Only business website.. help!

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  1. millhouse

    millhouse UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hey guys im new to this forum so sorry if i have posted in the wrong thread!.. anyway about a year ago me and my mate had a website made to sell car parts online, anyway as a year goes on we are no longer in partnership, the thing with car parts is there's so many different parts per car i.e audi a3 brake pads, there's 4 or 5 different pads so how am i supposed to know if im sending the right part etc. 1 other thing is that i wont be able to beat the prices of eurocarparts, gmf and so on. What would be the best product to sell and also does anyone have any help on trying to get it off the ground and make some money. Thanks for your time Rhys.
    Posted: Aug 13, 2012 By: millhouse Member since: Aug 12, 2012
  2. Paul_Rosser

    Paul_Rosser UKBF Big Shot Full Member - Verified Business

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    If you don't have the experience to sell car parts then stop that idea straight away.

    What experience do you have in other fields ? As picking something you already know about will make it a lot easier.
    Posted: Aug 13, 2012 By: Paul_Rosser Member since: Jul 5, 2012
  3. Bumblebuzz

    Bumblebuzz UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Echo what Paul said. It's a pointless useless exercise. Make a list of all of your strength's, abilities, hobbies you've enjoyed doing over the years. This will give you an idea :)
    Posted: Aug 13, 2012 By: Bumblebuzz Member since: Jan 27, 2012
  4. Latebloomer

    Latebloomer UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Please don't be offended but you need to do your own market research. If you think you can't compete with others in terms of prices then you have to go for quality. From the sound of your thread I feel that you are not going to make much with a business if you have not researched on it.
    Posted: Aug 13, 2012 By: Latebloomer Member since: Mar 3, 2012
  5. millhouse

    millhouse UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi guy's yes i have done loads of research, worked in a motor factors for 2 years, and worked in a garage since i was 13, i know the insides and out of cars and the parts, cars are my thing also rallying ha! the problem is im struggling to start it up and i dont want to put all the hard work and effort in for it to go down the pan!.. i was just searching for a bit of help and advice, As i said above the competitiors are well established and extremely cheap but then so is the quality. would you recommend doing the car parts other than i.e tyres etcetc.. i just want to have the best selling products on my site. many thanks
    Posted: Aug 13, 2012 By: millhouse Member since: Aug 12, 2012
  6. Bumblebuzz

    Bumblebuzz UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    From my understanding.

    Places like eurocarparts - supply garages anyway? Everytime I've gone to my VW/Audi garage - I see a Euro Car parts pull up delivering parts.

    Could you not contact them and see what sort of account they can give you?
    Posted: Aug 13, 2012 By: Bumblebuzz Member since: Jan 27, 2012
  7. millhouse

    millhouse UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Well my main roll was to try and be like an online supplier so try to make less on the parts but sell more parts in a year, I have been in contact with eurocarparts and they will not supply me in anyway to sell online. Iv got an account with a few local suppliers but euro car parts are selling the parts for what i can get them for. Also there is so many different parts for each car, i think there's like 3 or 4 different brake pads for a Audi A3. I'm looking to keep the products in the car trade but im looking for something a little more less competitive. The website is please have a look and give me your opinions. Many thanks
    Posted: Aug 13, 2012 By: millhouse Member since: Aug 12, 2012
  8. jayJay1989

    jayJay1989 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Millhouse i started as a parts apprentice and worked my way up to a parts manager so i will tell u parts is a low profit high turnover game as you said i would say dont go broad for all car parts because you cannot compete but try something specialised like truck or van parts. because big hauliers are always looking to save money and only real compition would be ifs and lcp. also the taxi trade i worked in the taxi trade and there is a very good motor factors called turbo's around the country but if you could work your way into online/ van delivaries (similare to snap on ect.) you could be onto a winner depending on where you are from i could give you some customer contacts for either taxi trade or commercial vehicles.
    Posted: Aug 14, 2012 By: jayJay1989 Member since: Jul 10, 2012
  9. SandyBrendel

    SandyBrendel UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    If you are not really that interested on cars as a whole and that you don't know what really sells, what's mostly needed and whatnot, you will have to put a stop on the idea. Try delving out something new. One that you are extremely interested and knowledgeable of.
    Posted: Aug 22, 2012 By: SandyBrendel Member since: Jul 16, 2012
  10. PointandStare

    PointandStare UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    90% of running a business is passion.
    Posted: Aug 22, 2012 By: PointandStare Member since: Apr 20, 2008
  11. Maxwell83

    Maxwell83 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    The fact there are so many variations of parts per car is just part of the business.

