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14:16 Nov 2, 2007
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French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Automotive / Cars & Trucks / Commercial
French term or phrase: dépôt et avance clients
See the heading here: http://www.durisotti.com/actus/actualites2.asp?ID=183

According to the passage under this heading, the company has around 100 "dépôt et avance clients" vehicles in a variety of configurations for sale.

I'm considering "stock in hand" but I'm interested in hearing your understanding of this.

David Goward
Local time: 09:34

Summary of answers provided
2unsold, "no show"
2deposit and advance payment
Philippe Etienne

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deposit and advance payment

sounds like the purpose of this stock: the dealer has cars in stock for customers who paid a deposit or advance payment

Philippe Etienne
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unsold, "no show"

Sounds rather like a euphemism for "we got screwed by these guys who ordered some coachbuilding and made a down/advance payment/deposit, so we went ahead and did the work, but we never heard from them so we're stuck with this customized van in shocking pink, alloy wheels and fat tyres, with leather swivel seats and a fully functioning jacuzi and electric towel rail in the back and are desperately looking for some muggins to sell it to".

Note added at 45 mins (2007-11-02 15:01:55 GMT)

To make matters worse, they've been done 99 other times and have all these customized vehicles to sell.

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