NBRA COMMENT: QUEENS SPEECH 2017

21/06/2017

“The NBRA  is encouraged to see the government’s continued commitment to introducing measures to reduce motor insurance premiums”, said Jason Moseley, Director of The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) ,following the Queen’s speec...

NFDA COMMENT: QUEEN'S SPEECH 2017

21/06/2017

“With the importance of securing a beneficial Brexit deal for the UK, and ensuring certainty and stability as soon as possible, we are pleased to see that Brexit was the top priority in today’s Queen’s Speech”, said Sue Robinson, Direc...

PRA COMMENT: QUEENS SPEECH 2017

21/06/2017

“The PRA has raised concerns directed at the government’s announcement that large retailers and motorway service areas (MSA) will be required to install electric charge points”, said Brian Madderson, Chairman of The Petrol Retailers As...

CURRENT RULES ON LOGBOOK LOANS TO BE REPLACED

21/06/2017

“It is extremely positive to see that following persistent lobbying efforts, current legislation on logbook loans will be replaced with a new act which will ensure more protection for both consumers and businesses”, said Sue Robinson, ...

BREXIT AND PROFITABILITY CONCERNS DRIVING PESSIMISTIC MOTOR DEALER SECTOR OUTLOOK FOR 2017

19/06/2017

Only 24% of UK dealers expect an increase in profits in 2017; a drop of 20% from 2016. 8 out of 10 dealers say Brexit uncertainty will have adverse impact on the sector. Used car performance expected to have most positive im...

NFDA RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT’S AIR QUALITY PLAN

16/06/2017

“With diesel cars’ emissions accounting for only 11% of London’s nitrogen dioxide (NOx) and approximately 18% of roadside NOx emissions across the UK*, it is paramount that the Government adopts a wider approach which does not focus so...

NBRA CONTINUES TO SUPPORTS ICO’S SEARCH WARRANT

09/06/2017

“The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) is pleased to see that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has carried out further search warrants at properties in Manchester and Cheshire, as part of an ongoing investigation”, com...

MOTORCYCLE MARKET CONTINUES TO DECLINE

08/06/2017

“Demand for motorcycles continued its downward trend in May – marking 5 consecutive months of decline in the market”, said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers...

NEW CAR MARKET DECLINES IN MAY, BUT REMAINS SET FOR A STRONG YEAR

05/06/2017

“New passenger car registrations declined in May but year to date the overall new car market remains strong. The General Election may have a short-term impact on consumer confidence, but franchised car retailers continue to see solid f...

VAN MARKET SLOWS IN MAY

05/06/2017

“Light commercial vehicles registrations fell by -5.3% in May, in what is a possible realignment of a market which was extremely buoyant last year. Ahead of the elections, dealers report a degree of uncertainty for customers who are li...

RMI 2017 GENERAL ELECTION POLICY STATEMENT

02/06/2017

“Maintaining the current 3-1-1 MOT testing structure, and implementing a clear three-point strategy to tackle mileage adjustment, are two of the main policies outlined in RMI Policy Statement ahead of the 2017 General Election taking p...

RMI OFFERS FREE MOT TRAINING FOR MEMBERS

01/06/2017

To celebrate the opening of a new Academy of Automotive Skills in Runcorn, the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) is offering free MOT Tester training to its members. To support MOT businesses in the North of England, the RMI is ...

NAMA CAR AUCTION REPORT APRIL 2017

26/05/2017

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) has published its monthly car auction data report today for April 2017. The report shows that overall in April: First time conversion rates decreased by -8.0% to 75.3% - the rate...

NAMA AGM RAISES RECORD AMOUNT FOR BEN

22/05/2017

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) held its annual AGM on 20 May in Belfast. A charity auction in aid of BEN – the automotive industry charity, took place following the AGM - raising a record breaking £17,450. Louise...

NFDA 2017 GENERAL ELECTION MANIFESTO

19/05/2017

“A Free Trade Agreement, easy and affordable access to finance, a national retail strategy and a fair and transparent fuel policy are the main policies outlined in the NFDA manifesto ahead of the 2017 General Election”, said Sue Robins...

EUROPEAN PASSENGER CAR REGISTRATIONS DECLINE IN APRIL, REMAIN STRONG YEAR TO DATE

16/05/2017

“With Easter falling during the month and following record performances in the first quarter of the year, the decline of -6.6% in EU passenger car registrations seen in April was expected,” said Sue Robinson, Director of the National F...

NBRA ISSUES BODY SHOP ADVICE FOLLOWING DATA SECURITY BREACH

16/05/2017

“The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) has been focusing heavily on protecting member’s interests related to data security within bodyshops over the past 12 months”, comments Jason Moseley, NBRA Director. Working with the Infor...