    I do my own work on my car and I can always get the part number for the bit I need for my car on the net. I never deal with any supplier who can't be sure which part I need or doesn't list part numbers. If you're not wanting to get into all that you'll fail IMHO.

    And yes ECP and GSF are very cheap but you can sometimes get cheaper Chinese pattern parts on eBay. I won't touch em because I stick to OEM spec but part of it is knowing your market - offer what ECP can't. Perhaps you can't beat them on their OEM spec options but maybe you can cheaper Chinese junk to compete with their bottom price options...
    Posted: Aug 22, 2012 By: Maxwell83 Member since: Aug 4, 2012
  12. cucumber

    cucumber UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Yeah, but there's a horrible catch 22 in that because a person starting up a business with massive amounts of passion is a person who is unlikely to look into, with real vigour ready to be humbled, what customers actually want. Their passion gives them a right to bypass research, learning, observation of customers, to change the original idea. In their mind their passion is a substitute for finding out and learning what customers want.

    Of course without passion it isn't going to work either. Hence a bit of catch 22.
    Posted: Aug 25, 2012 By: cucumber Member since: Nov 16, 2011
  13. patientlady

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    As said above could you specialise in an area! Say for Rally cars, or perhaps Classic cars, American cars, Iconic cars. Just a thought;)
    Posted: Aug 26, 2012 By: patientlady Member since: Aug 25, 2009
  14. paulstewart64

    paulstewart64 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    You have received a lot of good advice here.

    The big issue is that there are businesses who have saturated the market and positioned themselves as the low cost provider. Additionally, they have a superb distribution department that is established.

    Recognise that trying to compete on this basis is foolish. You would also need a huge amount of capital to run this business so as direct competition you would lose.

    Whilst you cannot compete by pleasing a very broad market, why not investigate becoming a niche supplier. I don't know whether there is such a thing, but I've learnt that many people will pay more for specialists rather than generalists. Take a look and let me know.
    Posted: Aug 28, 2012 By: paulstewart64 Member since: Jul 16, 2012
  15. pipefitting01

    pipefitting01 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    i think you should understand the products you sell, so that you can get more money.
    Posted: Sep 2, 2012 By: pipefitting01 Member since: Sep 2, 2012
  16. wilson230

    wilson230 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Choose an other partner to run your business/website. I think this is the best option.
    Posted: Sep 3, 2012 By: wilson230 Member since: Jul 20, 2012
  17. businessfunding

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    The hard work and effort needs to go into making a plan that exploits a niche in the market which you can do better than the established operators.

    If you aim to compete on price alone you are most likely to fail, if you add value you will have a chance of succeeding.

    It isn't easy, it doesn't just happen - Euro Car Pars have had their wobbles over the years.
    Posted: Sep 3, 2012 By: businessfunding Member since: Jan 1, 1970
  18. lgco2012

    lgco2012 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    you can check out The Lead Generation company UK, they can help get your leads,

    You can undertake a ‘Pilot Program’ that enables you to try their service before committing to ongoing campaigns.
    Posted: Sep 6, 2012 By: lgco2012 Member since: Sep 6, 2012
  19. Paul_Rosser

    Paul_Rosser UKBF Big Shot Full Member - Verified Business

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    Sounds good, do you have a link for them m8 ?
    Posted: Sep 14, 2012 By: Paul_Rosser Member since: Jul 5, 2012
  20. lgco2012

    lgco2012 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    He is right because you may end up losing your money if you still continue doing this work.
    Posted: Sep 18, 2012 By: lgco2012 Member since: Sep 6, 2012
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