NFDA JOINS CALLS FOR BETTER ROADS

23/02/2017

“The need for the Government to invest in road maintenance, development and connectivity, was one of the main points outlined in the NFDA’s Budget submission to the HM Treasury. We are pleased to see that recent figures* confirm the im...

NFDA HIGHLIGHTS INDUSTRY ISSUES IN 2017 BUDGET SUBMISSION

14/02/2017

“Continued strong and open trade with the EU was a focal point included in the NFDA’s letter sent to the HM Treasury in advance of Budget 2017”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which r...

NFDA MEMBERS MEET MPS AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

09/02/2017

“The key contribution of the retail motor sector to the UK economy was the theme of the dinner held yesterday at the House of Commons. With over 500,000 people employed in the sector and a combined turnover of 61.3bn across the top 200...

NAMA WELCOMES CHANGES TO LOGBOOK LOAN REFORMS

09/02/2017

“We are pleased to see that the government is to reform the legislation that governs logbook loans”, commented Louise Wallis, Head of The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA). Logbook loans are where a consumer takes out fin...

NEW YEAR MARKS SLOW START FOR MOTORCYCLE MARKET

08/02/2017

“Following extremely high numbers of bikes registered in December (10,990) the slowdown seen in January was hugely anticipated. Compared with last year’s strong results, this shows a decline of -15.6% which is, surprisingly, reasonable...

DRIVING DIGITAL 2017: THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL AUTOMOTIVE RETAILING

08/02/2017

“Following last year’s success, Driving Digital 2017 aims to provide you with a number of useful insights into the world of digital marketing and automotive retailing.  Keynote speakers will take you on a journey through the digital la...

NEW UK CAR MARKET OFF TO A STRONG START

06/02/2017

“The UK new car market grew by 2.9% in January with 174,564 new vehicles registered. The performance reflects the strength and importance of the retail motor sector adding to the growth of the UK economy”, said Sue Robinson, Director o...

2017 COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MARKET OFF TO RACING START

06/02/2017

”It is positive to see that light commercial vehicle registrations continued to grow last month with a 1.2% uplift in sales compared to the same period last year ”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Associa...

NFDA COMMENTS ON SCRAPPAGE SCHEME PLAN

03/02/2017

“Following speculations on the Government’s plan to introduce a scrappage scheme for diesel cars, the NFDA will be monitoring the situation and looking to engage with manufacturers and Government to ensure that the scheme has the desir...

DEALERS MUST BE AWARE OF UPCOMING VED CHANGES

31/01/2017

“Many dealers are still not aware of the new Vehicle Excise Duty rates which will be introduced from 1 April. This is a complex issue and it is vital that dealerships are able to clearly communicate the changes to consumers to avoid fu...

AUCTION MARKET ENDS ON HIGH FOR 2016

31/01/2017

“Following what could be described as an uncertain political and economic climate, 2016 marked a strong performance from the UK motor auction sector”, commented Louise Wallis, Head of The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA). ...

RMI BODYSHOPS REQUESTS SUPPORT FOR COMPETITIVE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE INFORMATION PROVISIONS

27/01/2017

RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA), the UK’s trade association for vehicle body repair sector, has written to a select group of MEP´s requesting support in improving the legal framework for competitive repair and maintenance of automotive vehi...

RMI WARNS AGAINST UNNECESSARY MOT EXTENSION

23/01/2017

The Department for Transport (DfT) has released a consultation seeking views on whether the age a vehicle gets its first MOT should be increased from 3 to 4 years, and the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) is warning motorists tha...

NAMA CAR AUCTION REPORT DECEMBER 2016

20/01/2017

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) has published its monthly car auction data report today for December 2016. The report shows that overall in December: First time conversation rates decreased by -0.4% to 78.8% - ...

NFDA COMMENTS ON PRIME MINISTER’S BREXIT SPEECH

17/01/2017

“It is positive to see that the Government has revealed further details regarding its Brexit strategy which will allow businesses to start planning their future. During this transition period it is vital that the UK economy remains sta...

NATIONAL POTHOLE DAY: NFDA COMMENT

16/01/2017

“The amount of potholes we see on UK’s roads is very concerning as this is not just a serious safety issue, but an economic one too,” said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents fr...

POSITIVE END IN 2016 FOR MOTORCYCLE MARKET

11/01/2017

“The deadline on Euro 3 motorcycles certainly created a peak in the bike market last month as predicted” said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the U...

