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Top tips to help boost second-hand car dealership sales
The second-hand car market is still riding on a big boom and after the difficulty of lockdown, it’s well-deserved. As sales continue to flourish, there are a few ways to make sure you maximise your profits and keep sales high. We’ve included a few top tips from industry experts to help you get the most […]
Customers still want to visit dealerships before buying a used car
Plenty of car dealers will be pleased to know that customers still want to visit a dealership before buying a car. The State of the Nation Industry Report 2021 by JudgeService contained the results of a survey with 2,150 participants, all of whom had purchased a car in the last few years. It showed that 73% […]
The most popular used cars to buy in 2021
According to data from the AA, the Ford Fiesta has taken the crown for the most popular used car in the UK during the first half of 2021. This won’t come as a shock to many dealers, given the Fiesta’s 6-year winning streak so far (soon to be 7 if it keeps up this year’s […]
Semiconductor shortage expected to fuel used car price boom into 2022
The shortage of semiconductors is still raging on around the world. According to Car Dealer Magazine, it might even continue into next year. As many of you already know, the issue started at the beginning of 2021, and has had a huge knock-on effect by creating a shortage of new cars. As a result, the […]
The benefits of buying a used car from a dealer instead of privately
When customers look for a new set of wheels, they’re faced with two choices: buy from a dealer or a private seller. There are benefits to both, but as any dealer will know, customers are in the safest hands when buying from somebody who knows what they’re talking about. There are a couple of things […]
Are used cars being priced too low?
There’s a boom in used car prices in the UK happening at the moment, with some price tags even rising by the thousands. However, it doesn’t look like every dealer has jumped on the trend. INDICATA has released data showing that as many as one-in-four used cars could be priced too cheaply. Car Dealer Magazine […]
Used car sales continue to climb in the UK
There’s light on the horizon for many used car dealers, as car sales continue to climb. And, after the rock bottom sales of the early lockdowns, the news can’t come soon enough. At the end of March 2021, used car sales had risen 32.3% year-on-year compared to 2020, with around 638,570 cars sold according to […]
Free webinar to explain how Birmingham Clean Air Zone could affect your business from 1st June
The delayed Birmingham Clean Air Zone will launch on 1st June 2021. This will mean a daily charge for those driving their vehicles in the new zone, and is likely to affect local businesses with commercial vehicles in the area. To help businesses prepare, the government in partnership with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce […]
The surge in online vehicle sales within the motor trade
The UK is on a steady return to normal this year, with non-essential businesses such as trade dealerships allowed to reopen this week with safety guidelines in place. However, the past year of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions has had a huge impact on the way many motor trade businesses operate. Dealers both big and small […]
Motor trade dealerships reopen as restrictions lift
As non-essential businesses slowly start to reopen across the UK, we take a look at what this means for motor trade dealerships.
How can your no claims discount help you with your motor trade insurance?
We discuss what your no claims discount is, why it can be useful to you and how to prove you have one if you need to switch your insurer.
How will electric cars affect the motor trade industry?
With the 2030 ban on selling new petrol and diesel cars, we discuss the effect that electric cars could have on the motor trade industry.
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR OPENING HOURS 2020
Over the Christmas period, our office will be open on the 23rd December from 8:30am to 5:30pm, following which the below hours will apply between Christmas and New Year. Regular hours resume from the 4th of January 2020. Christmas Eve Closed Christmas Day Closed Saturday 26th December Closed Monday 28th December Closed Tuesday 29th December […]
Coronavirus and traders insurance FAQs
We know the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown have affected many motor traders, and businesses are having to adapt to new rules and restrictions. We’ve answered some of the most common questions coming up, and included a downloadable PDF with financial help resources to try and help you through any insurance-related queries at this time. Do […]
Motorists putting off car servicing due to financial constraints
32% of motorists in a recent survey are putting off car servicing because of financial constraints during COVID-19, and MOT demand is on the rise.
HOW CAN MOTOR TRADERS BENEFIT FROM THE RISE IN DEMAND FOR USED CARS POST-LOCKDOWN?
