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Listen back – ‘New Normal Briefings’ webinars

We are excited to bring you a brand-new series for 2021 where we help you prepare for a post-pandemic world, entitled ‘The New Normal Briefings’.  The webinars will look at all kinds of areas of remarketing and the shape they are likely to take over the next few months and years, to help members plan

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Plant closure could be “tip of the iceberg” for new car supply issues, warns VRA

This week’s temporary closure of Honda’s Swindon plant because of parts shortages could be the “tip of the iceberg” for new car supply issues in 2021, the Vehicle Remarketing Association is warning. Chair Philip Nothard said that the problem, believed to be caused by poor availability of semiconductors, was potentially a sign of things to

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Philip Nothard elected as new chair of the VRA with Rupert Pontin as deputy chair

Philip Nothard has been elected as the new chair of the Vehicle Remarketing Association, succeeding Sam Watkins, who has held the role for the last two years. With a 30 year career in the used car sector, he is currently insight and strategy director at Cox Automotive, and has also held key positions at Cap

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VRA helps remarketing prepare for pandemic’s end with “New Normal Briefing” webinar series

A new webinar series designed to help the remarketing sector prepare for the end of the pandemic has been announced by the Vehicle Remarketing Association Called “The New Normal Briefing,” they start at 10 am on Thursday 21 January with a discussion on the implications of the Brexit deal and how it is likely to

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“Thin” Brexit trade deal leaves many questions unanswered, warns VRA

The new, “thin” Brexit deal that is now in effect leaves many unanswered questions that could have serious implications for the UK motor industry, the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) is warning. The trade organisation says that several key points surrounding the future of manufacturing and cross-border movement of vehicles remain vague or undefined. Sam Watkins,

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The deal and UK Automotive

That a trade deal has been at been agreed at the last minute between the UK and EU comes as a huge relief for manufacturing sectors like automotive, which would have faced tariffs of 10% on exports and imports in the event of no deal – an outcome widely viewed as potentially ‘devastating’ for the

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VRA asks “three key questions” in final 2021 Outlook Seminar

“Three key questions” will be put to a range of industry experts by the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) in its final 2021 Outlook Seminar, being held online at 10 am on December 17. The webinar will discuss lessons learnt from 2020, the biggest opportunities in 2021, as well as the risks and dangers facing the

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VRA provides “essential” Brexit briefing in penultimate 2021 Outlook Seminar series

An ”essential” Brexit briefing is to be provided by the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) in its penultimate 2021 Outlook Seminar, being held online at 10am on December 3. David Bailey, professor of business economics at the University of Birmingham’s Business School, who has established himself as an expert in the effects of Brexit on the

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Enhanced social restrictions brings click and collect into focus

To adhere to the latest government imposed COVID-19 lockdown, on November 5 car dealers in England temporarily closed their physical sales operations for the second time in a year. Lockdown-2 follows similarly enhanced social restrictions seen in other parts of the UK. Despite this economic setback, many dealers continue to offer cars for sale through

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Vehicle Retailing in 2021 is subject of third in VRA’s Outlook Seminar series

Vehicle Retailing in 2021 will be the subject of the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA)’s third 2021 Outlook Seminar at 10am on 19th November. The main presentation will come from Mike Jones of ASE Global while Philip Nothard of Cox Automotive will talk about the latest Insight Report findings. The webinar is the latest in a series of five briefing events that the VRA

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New and Used Car market in 2021 is subject of VRA’s second Outlook Seminar

Three of the UK’s leading used car valuation experts will be speaking at the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA)’s second 2021 Outlook Seminar on 5th November. Derren Martin, head of UK valuations at Cap Hpi, Rupert Pontin, director of insight at Cazana and Jayson Whittington, chief car editor at Glass’s will be answering questions on The

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VRA announces 2021 Outlook Series webinars

A series of webinars called the 2021 Outlook Series has been announced by the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) that are open to anyone who works in the motor industry. Beginning on October 15, there will be six 30 minute sessions every other week designed to provide an expert summary of next year’s prospects in key areas

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