UK NEW CAR MARKET REACHES RECORD 2.69 MILLION REGISTRATIONS IN 2016

05/01/2017

“New passenger car registrations reached an annual all-time high in 2016 with a total 2.69 million units registered, 2.3% more than last year, despite an uncertain political and economic landscape”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the N...

2016 MARKS THE STRONGEST VAN MARKET EVER

05/01/2017

“New light commercial vehicle sales rose 1% in 2016 compared with last year, marking the highest light commercial vehicle market ever with a total of 375,687 units registered”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dea...

IGA LAUNCHES MAJOR MOT TRAINING CAMPAIGN

04/01/2017

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is launching its biggest MOT training campaign yet across the industry as a response to low numbers of MOT Testers having completed the DVSA’s mandated annual training. General feedback is ind...

PETROL PRICES CONTINUE TO LOOK DISAPPOINTING FOR 2017

03/01/2017

“The wholesale costs for both petrol and diesel rose by nearly 5.00ppl during the month of December, due to increasing global oil prices following on from the historic “agreement” between OPEC and key non-OPEC producers including Russi...

NAMA CAR AUCTION REPORT NOVEMBER 2016

20/12/2016

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) published its monthly car auction data report today for November 2016. The report shows that overall in November: First time conversation rates decreased by -0.9% to 79.2% - howe...

RMI BODYSHOPS COMMENTS ON ICO SEARCHES

16/12/2016

“We are pleased to hear that investigations into the illegal trade of motorists personal data are proving successful” said Jason Moseley, Director of RMI Bodyshops (NAB/VBRA). Commenting on the news that today one business and two ho...

NFDA COMMENTS ON INTEREST RATES HOLD

15/12/2016

“It is positive to see that the Bank of England has decided to hold interest rates at their record low of 0.25% marking a quiet end after a turbulent year for the UK economy”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Deal...

BSI RESPONDS TO RMI BODYSHOPS COMMENTS ON RISING ASSESSMENT COSTS

13/12/2016

RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA), the UK’s trade association for vehicle repairers, has been contacted by BSI (Business Standards Institute) following a press release sent yesterday (12/12) on a significant increase in prices by BSI in certi...

RMI BODYSHOPS COMMENTS ON RISING COSTS OF BSI ASSESSMENTS

12/12/2016

RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA), the UK’s trade association for vehicle repairers, has been notified by several of its members of an increase in prices by BSI (Business Standards Institute) in assessment and kitemark costs for the BS10125 s...

MOTORCYCLE MARKET COMES BACK STRONG IN NOVEMBER

09/12/2016

“It is positive to see that the motorcycle market has come back strong in November with sales up 12.1% over the same period last year,” said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents mo...

RMI BODYSHOPS DEBT RECOVERY SERVICE HITS £150K IN 2016

06/12/2016

RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA), the UK’s only trade association for the vehicle body repair sector, has reached a milestone today in its debt recovery service - recouping £150,000 in 2016 on behalf of members, without any commissions being...

NEW UK CAR MARKET ON TRACK TO BREAK RECORD

05/12/2016

“2016 has been an exceptional year for the retail motor industry with over 2.5 million new cars units registered in the year to date. The sector has performed well in November with 184,101 units registered. The steady growth benefits o...

VAN MARKET HITS NOVEMBER HIGH

05/12/2016

“The UK new light commercial market rose 2.5% in November with a total of 29,784 units registered, marking the highest month on record and showing that the UK economy has been reacting well to recent challenges”, said Sue Robinson, Dir...

NFDA MEETS MEMBERS IN BELFAST TO DISCUSS MARKET SITUATION AND CONSUMER CONFIDENCE

01/12/2016

“The UK new car market may stabilise slightly in the near future, but will still be strong. Our sector has demonstrated its resilience over the past months and dealers have been coping well with recently introduced measures and unexpec...

NFDA AUTUMN ROADSHOW 2016: BREXIT, DIGITAL MARKETING AND COMPLIANCE IN THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR

25/11/2016

Brexit, digital marketing, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) compliance and competition compliance in the automotive sector were all subjects discussed at the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) Autumn Roadshow, which took p...

RMI BODYSHOPS AT ANNUAL CREDIT HIRE ORGANISATION CONFERENCE

24/11/2016

‘Protecting and enhancing relationships with accident repair centres’ is the topic Jason Moseley, Director of RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA), the UK’s trade association for vehicle repairers, will be presenting on at today’s annual Credit ...

