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Don’t Forget These Essentials When You Are Selling Your Car…

Are you considering selling your car? Then make sure you don’t forget to do these essential things that will ensure you a quick and profitable sale. Read on to find out what they are.

Cleaning

First things first, no matter how many miles your motor has on the clock, if it stinks and is full of old McDonald’s wrappers no one is going to buy the thing! Put yourself in their position. If the car is a mess inside then, it’s likely that it hasn’t been well looked after or carefully driven. So it has the potential to have a lot of things wrong with it. That is why a clean, tidy and pleasant smelling interior is essential to a quick and profitable sale!

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Give the car a rinse…

Clear out any and all rubbish. Yes, everything! Then pull out the mats and shake them off. Use a pressure washer on them, if they are filthy.

Then check over the upholstery for marks or tears. Pay particular attention to holds in the ceiling of the vehicle. Lastly, spray with a freshening product like Febreze to make sure that it smells as good as it looks. Or you could even get some of that new car smell spray!

Body Work

Of course, the potential buyer isn’t going to look inside the car straight away. They will want to take a peek at the outside first. That means that the body work needs to be in the best condition possible.

Get any dents beaten out before the viewing. Treat small scratches with kits like this one you can purchase on the internet. Clean the car yourself or take it to a hand carwash and have it professionally cleaned and waxed. Remember first impressions count for so much when selling your vehicle!

Number Plate

Also, when you are cleaning the outside of the car. Don’t forget to check that the license plate is clean and in good condition. If you are selling with a personalized plate, then you can find out how much your number plate is worth online. This just adds another selling point for you to mention to your potential buyer. Remember to emphasize that even if they don’t keep the plate, they could sell it on for profit that would help to go towards paying for the car.

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MOT

Of course, cars with recent full MOTs are likely to sell much better. If you car didn’t pass the MOT or it was a long time ago, it puts the buyer in a much stronger position to be able to negotiate you down on the price. You will have to decide whether it’s a better deal to get the MOT done and passed or take a hit on the original asking price of the car.

In addition, you need to be careful with the asking price. It’s essential that you pick the right price point to advertise your car at. Too high and it won’t bring in viewers. Too low and you will have no room to negotiate and still make a good profit for yourself.

One careful owner, short MOT…

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Camper van Scam Part 2: To catch a scammer

After numerous emails between Good Shout Media and ‘Amy’ from Belfast, we’re getting closer to making a deal on this 2005 Fiat Ducato Camper.

You can read the original emails between us and Amy here… But since then, things have gone to the next level.

It seems Amy doesn’t remember our fantastic night together…

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What is the Camper Van Scam?

The Camper Van Scam is a simple act of fraud carried out under the guise of a second hand car transaction. Let’s not beat around the bush, this is nothing more than a con.

How does it work?

An advert is posted online, usually advertising something that looks like a bit of a bargain. Take this one, for example:

2005 Fiat Ducato Camper Van – £5000

LOVELY CONDITION / FULL SERVICE HISTORY / LOCALLY OWNED / TWO OWNERS / 40,000 MILES

This Swift Suntor 590PR includes special paintwork, grey bumpers, alloy wheels, roof rack with ladder, full awning. It has a large double bunk over the cab which can be raised when travelling. The rear lounge can seat six people easily around the table and converts to a generous double bed at night. There is a separate shower room with vanity unit and cassett toilet. Thel kitchen area has a full oven & grill, hob with three gas and one electric plates, large fridge with freezer compartment and a sink unit with hot/cold mixer tap. There is a wardrobe with 10 litre hot water system below. Also warm air heating and gas/electric convector heater. All windows are double glased with fly screens and pull down blinds. There are two 13 amp power points and TV aerial point. Front passenger captains revolving seat. Side door electric step. large 40 gallon water tank and similar waste water tank give full freedom. Included are twin gas cylinders, power connecting cables

So we contacted the seller to find out more…

… and here’s what happened next:

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Sounds fair enough, I thought… Cash is king.

