Autonomous cars may still be an ‘if’ rather than a ‘when’, but EVs, online retail and connected cars are likely to make waves next year, say motor retail experts
New online technologies plus partnerships and collaborations are helping to smooth the sales journey for high-intent car buyers
Volvo has launched a new test drive offer, allowing customers to pre-book demonstrator vehicles online and have them delivered to a suitable location.
A recent study of UK consumers, conducted by Peter Vardy, found that over a quarter of Brits would be happy to buy a car online without a test drive.
Women are 71% more likely to buy a new car online than men, according to a new study from Buyacar.
Car buyers are increasingly purchasing used cars without seeing them in person due to a rise in online car portals, says AA Cars analysis.
Volvo’s UK dealers have today begun online sales of new cars, giving customers free choice of how they fund their purchase and the ability to sign electronically at Volvo Online.
JudgeService has encouraged dealers to invest in their online platforms, as new research reveals 50.54% of sales for car dealerships come through online referrals.
Volkswagen has announced a “restructure” of its sales model from 2020, with new sales and service formats joining its dealer network across Europe.
A new range of four short animated videos about add-on products has been created by iVendi in an effort to support car dealers' online sales efforts.
Salespeople need new digital skills, but experience should not be overlooked.
Tony Patterson, the director of automotive at Summit Media, on how the motor retail industry is becoming more open-minded about e-commerce and new ideas
Franchised car dealers could see their new car sales “largely replaced” by manufacturers’ online retail platforms and mobility schemes, according to KPMG research to be discussed at the AM Digitech conference.
Motors.co.uk has partnered with Trustpilot to integrate user-generated reviews into its platform.
Dealers are turning to online car and van sales in order to pursue a faster turnaround of stock to fight margin erosion.
Carwow has raised $39 million (£29.7m) through a round of financing which will be used to further accelerate growth in the UK and internationally.
Oodle Finance and Carsnip have teamed up to form a new partnership which guarantees car dealers commission payments from sales made via the online retail platform.
Exchange and Mart has launched a new dealer website build service offering the creation of a mobile responsive design to allow consumers the ability to search anywhere, any time.
Test drives and car delivery remain the province of dealers but there is a perceptible shift among buyers to researching their purchase and arranging the finance via the internet
Automotive Management Live: Where franchised and independent dealers will find everything they need to know about operating a modern showroom and service and repair facility fit for the digital age.
When: November 12 2020
Where: Birmingham NEC
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