MOTORCYCLE REGISTRATIONS CONTINUE DOWNWARD TREND

10/05/2017

“April marked a -16% decline in motorcycle sales with only 10,365 bikes registered – compared to 12,343 bikes put on the road in the same period last year”, said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA...

NMDA DEALER ATTITUDE SURVEY SPRING 2017 RESULTS REVEALED

09/05/2017

“The NMDA is pleased to see that this year’s Spring 2017 Dealer Attitude Survey received a response rate of 32%. Participants in this survey were made up of 74% of independently owned franchise dealers, and 24% privately owned groups. ...

NFDA COMMENTS ON THE GOVERNMENT’S AIR QUALITY PLAN

05/05/2017

“The largest gains in air quality will come by encouraging the uptake of the latest low emission vehicles of all fuel types. It is positive to see that the Government will be consulting on the issue. This needs a consistent and coordin...

UK NEW CAR MARKET DECLINES AS EXPECTED IN APRIL

04/05/2017

"As expected, following an all-time high result in March, April saw a -19.8% decline in new vehicle sales as a result of a number of factors, including the increase in VED on 1 April, which prompted buyers to bring their purchases forw...

LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MARKET DOWN IN APRIL

04/05/2017

“Following a very strong period, registrations of light commercial vehicle registrations decreased by -18.8% in April. It is concerning to see that the 2.5 – 3.5t segment, which is usually very resilient, declined substantially by -23....

NFDA COMMENTS ON FCA’S MOTOR FINANCE ENQUIRY

02/05/2017

“Franchised dealers have made huge efforts to be compliant with consumer credit rules, they are highly regulated and can only offer car finance under strict conditions” said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Ass...

WHAT STOPS UK MOTORISTS FROM BUYING AN ELECTRIC CAR?

26/04/2017

“Price, charging infrastructure and battery range are the main concerns for motorists when considering to buy an electric car. It is vital that the Government takes this into consideration and continues to actively encourage, alongside...

COMMENT ON FRANCHISED DEALERS’ LABOUR RATES

26/04/2017

The National Franchised Dealers Association which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK notes the results of the motoreasy survey published today. The research, highlighted the difference in labour rates ac...

NFDA COMMENT ON THE FCA BUSINESS PLAN 2017/18

20/04/2017

"Strong vehicle sales are vital to the UK economy and it is important that any consumer credit regulation is proportionate and does not harm this", said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association* (NFDA), com...

NBRA RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT'S INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY GREEN PAPER

19/04/2017

The NBRA has published its response to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Green Paper, titled “Building our Industrial Strategy”. Jason Moseley, Director, NBRA commented, “it is vitally important that the v...

NAMA CAR AUCTION REPORT MARCH 2017

19/04/2017

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) has published its monthly car auction data report today for March 2017. The report shows that overall in March: First time conversation rates decreased by -0.1% to 83.3% from the...

INDUSTRY WELCOMES SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN EU PASSENGER CAR REGISTRATIONS

19/04/2017

“It is encouraging to see that the EU car market continues to recover in March, with an 11.2% increase in EU passenger car registrations”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA)*, commenting o...

BIKE SALES DECLINE AGAIN IN MARCH

12/04/2017

“We were expecting the market to be up in March as buyers traditionally wait for the new number plate, however registrations were down -12.6% - a huge drop of 2103 machines compared with March last year”, said Stephen Latham, Head of t...

NBRA SUPPORTS ICO’S SEARCH WARRANT

11/04/2017

“The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) is pleased to see that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has executed further search warrants at properties in Macclesfield and Droylsden, as part of an ongoing investigation into ...

INDEPENDENT GARAGES TOP CONSUMER SATISFACTION CHARTS

10/04/2017

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is delighted, but not surprised - to see that independent garages topped consumer satisfaction comparisons in the National Franchised Dealers Association’s (NFDA) Consumer Attitude Survey Spring...

NFDA CONSUMER ATTITUDE SURVEY SPRING 2017: FINDINGS ANNOUNCED

06/04/2017

“The NFDA Consumer Attitude Survey Spring 2017 has confirmed trends and revealed new interesting findings about consumer behaviour in the car aftersales sector. These will continue to help dealers target specific areas to improve the c...

HIGHEST MONTH EVER FOR THE UK NEW CAR MARKET

05/04/2017

“The first quarter of 2017 has seen a record number of 820,016 new cars registered, a 6.2% increase on 2016. Going forward, following record results, a stabilisation in the market is expected”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the Nation...

VAN MARKET STABILISES IN MARCH

05/04/2017

“Light commercial registrations under 3.5 tonnes were down -0.9% in March - and the same year to date for the first quarter of 2017”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association which represents commercia...

