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Campaign support continues to grow

Leading industry figures are backing the AM Buy A Car campaign. At the same time, the national and regional press has started to move its focus away from the doom and gloom in new car sales towards the positive of unprecedented buying opp-ortunities for consumers.

At the AM Awards on Wednesday we collected the business cards from more than 300 guests at the prestigious event in Birmingham willing to give their support to our campaign - see below for a full list of supporters.

Motor finance provider Black Horse is among those companies giving its backing. Its managing director, Chris Sutton, said: “This campaign is a step in the right direction in helping to restore customers’ buying confidence. 

“Black Horse dealers can further help to stimulate sales by giving their customers access to credit at the point of sale.”

Eddie Hawthorne, managing director of Arnold Clark Automobiles, said: “The mainstream media is now giving the same message as the AM campaign, which is that now is an excellent time to buy a car. 

“The only way we are going to get out of this current economic climate is to sell our way out. 

“Doing nothing – or being negative – is a recipe for disaster,” he warned.

Another dealer group, Surrey-based Trident Garages has used the campaign’s template letter to send to MPs to raise awareness and generate support for the campaign. 

But managing director Richard Roberts said the Government and the Opposition were failing to address dealers’ plights, instead focusing disproportionately on credit availability.

He received a reply from the Conservative MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, Philip Hammond.

Hammond, also shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, told Roberts the Conservatives had proposed establishing a national loan guarantee scheme, guaranteeing £50 billion of new loans to businesses – far more effective, the MP claims, in freeing up the credit market than “complicated” Government schemes.

But Roberts said: “Neither political party has picked up on the direct support dealers need.

“We are not finding it hard to get credit. The critical factor is consumer confidence which has to be addressed before UK sales grow.

“The AM campaign, together with our own efforts, is making the difference to us. “We are doing better than expected,” Roberts added.

AM Buy A Car campaign supporters

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If you would like to support the AM Buy A Car campaign please email your company name.

AA Warranty
Accident Exchange
Aftersales Operations
Ai Claims Solutions
Aioi Motor and General Insurance
Alfa Romeo- Meridien
Alton Cars Ltd
Apollo Motor Group Ltd
Appleton Autodrome
ARC Accident Repair Centre
Arnold Clark
Audi South West
Auto Infusion Ltd
Automotive Retail Group
Automotive Solutions 

Barclays Commercial 
Black Horse Motor Finance
Blue Water
Bluebell BMW
Bluesky Interactive
BMW Group
Breeze Volkswagen
Bristol and London

Cambria Automobiles
Car Call UK
Car Care Plan
Cardif Pinnacle
Colin Appleyard LTD
Creative Target
Crown Motors (Honda)
Crown Motors Bushey Heath (Honda)
Crown Motors Ltd (Honda)

Dealer Marketing Systems Ltd 
David Prentice Cars Ltd
Dealer Management Services Ltd
Delta Remarketing
Dingles Toyota
Direct Valeting 
Drive Leisure
Drive Vauxhall
Du Pont 

e-GoodManners (Manheim)
Exan Coachworks Accident Repair Centre
Exxon Mobil 

FirstBase IT Ltd 
Falcon Car Care Ltd
Foray Motor Group Ltd
Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company - Fleet Operations
Ford of Britain 

G&M Motors (Honda)
Gard X protection
Gilder Group
Gladwins Body Repair Centres
Grant Thornton
Grants SEAT
Griffin Mill Garages Ltd 

Holland Risk Partners 
Honda Finance Europe PLC
Honda UK
Hondacare Retention Products
Hyundai Motor UK 

Inchcape Retail
Ionitec UK 

J Edgar and Son
Jaguar Cars Ltd
Jardine Motors
JCA Coatings
Jewelultra Diamondbrite
John Clark
JL Automotive
Jubilee House 
Just Good Cars

Kia Motors (UK) Ltd 

Landon Consulting Ltd 
Leighton Cars
Liverpool SEAT
Lombard - Major Corporate Asset Finance
London General Insurance 

M&M Group
Magma People
Manheim Auctions
Mapfre Abraxas
Marketing Delivery Ltd
Marshall Motor Group
Mazda Motors UK Ltd
Mem Recruitment
Mercedes Benz
Mercedes-Benz - Drayton Group
Meteor Group
Mondial UK 
Monty's Suzuki
MSX International 

Nationwide Autocentre
Nibs Group
Nicholas Business Advisors 

Peoples Ford 
PH Impetus
Peter Vardy Ltd
Peugeot Motor Company PLC 

QBE European Operations 

R.L.Polk UK Ltd
RAC Warranty
Renault UK Ltd
Repair Solutions Ltd
Repair Solutions Ltd
RTS Consultants Ltd

Seward Accident Repairs
SG Petch
Shine - Take the Weekend Off
Shorade Accident Repair Ltd
Silver Street VW
Sinclair Group
Sky Ford
Sportif Suzuki 
Squire Furneaux
Sturgess of Leicester
Subaru UK
Suzuki GB Plc 

T.C Harrison Ford
T.C Harrison Group
T.G Holdcroft Ltd
The Car Shop Megastore
The Co-operative Group
The Home of the body repair industry
The Phoenix Car Company
The Warrenty Group
Tiger Solutions
Timken Europe
Toyota Financial Services
Toyota GB Plc
Toyota Insurance Management Ltd
Trader Media Network
Trend Tracker
Trevor Jones
TrustGroup UK 

USI Italia

Vertu Motors Plc
Vital Software
VRS (Manheim) 

WardLovett Advertising & PR 




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