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Emotional purchases and ‘compatibility checks’

• By: Perry Robb

When we make some money, as a rule we like to spend it. So, when it comes to buying cars, if you have loads of money you look at the most expensive br…

‘Smart’ motorways or money saving options?

• By: Perry Robb

We had a large family get together in Formby, north of Liverpool at Christmas and decided to drive up there on the Sunday beforehand.  We left Hertfo…

Auditors :- The ‘big four’ and the motor trade

• By: Perry Robb

With the recent accounting debacles concerning the collapse or near collapse of numerous huge businesses like Carillion, Interserve and Patisserie Val…

Mercedes – Benz Brentford Bodyshop relocation

• By: admin

As most of you may already be aware, earlier this year Fastlane Paint and Body Group negotiated with Daimler AG the purchase of their Mercedes –…

Problems fixed and problems created

• By: Perry Robb

I was in Fastlane Elstree recently sitting beside a lady who was collecting her car after it had been repaired.  She had a bit of a sorry tail to tel…

All hail the VW ‘Beetle’ (or is it the ‘Bucket’?): by Perry Robb

• By: Perry Robb

What do you mean ‘the Bucket’ did I hear you say? Well, that’s what the designer of the Volkswagen ‘Beetle’ called the v…

The ‘Brigadier General’: Bluffer in Chief

• By: Perry Robb

In the 70’s and 80’s the ‘Brigadier General’ ran the biggest and best known used car business in and around London. He client …

Old Sam

• By: Perry Robb

J.E. Coulters was my first place of work and the main Ford dealership in which the bold Constantine Rogan had introduced me to the finer machinations …

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Volvo XC40 – the Georg Jensen of Compact SUV’s

• By: Perry Robb

The Volvo name has always meant two things to me – quality and strength. In the 70’s and 80’s Volvos were the first choice of car for ev…