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AM's most read stories of 2018 – July

AM 2018 review - July

In July, a long-threatened clampdown by the Financial Conduct Authority finally arrived, as the FCA announced it had issued 38 final notices to dealers in the first half of the year, in effect cancelling their consumer credit permissions.

More welcome news came from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), which clarified in July that dealer deposit contributions (DDC) were not subject to VAT. HMRC invited companies to make a claim to recover overpaid output tax.

Following a succesful trial with Fiat Chrysler and Mazda, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) announced that its new cloud-based first vehicle registration system would replace the current system by February. 

July was a busy month for investment and acquisition:

However, Go Vauxhall closed dealerships in Stafford and Wednesbury and Pentagon Motor Group announced its plans to close its Eccles Vauxhall dealership and a dual-brand Fiat and Nissan dealership in Huddersfield.

Ford of Britain's retail store at Next's Arndale Centre store in Manchester Meanwhile, Ford began selling new cars online and officially opened its first 'High Street' new car retail space in Next’s store at the Manchester Arndale Centre; as Mazda Motor UK began a trial of its direct-to-customer MyWay test drive concept and LeasePlan launched its direct-to-cutomer website and opened its first used car supermarket  in Milton Keynes, with more than 70 vehicles on site.


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