With many sources anticipating a big rise in demand for used cars post-lockdown, and many used car dealers struggling to meet that demand due to a lack of stock, we’ve taken a look into how you can turn this change in the market into a benefit for your business.
CUSTOMERS MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN ENTERING A GARAGE OR SHOWROOM
It has been announced that mandatory MOT testing will be reintroduced from 1st August 2020, and drivers will no longer be granted a 6-month MOT exemption.
Will non-essential travel invalidate my vehicle insurance?
Stories in the media stating that non-essential travel will invalidate people’s vehicle insurance are untrue, according to insurers.
What Are Trade Plates For The Motor Trade?
Trade plates are temporary number plates needed for unlicensed cars, saving motor traders time and money as they don’t need to individually register and tax each vehicle. Find out how to apply for trade plates and how much trade plates cost here.
Are price indicators damaging business for motor traders?
Motor traders are continuing to express concern that new price markers on online car sales sites may have a negative impact on their ability to sell their vehicles.
10 reasons your motor trade policy could be cancelled
It can be a challenge getting the right motor trade cover set up – once you do, you want to make sure it runs smoothly. Your insurance provider will consider many factors in validating your cover. If you fail to advise your insurance company of any changes to your policy…
Government plans announced to tackle smart motorway safety concerns
The UK government has published its action plan to address smart motorway safety concerns, following a report that revealed 38 people had died on smart motorways in the past 5 years.
5 motor trade insurance extras that could protect your business
Insurance is all about protecting your business, but as with any insurance, your standard motor trade insurance will only cover certain aspects of your business. There are many additional options that are sensible to consider…
What’s the difference between a fault and a non-fault claim?
There is often confusion around the difference between a fault and a non-fault insurance claim, and what claims should be disclosed when taking out a policy.
Whether a claim is defined as fault or non-fault is not to do with whose fault any accident or damage is – it’s about how insurers categorise claims based on cost recovery outcomes.
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR OPENING HOURS
This Christmas our office will be open until and including the 23rd December at our regular hours of 8:30am to 5:30pm, following which we have some variations to our usual hours between Christmas and New Year. Regular hours resume from the 2nd of January 2020.
Is it the law to have business insurance?
Whether you’re setting up your own business or have been running one for a while, the subject of business insurance can raise questions. How do you know what is a legal requirement? Which extra covers are worth your hard-earned money, and which are a waste?
A quarter of drivers think smart motorways are unsafe
Nearly a quarter of drivers in the UK believe smart motorways are unsafe, and many do not understand the rules around hard shoulder running, according to recent research by Kwik Fit.
Increase In Van And Tool Theft: The Trader’s Response
Recently, UK tradesmen are grouping together to get their voices heard about their fears in regards to recent spikes in van and tool theft.
Why industry accreditation with lead to more sales for car dealers
When buying anything from a television to a car or house, having trust in the person you are buying from is crucial.
What Do Customers Look For In A Garage?
Here at Tradesure, many of our customers are mechanics with bodyshops and garages.
So, we thought it would be helpful to take a look at the things owners and managers that insure with us, can do to increase both first time and return custom.
Car Accidents On The Rise In Latest Government Report
The latest data on reported road casualties in the UK has been released by the Government, showing UK traffic accidents are on the rise again.
As our Tradesure customers are out on the roads more than most, it’s important to stay safe and keep your wits about you.
Is Your Car Registered On The Mid? New Motor Trade Law Could Affect Your Insurance
The Motor Insurance industry could be set for a big shake up as a review begins into compensation rights for victims of accidents and damage on private land. The review was prompted from a ruling by the European courts in 2014 which resulted in the Vnuk judgement.
What Is The Mid?
The Motor Insurance Database (MID) is a central record of all insurance vehicles in the UK, and is managed by the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB). The MID is mainly used as a way for the Police and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to enforce motor insurance laws.
How To Minimise The Cost Of Your Motor Trade Insurance Policy
Whatever part of the motor trade industry you work in, there are ways you can mitigate the impact of rising insurance policy costs. These include measures to reduce claims of your own, measures to reduce claims against you, and other ways to generally make sure you’re not paying over the odds.