The UK’s automotive retailers are expecting 2020 to be another challenging year, with one telling Auto Retail Bulletin that he expects only the very best, and those with the deepest pockets, to...

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Days Motor Group has reported a 12.6% drop in turnover in 2017 but gross profits were almost exactly the same as 2016’s. In its report for the year ending 31 December, the group announced revenue of...

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A new plate change brings pressure to pre-register cars, but staying on top of the stock problem is simple By Ian Allen The new ’18’ reg is upon us, which will create pressure on...

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How to face up to used car competition in 2018 from independents and major companies alike By Ian Allen The SMMT figures for new car sales in 2017 show a 5% year on year decrease from 2016. Although...

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Latest Barometer survey shows confidence is down, with challenges across all major areas of the industry A new market that fell 5% in 2017 and challenging conditions going into 2018 do not seem to...

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Predicting the future is simultaneously a fool’s game, and a necessary evil that we all need to do when setting budgets and planning ahead Over the last few years, the political world has shown that...

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The average UK motor retailer produced a strong result for September, in spite of the general doom and gloom around the industry. Profit for the month was just under £77,000, producing a profit for...

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With new car sales dipping, and groups investing in used sales, here’s how to stay ahead in the second hand market By Ian Allen Figures released this month show that 32 of the 40 global car...

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A low price isn’t everything, as research shows that quality and trust is just as important to most buyers By Ian Allen In a recent YouGov poll, more than 60% of respondents said that trust in the...

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The latest Barometer survey has shown retailers’ concerns include falling footfall, a drop in interest in diesel and manufacturers’ targets remaining high Manufacturers, particularly at the volume...

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Winter is one of the busiest times of year for bodyshops, as poor weather and long, dark nights take their toll. Invariably the insurance claims rate is higher in the first and last quarters of the...

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It was not just the unseasonably cold, wet weather that might have made the 200-or so UK auto retailers who made the trip to NADA in New Orleans feel at home. For the first time in several years, Brit...

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Used car professionals need to make the strategic switch from being traditional car dealers to internet retailers if they are to prosper in the digital age, according to Tim Peake, group strategy...

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So far, 2012 has followed the pattern of other years in terms of motor retail performance. Q1 was very busy for new and used car sales, and the major plc retail groups all reported results ahead of...

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The Road Traffic Act 1988 makes it an offence to sell, supply or offer to sell or supply an unroadworthy vehicle. It is also an offence to repair, service or work on a vehicle and render it...

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One the face of it the results for the first quarter of the year were very positive. National average profitability was strong at 2.0% of turnover, with the top 10% of dealers approaching a 6% return....

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by Ian Allen Few would argue that this year has exceeded all expectations in used car sales so far. To a degree that has been at the expense of new car sales, although the scrappage scheme has helped...

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The awakening of spring seems to have brought a renewed sense of optimism within the automotive retail industry. Dealerships talk of confidence when dealing in the recession, with many taking decisive...

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Given an economic background that seemed to make headlines on a daily basis it is no surprise that, in 2008, we saw unprecedented falls in used car values; easily comparable with anything seen in the...

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