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Giving dealers the confidence to stock EVs

By Jayson Whittington, Chief Car Editor, Glass’s. Electric vehicles (EVs) are still a scarce sight in auction halls. They have made up less than 0.2% of sold volume so far this year and auction performance can be rather mixed, as can be seen in the chart below which compared the first time conversion rate of

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Find out how to better use data to drive remarketing profit at the VRA Seminar

Tom Wood, CEO of Cazana, is the latest name to be added to the list of expert speakers at the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s major free seminar, “The Challenges of 2019.” His presentation, “The Future of Used Car Pricing,” will look at consumer and dealer developments in the vehicle pricing landscape and how remarketers can benefit

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Grant Cut for AFV’s ahead of October Budget

By Philip Nothard, Customer Insight and Strategy Director – Cars, Cox Automotive As recently as July, the government published its ‘Road to Zero’ plan which outlined the journey to its 2050 ambition plan of zero vehicle emissions, whilst in 2017 CO2 emissions rose for the first time.   So, what are their ambitions – are they realistic

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Blog G3 – How are inspection methodologies changing…

How are inspection methodologies changing and what does this mean to buyers and vendors at auction? Remarketing is currently one of the fastest-changing sectors in the motor trade arena and inspection methodologies have definitely not stood still either. In quarter two of 2018, figures revealed by the SMMT – that over two million used vehicles

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Trade prices for cars so high that dealers relying on F&I for profitability

Trade prices for good quality used cars have reached a level where it is almost impossible for many dealers to make a profit on the windscreen price and they are instead relying on returns from their F&I department, says the Vehicle Remarketing Association. The organisation says that demand in the used sector for almost all

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Mike Allen of Zeus Capital added as key speaker for VRA Seminar

Mike Allen of Zeus Capital is the latest speaker to be added to the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s major free seminar, “The Challenges of 2019.” He will be speaking about the current state of the used car market and how it is likely to develop next year, delivering an overview that will be used at the

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Major free seminar on “The Challenges of 2019” for used car sector announced

A major free seminar on “The Challenges of 2019” facing the used car and van sectors has been announced by The Vehicle Remarketing Association, which represents organisations involved in the buying, selling and preparation of 1.5 million used vehicles every year. Sponsored by Manheim and taking place at the Cranmore Park Exhibition Centre, Solihull, on

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“Will 2019 be the year of the used van?” asks September’s VRA meeting

“Will 2019 be the year of the used van?” is one of the key questions being posed at the next meeting of the Vehicle Remarketing Association, taking place on 21st September at Manheim in Bruntingthorpe. Key presentations will be made by James Davis of Manheim, looking at the prospects of used light commercial vehicles in

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G3 Remarketing – The changing world of remarketing

It is currently one of the fastest-changing sectors in the motor trade arena, but how exactly has the world of remarketing changed, what are the catalysts, and what’s in store for the remainder of 2018? Like most industries in the modern business environment, automotive has definitely not stood still, however detailed analysis of the facts

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Hats on 4 Ben – 10th October 2018

Hats on 4 Ben is taking place on 10th October 2018, World Mental Health Day. The idea is simple, we’re asking everyone in the automotive industry wear a hat to work on 10th October and donate £2 to Ben to help keep our life-changing work running. With your support, and the support of the rest of

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G3 Remarketing – Which key trends will shape the remarketing world over the next 12 months?

Compare the modern remarketing environment to what it was five years ago and the changes are remarkable – it isn’t an exaggeration to say the sector, as a whole, is unrecognisable. Forward-thinking auctions are acknowledging that buyer expectations have never been higher, and are remaining fluid to provide a wider spectrum of services as a

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Rental companies buying nearly-new cars due to shortage of new, reports VRA

Some daily rental companies are starting to buy nearly-new cars on the used market because of a shortage of new stock, reports the Vehicle Remarketing Association. Typically, they are purchasing batches of small-medium sized cars that are less than six months old, helping to keep values for these vehicles firm. Glenn Sturley, chair at the

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