On this Saturday’s episode of MotortradeRadio.com, Philip Nothard and Phil Hayes discuss some of this week’s industry headlines from Motortrader.com. From Vauxhall launching a scrappage scheme offering customers up to £2,000 towards a new model when they trade-in their car for scrappage to Pendragon announcing plans to recruit 300 technicians before the end of this year. Identifying the increasing demand for skilled roles, the additional 300 vehicle technician jobs, including a number of apprenticeships, will add to the 9,000 strong staff already employed by the company across the UK.
Also in this week’s headlines, Fiat has launched an end of year new-car sales campaign whereby customers will be offered additional cash values on part-exchanges or a £2,500 discount for customers without a trade-in, and the new car market is set to close the year 1.7% ahead of 2015 with 2.678 million units registered, according to the latest quarterly forecast from the SMMT. Last year saw a new record of 2.634m new cars registered, the first time the new car market had surpassed the 2.6 million registrations mark.
In other news, the latest Motor Trader Top 50 Independent Dealers survey tracks strong growth in the sales and profit performance of the UK’s top non-franchised car retailers and Dealers, carmakers and suppliers are signing up for the annual ASE trip to the Nada Convention and Expo in the US.
The 2017 event will be held in New Orleans with the ASE visit running from 25-29 January and Motor Trader once again acting as the media partner.
Finally, Phil Hayes, Founder of BuyersCompared.com, introduces a new way to buy stock from the public; BuyersCompared.com is a new website that lets you control the buying process - a Classified Car Website with a Twist.