Motoring: Fondly looking back at 2021 with some surprising results

Torbay Weekly

You would be forgiven for thinking that 2021 was a business wash out for a classic car specialist and valuer but actually, no.

It was one of my busiest years due in part to the Covid-19 restrictions. Let me explain.

Changes in showroom working practices and lockdowns prevented normal car buying and selling and people are generally getting used to the ‘click and collect’ and ‘buy it now’ culture.

Part of my work involves vehicle search and disposal for clients who either cannot, or prefer not to physically go out and find or sell their car.

So, I sourced many cars and then went on to sell the part-exchanges for the clients.

Additionally, October saw the introduction of strict new London ULEZ rules in the newly expanded zone that extends out to the North and South Circular roads.

Many diesel cars are now banned and I was able to assist two clients change cars.

Then there was the scarcity of new cars because of a semi-conductor shortage and car factory shutdowns.

The usual channels of used car stock dried up as no part exchanges arrived on the dealer forecourts and auction houses closed to the public, now only selling to account holding traders online.

But drivers still needed to replace their cars and insurance companies still required valuations.

My MGB roadster went last year as did my Land Rover 90 County V8 and new homes were found for a client’s BMW 1 Series M Sport, Mondeo Estate, an Audi A4 Allroad and a very rare Subaru Impreza P1.

Our local transporter driver had a busy year delivering as far afield as Manchester and Aberdeen.

My delightful 22-year-old Nissan Micra with just 13,000 miles from new was a surprise Christmas gift for a vicar’s wife in Kent.

Most of these were bought unseen and on description but with plentiful high-definition photography which can now be electronically sent and viewed on home computers.

Hurrah for the internet.