NEW CAR TAX IS HERE: NFDA COMMENTS

01/04/2017

“New vehicle tax rates come into force today, 1 April 2017. New vehicles registered with the DVLA from now on, will incur new, and, in many cases, more expensive rates. It is imperative that dealers are fully aware of the changes and a...

ARTICLE 50 TRIGGERING: NFDA COMMENT

29/03/2017

“Following the triggering of Article 50, the NFDA will engage constructively with the Government to ensure the retail motor sector is actively involved in the process going forward”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchis...

NAMA CAR AUCTION REPORT FEBRUARY 2017

23/03/2017

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) has published its monthly car auction data report today for February 2017. The report shows that overall in February: First time conversation rates increased by 2.6% to 83.4% - t...

DEALER ATTITUDE SURVEY WINTER 2017: PROFIT RETURN

23/03/2017

“It is positive to see that when evaluating their satisfaction with profit return, the majority of dealers gave a response which was higher than the neutral score of 5.0*. However, the average score for both current and future profit r...

NBRA UNVEILED

21/03/2017

Today (21/03) marks the unveiling of the National Body Repair Association (NBRA), the UK’s trade association for vehicle body repair sector – formally known as RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA). The association is holding an exclusive event...

NFDA’S CONCERNS SUPPORTED BY THE HOUSE OF LORDS

16/03/2017

“Following the evidence submitted by the NFDA, it is extremely positive to see that the House of Lords has endorsed our position regarding a number of issues which surround the future of the automotive industry post Brexit”, said Sue R...

BIKE SALES SLOWDOWN IN FEBRUARY

09/03/2017

“Following a surge in pre-registrations of Euro 3 machines in December, registrations were down in February -21.6% compared with the same period last year,” said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA...

RMI BODYSHOPS BUDGET 2017 COMMENT

08/03/2017

“It is positive to see that the Chancellor has pledged to ease the burden on those hardest hit by business rate tax”, comments Jason Moseley, Director of RMI Bodyshops (NAB/VBRA). In today’s Budget, the Chancellor confirmed that no b...

NMDA - BUDGET COMMENT 2017

08/03/2017

“It is positive to see that the Chancellor has pledged to ease the burden on those hardest hit by business rate tax”, comments Sue Robinson, Director of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA). In today’s Budget, the Chanc...

NFDA COMMENTS ON THE BUDGET 2017

08/03/2017

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle across the UK, comments on the measures announced in today’s Budget.   UK Economy The Office for Budget Responsibility (OB...

IGA WELCOMES BUSINESS RATE RELIEF CAP

08/03/2017

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) welcomes the Chancellor's announcement in today’s Spring Budget, that no small business losing rate relief will see their bill increase next year by more than £50 a month. Stuart James, IGA Di...

UK NEW CAR MARKET STABILISES IN FEBRUARY

06/03/2017

“Demand for new cars in the UK stabilised in February with a total of 83,115 units registered.  It is positive to see the alternatively fuelled vehicle market performing well, up 48.9%, and growing market share. The skill and expertise...

NFDA WINTER 2017 DEALER ATTITUDE SURVEY RESULTS REVEALED

06/03/2017

“The overall relationship between franchised car dealers and manufacturers recorded an average score of 6.1* in winter 2017, which is unchanged from the same time last year, but 0.1 lower than in the summer 2016 survey”, said Sue Robin...

UK GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS EXTENSION OF THE RURAL FUEL DUTY REBATE SCHEME

06/03/2017

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) raised the issue of the Rural Fuel Duty Rebate Scheme at a meeting with HM Treasury and HMRC last week (28 February 2017). Brian Madderson, PRA Chairman met with Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for T...

LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MARKET DECLINES IN FEBRUARY 2017

06/03/2017

“It is concerning to see how swiftly the new light commercial vehicle market went from the positive results shown over the past few months, to the decline in sales seen in February”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchis...

PETROL RETAILERS CALL FOR 3P CUT IN FUEL DUTY

03/03/2017

The chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), Brian Madderson, has revealed that the PRA has asked the Chancellor and his officials to cut fuel duty by 3ppl in next week’s Budget on 8 March. At a meeting with senior officia...

NFDA SUPPORTS PPI DEADLINE

02/03/2017

"The NFDA supports the FCA’s deadline of 29 August 2019 for making payment protection insurance complaints as it will give certainty to dealers”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), commen...

IGA TO BACK TRUST MY GARAGE WITH A £1,000 GUARANTEE

01/03/2017

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is introducing the Trust My Garage £1,000 Guarantee, which gives financial reassurance to consumers who have service and repair work carried out by a Trust My Garage (TMG) member.  TMG is a Ch...

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