Have you ever felt like your life is just, not where you’d like it to be? You’re making ‘to do’ lists, investing your energy into nurturing your ideas and plans but you have not seen a single sign of growth or return? It can often feel like that for all of us - this time of year especially, regardless of your career or ambition.
It’s a new year, which means we’ve (most likely) broken our unrealistic resolutions, and still haven’t been back to the gym. Our intentions are good, but good intentions don’t bring results. We then find ourselves at a cross roads, but it’s up to us to take action on opportunity, and get motivated to move! To find fulfilment in doing whatever it is we enjoy, while hopefully improving the lives of others is a good place to start.
That’s where I was three years ago. Having left my job in car sales in 2007 to work for myself in car trading, I still felt yet to find my purpose. I assumed that I would be happy by continuing to work within the motor industry, and I was on the right road, but buying and selling still just wasn’t for me – and the term ‘salesman’ certainly didn’t ring true in my case.
‘Car Helpers’ was still a mere idea while I continued to drift along in sales, although I was happy to not be working for someone else, on someone else’s dream. I used to be that grey-faced man in a suit and tie wishing it were five past five on a Friday evening. I had everything I needed but I knew something needed to change. Ironically, it was while living in those shallow waters I felt like I was drowning. I was over my head in sales targets, when all I wanted to do was talk about cars and offer my advice without an agenda.
I wanted to do something more meaningful with my life, whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others. But I questioned my options, ‘how could I help? What could I do?’ Well, I knew about two things – cars and counselling! I have, after all, always possessed an insatiable obsession with cars, and my knowledge of automobiles is hard pressed to beat. When I tell you my favourite car is the Porsche 911, I hope that resonates with my fellow car enthusiasts – isn’t she a beauty?!
Thankfully with the birth of my son, Theo, I was forced to take a step back and re-evaluate my career. It was then that I started my new business, initially called ‘The Deal Maker’, and now more aptly named ‘Car Helpers’. It is only now, three years on that I’m starting to see tangible growth. I believe things of quality, like classic cars, take time to produce, and I want Car Helpers to be a business that stands the test of time.
From scribbling the initial seedling of my idea on paper, to starting my own brand and watching Car Helpers grow into fruition, I now realise that anything is possible. If we first visualise what we want, if we keep our values and vision at the forefront of our day, and if we can believe our ventures will improve the lives of others, I believe we can see positive results.
However, I cannot take any credit for the success that Car Helpers receives, which is owed to my loyal customers. I am fortunate to attract the type of customer who needs well-researched advice on buying and selling a car in the current climate. My customers want to dodge getting swindled by the big dogs, while avoiding the likely chance of unnecessary add-ons and premium rates. Those who know me know that I’m not one to recommend or promote a service I wouldn’t benefit from; one that I know you will too.
I can proudly admit – I’m a person and not a computer!"
I take pride in my ‘soulful sales’ advice. I take time to get to know you and find out what you need – I don’t ask delving, personal questions and I won’t force you to tell me your deepest, darkest secrets, but I do care about the heart of your matter, whatever’s the matter.
Some call me ‘intuitive’ and some even call me ‘the car counsellor’, which is usually because we end up solving more than your car queries or sales costs. We may even end up with a cup of tea, putting the world to rights before we’ve even talked shop! But what can I say? I like to help, so if I can, I will. Whatever your car trouble, I assure you that after a visit to Car Helpers, you will leave knowing more and spending less.
I love building the Car Helpers brand, and whilst I combine that with being a husband and father, I’m happy with the direction life is headed. It’s not perfect - but whose is? I’m focused on spreading the word about my business, and being there for my family and customers.
I love helping people and love cars – I find the experience emotionally rewarding and hope you will too."
This month’s top tip:
This month I’m offering specialist advice about car finance and residual values. When buying a new car, it is a common misconception to assume that spreading the cost with the offered car finance deal is your only choice. This may seem an attractive option, often due to poor explanation from the sales person selling you the car, who should be giving you honest impartial advice.
Did you know that a finance arrangement with a balloon or residual payment attached at the end of it doesn't mean that the residual is yours to keep at the end? In fact, that residual is still owed to the finance company, and the type of agreement you sign determines your options when you have finished making the payments on your car.
I recommend that you check the small print thoroughly first before signing on the dotted line. Sadly, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Do your research, take time to ask questions and find out how much the car finance option will cost you in the long run. Don’t let sales people assure you that you are getting a good deal on the new car with finance. Remember, a big business will try and make as much money from you as possible. Good sales people don’t lie, they know the relevant information to best help and guide you to make the right decision.
Our Car Helper service will prepare to sift through the sales jargon in your contract with ease. Our combination of unbeatable car knowledge and top-notch counselling is also not one to be missed! We promise to always do right by you and your pocket, so whether you have a new registration or car complication, call me at Car Helpers – because I care as much as you do.