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Digital advances in remarketing to be discussed at VRA’s May meeting

How remarketing is being shaped by the latest digital advances in the used car sector is the theme of the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s next meeting, taking place on 15 May at Auto Trader’s office in Manchester. Key presentations will include Nick King of Auto Trader looking at emerging ownership and access models for new and

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“Previous poor repairs” becoming bigger problem for remarketing sector, says VRA

Sub-standard repair work to used cars is becoming a bigger problem thanks to the rise of personal leasing, says the Vehicle Remarketing Association. The organisation, which represents companies that between them handle, sell, inspect, transport or manage more than 1.5 million used vehicles every year, says that more and more cars are being presented for

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Highest ever attendance for VRA meeting is “sign of current, increased interest in remarketing”

Almost 50 people attended last week’s Vehicle Remarketing Association member meeting in what the organisation described as a “sign of the current, increased interest in remarketing.” Held at the premises of GEFCO in Coventry, the event covered the latest developments in leasing company remarketing. VRA members together are involved in handling, selling, inspecting, transporting or

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Latest developments in leasing company remarketing to be discussed at VRA’s March meeting

The latest developments in leasing company remarketing is the theme of the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s next meeting, taking place on 14 March at GEFCO in Coventry. Key presentations will include Dean Bowkett of Bowkett Consulting, who has just completed a comprehensive report on high-level developments in the leasing sector and how they are likely to

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Remarketing sector faces unprecedented demand for upskilling to meet new tech needs over the next decade, says VRA

26 February 2019 Rapidly changing vehicle technology means that the remarketing sector is going to have to undergo an unprecedented period of upskilling over the next decade, 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

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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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