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VRA adds its support to BVRLA’s new WLTP consultation campaign

The Vehicle Remarketing Association has added its support to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association’s response to the current Government’s WLTP consultation. Sam Watkins, chair at the VRA, said that her organisation shared the BVRLA’s concern about how the potential, negative impact on the company car sector could have widespread repercussions. She explained: “The

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New car diesel sales falling fast enough to cause potential shortages in future

New diesel car sales are falling so quickly that there could be shortages of them on the used market in the near future, says the Vehicle Remarketing Association. The organisation – which represent companies that handle, sell, inspect, transport or manage more than 1.5 million used vehicles every year – says that while new car

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Challenges of remarketing electric vehicles and hybrids the focus of first VRA meeting

The increasing numbers of electric and hybrid vehicles making their way onto the used market will be the focus of the first Vehicle Remarketing Association meeting of 2019, taking place on 23 January at Fleet Auction Group, Coalville. Key presentations will include Ian Featherstone of the Energy Saving Trust on background drivers for EV and

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Sam Watkins announced as new chair at VRA’s annual seminar

Sam Watkins was announced as the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s new chair at the organisation’s annual conference yesterday. She is currently director of sales and marketing at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and has been involved in the motor industry for more than 20 years, having worked for vehicle manufacturers and retail dealerships, and more recently built experience

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Last few places available for “Challenges of 2019” Seminar

The last few places are available for Vehicle Remarketing Association’s major free seminar, “The Challenges of 2019,” which is taking place at Cranmore Park Exhibition Centre, Solihull, on 22 November. The event is designed to provide a complete briefing about all of the major trends and legislative changes of the next 12 months likely to

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Hydrogen cars speaker added to VRA’s Seminar – November 22nd, 2018

Paul Marchment of Arval has been added as the latest speaker to the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s major free seminar, “The Challenges of 2019.”  He will be talking about Arval’s hydrogen car programme, which is claimed to being the most advanced currently underway in the UK. The leasing giant is half way through a three-year assessment

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Giving dealers the confidence to stock EVs

By Jayson Whittington, Chief Car Editor, Glass’s. Electric vehicles (EVs) are still a scarce sight in auction halls. They have made up less than 0.2% of sold volume so far this year and auction performance can be rather mixed, as can be seen in the chart below which compared the first time conversion rate of

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Find out how to better use data to drive remarketing profit at the VRA Seminar

Tom Wood, CEO of Cazana, is the latest name to be added to the list of expert speakers at the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s major free seminar, “The Challenges of 2019.” His presentation, “The Future of Used Car Pricing,” will look at consumer and dealer developments in the vehicle pricing landscape and how remarketers can benefit

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Grant Cut for AFV’s ahead of October Budget

By Philip Nothard, Customer Insight and Strategy Director – Cars, Cox Automotive As recently as July, the government published its ‘Road to Zero’ plan which outlined the journey to its 2050 ambition plan of zero vehicle emissions, whilst in 2017 CO2 emissions rose for the first time.   So, what are their ambitions – are they realistic

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Blog G3 – How are inspection methodologies changing…

How are inspection methodologies changing and what does this mean to buyers and vendors at auction? Remarketing is currently one of the fastest-changing sectors in the motor trade arena and inspection methodologies have definitely not stood still either. In quarter two of 2018, figures revealed by the SMMT – that over two million used vehicles

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Trade prices for cars so high that dealers relying on F&I for profitability

Trade prices for good quality used cars have reached a level where it is almost impossible for many dealers to make a profit on the windscreen price and they are instead relying on returns from their F&I department, says the Vehicle Remarketing Association. The organisation says that demand in the used sector for almost all

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Mike Allen of Zeus Capital added as key speaker for VRA Seminar

Mike Allen of Zeus Capital is the latest speaker to be added to the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s major free seminar, “The Challenges of 2019.” He will be speaking about the current state of the used car market and how it is likely to develop next year, delivering an overview that will be used at the

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