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Franchised dealers benefited from £9m September aftersales boom, says autoVHC

AutoVHC’s business unit director Chris Saunders

Franchised dealerships experienced a £9 million revenues boom as aftersales business increased 8% during September, according to autoVHC.

The vehicle health check provider revealed that in the final month of Q3, the average dealership saw the number of vehicles being presented to workshops rise from 267 in July to 289 in September.

With the average invoice uplift standing at £61 per completed health check in September, the boost in activity helped the average aftersales department secure an additional £1,830 in revenue for the month - almost £9 million across the UK’s 4,900-strong franchised dealer network.

The data, which sampled 500 UK dealerships, also revealed a 17% rise in vehicle health check completion rates last month, as workshops managed an average of 205 full inspections, compared to July’s figure of 175.

AutoVHC’s business unit director Chris Saunders (pictured) said: “Previous data revealed a poor start to Q3, with dealerships missing out on a significant amount of aftersales work.

“The latest figures however are far more encouraging. While more vehicles are passing through workshops, the best news is that vehicle health check completion rates showed a marked increase at the end of the quarter.

"Service departments clearly seized more of the revenue opportunities presented to them.

“The generation of additional revenue during September is a welcome outcome where profits are concerned, especially given recent fears of a slowdown in vehicle sales. 

“Moreover, it demonstrates that aftersales departments are placing a greater focus on ensuring processes are carried out effectively.”

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