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VRA questions whether 2019 will be ‘the year of the used van’

VRA chairman Glenn Sturley

The Vehicle Remarking Association will ask whether 2019 will be “the year of the used van” when it hosts members at Manheim’s Bruntingthorpe auction site next week.

James Davis, Manheim’s head of commercial vehicles will deliver insight into what the market for used light commercial vehicles might hold in the year ahead, in light of what Glenn Sturley, chairman at the VRA, suggested were “very favourable market conditions”.

Sturley said: “There has been extensive talk about 2018 being the year of the used car, with very favourable market conditions in place – and there are signs that next year may be similarly successful for vans.

“Certainly, LCV remarketing is a subject that has very strong relevance for many of our members and we are looking forward to an informed debate about how to maximise values over the next few months and into 2019.”

Among other market analysts set to give presentations at the event on Friday, September 21, will be Coachworks Consulting managing director Karl Davis, who will deliver insight about the latest trends in dealer best practice, and Cazana head of valuations, Rupert Pontin, who will address delegates on the current state of the used market in the UK.

Sturley said: “The VRA has been attracting more dealer members of late and there is definite interest in new ideas around the retailing of new cars and vans, as well as wider dealer best practice.

“We expect this presentation to prompt quite extensive debate about current dealer approaches to the market, including how to adapt to economic conditions that remain unpredictable in the medium-long term.”


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