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Hendy highlights Ford, Kia, Mazda and Seat strong performances in 2017

Hendy Automotive’s trading performance in 2017 held up “extremely well” despite market conditions becoming more difficult in the second half. According to results filed at Companies House the group, which now represents Ford, Kia, Honda, Iveco, Mazda, Renault, Dacia, Seat, Suzuki and MG, turned in pre-tax profits of £5m on turnover of £532.8m. The group said its performance in used ...

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UK dealers sell used cars through Facebook Marketplace

UK Car dealers will be able to sell used vehicles through Facebook for the first time. The social media giant has signed a deal with Motors.co.uk so its dealer car stock listings will appear in Marketplace on Facebook. Motors.co.uk will be activating dealers during the coming months. Buyers can use location settings in Marketplace to find nearby goods and Motors.co.uk ...

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Consumers ‘unaware’ of dealers’ obligations in finance sales

The majority of UK motorists (64%) are unaware that dealer sales employees are required to discuss their financial needs and requirements when purchasing a vehicle on finance. That’s the key finding of a survey of 1,035 UK motorists carried out by Aplhera Financial Services, which highlighted the low level of consumer awareness of dealer obligations when selling finance and insurance ...

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McLaren Automotive adds eighth UK dealership

Woking-based McLaren Automotive has added an eighth location to its UK dealership network. The new site will go by the name McLaren Leeds. The new location joins the existing network made up of facilities in Ascot, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Hatfield, London and Manchester. The facility will be operated by Park’s Motor Group, which also manages McLaren Glasgow – the McLaren ...

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SMMT reports retail car registrations up 26% in April

The UK new car market grew 10.4% in April, with 167,911 new units registered. April figures this year paint a mixed picture, with retail demand growing 26.3%, while the fleet market remained stable at 0.9%. However, registrations to businesses with fewer than 25 cars on their books, saw a significant decline, falling -12.9% compared with the same month last year. ...

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GO Motor Retailing buys dealerships heading into administration

GO Motor Retailing Ltd (GMRL), which trades as GO Vauxhall, has acquired four Vauxhall sites from NOW Motor Retailing. Two sites are located in south-west London, specifically Kingston and Heathrow (Hounslow), with two others in west London, in Hayes and Staples Corner. The purchase comes after NOW Motor Retailing announced it would be going into administration after falling into financial ...

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Pendragon appoints director to spearhead used car sales

Pendragon has appointed Chris Caygill as its used car director, an operational role,  to head up the rollout and delivery of its used car business. The group previously announced that it plans to double its used car revenues by 2021 adding 40 stores to the business using existing and new sites. Caygill has been working in retail and distribution for the ...

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Marshall features in Great Place to Work 2018 listings

Marshall Motor Holdings has featured in the Great Place to Work 2018 listings. The dealer group was ranked 21st iin the large category for organisations with over 500 employees. The dealer group was ranked in 22nd place last year. The listing is compiled with a survey of all employees in the company and an audit into the organisation’s management and ...

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Waylands Automotive to open new Volvo dealership in Reading

Waylands Automotive has started work on a multi-million-pound Volvo eight-car showroom and workshop, which will become Volvo Cars Reading’s new home in November. Volvo Cars Reading opened for business towards the end of last year under the ownership of Waylands Automotive, headed up by ex-Ridgeway Garages CEO John O’Hanlon. The opening is part of a five-year plan to build the ...

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