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Could this be the next big idea in motor dealerships?

JasonDaweWell known motoring journalist Jason Dawe has seen a thing or two when it comes to innovations in the car sales process. Before getting into broadcast journalism and writing for the likes of the Sunday Times and Motor Trade News, he cut his teeth at the sharp end selling cars in dealerships.

So when Jason tells us that he has seen something genuinely new and interesting coming down the track, the Motor Trade News team sit up and take notice. Exactly that happened a few weeks back....

Jason takes up the story, "Jim Kerr, remember the name. Some of you reading this might know it already, he has after all been in the motor industry for more than 30 years, but if you don’t know him, you may do soon. Because Jim thinks that his company could be about to provide the missing link from the digital revolution and it is called Connect.

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Bigger and better things for Bucks luxury car repairer

BucksSiteSpecialist luxury car restorer, the Beaconsfield Workshop has just moved to new purpose built premises on the Hall Barn Estate near Buckinghamshire town’s rugby club.

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PSA Group UK appoint Franchising Director

DavidMarchPSA Group UK have appointed David March as Director – UK Franchising, Network Development and Quality. Previously he was Director of Network Development and Quality for the Peugeot Citroën Retail Group.

March is a qualified accountant and cut his teeth in the motor trade as a Finance Executive and General manager with PSA owned dealer group, Robins and Day.

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New General Manager for Mercedes Benz of Peterborough

MercCarGreyEast Anglian Mercedes dealer, Mercedes-Benz of Peterborough, which is part of the Robinsons Motor Group, has appointed Nigel George as their new General Manager.

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HR Owen pleased with first BCA Blackbushe sale result

BCAhrOwenLuxury motor dealer group H.R. Owen say they had an excellent result with their first BCA auction of cars which took place at Blackbushe on March 15th.

HR Owen put 24 luxury motors into the sale, with 19 of them finding buyers at an average of 101% of CAP Clean. Bidders included 125 prospective buyers who logged in online.

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Auto Trader appointment targets the vehicle manufacturers

IanPlummerOnline classified cars for sale website, Auto Trader, has hired Volkswagen UK’s ex head of sales operations, Ian Plummer as Manufacturer & Agency Director.

Plummer had been with Volkswagen since joining from Renault in 2012.

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Sturgess Leicester appoint Corporate Business Manager

SteveDodsworthSturgess Jaguar Land Rover has appointed Australian ex-pat, Stephen Dodsworth as it’s Corporate Business Manager.

Dodsworth, who has worked for Pendragon, Colliers and Ridgeway, joins the dealership on Narborough Road, Leicester, from Marshall Motor Group, where he was Business Development Manager at their dealership in Oxford.

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NAMA reveal changing auction market picture for February 2017

AuctionHall MTNVehicle auctions trade body, The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) has published it’s car auction data report for February 2017 showing an increase in first time conversion rates, a drop in average selling values and an increase in average mileages.

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Trade Centre UK boss ready for exciting next steps

Andy Coulthurst motorsAs the £100 million turnover Trade Centre Wales prepares for the April 14th opening of The Trade Centre UK in Wednesbury, the firm’s first car super market outside the Principality, CEO Andy Coulthurst has talked about plans for the business and it’s sister motor finance operation CanCan Car Finance.

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