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Buying, selling, haggling - the basics

During the early 1980s I presented a seminar in London called ‘An Introduction to Buying, Selling and Negotiating’. It was a slow burner but by the time Margaret Thatcher’s reign was toppled by John Major in 1990 the two pages of A4 that it was written on became the bible for all sales people in all sectors of retail, commerce and procurement.

Jennifer Lopez accused of sponsoring terrorism. How so, asks Laurie Dealer?

In what can only be described as a load of old twaddle, the renowned ‘actress, singer, record producer, dancer, television personality, and fashion designer’ Jennifer Lopez has been accused of sponsoring Al-Qaeda. Now, I am sure that you are wondering how potential links between J-Lo (thanks son) and the world’s foremost terrorist group have anything to do with road transport…but bear with me.

Enough part-ex trailers coming back for Schmitz Cargobull, says Brian Parkinson

Brian Parkinson, used sales manager at Schmitz Cargobull, says while the market will suffer from a shortage of late, clean stock it won’t be such a problem for him.  In an interview for Commercial Motor (published today, 12 Janaury 2012) he says part-exchanges generated by the manufacturer’s sales of new trailers should ensure that the cupboard isn’t too bare.

More miles and older vans maintain values, says Manheim

Stats on the rolling stock at Manheim Remarketing provide further evidence of the cause and effect supply has had on the sector in the past year. The age of a used van up for sale at Manheim Remarketing might be 18% older and it might have 17% more miles on the clock than 12 months ago, but its value has remained more or less identical.

Sparshatts open Sittingbourne bypass

Two vintage Mercedes trucks from dealer Sparshatts of Kent official became the first vehicles down the £35.5m Sittingbourne bypass. The pair of classic Mercedes-Benz trucks were the first vehicles to venture onto a bypass that opens to the public on Monday (19th December).

H&L Garages loses Mercedes-Benz franchise

H&L Garages, a truck and van dealer with five Mercedes-Benz sites stretching from Boston to Hull, has lost its franchise.Official word from Mercedes-Benz states: “H&L Garages, a commercial vehicle dealer group with five sites located in Boston, Hull, Killingholme, Lincoln and York, on Tuesday 6th December lost its franchise to sell and service Mercedes-Benz vans and trucks.