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Major free seminar on “The Challenges of 2019” for used car sector announced

A major free seminar on “The Challenges of 2019” facing the used car and van sectors has been announced by The Vehicle Remarketing Association, which represents organisations involved in the buying, selling and preparation of 1.5 million used vehicles every year. Sponsored by Manheim and taking place at the Cranmore Park Exhibition Centre, Solihull, on

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“Will 2019 be the year of the used van?” asks September’s VRA meeting

“Will 2019 be the year of the used van?” is one of the key questions being posed at the next meeting of the Vehicle Remarketing Association, taking place on 21st September at Manheim in Bruntingthorpe. Key presentations will be made by James Davis of Manheim, looking at the prospects of used light commercial vehicles in

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G3 Remarketing – The changing world of remarketing

It is currently one of the fastest-changing sectors in the motor trade arena, but how exactly has the world of remarketing changed, what are the catalysts, and what’s in store for the remainder of 2018? Like most industries in the modern business environment, automotive has definitely not stood still, however detailed analysis of the facts

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Hats on 4 Ben – 10th October 2018

Hats on 4 Ben is taking place on 10th October 2018, World Mental Health Day. The idea is simple, we’re asking everyone in the automotive industry wear a hat to work on 10th October and donate £2 to Ben to help keep our life-changing work running. With your support, and the support of the rest of

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G3 Remarketing – Which key trends will shape the remarketing world over the next 12 months?

Compare the modern remarketing environment to what it was five years ago and the changes are remarkable – it isn’t an exaggeration to say the sector, as a whole, is unrecognisable. Forward-thinking auctions are acknowledging that buyer expectations have never been higher, and are remaining fluid to provide a wider spectrum of services as a

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Rental companies buying nearly-new cars due to shortage of new, reports VRA

Some daily rental companies are starting to buy nearly-new cars on the used market because of a shortage of new stock, reports the Vehicle Remarketing Association. Typically, they are purchasing batches of small-medium sized cars that are less than six months old, helping to keep values for these vehicles firm. Glenn Sturley, chair at the

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BEN – Our top tips for managing stress

A staggering 49% of sick days and two fifths of work-related ill health in 2016/17 were caused by work-related stress, depression or anxiety according to a survey by the Health and Safety Executive. This amounts to 12.5 million lost work days. Being stressed over long periods of time can lower your immune system and cause

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G3 Remarketing – Could auctions unlock greater dealer margins?

More than two million used cars exchanged hands in quarter one of 2018 – the third highest level on record. Yet, dealers are experiencing squeezed margins, due to inflated stock levels – a consequence of a market overloaded with pre-registered vehicles, and a shift towards PCP purchases – which means that people are changing their

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New digital technology affecting vehicle remarketing is theme of July’s VRA meeting

How new digital technology is revolutionising the remarketing of cars and vans will form the core of the next meeting of the Vehicle Remarketing Association. Taking place on 11th July at Geldards in Derby, it includes presentations on “How to Thrive in a Competitive Digital Marketplace” by Nick King, director of insight at AutoTrader and

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BEN – How to look after your mental health

Mental health challenges can affect anyone; around one in four people in the UK will be affected by this in any given year. So what can you do to look after your mental health and wellbeing? Socialise Humans social animals; feeling close to and valued by other people is important for our mental wellbeing. Even

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Cox Automotive – Vehicle condition remains key in strong wholesale market

Data from Cox Automotive shows increased demand for ready-to-retail stock as dealers continue to focus on the strong used vehicle sector to balance lingering uncertainty in the new car market. Having remained steady in April, the volume of vehicles sold through Manheim’s physical and online lanes increased in May, up 7.3%, with a clear growth

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Manheim – Manheim reports healthy LCV market for May

Figures released today by Manheim, the UK’s number one commercial vehicle auction company, once again reflected a strong and growing LCV market. Building on huge growth in April, the auction lanes recorded a 3% increase in the average selling price for May (£6,125), up 18% year on year, and a new Manheim record. The volume of

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