A Colchester man has been left rueing his long run of bad fortune with cars after receiving his yet another low valuation from a salesman when attempting to part-exchange. Peter Smith was left reeling after obtaining a quote of less than one-third the figure he had got from webuyanycar.com for his 2012 Renault Megane.
‘I’ve been really unlucky with each of the four cars I’ve owned, that’s for sure’, said Smith, dejectedly. ‘Every time when it comes to part-exchange, the poor salesman has had to deliver some bad news to me, completely out of the blue. Back in 2005 it was my Fiesta. I really had no idea that their value depreciated the most between 3 and 4 of ownership – trust my luck that I was trading in right in that slot’.
‘I factored that in with my next car, a Focus, trading it in after 2 years in 2007′, continued Smith. ‘The darnedest thing though…the salesman told me that getting parts for Focus’s of that particular year were a known industry problem. And then, in 2010, to be told that the second hand market for Minis had collapsed after the global economic recession. Could happen to anyone I guess’
‘The guys at my dealership really did me proud this time, though’, Smith noted with a smile. ‘The salesman I was dealing with went off to see his manager, and came back with a part-exchange value £200 more than the one they first offered. I could see the two of them deep in conversation. I hope that act of kindness doesn’t affect their monthly figures.’
Smith believes his luck with cars may now have changed too. ‘My salesman offered me this upholstery protection at £500 on my new Qashqai as I was signing the papers, so I’ve pretty much future-proofed the trade in value for this beauty’.
‘The market for Qashqai’s is pretty solid too. There’s a lot of them coming off the assembly lines’, continued Smith. ‘At least that’s what I think the salesman meant when he muttered that there is one born every minute’.