Mercedes confirms agency model for 2023

  17 December 2021

Mercedes dealers will switch to an agency agreement in 2023 in the UK. The move was announced today, 17 December, by Mercedes board member for sales Britta Seeger, after an agreement was reached with Mercedes’ European dealer council.

“Our concern is that we achieve even stronger customer loyalty to our Mercedes-Benz brand worldwide. Therefore, I am all the more pleased that with this next step, together with the European dealer association, we have now reached an important milestone for us and our partners in Europe. The starting point for changing our sales model is the changed behaviour of our customers in a digital world,” said Ms Seeger.

Britta Seeger

The move comes despite a legal battle in Australia where Mercedes dealers have filed a £350 million lawsuit against the manufacturer.

A Mercedes spokesman added: “The Mercedes-Benz agency model has been introduced in Sweden, in Austria and in South Africa as well as in India. Its launch in Germany and in UK is expected in 2023. The focus of the new Mercedes-Benz agency model is on the seamless networking of all contact points.

“In the future, customers will have even more freedom to choose: regardless of whether they want to exchange ideas with product experts in the dealership; obtain information and conclude the purchase contract online; or want to get in touch with sales partners both digitally and physically.

“Agents thereby take on a central role in the so-named customer experience and enable a seamless customer journey – from the research phase through the purchase to the vehicle handover. Additional advantages for customers include increased price transparency and an even greater online selection of vehicles. The new agency model offers partners the opportunity to concentrate even more than before on customers and their support.”

Commenting on the move, Sue Robinson, NFDA chief executive, said: “NFDA has had meetings with Mercedes in the UK and we have regularly engaged with dealers. Agency agreements will vary depending on the manufacturers and it is crucial that any OEM  proposing agency agreement takes account of the substantial investments both in people and premises that retailers have made.”






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