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NFDA urge move to greener vehicles

Sue robinson rmiThe boss of the motor dealer’s trade association, the NFDA has urged for more emphasis on greener vehicles in response to the latest UK new car registration figures, which show a .3% drop in February 2017 compared to the same month in 2016.

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Dealers fearful of click to buy schemes

PhilNothardOnly one in four dealers believe click to buy schemes will be a good thing, that’s the finding of a new survey carried out by Leeds based vehicle data firm CAP.

Nearly half of dealers, (48%) were unsure about the positives or negatives of click to buy schemes and 54% of dealers felt click to buy is a threat to the physical retail sites, and 45% believe it will impact negatively on profitability.

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Survey flags concerns over MOT compliance

OlyRichmond20% of 18 to 29 year old motorists have driven without a valid MOT, that is the shocking finding of a new survey carried out by vehicle servicing network, Servicing Stop.

Despite the fact that forgetting to renew an MOT is an offence, punishable with an up to £1,000 fine, 11% of all people surveyed, admitted having driven without a valid certificate.

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February saw a dip in new car registrations

mike hawesRegistrations of new cars in the UK took a 0.3% dip in February, despite a 3.3% increase in fleet registrations, private demand fell -4.4% and business registrations declined -5.3%.

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Arnold Clark to recruit 270 new apprentices

ACApprenticesMulti franchise dealer group, Arnold Clark, who have 200 dealerships around the UK representing 24 different vehicle manufacturers, have announced a move to recruit 270 new apprentices this summer.

The firm are providing a programme for 16–19 years olds that is designed to lead to a recognised qualification in the motor industry, with on-the-job training at an Arnold Clark dealership and a number of weeklong training blocks at one of the firm’s GTG Training centres.

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PSA acquire Opel/Vauxhall in €2.2 Bn deal

LutonVivaroGeneral Motors has agreed a deal to sell it’s Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and the European GM Financial business to French carmaker PSA Group for €2.2 Bn (€1.3 Bn and €0.9 Bn, respectively).

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Official opening for Harwoods Jaguar Land Rover Crawley

WorkshopSouth of England dealer group, Harwoods have officially opened their new, multimillion pound Jaguar and Land Rover dealership in Manor Royal, Crawley.

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Safo acquire TR Fleet

Julie Summerell TR FleetFleet management and software provider TR Fleet has been acquired, by Italy based fines management and automotive IT specialist, Safo Group, who have taken a 75% stake in the business.

TR Fleet is well known for its DriveSecure, company car and grey fleet compliance software package, which is to be further developed and sold throughout Europe by Safo.

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Branding expert tells dealers to change the record

phoneKeysThe motor trade needs to pull it’s socks up when it comes to phone answering, that is the finding of a recent survey of over 900 dealerships carried out by PHMG, a Manchester based branding firm who specialise in helping companies select the right hold music.

The survey found that 44% per cent of dealers leave on-hold customers listening to generic music, 20% just have beeps, 20% leave punters in silence and 5% leave calls ringing. Shockingly given the money spent on marketing by car firms, of the 911 dealerships surveyed, just 8% used brand-consistent voice and music messaging on their phone systems and 92% of dealers do not use auto attendant messaging to greet customers who call out of hours.

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