I've been looking for a nearly new Focus TDCi (115) Zetec Estate - not
exactly strange and unusual - and have asked three local dealers to source
Dealer 1: Offered me a trade in of £8k on my mint late 2002 TDCi (115)
low-mileage Hatch against a three-month old same spec estate on sale at
months newer one. Note I bought my hatch from them originally.
Dealer 2: Visited the showroom, they didn't have one but would try and
source one and call me. They have now advertised *exactly* the car/price
I'm looking for in the local press - but never bothered to ring me back.
Dealer 3: I've been into the showroom twice and phoned twice (after they
said they had one / would get it in) - they have yet to ring me back.
What amazes me is that I'm looking to spend ~£13.5k on a used car and it's
appears that none of the dealers have any interest in my business.
So, I'm thinking of selling my hatch private (~£9.5k?) and buying a new
estate; ideally for a similar price as above by ordering on the internet
(having checked JamJar). So... any recommendations / warnings about buying
direct off the net? Any sites better than JamJar?
Being scarse is making the *used* estate £13.5k. £8k for the trade in is
taking the mickey. £14.5k with a more reasonable £9k trade in would make it
the same price as a new one with the current diesel deal.
Making money is one thing, making ~£3k profit on the trade in alone (the
screen price on an identical hatch was £11.5k, so selling at ~£10,750) is
not good. That is not justifiable, therefore I walked away.
Remember all the above is in the context of my having bought my last two
cars from them, including what I'm trying to trade-in. I just don't think
they are concerned about customer retention, well not mine.
Another reply mentioned that this time of year dealers take the p**s, as
they have targets to hit but less sales with which to hit them.
Depends on where in the country you are. I'm in Brighton, East Sussex and
have had dealings with 2 Ford dealerships.
Evans Halshaw were AWFUL - useless and you got the feeling they really
didn't care if you bought a car from them or not - so we didn't!
Jermyn and Sons in Seaford however are friendly, helpful and you get the
feeling the sales staff really care about you - in fact they address you by
name when you arrive (assuming you've been there before!).
I think you're just unlucky and have a bunch of poor dealerships near you.
Have you considered Ford Direct??
OK my God! Damn that's a lot of $$$!
I've been to the UK several times, and am always amazed at the high cost of
I paid $25,000 CDN (with 0% 60 month financing
) for my New ZTW Wagon, loaded with every possible option. Heated seats,
leather, traction control, advance trak, moonroof, etc..... $25,000 CDN 11,500 ish UK pounds, and $17,500ish US (at the time).
We have had a lot of Americans coming North to buy cars. Once a car gets
like 8000 KMS on it, they can drive it across the border, and all
manufacturers, except Chrysler, will honour the warranty.
I remember reading somewhere that car purchasers in the UK pay 25% more for
their vehicles than their EU neighbors. I wonder if it has to do with
putting the steering wheel on the right hand side, maybe they're paying
extra taxes...who knows.
That was the excuse used by some manufacturers but of couse that was a
load of tosh considering the UK is no the only market for RH drive.
Partly to blame although the Tax burden is pretty much the same over
most of Europe
The real reason is that 1, The manufacturers charge whatever they can
get away with and 2, The general public were willing victims for the
most part for far too many years. Once the public were aware of the
facts and started to vote with their feet and the personal import
market took off the Manufacturers were put in the position of
responding by actually lowering UK prices to the point where personal
imports were for the most part (still some specific models can
generate significant savings) not cost effective.
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