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Old 22 June 2008, 07:04   #1
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bill higham / any good

hi ive just been across to bill higham to buy a brand new engine from him, he kept me waiting around for over half a hour, his engines on display wernt that good selection, his second hand engines all had stickers on saying some parts missing or need replacing, anyway when i did get to talk to him he could not or seemed not to be bothered about doing a deal as his son was on holiday whilst tuesday and he does all the sales. i would have thought the father [bill] would have jumped to do a deal but said his son [simon] does all that and hes a lot of other people to deal with when he gets back so it might take a while to answer. inother words [to me anyway] im not interested in you px.
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Old 22 June 2008, 07:20   #2
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hi ive just been across to bill higham to buy a brand new engine from him, he kept me waiting around for over half a hour, his engines on display wernt that good selection, his second hand engines all had stickers on saying some parts missing or need replacing, anyway when i did get to talk to him he could not or seemed not to be bothered about doing a deal as his son was on holiday whilst tuesday and he does all the sales. i would have thought the father [bill] would have jumped to do a deal but said his son [simon] does all that and hes a lot of other people to deal with when he gets back so it might take a while to answer. inother words [to me anyway] im not interested in you px.

take your business to someone who is interested, these dealers with this type of attitude deserve to go out of business

remember you are the customer...
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Old 22 June 2008, 07:47   #3
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ive have heard that he is a fly by night from a few people,i did have a couple of dealings with him and it was shit-,, i personally would stay clear and hope he goes out of business,
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Old 22 June 2008, 08:01   #4
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highams

it is an 'interesting place' to go and visit, all grease and bits of outboard, and on the edge of nowhere,
but, I have had good service from them, and would consider them for spare parts if/when i need them, -
as with all things, what suits one person one day, doesnt suit another on a different day.

I do see the case tho, that as a self employed, I'm only as good as my worst job, so always try to be excellent, even if I'm knackered, and maybe just finished a multi day expedition, or 6 days coaching powerboating, or been up to my ears sorting a failing business out and working with disengaged employees - think the rant I've got onto here is - and i'm bad at following my own thougths - if it didnt seem right, then it probably isnt, and there are folk out there trying really hard who deserve the business.

if you have the time to wait, I would consider talking with Simon when he gets back, with the reservation that he's got to come up with a good offer after your experience so far, and if not, then walk away,

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Old 22 June 2008, 09:08   #5
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Some of the prices he advertises second hand engines at on Bs and Os make a new engine at list price look like a bargain!
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Old 22 June 2008, 10:46   #6
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not wanting to fly in the face of public opinion ...
but I bought my first OB from them... a 15hp Mariner 2 stroke SS.
It was delivered on time, well packed, easy to deal with, good deal and no problems.
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I bught a Yam 90 gearbox off him. It was expensive but no problems. As a dealer he buys up stock and sells for max price. He has been around for years so if he has an engine you want then yes, but there are alot of engines about. What was it you were looking for, someone on ribnet may know of a good bargin.

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I bought a new tohatsu outboard last year phone up day before regards price ect ,went following day ,was kept waiting for about an hour or so though they were a bit busy ,paid for engine ,then mechanic ran engine up in test tank for 20 mins ,.though i know they are closed mondays and i have been told before that only simon deals with the new engines and the old man only does secondhand bits ,last time i had dealings was last month as i wanted a spare second hand prop for emergencys phoned up at 3pm had prop next morning at 8.30 am and not a bad price either ,they are not as bad as my local dealer thats only 1 mile down the road from me ,even if you can find them its a weeks job for an impeller even if they have it in stock .i also thought i have just bought a new engine any chance of a few freebees ie spare kill cord i suppose its what shops get used to, for them its like tesco selling you a loaf of bread. regards mart.
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