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...

FILLING STATIONS MUST BE INCLUDED IN ANY RATES CONCESSIONS

24/02/2017

With continuing suggestions from Government sources that small businesses, especially those embracing ‘hospitality’, will be given concessions on their business rates liability in the March Budget.  Brian Madderson, Chairman of the P...

RMI BODYSHOPS COMMENTS ON ICO’S SEARCH WARRANT

24/02/2017

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), yesterday executed a search warrant at a property in the Palmers Green area of London as part of an investigation into the illegal access of customer details from a nationwide car repair com...

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...

NAMA CAR AUCTION REPORT JANUARY 2017

20/02/2017

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) has published its monthly car auction data report for January 2017. The report shows that overall in January: First time conversation rates saw an increase of 2.0% on December to...

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 ...

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