Author Archives: Georgia Pethick

Demand drops for franchised dealers

The UK franchised dealer sector saw a significant drop in demand for servicing and repairs during Q4 of 2017, with more than 323,000 fewer vehicles being presented to UK dealerships by the end of the three month period. According to data collated by autoVHC, the average number of vehicles being presented to aftersales departments dropped from 277 in October to […]

Driverless testing approved in California

California regulators have this week approved testing of autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel. Fifty companies already have permits to test on public roads and highways in California. This ruling means the vehicles will no longer need to have drivers inside during tests, but driverless cars being tested on public roads must have a remote operator monitoring at […]

Admiral reveals record profits

Admiral Group plc has announced a record group profit before tax of £405m for the year ended 31 December 2017. The group maintained strong growth in 2017 with turnover up 15% to £2.96bn (2016: £2.58bn) and net revenue 11% higher at £1.1bn (2016: £1.0bn). Customer numbers increased 11% to 5.73 million (2016: 5.15 million). The group’s statutory profit before tax […]

CD Salvage Auction sets January record

CD Salvage Auction has seen a record number of vehicles sold in January. The business, recently rebranded from Hudson Kapel Auctions, saw an increase in sales of over 12% on its previous best sales month in the company’s 20-year history in the first month of 2018. The business remarkets total loss salvage, accident damage-repairable, mechanical failure beyond economical repair vehicles […]

Sunderland centre for ECP training

Euro Car Parts has opened its second purpose-built training centre in Sunderland. The facility will deliver the full range of Euro Academy courses with an IMI-accredited ADAS course also available. The centre is fully equipped with an Automated Test Lane (ATL) for MOT training, multiple lifts and a fleet of dedicated training vehicles. In addition to offering repairers access to […]

JLR adds Bath site

The Dick Lovett Group has joined the Jaguar Land Rover family, with the launch of a brand new state-of-the-art showroom in Melksham, near Bath. The first Jaguar Land Rover site from Dick Lovett is a luxurious, customer-focussed 54,000 sqft retailer with a stand-out design. Identified by two Jaguar and Land Rover ‘arches’, the luxuriously-equipped showroom is finished in bespoke Jaguar […]

Courtesy car drivers rack up fines

New figures released by bodyshop courtesy car supplier, Circle Leasing, have revealed that drivers of its courtesy cars incurred fines totalling almost £500,000 in 2017. The company expect that this figure will continue to rise this year thanks to planned fleet growth and an increase in the number of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras used by police and private […]

AFV uptake set to soar

More than a quarter of UK car buyers expect to be purchasing an alternatively fuelled car by 2024, according to a nationwide survey conducted by car buying comparison website It polled 2,000 UK car owners, asking them about their next car purchase and views on electric cars. The survey revealed that of those planning to buy another car in the […]

IMI calls for better understanding

Ahead of National Careers Week (5 – 9 March 2018), motor industry body, Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), is urging schools and businesses to tackle ignorance surrounding apprenticeships. The move follows Prime Minister Theresa May’s call last week to ‘throw away this outdated attitude’ towards technical education, and to have ‘an education system at all levels which services the […]

FleetCheck expands north

FleetCheck has appointed Richard Waiton to oversee the company’s new northern regional office. He has been working with the fleet software company on a consultancy basis since 2015, specialising mainly in the commercial vehicle sector. Richard’s involvement in the CV sector dates back more than three decades, as group transport manager for Polypipe PLC and transport operations manager for MSAS […]

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