NFDA COMMENTS ON THE AUTUMN STATEMENT

23/11/2016

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle across the UK, comments on the Autumn Statement and the government’s commitment in supporting the economy of the country in the ...

RMI BODYSHOPS AUTUMN STATEMENT 2016 COMMENT

23/11/2016

Comment from Jason Moseley, Director of RMI Bodyshops (NAB/VBRA)   INSURANCE PREMIUMS We welcome the chancellor’s announcement to tackle the whiplash epidemic, and plan new reforms will crack down on minor, exaggerated and fraudu...

PRA AUTUMN STATEMENT 2016 COMMENT

23/11/2016

Comment from Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) The PRA welcomes the Chancellor’s decision to invest in road infrastructure and not to raise duty on fuel. In recent weeks, we have been meeting with ...

CUT FUEL DUTY TO BOOST BRITAIN'S ECONOMY, SAY PETROL RETAILERS

18/11/2016

"A fuel duty cut will provide a reassuring boost to businesses and consumers alike", said Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association Brian Madderson in a hard hitting letter to the Chancellor, after emerging from a meeting with Treas...

RMI BODYSHOPS WELCOMES WHIPLASH CONSULTATION

17/11/2016

RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA), the UK’s trade association for vehicle repairers, is encouraged to see that the Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation today on proposals which will reduce the unacceptably high number of whiplash c...

NAMA CAR AUCTION REPORT OCTOBER 2016

17/11/2016

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) published its monthly car auction data report today for October 2016. The report shows that overall in October: First time conversation rates decreased by -2.2% to 80.1% - howeve...

RMI BODYSHOPS MEET WITH LEADING INSURERS TO ADDRESS DATA ISSUES

17/11/2016

RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA) met with a group of leading UK insurers today (17 November 2016) to discuss information relating to the potentially serious breach of repairer management systems confidentiality, and the apparent release of p...

OCTOBER: UK IN THE TOP THREE OF THE LARGEST EUROPEAN MARKET

17/11/2016

“It is encouraging to see that the UK market remained strong in October with a growth rate which was in the top three amongst the largest European car markets”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association...

NFDA CHAIRMAN PRESENTS THE LATEST RESULTS OF THE CONSUMER ATTITUDE SURVEY

16/11/2016

Mark Squires, Chairman of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), will be presenting the latest results of the NFDA Consumer Attitude Survey at a conference in Milton Keynes today. The Consumer Attitude Survey was commiss...

FRANCHISED DEALERS ARE SEEN AS MORE CONVENIENT THAN SIX MONTHS AGO

15/11/2016

The recent NFDA Consumer Attitude Survey revealed that franchised dealers are viewed as more convenient than six months ago. Consumers were asked to compare the convenience of servicing a car at franchise dealers, independent garages a...

OCTOBER PUTS BRAKES ON MOTORCYCLE DEMAND

09/11/2016

“Demand in the motorcycle market cooled in October recording a growth of just 0.3%,” said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK. A total of 8595...

NEW CAR MARKET REMAINS STRONG IN OCTOBER

04/11/2016

“The retail motor industry has demonstrated its resilience since the EU referendum with the market performing well year-to-date, up 2.5% with a further 180,168 units registered in October, 1.4% more than last year”, said Sue Robinson, ...

VAN MARKET SHOWS FIRST SIGNS OF WEAKENING

04/11/2016

“New Light Commercial Vehicle market remains strong year to date, although October saw a fall back in demand”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commer...

NMDA DEALER ATTITUDE SURVEY AUTUMN 2016 RESULTS REVEALED

01/11/2016

“The NMDA is pleased to see that this year’s Autumn 2016 Dealer Attitude Survey received a response rate of 33%. Over the last few years there has been a view that brands with a low percentage of dealer responses have not necessarily b...

NFDA RESPONDS TO MILEAGE FRAUD CONSULTATION

01/11/2016

“Mileage fraud is a huge problem for the UK and urgent action needs to be taken. We are pleased to see that the Government has taken the issue seriously and we have responded to the consultation outlining the implications of this pract...

RMI BODYSHOPS COMMENT ON RISING PRIVATE MOTOR INSURANCE PREMIUMS

27/10/2016

“Following reports that motorists are facing higher car insurance premiums than a year ago, we are frustrated that there is no corresponding increase in service provision, and that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is failing...

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