Could Driverless Cars be the Future?

Google's Driverless CarWe have already heard of companies creating driverless cars, such as Google who has been testing their version for a number of years now. However, it seems as though they may become a reality sooner than we think, as next year Volvo is releasing one hundred autonomous cars onto Sweden’s roads. For many, the thought of driverless cars is difficult to comprehend, however motor traders need to get to grips with the idea in order to future-proof their companies. Here, we look at the driverless car phenomenon in more detail: (more…)

4 Tips for Selling Second-Hand Cars

Used CarsDue to the recession the amount of people looking to invest in second-hand cars has increased, as many now struggle to afford a new model. This is why most car dealers offer both new and used cars to their customers, as well as a number of after-sales products on both types of models. However, selling second hand cars often requires more effort than selling new ones, as customers are more wary of vehicles that have had previous owners. Here, we look at how you can make a profit from selling second-hand cars: (more…)

UK’s Taxis Adapting for the Future

London TaxiOver the past few years public transport across the UK has been evolving in order to provide a better, more comfortable, service to passengers. For example, a number of trains throughout the country will soon have Wi-Fi access allowing passengers to access the internet during their journeys, while coaches are now providing beds and televisions.

Taxis have also seen new technology installed in their vehicles, especially in large cities such as London and Manchester. Now, passengers have the ability to pay their fare by card, with some machines even providing touch payment options. There are also a number of taxis with televisions installed, meaning that customers can travel in style and advertisers have a new way to promote their products. But how are taxis adapting for the future? (more…)

Motor Trade Industry Reports Growth

Image of Pound CoinsThe UK has received some good news recently, as the Bank of England has announced that the economy has started recovering. Not only does this mean unemployment levels have reduced, but also that a number of industries are also seeing improvements, including the motor trade industry. It has recently been reported that in the month of October car sales were up by 4.7 per cent compared to the previous month, with 1,004,935 units sold.

Furthermore, year to date sales are up by 3.1 per cent in the UK, with 10,006,807 new registrations. Motor trade markets in Europe also reported improvements last month, with Germany benefiting from a 2.3 per cent increase in sales, France a 2.6 per cent increase and Spain a massive 34.4 per cent increase mainly due to their government’s scrappage scheme. However, there is still a long way to go for many of these countries, with their year to date sales still lower than in the previous year. (more…)

4 After Sales Packages that can help make a Sale

Image of Sale TagsLook at any well-known car manufacturer’s advertising right now and you will see them offering impressive after-sales packages to encourage people to invest in their cars. Over the past few years the UK’s car market has gone through a tough time, as with less money to go round a large percentage of people have chosen to put off buying a new car. However, in recent times the UK’s car market has been improving slightly, with some manufacturers’ marketing efforts proving successful.

The fact of the matter is that most people now struggle to afford to buy a new car outright, however motor traders are unable to reduce prices without compromising their own businesses. This is where after-sales packages and finance options become extremely beneficial, and they could make the difference between making a sale. Here we look at some of the most popular after-sales packages that could benefit your business: (more…)

Going Green: A Guide for Motor Traders

Toyota PriusOver the past few years the government has tried to encourage the UK public to invest in more eco-friendly vehicles, and have even introduced incentives such as lower car tax payments and exemption from congestion charges. So far the market has not yet responded to eco-friendly or hybrid cars as much as the government had hoped, yet slowly but surely people seem to be coming round.

The fact of the matter is that fuel prices are becoming so high that people are now looking to invest in some sort of hybrid vehicle in order to save money. Add this to the fact that the EU are bringing in more stringent laws concerning vehicle emissions and it is no surprise that manufacturers are starting to create eco-friendly versions of their most popular vehicles.

Even though there is still a long way to go for vehicles to become as eco-friendly as the government would like, motor traders need to be aware that the market is changing and becoming more green. Here, we look at some of the most prominent changes to the market and how motor traders can adapt their businesses accordingly: (more…)