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It starts to sound suspicious…

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So we made a reasonable request…

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But ‘Amy’ doesn’t have a phone…

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And it appears this is where the honest people get ensnared…

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But we’re old school. Cash is still king…goodshoutmedia-camper-van-scam-8.png

But she’s not biting…

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Time for another reasonable request in any car sales transaction…

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But ‘Amy’ has lost her cameraphone…

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So we introduce Good Shout Trev…

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But she doesn’t want a date with Good Shout Trev…

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So, let’s just recap again…

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Is ‘Amy’ getting bored yet?

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But once again, cash is always king. And so is Good Shout Trev…

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Amy still doesn’t want to meet Good Shout Trev… Awwww….

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So let’s clarify all of this one more time…

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As at September 11th, Amy’s gone quiet, Good Shout Trev is crying, and it looks like the Good Shout Media end of summer party is going to be in a two man tent, the same as last year. Oh well.

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Ah, so ‘Amy’ still hasn’t twigged that we’re having fun… There’s more:

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How AMG Is Keeping Mercedes, The German Juggernaut, Exciting

Mercedes is considered to be one of the world’s premiere luxury car makers. Even their entry level cars, like the A-Class, are fitted with amazing tech and made to a high quality. But Mercedes isn’t just one big, homogenous company. It’s an ecosystem of boutique suppliers and niche service providers.

Perhaps the most famous and most important of these is AMG, the performance arm of the company. AMG is like a company within a company. It finds its ways into all sorts of Mercedes cars, making them more exciting and more powerful. Although the name itself doesn’t suggest much, AMG are they guys and girls putting the fun into the brand.

Right now, fun is what Mercedes needs. Take away the AMG element, and you’re left with an otherwise run-of-the-mill lineup. It’s been a while since we saw a non-AMG Mercedes receive general critical acclaim. Most accolades in the SUV department, for instance, didn’t go to Mercedes’ GLA, they went to rival BMW’s X3.

Fortunately, Mercedes has a joker up its sleeve in the form of AMG. AMG have been supercharging Mercedes cars for over 25 years. And they’re not showing any signs of stopping. In fact, you can find AMG branding plastered over almost every category of high-end Mercedes car today.

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AMG first proved their muscle with “The Red Pig” back in 1971. This wasn’t a road car – it was a racing car on the European scene. AMG turned the competition on its head that year, by producing a car that had a 6.3-litre engine and dominated smaller rivals, like Alfa Romeo. Since then AMG has gone from strength to strength producing some of the best cars out there right now. However, of the many branded AMG Mercedes, two stand out as excellent.

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AMG GT

The AMG GT started showing up at approved dealers, like Eastern Western Motor Group, last year. And it represents a true return to form for the Mercedes brand. Up until last year, Mercedes didn’t have anything that could take on the likes of the Porsche 911, or the BMW Z series. Sure, there were the SL55 and the SL65 AMG grand tourers. But these cars were more targeted at the luxury end of the market, rather than on pure racing performance. AMG saw that Mercedes needed a car that could match up to, and even exceed its rivals.

The AMG GT and the GT-S are unique in the history of Mercedes. Both were designed and produced entirely by AMG itself. And boy, does it show. When the time came to review the car, practically everyone in the automotive press fell in love with it. They loved the sleek lines and the aggressive styling. They loved the luxurious interior, decorated with all the high-tech gizmos for which Mercedes are famous. And, more than anything, they enjoyed the performance, which is impressive. Of course, the car didn’t come cheap. But in many ways, that doesn’t matter. What is important is that AMG has finally given Mercedes something we can all get a little bit excited about.

AMG’s new supercar will rocket drivers from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds flat. And it’ll keep going up to 193 mph on the German autobahn.

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The other car in Mercedes’ arsenal, all thanks to AMG, is the C63. Back in the 1990s, Mercedes made big inroads into the luxury saloon market with their E-Class cars. Now AMG has worked its magic on the C-Class. And, yet again, they’ve pulled it off. The C63 comes with a twin-turbocharged four-litre engine that roars when you put your foot down. And according to most who have driven the car, the engine is to die for.

 

That, of course, should come as no surprise. The engine used in the C63 is actually the same engine that is used in the GT. It’s got the same 503 bhp and the same 700 Nm of torque. And despite the fact that the C63 isn’t a thoroughbred racer, it’ll get to sixty in the same time – 4.0 seconds dead.

