With the kids soon out of school, summer holidays are fast approaching. Hoorah!! But if your holidays involve any type of driving and you still haven’t gotten around to replacing your old car, you might be dreading the long hours you’ll be spending on the road. But who has the time and energy to schlep around all the car dealers during these last few precious weekends?
Not only that but buying a new or used car can be a really intimidating experience, particularly when you don’t know your carburettor from your car bonnet and also researching all the options before opening the pages of AutoTrader can be a real challenge.
However, I have great news for you. Car Sleuth is a new business designed to make that daunting experience a positive one, by doing it all for you – brilliant right!
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT CAR SLEUTH
How did it all begin?
Scott – Owner of Car Sleuth
After hearing too many examples of friends or colleagues who didn’t have the time to research the market and then felt pressured when finally making a purchase, Scott (owner of Car Sleuth) knew that he could help. Thanks to his lifelong passion for all cars and having undertaken auto mechanic courses, he has the expertise to help you find the perfect family load-lugger, the ideal city car or your dream weekend sports car!
Who have you helped?
Recently he helped a family replace their old diesel Audi with a new hybrid. They were becoming increasingly concerned about the rising costs of driving a diesel in central London but didn’t know where to begin. Thanks to his enthusiasm, they actually found the whole process to be quite fun! The hassle had been completely removed, and they were thrilled. Whoever thought that buying a car could be actually fun!
Another couple had deliberated over what kind of car to buy for nearly a year. They were definitely not car people! Just one week after contacting Scott they were driving into the sunset in a shiny new car – a model they had never previously considered – that also included getting them a great price for their 15-year-old estate! Overjoyed, they’ve been telling everyone about Car Sleuth.
How does the service work?
The service works very simply. After asking you specific questions, Scott will spend a couple of days shortlisting suitable cars by order of preference and present this list to you with his reasoning behind the choices.
In the case of a used car purchase, the shortlisted car dealerships will be vetted and the cars personally inspected by him once confirmed by you; whilst any new car dealerships will be based at a showroom conveniently located near your home or office.
He will organise test drives at times that are convenient for you and they’ll be undertaken with him alongside. Once a decision has been made to purchase the car, he will negotiate the final price for you! He can also run through the pros and cons of the various financing options that are available, too. He actively encourages people to ask him as many questions as possible – He loves cars so he is always happy to talk about them!
How much do you charge for your service?
Unlike other car buying services across the UK, he doesn’t get paid by the car dealer. This more common payment method could lead to favouritism towards one brand or dealer rather than ensuring you get the right vehicle for your needs. With this difference in mind and appreciating that it’s better for you to know his fees up front, Car Sleuth’s car buying services start from £500 depending on the price of the car, paid in two instalments: a £100 retainer and the balance paid upon completion of the car purchase. His fee is typically recouped in the car price negotiation, so he would say that this is money well spent!
If you are considering changing your car and perhaps don’t have the time or the knowledge to get a good deal, you can contact Scott from Car Sleuth and he will be more than happy to help you find your new car.
Do you find the whole experience of changing a new car daunting too?
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