A selection of comments from our clients
When I considered parting with almost my entire collection of mostly bespoke coach built cars, I met James O'Kane. An amazing young entrepreneur, whose passion, knowledge, finesse, global network, business acumen and dedication immediately made it clear to me that he and his young business were going to be my best bet in what was a very half and heavy hearted journey.
James has managed to sell very unique cars with only a very small niche appeal to very discerning buyers and his flexibility and understanding of my unique needs. as well as his tireless efforts have brought the results I knew he would deliver from the first time I met him.
If you have a car to sell, O'Kane Lavers is fast becoming the partner of choice. For any car and any location. Thank you James for working with me during this process."
Global Entrepreneur and connoisseur of cars that are art
I had owned my Ferrari 365BB for nearly 25 years and decided it was eventually time to sell it. I wanted a professional approach to selling the car but didn’t really want to have to deal with the sale myself. After researching the various options provided by the main brokers in the classic car marketplace I met with James O’Kane of O’Kane Lavers. James visited me and inspected the Ferrari and we discussed the car’s history and provenance. I was impressed by James’s attitude and knowledge of the market place and car values. We agreed a price that O’Kane Lavers would market the car at and also a very agreeable sales commission structure. O’Kane Lavers arranged for their photo shoot and a great number of photos were taken of the car at suitable location. These photos showed the overall condition and quality of the car, as well as focusing on the car’s details.
Within a short time James had found three potential buyers with one in America being very keen to proceed. Once James had negotiated an acceptable deal with the buyer we held a video conference call to show the car via video and to discuss the history and restoration details.
The deal was confirmed, invoices issued, payment received direct from the buyer to my account, shipping to the USA was arranged by O’Kane Lavers, and the car was collected for delivery to it’s new owner. When I received the commission invoice from James I was more than happy to pay it.
A smooth deal that was professionally handled throughout. O’Kane Lavers were a pleasure to do business with and I would highly recommend them.”
Renowned Ferrari Collector
What I liked about James was his true enthusiasm. A young man with a real hunger to provide a first class service to his client base. We first connected over social media and he patiently kept in touch with me to discuss the car I was potentially looking to sell. James was never pushy and came across more as a petrolhead with a genuine passion for cars first and foremost. There was no pressure to use him but I decided to give him an opportunity. Trusting your car with an independent dealer on consignment is fraught with risk so when James suggested I keep the car where it currently was in storage, he then arranged a professional photo shoot and then listed the car on his website. Sooner than I expected 2 prospective buyers came to view the car at my convenience and in my comfort zone. He patiently intermediated between buyer and seller to ensure both parties felt happy.
He has also been assisting me with a potential future purchase and remains in touch regularly. I would be more than happy to use James again for future transactions and would be happy to recommend him to like minded enthusiasts looking to sell or buy.”
British Entrepreneur and Car Collector
O’Kane Lavers is a young company with a refreshing approach. They are true car enthusiasts, and the sale of my car was approached not just as a ‘transaction’ but as a partnership, characterised by strong engagement and clear communication. The result of their bespoke and customer-focused approach was an outcome that suited all parties. I would work with them again and recommend them without reservation.”
British Car Collector
James is a lovely man who I met over a year ago when selling my Ferrari Dino, which he sold for me in the space of 2 days. Since that time he has been involved in the sale and acquisition of several cars for me, including my prized Ferrari 275 GTB/4 and has recently sold my Ferrari Pista Spider and Porsche 993 RS. James is a very hard working young man, he will travel across the country just to shake hands with somebody who has enquired about a car, he will be a big player in the classic car market in the years to come and I'll enjoy watching him become that. When selling a car there are horror stories about consignment deals gone wrong, companies going bust and keeping the cars etc so the way James works is much more suitable to my needs and risks I am prepared to take, the car stays with you and he travels to conduct any viewings on the cars at any time. I couldn't recommend O'Kane Lavers enough, they get the job done and do not mess the buyer or the seller around, thats very important in this market.”
British Businessman and Car Collector
James has been straight and honest to deal with, achieving premium prices from committed buyers.
James stands out as one to stick with and trust, nice and easy.”
Property Developer, Racer and Porsche Collector
The whole process from start to finish was handled with a high level of professionalism with a personal touch. No detail too small and all discussions (at anytime) helped both the seller and me as a buyer achieve a positive result. Thank you."
I first met James at a Rolls-Royce Concours event when he stopped by to see my Phantom Coupe. I liked his passion and enthusiasm and we stayed in touch. At the time he was working for one of the Classic Car Dealers but wanted to establish his own business. I introduced him to a couple of high end dealer friends for a second opinion and they both said “Encourage him to go for it. The right attitude, passion and not pushy”. With the fearlessness of youth James set about creating his business, finding cars and expanding his contact list. He quickly found an anchor customer, and is growing his client base, and getting repeat customers.
I am thinking about buying a Ferrari and am moving towards a choice between two different models. James has been happy to discuss my ideas and is nudging me in the direction of one."
I found the O’Kane Lavers website whilst doing my usual trawling of classic cars, and the quality of selection, presentation and international feel drew my attention very quickly.
I had a Porsche 356 that I was thinking about selling at some point over the next 12 months, and after making contact and having an initial chat I felt James was the man for the job. James came to see the car some 8 months later when I was ready to sell to ensure it met the standard required, and the car was quickly photographed and put up for sale at the right price. After only a few weeks offers started to land and James was excellent at keeping in quick contact. After 10 weeks of the car being advertised, James put forward a great offer from a car collector in Japan subject to a viewing by their UK representative. The viewing went well and I was paid in full 5 days after the viewing, and the car set sail to Japan only a few days after that. All in all, a very efficient and high quality service that ensured my beloved 356 went to a safe and caring home."
Property Developer and Porsche Collector
James put me in a position to close a deal on the Lamborghini he was advertising by making sure I was able to get out of my existing car during a tricky time in the market. His extensive network of collector and dealer contacts in the industry ensured the deal happened smoothly and to the satisfaction of all 3 clients involved.
His knowledge and passion for the motor industry was clear from the first meeting and he was keen to help me through every step of the process to make sure the car was ready for delivery and prepped to my satisfaction. He also kept in regular contact post closing and available to help on any question.
I would gladly recommended James and O’Kane Lavers to anyone looking at buying/selling the most prestigious vehicles in the market at realistic prices and in the most straightforward way."
I finally made the decision to sell my Ferrari but I was not sure of the best method. I wanted a professional approach but didn’t really want to have to deal with the sale myself. James contacted me and suggested a way forward. He immediately brought a number of genuinely interested buyers to me and was a great help in dealing with all the technical questions they came up with. Within a very short period of time he found someone who was the ideal buyer - the car was the one for him and the price was acceptable to both parties. James was a pleasure to work with and I would thoroughly recommend O’Kane Lavers."