Not everyone may be aware of my 'humble' beginnings, let me start with a little back-story to help you understand why I became a car dealer and what that involved for me...
In 2009 I was 13 years old and starting to gain interest in old cars, I would spend my weekends at my grandfathers farm where there would always be some kind of tinkering going on. By the end of the year a few people had noticed my comings and goings and that I was interested in old cars. I had been messing with various friends and my families vehicles for the summer and never owned a car until a family friend found himself without storage for his Orange Triumph TR7 Project, his garage had flooded and reluctantly the car was bought to the farm and given to me as a gift to 'fix up'. Over the next few months I slaved away getting the Triumph's engine running and sorting out the electrics, unfortunately the original engine had been replaced with a 2.0 Ford Pinto engine and gearbox which was proving hard to sort out a cable clutch conversion for. I sold the car for £300 in 2010 to a group of friends at my highschool who were intent on re-building the car with their superior funding. This was my first ever car and subsequently my first ever sale. It was Electric!
Over the summer of 2010 I managed to save a further £200 by washing cars and doing minor servicing jobs, now 14 years old I decided I needed to buy my first car and already knew what I wanted. I had started spending time on online forums dedicated to old cars and had seen an advertisement for a Land Rover Series 2A... I was instantly smitten and it was just within my budget and only a few miles away. I bought the Land Rover and set about the 'low budget' restoration in the farm yard... I spent a month solidly preparing the bodywork and stripping everything back for a re-spray which I did myself! Then once completed I advertised the Land Rover for sale and that is when the magic started to happen.
I had seen a 1977 Dodge Power-Ram fire-tender for sale on Gumtree, the owner was looking to swap for a Land Rover and we exchanged pictures. The very next day the massive V8 Pickup truck loomed it's way into the farm yard and to my surprise we manage to do a straight swap for the two vehicles there and then! The Fire-Tender was a far superior vehicle to my Land Rover and everyone knew it but I think that the owner took a shine to me and wanted to help out get me onto the next step of the ladder... The fire truck was excellent and I got really good value out of it, showing it off to my friends and being taken out for a drive in it by a family friend who had insurance for it...
The 'Fire-Wagon' was my first road-legal vehicle and subsequently was taken for a few trips out by various stunned family and friends... All it had cost me was the initial £500 Land Rover and a little bit of time, I was really starting to enjoy messing around with cars now! The Fire-Wagon was parked on the field and a chap driving by happened to notice it and pulled in to have a look, he ended up Swapping his 1992 Land Rover Defender 90 200Tdi for it and I was over the moon... I hadn't even advertised this one and I'd somehow managed to Swap for a Defender!
After the Defender I had been saving up and managed to buy a couple of other cheap cars to do up and sell on, I had the Defender as the star of the show and a couple of cheap cars which I was trading up to get my foot firmly secured on the ladder... I got a bit too cocky for my own good with the Defender and ended up swapping it for a Mazda Rx-8 which at the time was quite a nice car, needless to say If you are aware of the Rx-8's terrible reliability issues, I was sold a pup and the engine ended up going a few days into owning it. These were the first few sales, deals and Swaps that I ended up having, I think I managed to do quite well for my age and it gave me a real kick-start when I finally got my licence sorted at 17 and was able to pick my own cars up and not rely on delivery charges or family to help collect things. Since these first few cars were sold I've owned around 230 vehicles each time more interesting or rare than the last. Finally this year I managed to buy my dream car, the one I had in my head from the start-A Datsun 240z... Now I need to aim higher. My car collection is growing every year and I'm looking for now outlets, thinking of a TV show next... Any ideas would be welcome, my business is looking to expand.
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