It’s been a while since the last update and believe it or not, quite a lot has actually happened! From the new car to the business gaining traction to being nominated for another award, here’s everything that has gone on here at Well Driven HQ in the last few months.
First off, the advertising side of Well Driven has not only taken off much faster than we first expected. This week we celebrated our 100th listing with style by adding none other than a mighty Ferrari F40 to the site – the 2-owner car is not only the 100th car to make its way to our site, but it’s also the most valuable car we’ve had the pleasure of advertising. We are also on track to have our best month with regards to successful conversions with plenty more listings coming in in the next few weeks. All in all, I couldn’t be happier with how it is all going and I really hope that the next time I post one of these updates we’ll be breaking more internal records!
Along with the success of the consignment side of Well Driven, the blog site seems to be going from strength to strength. For those of you who have been following WD for a few years, you may remember the site winning the 2019 UK Blog Awards for the Automotive category which was massively unexpected and a huge boost for both the website’s exposure and also my confidence in what I was creating. Well now I am delighted to announce that Well Driven has been nominated for another award. This time for an Infinity Blog Award for the Automotive category. Unlike the UK Blog award, this time I am up against 14 other sites from all over the world so I feel hugely privileged to be selected alongside some really high-quality publications. Fingers crossed for later in the year!
In other news, back in February, I said goodbye to my P38 Range Rover. My time with the car may have been shorty, but it was long enough to fall in love with the 24-year-old truck. Unfortunately, the combination of a costly MOT and the need for something a bit more reliable and newer meant it was a good time to move on and into something else. So, obviously, I did what every sensible person does in this situation and bought myself a super-economical and super-reliable workhorse to take over the daily driving duties…
That’s right, I bought another Range Rover. As I briefly mentioned in my last update back in January, we have done a bit of work with a local mechanic who drove a lovely L322 Range Rover Vogue that I have been sniffing around since we met. Well after a bit of a chat and a quick drive up and down the road, I decided to jump in and buy it off of him. The car is in lovely condition considering its age and mileage, but it was its originality that really won me over. I actually prefer the look of the early L322s over the later face-lifted models, but it’s so hard to find one that is not only in the right colours (it had to be blue or green with a cream or tan interior) but also one that hasn’t been messed about with. There are tonnes with dodgy history, bad “modifications” and naff aftermarket grills and lights so when I saw that this was not only wonderfully maintained, but also clean and original, I had to have it.
I’ve now managed to whack on around 3,500 miles since I picked it up at the end of February (that’s 300 more miles than I did in an entire year in the P38) and bar a few little niggles, the car has been wonderful. I’m fully aware that it will throw up some issues at some point and no doubt end up on a flat bad at some point, but so far so good so I’m just going to enjoy it while it lasts. The L322 Range Rover is such a huge step forward for compared to the P38 from the styling to the interior finish to the ride quality. Driving it is like sitting on a cloud and it just eats up the miles (whilst simultaneously drinking all the diesel).
The last few months have been jam-packed with work on all counts including trips up north to photograph new listings with Rick at Sprite Photography to early starts and long drives down to Goodwood for an action-packed media drive day to various road tests and photoshoots with the new Land Rover Defender, Jaguar F-Type and Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down!
I’ll try and keep this side of the site updated as much as possible, as the next few months could be very exciting, but it’s also always worth following Well Driven on social media as there are daily updates across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook giving you real-time insight into what is going on. Don’t forget to check out our Consignment Instagram as well to see all the amazing listings we are currently getting in. The links to all of these are below: