With Brexit looming and the uncertainty of what that will mean for the industry, it’s fair to say that Q1 2019 has been like no other for UK automotive dealers.
Motorvogue has officially opened the doors at its new Renault and Dacia dealership on the outskirts of Bedford – creating a second stand-alone Dacia facility in the process.
Coachworks Consulting has suggested that car dealers will be forced to adopt “guerrilla tactics” to sell new diesel-engined cars when the new 19-plate is introduced in March.
Buyacar has highlighted car dealers’ “dash to pre-register cars” by identifying the top 18-plate used car bargains for potential customers – just weeks after the March plate-change got underway.
Adam and Corsa models will be subject to a £500 discount to consumers booking a test drive during August and September.
The DVLA will allow customers to drive-away on the day during a four-day outage of its Automated First Registration and Licensing service which clashes with a busy plate-change weekend.
Peugeot is hoping its facelifted 2008 SUV will give its 66-plate registration sales campaign a boost in September.
The spike in trading caused by March and September plate changes now impacts dealers and their stock levels over a 10-week period, according to Autorola UK.
Following the release of the 16 plate registration, it’s been a busy time for dealers the length and breadth of the country.
Next week the new 16 plate launches and if previous year’s figures are anything to go by, the level of consumer interest in buying new cars will increase.
Light commercial vehicle registrations saw a 19.6% increase to 65,453 units during the plate change month of September.
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 7 2019
Where: Birmingham NEC
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