Website service strategies come under fire

Carmakers and dealers need to give more prominence to aftersales and service booking on their websites to maximise workshop business. That’s the view of Motoring.co.uk which argues that manufacturers promote new car configurators, test drives, brochures, locate a dealer etc on their homepage, but the majority do not have a “book a service facility”. Chris Green, sales director of Motoring.co.uk, said: “Traditionally, aftersales have been […]

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Used car market sales soar

USED car sales continue to surge, according to latest research from CAP Automotive. The increase in demand from motorists has been particularly beneficial to independent used car dealers for most of this year, with July’s market performance recorded as the best yet. As part of its research for Black Book Live, each month CAP questions a ‘Dealer Insight Panel’ of approximately 100 independent used car […]

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Northern cities worst for car crime – Telegraph

Car crime is a bigger problem in the north of the UK than the south, according to a new survey by Motoring car advice expert Honest John’s website honestjohn.co.uk. The honestjohn.co.uk Car Crime Census 2013 is based on an analysis of 515,248 UK police force records for the period from October 2011 to September 2012. During that time there were 505 offences per 10,000 registered […]

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Motor Codes saves garages from £390,000 payout

Garages signed up to the Motor Codes scheme have collective saved £390,000 through rejected false claims, according to an audit conducted by the national Trading Standards Institute-approved garage scheme. The research also found that Motor Codes approved garages collectively benefitted from £20m in business referrals through its website service. Motor Codes estimated that its 7,600 approved garages will collectively save £800,000 this year in unsubstantiated […]

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Panel Beaters and Spray Painter job vacancies in S…

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Apprenticeship vacancy fails to attract applicants

Automotive training provider Remit said it was “bewildered” that a Sytner dealership in Newbury failed to attract any candidates for an advertised apprenticeship vacancy. Newbury Today reported that the £15,000 a year vacancy at the Mercedees-Benz showroom also offered a bonus on completion of the two year course. The post was advertised on the National Apprenticeship website and at local job and community centres since […]

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BMW i8 driven – Telegraph

Whatever you think, plug-in hybrids like the BMW i8 are coming. Influential industry figures think they are the only way the motor industry will meet the EU’s proposal of a corporate average of 95g/km CO² emissions by 2020. BMW says people power put the i8 – which goes on sale next June at about £95,000 – into production, however. Its precursor was the 2009 Vision […]

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Profits and revenues up for Lookers at half year point

Car retailer and parts wholesaler Lookers this morning reported half-year rises in sales and profits. It coincided with an announcement that chief executive Peter Jones is to retire from his role at the end of the year, to be replaced by current chief operating officer Andy Bruce, while Nigel McMinn is joining from Benfield Motor Group to become managing director of Lookers’ motor division of […]

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Average dealer profitability doubles in June

The average UK dealers made a £25,000 profit in June, more than double the profit generated in June 2012, according to the latest profitability figures from ASE. Overhead absorption is also slowly increasing, with the average dealer now at 56.6% in comparison to 56.1% a year ago. It is still off what ASE is calling the benchmark at 80%. Mike Jones, ASE chairman said: “With […]

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Sytner builds Lamborgini showroom in its heartland

Sytner is investing seven-figures into a Lamborghini showroom in Leicestershire. The showroom and servicing area is to be built alongside an existing Bentley garage in Syston and Sytner plans to have it open for business in early 2014. Work is already underway on a bodyshop and valeting area prior to work commencing on the 10 car showroom. Managing director Gerard Nieuwenhuys said they confirmed the […]

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Sandicliffe acquires two-site Midlands group

Family-owned, AM100 dealer group, Sandicliffe has acquired Farmers, a two site Skoda retailer in the East Midlands. The re-named Sandicliffe Skoda retailers will begin operating from this week. One is based in Groby Road in Leicester and the second in Mansfield Road, Nottingham. Alasdair Stewart, brand director for Skoda UK, said: “We are pleased to welcome the Sandicliffe franchise to our already impressive network of […]

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