't see how it's a good way to behave, I really can't mate.
11/08/2007 at 19:05
Big Nige wrote
Do you work for our local £ shop?



Wide boys with wads of cash tend to ignore the details when buying a motor for the little woman innit?

The Ferraris around here that have had their wheels kerbed. Disgusting


Yawn! It's wearing a little thin now, don't you think?


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11/08/2007 at 19:06
Heres some reasons.

1. Lubricants and oils etc will need to be replaced sooner if vehicle is not used

2. Sometimes dealers will swap stock with another dealer if they can't move it.

3. A lot of the time they get cars in ' lot's ' so they don't want to try and get a load of cars ready at once.

But yes the car should be in totally clean condition, and be presentible, if they are as bad to look at as you say the dealer may as well have a sign up saying " I'm an asshole don't buy from me, screw you ".

 
 

11/08/2007 at 19:07
In the trade, displaying expensive cars in their pre-valet dirty condition is a way of saying to the world at large, "look, these people may have wealth and opulence, but still they're as filthy as the lowest council estate dwelling chav-scum."

Dirt - the great leveller.

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11/08/2007 at 19:10
Mr Tibbs wrote
In the trade, displaying expensive cars in their pre-valet dirty condition is a way of saying to the world at large, "look, these people may have wealth and opulence, but still they're as filthy as the lowest council estate dwelling chav-scum."

Dirt - the great leveller.


Oi, get yer own ferking cliche, you arriviste

moth wrote
Wide boys with wads of cash tend to ignore the details when buying a motor for the little woman innit?

The Ferraris around here that have had their wheels kerbed. Disgusting


Yawn! It's wearing a little thin now, don't you think?


Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.

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11/08/2007 at 19:12
I'm glad I rose above the dirt.

Mind you I do own a Vauxhall
11/08/2007 at 19:21
moth wrote
Oi, get yer own ferking cliche, you arriviste



May I suggest a cliché time share.

I'll supply copious cups of sedative-laden coffee to you whilst espousing, for fifteen hours, the benfits of sharing said cliche until you finally crack, agree to give me a down payment of £10,000, plus £2000 each year for the next twenty years.

Whaddya say?

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12/08/2007 at 09:28
Obviously so punters will get fed up and spend a ridiculous amount on a 57 reg Merc E class diseasel instead.

Duh.


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12/08/2007 at 09:34
How could any self-respecting biker be seen dead in one of these things? Pomposity on wheels.

diceman wrote
Obviously so punters will get fed up and spend a ridiculous amount on a 57 reg Merc E class diseasel instead.

Duh.
12/08/2007 at 09:36
Because it'll cost £xxx to properly prepare a car before sale, this is basically dead money until the car is sold so it makes sense for the dealer not to spend it until he knows the car is sold.

On a balance sheet it would be in the 'outgoing' column, which everyone is keen to minimise, especially if they don't know how long it'll be there for.

As said above, if there's some swapping of cars between dealers then it just cuts down on the profit too.
12/08/2007 at 10:22
c_mb2006 wrote
Pomposity on wheels.



Big Nidge = Pomposity on wheels.

I like that.

choc-ice wrote
Because it'll cost £xxx to properly prepare a car before sale, this is basically dead money until the car is sold so it makes sense for the dealer not to spend it until he knows the car is sold.

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Odd way to go about selling cars IMO,

You're way more likely to sell a car if it's cleaned up and prepared nicely.
12/08/2007 at 10:30
should have gone for a pre90 jaguar then kitted it out with a happy bag and a set of nostrils in the boot just to be authentique like

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12/08/2007 at 10:35
nige what year are you looking at as 1 of my mates has a jag for sale dont know the year,non smoker he just got offer a lotus charlton a whlie back so he could not say no.
tell me what it is you are after and i wll ask him.

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12/08/2007 at 11:42
choc-ice wrote
Because it'll cost £xxx to properly prepare a car before sale, this is basically dead money until the car is sold so it makes sense for the dealer not to spend it until he knows the car is sold.

On a balance sheet it would be in the 'outgoing' column, which everyone is keen to minimise, especially if they don't know how long it'll be there for.

As said above, if there's some swapping of cars between dealers then it just cuts down on the profit too.



I don't agree with that.

I have a chum what runs a s/h bike shop.
Bikes don't go into the showroom until they are prepped and valeted etc.
Any repairs needed are also done.
The showroom is subsequently full of pristine bikes and the most that might need doing is an MOT.

He sells loads and he knows a lot of sales are because of the way the bikes are presented...becaue people tell him so.

I didn't buy a Jag because of the way the cars were presented to me.

Who's lost out?
Not me, I got a shiny new Mercedes Benz because of it.

The Jaguar dealers lost...at a time when Jag sales are 40% (yes, 40%) down on the same time last year and the company could well be sold off to an asset stripping private equity company or an Indian truck maker.

In my book that's idiocy and not at all sound business sense.
12/08/2007 at 11:44
Big Nige wrote
I don't agree with that.

That's alright, I don't mind you being wrong

Ask the car dealer, see what he says. I agree that bike dealers seem to do a much better job, but perhaps because 1 car dealer does it, they all do it?
12/08/2007 at 11:51
choc-ice wrote
That's alright, I don't mind you being wrong

Ask the car dealer, see what he says. I agree that bike dealers seem to do a much better job, but perhaps because 1 car dealer does it, they all do it?


Maybe...but ask yourself this..I walked away from buying a nearly new V8 Jaguar Sovereign not because of the deal being offered but because of the way the car was presented to me and now I'm mouthing off about it on a (admitedly small) bulletin board.

Is that good for business?



btw, the dealer knows why I walked away, maybe it'll help, maybe it wont...he just looked blankly at me 'cos he didn't really have an answer (suspect his hands were tied by their sales policies)
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