Mercedes-AMG has been very smart, however, with the styling on this beast. It’s reminiscent of the styling one might find on a luxury Jaguar or Audi. It is, in many ways, understated, relative to the performance it can produce. Under the hood, it’s a raging beast. And yet, no executive would look out of place driving it.

 

As a result, AMG has blown the market for high-end Mercedes wide open. There are options for petrol heads who just love powerful, pinup cars. And there are also choices for those who want AMG under the hood without having to shout about it.

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The Japanese Cars That Best Serve Drivers

Sometimes, Japanese cars can go a little underappreciated. People find it easy to get excited about the best German or Italian cars, but not so much when it comes to Japanese cars. This is a little unfair because some of the best cars in recent times and throughout history have come out of Japan. It’s a country with a strong car manufacturing tradition. And they clearly know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to making cars for the consumer market. So, don’t underestimate what they have to offer.

In particular, Japanese car companies are known for creating cars that innovate and are very reliable. This is what their reputation revolves around. As any driver will know, there are not many things more valuable than reliability when it comes to buying a car. Everyone wants a vehicle they can rely on all years round. But which cars are their best? And which ones serve drivers better than all the others? Over the years there have been many achievements in Japanese motoring, but the cars below remain the best for drivers. Read on to find out some more.

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Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza might have started out as a rally car, but it has since become a great consumer car too. Anyone who has spent time driving one of these vehicles knows how fun they are, and they look unique too. Everyone knows an Impreza when they see one. And it remains the best car that the people at Subaru have ever come up with as well. The turbocharged all-wheel-drive car offers you something that is impossible to recreate in any other car. You should take one for a test drive if you still don’t believe me. You won’t be disappointed.

Toyota MR2 Turbo

In the early 90s, Toyota put out its best car of all time, and it was called the Toyota MR3 Turbo. The amazing thing about this car is that it offered incredible speed and style, while also being very practical. Very few cars manage to do all of those things. So, when you find one, you should recognise and praise its achievements. It’s one of those cars that simply manages to be entertaining to drive. You never get bored of it. While, at the same time, it can function as a perfectly suitable and adept family car, so you can have it all.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution might not be the most affordable car to own. But it is still one of the very best. You can accept the high running costs more easily when you look at what you’re getting for your money. It’s a car that is fast and sporty, while managing to remain incredibly smooth as you push it to the limit. The way the car handles when you’re on the road is a real joy to behold as well, and things like this can be very important to drivers. If you’re looking for a Japanese car that offers an unrivalled driving experience, then the Lancer Evolution is certainly the one. There are not many cars like it.

Nissan Juke

Nissan is a company that has made many top cars over the years. It made a big step forward when it manufactured the fully electric Nissan Leaf. It’s a car that not only manages to stay completely green and clean but is also great to look at. But, for me, the best Nissan car remains the Juke. It’s a car with a lot of staying power, and the newest model is being released this year. The space and power of the car make it very appealing to modern families. And the fact that it’s so reliable is also a great selling point too. Unlike many large, spacious cars, it’s also very well-designed and very stylish. You can see what I mean by browsing them at Pentagon-Group.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has been around for a while, but the latest version of it is better than ever. Of course, the stylish and sporty design of the car is still as impressive and unique as ever. And the affordability of the car makes it stand out among other similar sports cars. This is one of the things that make is so appealing to drivers who want something sporty and fun to drive. The car is fast, pacey and the design has been inspired by the best sports cars of the 50s and 60s. Combining that classic style with modern interiors makes it a great car to drive, and it serves drivers well.

Honda Insight

Back in 1999, the Honda Insight was already making steps to improve efficiency and lower emissions. It’s a streamlined car with all the hallmarks of today’s low-emissions cars. You can see it’s influence and impact everywhere. It’s the first hybrid car to really show the world that hybrids can be good to own. It’s an example of the huge technical advances that have been made by Japanese car companies. And it was a step forward at a time when that kind of change was needed. It broke efficiency records at the time, and it’s still a car that is fun to own and drive for ordinary people.

