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Getting hold of more motors

broken motor
Cash4Vehicles plans to help you get your hands on those good but unwanted and damaged motors.
Many in the industry are suffering from a two fold problem; overpriced salvage making them uneconomic to break for spares and the other perennial problem, poor quality parts from ELVs. This has left the industry looking for new sources for suitable vehicles.

Enter Cash4Vehicles.co.uk - a service aimed at supplying to the dismantler those vehicles that fall between the quality second hand car market and the end of lifers. Or as Cash4Vehicles puts it - “older cars, broken cars, MOT failures, unwanted cars, cars without tax or cars that have been stood”.

This sector is fast becoming the holy grail for auto recyclers, offering vehicles of a suitable quality for both breaking and also repair. What Cash4Vehicles has done is create a link between buyer and seller.

You don't have to be a techno wizard with this system. You get a simple text alert when a vehicle is available and a daily email summarising what you have been offered.
Their widespread advertising encompasses local newspapers and high ranking positions on online search engines such as Google and Yell.com. Customers are encouraged to call a professionally manned call centre via a free phone 0800 number, or to fill out a simple online form on the website. Whichever route they choose, the vehicle details are carefully packaged into a text message and are instantly fired off to a dealer within range.

It’s worth noting here that Cash4Vehicles never sends a car to more than one dealer, and also it’s possible for multiple dealers to operate in the same area without treading on each others toes – more of this later!

With a client base currently of around 30 dealers who have proved the effectiveness of the system, the company is now looking to expand the network to 100 dealers, aiming for full UK coverage. We thought you may be rather interested to hear how easy it is to get involved.

As we are all a little sceptical of anything that looks too promising, you will be pleased to know there is no long term commitment with this operation. You can have as small or large an area as you wish and you can also go for exclusivity of an area or share it with others, ensuring that whatever your budget it is still possible to participate in the Cash4Vehicles network.

The great thing here is that the service operates on a “Pay As You Go” monthly basis, which says to us that Cash4vehicles believes you will be more than happy to keep going as they say the results speak for themselves. For example, the average monthly charge for a shared franchise area is around £169 + VAT per month and with that attracting approximately 20 to 30 vehicles leads – it’s not hard to do the sums. Exclusivity costs 3 times the shared rate and if you go for a greater distance from your postcode, again it will cost you more, but then this should all show up in more vehicles.

Cash4Vehicles are concerned about creating the right image. All operators must be licensed with the Environment Agency and must abide by a code of conduct - they are looking for quality operators who will give the right impression which should ensure the system’s success in the future. From the buyer’s side it couldn’t be easier to operate. You don’t need any computer skills, all you need is access to a mobile phone and perhaps your email to receive your daily statement which is sent out every evening at 6pm and which details the vehicles you’ve been offered during the month.

Overall, the system is simple and effective from both the buyers and also the sellers perspectives. Will it bring you a welcome source of better quality vehicles? I can’t say for sure but with no long term commitment and existing buyers already doing well, it definitely sounds worth a look. If you want to find out more, take a look at the website or call their sales team on 0844 358 2090.

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