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Can supermarkets sell cars?

Started Mar 18, 2011 0 Replies

For some years in the UK, the rumours have abounded about whether a major supermarket would move into used car sales to give the motor traders some competition.Even global retail giant and…Continue

UK and USA car markets - polar opposites or close parallels?

Started Mar 4, 2011 0 Replies

 Today's announcement by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders in London highlights a new car market in the UK that is down year-on-year for February. Here's the statistics reported by…Continue

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Larger showrooms do not mean more sales, the opposite is true

Posted on July 15, 2011 at 11:36am 0 Comments

This post is attributed to my colleague Tim Rose at AM Magazine in the UK It poses some very interesting views on the future direction of retail outlets as a result of some major research carried out in the UK regarding solus vs multi-franchise outlets....


"Research from a global automotive consultancy is likely to add weight to some carmakers’ demands for solus dealerships when dealers’ current…


Different twist on an age-old sales problem

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 8:12am 1 Comment

In dealing with customers who say they want to go away and think about it, we can consider an alternative approach 



What do you do when you have a customer in the showroom, you’ve done the presentation and the test drive and got some degree of commitment from them, then they turn around and tell you that they “just need to go and see the Audi first, to put it out of my mind”?


It’s a tricky one – because…


The hardest objection is the one you don't know

Posted on June 1, 2011 at 5:00am 0 Comments

In the most challenging economic climate in a generation, the influence of the media on the consumer’s attitude to spending has made the job of the auto dealer that much more difficult.  The advent of social networking, such as Twitter and Facebook have not only empowered consumers with information but also provided a global outlet for feedback both positive and negative.

Whilst many of the principles of selling in the automotive sector remain valid, the industry has needed to…


Don’t follow dealers down under

Posted on April 15, 2011 at 6:06am 0 Comments

Aussie ‘trust survey’ shows car sales ranked lower than the 'oldest profession'


The credibility of the Australian retail motor trade is at an all time low it seems. But why?

According to the findings of the annual ‘Trust Survey’ 2010 carried out by Reader’s Digest Australia, the car sales sector was rated less trustworthy than the oldest ‘profession’ in a poll that asked respondents to rank forty professions in order of perceived…


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At 1:01pm on March 3, 2011, David Martin said…
Will do. Please say Hi to Emma for us. Cheers
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About time Simon! Welcome on board


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