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Stay focused and next year may not be as bad as you think

There's no doubt next year will be tough for dealerships.

Despite the tough trading conditions there are glimmers of enlightenment ahead.

One glimmer came while I was at Manheim's auction in Coventry this month where someone picked up an 07 plate Ford KA in silver with 8,000 miles on the clock for £3,625.

No doubt it will go on their pitch for about £4,200 and sell pretty quickly.

Great for the dealer and a bargain for the buyer who is practically getting a brand new car.

I also hear of a Citroen dealer in Bath who has taken on 10 more staff, most of which to work in the bodyshop while automotive supplier Randstad were quickly trading again after a fire gutted their original offices in Northumberland.

Rather than see the blaze as adding to the economic gloom the company were buoyant in their attitude for a successful 2009.

Yes next year will be dificult, but with some positive thinking and careful analysis of the industry, it may not be as bad as expected.

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