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I have a client that has a small garage, repairing and selling cars

He has just downsized and needs some software to record the cars in stock (40 to 50) and raise a few customer invoices each month

I use sage and xero so ideally it needs to be compatible with either of these systems

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By JoF
09th Oct 2019 10:46

What was he using before downsizing? Why can he not just use that?

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By hl45
09th Oct 2019 10:54

No he sold the business and all the assets and now is predominantly buying and selling cars with a few repairs on the side, currently he is writing out the invoices but wants to look a bit more professional!

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By PennyPincher
09th Oct 2019 11:42

try bbsol.co.uk and use their vehicle trader software. pretty basic but easy to use and inexpensive

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By JDBENJAMIN
09th Oct 2019 11:58

Does he really need software just to raise a few invoices per month? Why not just use a word processor, and enter them manually into whatever accounting system you want?

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By accountantccole
09th Oct 2019 13:38

Spreadsheets are wonderful things

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By post131
10th Oct 2019 13:46

Agree - Excel can do that job easily!

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By jrb69
10th Oct 2019 10:29

Try Dragon 2000, integrates with Sage well

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By Thomas654654
10th Oct 2019 12:58

It has issues with work in progress posting. They are also a horrible company to deal with and you do not have access to your historical data if you leave them despite it being a desktop client. I would avoid this company

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By Julia O'Neill
10th Oct 2019 10:34

It depends what information you need to get out of the software. Do you require vehicle look up, so when you enter the registration number you get the make, model and VIN number, this would then appear on all your invoices. GDS (Garage data Systems) are very good and this integrates with Xero & Sage. I don't think for a garage software it is over expensive, but it depends what your requirements are. We don't sell vehicles, we only repair, but definitely worth looking at, very easy to use and good support.

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By johnt27
10th Oct 2019 10:56

Why not just use the stock features built into Sage or Xero if you are familiar with these products? Xero stock, in particular, is relatively basic but it handles the simple buying and selling of stock items well, what it's less good at is for stock held in multiple locations or that is processed into something else.

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By WhichTyler
10th Oct 2019 13:09

Can it handle VAT margin scheme?

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By johnt27
10th Oct 2019 13:33

In Xero? It's a manual workaround and has been a feature request since at least 2015

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By johnhemming
10th Oct 2019 13:33

That and the volume is why a spreadsheet solution might be best.

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By JoF
10th Oct 2019 14:45

Oops, I forgot about this one. If you are just going to use Sage, QB or xero as suggested on here then just use that software to produce your invoices as well. Keep your stockbook in excel. I have a garage client who uses an old Sage version. (Plus bridging for VAT)

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