Laurie Dealer stars in Commercial Motor

Laurie Dealer appears in the current issue of Commercial Motor offering advice to operators looking to source vehicles from the second hand market.

On the whole Laurie Dealer is expecting the used market to change as momentum swings away from the buyer to the seller and with Euro-6 on the horizon the price of a Euro-5 truck will get more expensive until operators are forced to buy new.

No one as mentioned derogation yet, this is where manufacturers get to sell a percentage of its old technology sold in the 12 months prior to the Euro-6 deadline (in this case Euro-5) for a full year after cut-off date.

Plus Laurie Dealer offers his advice on what to look for when buying second hand; among key areas are warranty work, paperwork, bodywork, tyres and rims, engine, fuel tanks, ignition and dash lights, cab interior, and running the engine.

And, the guide to the basic Laurie Dealer test drive: make sure you're covered to drive it, stick a trailer on, try different types of roads, check the exhaust, check sundry equipment like cruise control, air-con and electrical equipment all work.

A roadtest might save you a packet.


Laurie Dealer gears up for Comic Relief

Never one to miss out on the fun, Laurie Dealer is gearing up for Comic Relief by heading into town to do a stint with a charity bucket.

Mrs Dealer, and her intrepid members of the Sowing Circle, will be camped out for the day collecting loose coins, shrapnel and change from unsuspecting citizens milling around the myriad of shops, supermarkets, public houses and fast-food chains that litter the 'local metropolis'.

Good luck to everyone taking part. Laurie Dealer will donate an extra £10 to the bucket if Laurie Dealer is spotted and recognised while in disguise.

Jobs a good un.