Strange Phonecall

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  1. blamehofman

    blamehofman Read Only Funster

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    Iv'e been looking around for a new van and I was surfing the dealers tonight , just browsing seeing if anything caught my eye . Saw something on the Wellbridge motorhomes site based in Cambridge and enquired on their reply option on their site stating I had a Elddis 100 2010 model for trade in with 8K on the clock and a few extras fitted . This was about 8pm tonight 5 minutes later the phone goes and someone from Wellbridge offers me 17K for my van in trade in ..... My first thought was why this late on a Saturday night ?? And 17K I know thats a terrible offer and when I says "your having a laugh" he say's " the 100 dont sell if it had been the 200 model you would have had a better offer " At that point I hung up .:Eeek:

    Is this normal dealer behaviour ? Phoning so late on a Saturday and has anyone had dealings with Wellbridge ? Or has someone intercepted the e-mail ? It was all very strange .
     
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    I have no idea about this company,. but I will offer you £18k plus a Blackie`s egg and half a conker , oh go on then I will even throw in a half chewed toffee!!:RollEyes::RollEyes:
     
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    Four cans of Guinness and you have a deal :thumb:
     
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    Seriously mate, if he is only offering £17k then it laughable.
    It must be worth at least £28-30 at a rough guess.
    God knows how much mark up they want!!!!!
     
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    Sorry Mad mark, but not a chance.

    Sounds to me like its a genuine trade offer. less than what you would expect, but dealers are out to make money.


    Many would of accepted the offer for various reasons. :Smile:
     
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    This is how these people make a very nice living, a friend of ours bought a brand new car, got £1400 part exchange for their trade in.

    Two weeks later they were over in Derby and driving past a garage they saw their old car up for sale at £3295.

    Nice work if you can get it.:thumb:
     
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    As I read it, you showed an interest in getting a quote, you filled in an online questionnaire with your phone number, ... they replied very quickly .. within 5 mins.. I thought that was a plus, rather than a negative for the dealer.

    You instigated the phone call, not the dealer, so why be rude by hanging up. .. the offer may be low.. have you had any others to compare ?

    If they had not responded that would have been cause for complaint .. not because they did so quickly .. and why was it strange that they should call you ..
     
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    I have to agree with Jim

    I must agree with Jim.. I do not think a call back within 5 minutes that bad and 8.05 p.m is not late I would have thought.

    The fact you were not offered what you imagined your motorhome to be worth is neither here or there.

    Often I do think people value there second hand vehicles to highly. I know one camp who paid £32k for his vehicle.. had to spend a few grand putting it right them wanted to sell it for £34k (adding his repair to the value):Sad:

    I paid £28k for my RV.. have a look if you wish at the link below in red.. let it load and you can see some rather nice pictures.. no it is not for sale at this time. I spent £14 and lots of goodies for it. Does it make it worth more? No.... OK the dealer had it up for £37,500 at the start and in the end he came down to the £28k ??? why, he had it in stock to long and unregistered... I had the cash and the rest is history as they say.

    The fact I spent a lot of money on the RV and it is much more desirable now with air suspension, satellite TV, Sterling 1500 watt investor, VanBitz Alarm, backup camera etc., and a hundred extras... When I do come to sell it I will try and see private I will set a reasonable value on it taking in the market conditions and the vehicles... but sense will be applied rather than dreams.

    Bob
     
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    It's the same as when you sell a house, isn't it? - last year you spent X thousand on renewing double glazing and this year another X thousand on a new CH boiler.

    This does not actually make your house worth any more than the one 3 doors down, whose CH and DG are both 3 or 4 years old. But it might make yours sell a bit quicker than theirs.
     
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    Yes in the cold light of day I suppose it was an excellent response from the dealer but he was very abrupt and came across like he was doing me a favour ... I have sent out a few enquiries in the last few weeks and every other dealer who has responded has been pleasant to talk to and the trade in offers have been around the 25k mark ... This one just seemed wrong somehow .
     
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    But Hoff,

    Just think how right it would of been if you had said Yes? right for the dealer of course, but that's how some make money....

    I once had to sell a car at a desperately low value due to needing money quick. The dealer was laughing all the way to the forecourt, whilst i had to comfort my self knowing that I had got the money I needed to keep my head above water.:RollEyes:
     
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    if you felt this was an unpleasant experience that's fair comment..

    To give an example of on line quotes..

    Just for a laugh I had my car 'valued' by "We Buy Any Car.com" .. they offered £2,800

    I checked prices in Autotrader

    Forecourt price up to £6k

    Private sales.. around £5k

    BUT .. at the end of the day, if I were trading in the price offered would depend largely on what I was buying..

    Always best to sell private ...
     
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    Yes I have been in that position too Paul and realise that some will try it on and maybe an hour later after a few more beers I might have said yes :cry:
     
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    Nowt wrong with a gut feeling Hoff,its kept you alive this long
    If it feels wrong to you it is wrong for you:thumb: no matter how right it looks:Cool:
    Geo
     
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    there is a lot of difference between the phone call and the deal

    My son is a buyer for We Buy Any Car. COM.... there is a lot of difference in the price quoted on line and or phone to what is offered when you take the vehicle in.. I know I sold my old Smart to them.. still did not get what was quoted... they call it sale mans puff.. or in english what is the cheapest we can rip you off for.

    Bob
     
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    MH/RV Prices, who knows ?. I bought my mh from the states. At the time, the exchange rate was nearly 3 $ to the £ and so I got a good deal. Of course, there's all of the additional costs that are incurred when importing a vehicle to the UK.

    Even now, I have no idea what the market price for my mh is, but, I know how much I would want for it.

    There isn't another one in this country (that I'm aware of) to compare it with and so whether I would get it or not, who knows.
    Jim
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    I would have thought £28K would be a decent price to sell at for the dealer, so you think that £17k is a good trade price?
    £11k mark up!!!!!!!!:Eek!::Eek!:

    Fooking hell, I am glad I have not bought one from a dealer:Eeek:
     
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    hmm why am I not surprised Bob..

    should be called... We Rip You Off.Com
     
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    strange phone call

    Hi we visited them a few years ago to buy a specific van which they were advertising. The salesman would not even offer a 1p off the asking price, and was very unhelpful, we had travelled a far distance and were very put off, would not deal with them again on principal I think there are far more pro active dealers out there.





     
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    At the risk of bricks being thrown at me I am going to stick up for dealers.......not this one in particular just in general.........so 10k profit is too much.......I would agree if I was going to get 10k but I aint, first I have the VAT to take out of that 10k then I have rent/motgage rates to pay, then I have wages to pay, Phones,electric, insurance you get the picture, then I have any repairs to do to the vehicle before I sell it, then if I am any thing of a dealer I am going to look after you after you purchased it.......Oh I wish when I was trading 3k was 3k you would be lucky if that was 500.......the other mans grass is always greener In my 40 years I saw many come and go most had been made redundant and thought all dealers were well off so they would have a go......most fell flat on their a$se witin three months.......now having said all of that I am not in any way defending bad dealers and we all know there are enough of them........but genuine dealers who look after their customers have huge overheads......even my little business employing seven people has an overhead of 30k per month, so I need 30k before I turn a light on........believe me folks it aint all profit......I wish........

    All the best Rick
     
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