Mazda Cosmo

The Mazda Cosmo is one of the best cars around, and it’s certainly one of the best that has come out of Japan. You’ll have to pay a lot of money to get your hands on one these days. It’s a car with a brilliant 60s style and the engineering faultless too. It was one of Japan’s first GT coupes, and many would argue that it was never bettered. That was way back in 1967. If you get the chance to see one up close, you’ll see that the styling and design haven’t aged a bit. It’s one of those cars that will always be timeless, even if you might never get the chance to drive one for yourself. You can be sure that the driving experience is perfect though. At least, that’s what owners have always said.

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Why The Toyota RAV4 Still Deserves Its Place In The Pantheon Of Good C-SUVs

Ask many enthusiasts and you will find a consensus that the RAV4 has slipped off its pedestal a bit. Toyota themselves look like they’re putting their focuses elsewhere. Despite the fact that it was an original pioneer of its class. It wasn’t exactly a dream car, sure; but with over 4.5 million units sold it has long maintained a staunch niche as the very center of C-SUV in terms of measurements, but it has been falling behind. But what about 2016’s hybrid model? Does it still hold up, and can it win back some of the fans that fell in love with the cheeky little ‘Rav in the first place?

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First, let’s talk about power. It’s 2.5L hybrid petrol engine will take you from 0-60 in ten seconds. Not exactly fast and furious, but definitely acceptable for the car’s class. With a touted 34mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway, the Americans are sure to love the frugality of the thing… Although for Europeans, the days of 35mpg being acceptable flew in the face of the fuel price rises of the last twenty years.

The Business Edition Plus ups the ante with the specification on offer, coming with luxuries such as reversing camera, multimedia system with sat nav, DAB radio, climate control, front fog lamps and intelligent rain and dusk sensors… With plenty of value for money, too. Not bad, considered a new Toyota from RRG offers a quality ride, refined equipment levels and still comes in at the sub £30k price bracket.

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Although the ride of the Rav 4 may be more refined than the original, it isn’t that exciting. Not by any stretch of the imagination. It’s the most powerful RAV4 yet but that’s not saying all that much. Not that you entirely want to use all that power, either. Just watch the fuel economy take a dip when you start driving at anything more than a leisurely pace. The worst offences of the RAV4 are all in the interior, however. Particularly in the controls. Not the most responsive or impressive touchscreen. It seems like Toyota are still relying on the initial wow factor of that feature’s first release, which, to be honest, is long past it’s sell by date. Worst of all, still, is the placement of the sports, EV and EVO buttons. We hope you like reaching down past your right knee. Because there, tucked under the touchscreen, is where you will find them…!

That said, what it lacks in excitement and intuitive tech, it makes up for in smart utility. It’s no longer the middle of the road SUV in terms of storage. A decent 100mm has been added to the wheelbase, giving you more practically for the reasonably sized car with a roomier interior. Add a roomy, comfortable cabin and an elastic gearbox you have a car that is just plain easy to drive.

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The RAV4 won’t be wowing anyone. It has some clunky interior design and there are better off-road drives available for its price range. But good quality, comfort and practical thinking (besides the tech) make it a worthy buy. On the pantheon of C-SUVs, it’s a lesser god, certainly. It still remains popular, and some people find fun in it. It’s a comfortable, safe choice that’s not worthy of regret. Deal with the initial frustration of getting used to unintuitive design and you have a nice, breezy drive.

Dream cars that are actually a total nightmare

We all have that one dream car. It’s the vehicle that was plastered across our bedroom walls when we were younger. In our twenties, we might have started to save up for it, but we were sidetracked. Having children and other expenses tend to get in the way of going after the dream machines… For us, it was always the Ford Escort RS Cosworth, an iconic Fast Ford and the dream car for a generation of petrolheads.

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For those of you who never quite managed to save up the pennies, we have good news. Those cars that you desperately desired? They were probably nightmares on wheels, and we’re about to show you why.

High Insurance Costs

This always happens. You save up the money to buy your dream car. You finally reach your target and head down to your nearest dealer to pick it up. It’s just as beautiful as you imagined. It handles perfectly, and you feel like a winner driving it around. Then, you start to look into the insurance and find in ten years; it will have cost as much as the car!

What wonderful machine is guilty of this minor flaw?

