The Car Expert no longer operates as a car buying agency, but several testimonial articles are still available on the website to provide helpful advice for car buyers.
Kate, from SW London, was in the market for a new car. She had an idea of how much she could afford to spend, but very little idea about what sort of car she wanted other than “something small and a bit funky”. So she turned to The Car Expert for help.
Being a very busy young professional, Kate did not have hours upon hours to spend researching the car market to try and understand which cars might suit her needs, and did not want to be taking valuable time off work to be buying a car. She was also not particularly enthusiastic about visiting car dealers to look at different cars, or negotiating a deal once she found a car she liked.
Kate signed up for The Car Expert’s Platinum Package, which provided her with a complete car buying service to take care of the entire process. We started by discussing her driving needs at length using The Car Expert’s unique Driver Analysis, covering everything she was likely to use her new car for, both in the short and longer terms. We talked about what sort of cars she liked and disliked, how she was planning to finance the car and what sort of deadline she had to find and buy her perfect car.
Using all the information Kate had provided, The Car Expert put together with a comprehensive report as to the most suitable cars to meet Kate’s needs and budget. Kate decided to test drive two of the top three cars recommended – the Volkswagen Golf and the MINI Cooper. She also looked at the Mazda MX-5, but decided it was not quite practical enough for her needs. After we drove and compared the two cars, Kate decided that she preferred the MINI.
Having identified her chosen type of car and budget, we discussed the specific features she would like on her MINI (colours, trims, options, etc.) and then The Car Expert set out to find a pre-owned MINI Cooper which matched Kate’s preferences and fitted into her budget. Having found the perfect car, The Car Expert negotiated a discount on the selling price and Kate happily signed on the dotted line. Once the car was ready to go, The Car Expert collected the car and delivered it to Kate’s door.
Kate is thrilled with her new MINI, has named it ‘Leonard’ and has taken it for a few weekend road trips already (including a camping trip, where she took the photo below). She was also delighted with how easy it was to buy a car with the help of The Car Expert. Here’s what she had to say:
“I wanted to buy a second-hand car to make my life easier – I knew very little about what I wanted, I just knew my budget and that I wanted something a bit cooler than your average getaround. Stuart was very professional, took on board my budget and after thorough research, gave me a shortlist of viable options. This saved me a lot of time and thought.
“Stuart is clearly extremely knowledgeable about all things automotive but never seeks to impose his views (unless asked and useful), his personal preferences, or be in any way patronising. He also negotiated a discount for me, thus taking the scary element out of the purchase on what was for me, very unfamiliar territory. Having said that, those who know a lot about cars but have little time to research, would also benefit from this service due to the sheer depth of Stuart’s knowledge and his evident passion for cars.
“I ended up buying a MINI Cooper and it’s the best thing I ever did.”
If you want to save time, save hassle and save money on your next car, contact The Car Expert today!