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Auctions struggle with large numbers of poor condition vans


Used van auctions are being hit by large numbers of poor condition vehicles which are achieving low conversion rates. That’s the view of BCA’s LCV operations director, Duncan Ward, who said: “We continue to see a large number of vehicles in poor condition and this has a significant impact on price and conversion rates. “The difference in average value between ...

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Vauxhall launches scrappage scheme deal for new cars


Vauxhall has launched a Scrappage Allowance scheme, five years after the ending of the official government-backed initiative that helped jump start new car sales during the recession. The Vauxhall scheme will offer customers £2,000, including VAT, as a scrappage trade-in against new a new car. Models excluded from the scheme are the Viva range, Corsa Sting and Corsa Sting R and ...

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Stoneacre pilots 24-hour Live Chat service


Doncaster-based Stoneacre may launch a 24-hour Live Chat and telephone service if a current pilot scheme is proven a success . The group is currently offering extended hours for its telephone and Live Chat service to customers. Using a home-based working scheme it is now manning phones and Live Chat after work hours, between 7pm and 10 pm. The group ...

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Pentagon opens Alfa Romeo and Jeep dealership in Doncaster


Derbyshire-based Pentagon Group has opened an Alfa Romeo and Jeep dealership in Doncaster. The company already has three Jeep branches in Barnsley, Sheffield and Lincoln but this is the first time it have represented Alfa Romeo. The new dealerships will expand Pentagon’s network to 33, which are spread across Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Lancashire and Lincolnshire. Pentagon managing ...

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Dealer footfall was “steady” in record September


Despite the record level of registrations during the September plate-change, dealers did not experience a significant rise in footfall, according to research by CAP. According to its monthly For Dealers, By Dealers survey, which polled the views of 80 retailers across the UK, just 41% said footfall had risen compared to August, while 32% said it had declined and 26% ...

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