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz? The AMG range of Mercedes-Benz cars are high performance machines, some of which are capable of phenomenal performance thanks to their large displacement supercharged engines. For this reason, a high performance Benz really is a dream car. In a recent survey, the popular Mercedes-Benz CLS was found to be one of the most expensive to insure on the market…! That might put a dark cloud over your supercar daydream…

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More time behind the wheel… or on the hard shoulder

There are plenty of reliable cars on the market, but for some of us, reliable means boring! Sure, it might break down on every second journey, have a temperamental V12 and the electronics might have a mind of their own, but that’s all part and parcel of owning a hand made, hand crafter supercar. After all, if you want reliability, go and buy a Vauxhall Astra. Yawn.

However, it’s not just the extreme exotic cars that are known for poor reliability. Porsche’s stellar reliability record has taken a beating with the last few incarnations of the 911, scoring a 39% failure rate in a recent reliability survey. That’s quite high and slots quite low down in the list of reliable cars. You’ll be taking your Porsche to a car servicing garage at least once a year, by the sound of it – might be easier to go for the one below, instead… Much cheaper to maintain!

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Darling, the fuel light is on… Again

If you’ve saved the money for your dream car then the price of petrol might not be something that bothers you, but with the latest raft of hybrid cars getting faster and more performance oriented, will more enthusiastic drivers be lusting after hybrids in years to come? Well, most petrolheads don’t daydream about hybrids as their dream cars, but with the BMW i8 and Porsche’s rumoured hybrid beast coming in a year or so, all that could be about to change.

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When it comes to fuel efficiency, a general rule of thumb is ‘more fun, more fuel’. That’s certainly true for two of the most exotic cars available… The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster and the Ferrari F12. These supercars might be fun on the race track, but try to use your Italian exotica to pop to the shops and you’ll soon be emptying your wallet… Single-figure MPG, maintenance costs, tyres… It all adds up,  plus, you’ll have to deal with crowds of snap-happy people wanting to take selfies with your ride, and who’s got time for that?

A BMW E36 M3 Evolution is a safer investment than property

If you can find one… And we have.

This BMW M3 3.2 Evolution is an exceptional example, having covered just 111,000 miles from new. It’s spent much of it’s life in storage, and even has the original service schedule and dealer sticker in the window.

Not only that, but this car has extensive paperwork, including the pre-delivery inspection sheet from the factory.

As you read this, we may have already re-homed this car, but if you are REALLY serious about buying one of the best BMW E36 M3 Evolution Convertibles in the country, then contact us through the usual channels… We know where it is.

Offers in the £8000 region (March 2016… We bet by March 2018 that looks a steal)

We went urban exploring and found a whole load of Vauxhalls

If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise… Yes, don’t go to the woods, that’s where the fly tippers are, you want to be going to [location removed on the request of the owners]

We recently took a trip to [location removed on the request of the owners] and got incredibly lost on the way. Whilst driving around desperately trying to find the [location removed on the request of the owners], we stumbled upon a mighty haul of classic Vauxhall and Bedford cars.

Barn find click bait eat your heart out, this is the real deal. Chevettes, Vivas, Carltons, Astras, Dormobiles, Cavaliers, Monzas… It’s all there!

Most of it looked in too sorry a state to be saved, but the whole yard looked like an eery tribute to drab motoring of the 1970s….

[edit – the owners would like to make you aware that this yard is not a free for all. all parts are for sale and anyone taking parts without paying for them is stealing, and that’s not cool.]

Feast your eyes on the abandoned Vauxhall and Bedford graveyard [shop front of one of Europe’s premier Vauxhall and Bedford classic car parts providers] photoset:

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Should you buy a BMW M5? Yes you should.

What has a 4.4 litre V8 engine, goes 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds, can carry four adults in comfort and even has space for luggage?

Well, a BMW M5. This incredible beast has to be seen to be believed. On the outside it’s relative inconspicuous, there’s only a few styling tweaks that give the game away, but underneath the bonnet there’s a fire breathing dragon.

Should you buy a BMW M5? Well, if you love the way a big V8 engine sounds, like a car that accelerates likes a scalded cat and don’t want to compromise, then yes.

If you’re scared of going fast, don’t like loud noises and find harsh acceleration unnerving, then it’s probably not the car for you.

Imperial Car Supermarkets have one for sale, and it’s beautiful. Check it out here.