NFDA encouraged by registrations

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) is encouraged by record new car registrations in March.

‘It is encouraging to see that new car registrations were up an impressive 5.3% in March following demand for the new 16-plate change,’ said Sue Robinson, director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA).

She continued, ‘Consumer confidence has been rising as a result of a recovering economy. Fewer concerns about unemployment and the improvements of household finances due to low inflation and pay rises have all helped to encourage consumers to buy new cars.

‘The March market has been assisted by the new plate change which encourages consumers to replace their existing vehicle. In addition, strong manufacturer deals and low cost finance offers are boosting consumer confidence to buy.

‘During the first few months of this year the UK Economy has remained strong as originally predicted. On the back of this, the car market has seen an increase of 2.9% in January, 8.4% in February and 5.3% in March compared to this time last year. We are pleased to see this growth has made a significant contribution to the UK Economy.

‘In 2016, UK GDP seems to be set to increase by 2.2% and we are confident and hopeful that the automotive sector as well as the UK economy will continue to perform well throughout the remainder of the year.’