Advice on maintaining your depreciation proof car
Our company ethos is that our cars are basically depreciation proof. If you keep the car in optimum condition, barring incidents, it will retain most, if not all of its residual value.
The easy way to spend money on a car is well documented… Buy new, lose probably at least 60% in the first two years. This is the quickest and easiest way of throwing money down the drain – with very, very few exceptions.
We firmly believe, and have proven, that any sensible person can slash his servicing bills overnight with simple man-management. We recommend that you…
- Join the Owners Club of the car you have purchased. This will probably be the best £25 or so you ever spend.
- Find a friendly and trustworthy local mechanic to check the car for you monthly and who is capable of doing the basic everyday jobs (oil, filters, brakes, pads). Then, whenever there is a more serious problem entrust the car to the local specialist recommended by other members of your club.
- Buy parts yourself, and inform the specialist you are doing this. You will save a fortune on this alone!
- Steer clear of Main Dealer Servicing, as the hourly labour costs alone are often extremely prohibitive.
Purchase allied parts, such as tyres, from the recommended people on the list.
Always fit a Disklok Steering Wheel Cover, locking wheel nuts and a Thatcham One Alarm Immobiliser (approx. £250 fitted) at your venue.
Inform the insurance company exactly what is on your car. All cars from Germany have to have any addenda from standard specification approved by the TUV and written on to the German Log Book (Brief). This should give you a clear indication of what extras are on the car, but it is still worth checking yourself. The Insurance Companies small print may exclude your claim if the car has larger diameter wheels or a modified exhaust system for example.
Sale or Return
Up to 90% of cars in well known ‘Glitzy Showrooms’ are on Sale or Return and often with some incredible mark ups, and maybe not always passed onto the ‘vendor’!
We can sell your car on Sale or Return in a Showroom we use at probably a much better deal than you might find elsewhere with a Professional Full Time Salesman and all contacts to help sell it for you.
Classic Car Automotive
Unit A, Alderley Roadd, Chelford, Cheshire, SK11 9AP.
Tel: 01625 860910 | Fax: 01625 860925
Hayward & Scott
11 Nobel Square, Burnt Mills Industrial Estate, Basildon, Essex, SS13 1LS
Tel: 01268 727256
– Speak to Ian
Elite Direct Ltd
136 – 138 New Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 8DE
Tel: 01708 875245 or 01708 553521
– Speak to Dave or Russell
WHEEL TRACKING & SUSPENSION ALIGNMENT
** Highly recommended for all cars
Academy workshop Unit 2, Plot 14, Brindley Close, Holly Lane Industrial Estate, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 2GA
Tel: 01827 718800
– Speak to Chris or Jayne Franklin
Tel: 01298 811200 | Fax: 01298 811255
– Speak to John Evans
Tel: 01274 854100 | Fax: 01274 854101
– Speak to Steve
Tel: 01203 883324
– Speak to Shaun Walsh
** Highly Recommended
Tel: 01257 795100 | Fax: 01257 795101
* Approx. £75 trade
Leather Seat Renovations
WOOLIES (I & C Woolstenholmes Ltd)
Whitley Way, Northfields Industrial Estate, Market Deeping, Peterborough, England, PE6 8AR
Tel: 01778 347347 | Fax: 01778 341847
** Highly recommended. They supply leather renovation kits for seats at a very reasonable price. Very easy to apply.
Audi RS2 - Braking System
** Do not buy from Audi.
These are Porsche 968 CS parts which can be purchased from a Porsche specialist at approximately a fifth of the Audi retail price!
Audi RS Servicing – we use…
SW Autos for Remap / de coke
Heartsay Garage, Headcorn Road, Biddenden, TN2 8JY.
Tel: 01580 291588
ECU Inspection Service
Avilec Ltd T/A Car Electronic Services
Whitegates Building, Medina Yard, Arctic Road, Cowes, IW, PO31 7PG
Tel: 01983 281811 | Fax: 01983 281822
** Please contact them first with ECU part number
Unit 1 Stirling Park, Laker Road, Rochester, Kent, ME1 3QR
Tel: 01634 687222
Bilstein / Eibach
We recommend these and can supply ourselves at highly competitive prices. Please email me: