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Oldest garage in Bishop’s Stortford closes

HUNT’S Motor Garage, the longest standing car dealership in Bishop’s Stortford, will close its doors for the last time today.  Hunt’s, which was established in 1924, becomes the fifth garage in Bishops Stortford to close in recent years. John Whalley stopped trading last year as well as Hunt’s other dealership. Meanwhile, in October 2012, LJ Sheppard

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New York Motor Show stars

THE New York Motor Show is rapidly becoming major event in the automotive calendar with its fair share of important model releases over the past few years. And 2014 is no exception with arguably Jaguar Land Rover leading the way. Car Dealer managing director James Baggott is currently out in the Big Apple and will be

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Manheim: Average values continue upward trend

AVERAGE part-exchange values continued to rise in March, Manheim’s latest Market Analysis shows. Values during the month reached £3,285 – a £69 increase when compared with February. Manheim says the figure was been fuelled by a fall in age from 101 to 100 months and a reduction of average mileages from 77,747 to 75,592 during March. The figures

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Garage receives £1,200 bill for contaminated fuel

A GARAGE received a bill for £1,200 when a customer claimed the fuel they had sold was contaminated and damaged their car. The first the garage had heard of the matter was when the customer’s credit card company contacted them with the claim. They had had no other complaints and neither had the fuel supplier. ‘Our garage

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IMI study shows management training could double your money 

THE Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is warning automotive employers not to disregard management training if they wish to reach their maximum potential.  The warning comes on the back of a two year Return on Investment (ROI) study completed by the IMI this month, which found significant benefits for automotive retail businesses which invest in structured learning

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Glass’s up in all major sectors for 2014

THE used car market is getting stronger believes data specialist Glass’s. The company has seen an 11 per cent increase in customers in the first three months of 2014 an increase in sales for all major target sectors year-on-year. Ed Hummel, Glass’s sales director, has put this success down to an increased demand from the dealer, fleet

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BCA ‘being prepared for flotation’ according to report

BRITISH Car Auctions (BCA) is looking to join the London stock market in the coming months, according to Sky News. The broadcaster says that BCA’s owners, the private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CDR), has appointed Rothschild to prepare the company to ‘make its debut on the public markets later this year’. In preparing for flotation,

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Lawgistics: Your rights when taking on an apprentice

FOR many employers, taking on an apprentice is a great way to develop talent and grow your business. However, when taking on new staff there is always the concern that it may not work out, for either party. This month a member of our Car Dealer Club asked the Lawgistics lawyers about the legalities of dismissing

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Motorpoint enjoys record-breaking month

MOTORPOINT has announced its best month of sales since the company was founded in 1998. The UK’s leading car supermarket sold 3,738 new and nearly new cars in March, smashing the previous record of 3,271 from last August. It is also celebrating a record-breaking financial year, during which it sold 36,000 cars – up by 21 per

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