James is the founder of Car Dealer Magazine and MD of parent company Blackball Media.
CDX16 takes place at Silverstone on Tuesday, May 24 – and the Car Dealer team have produced a video to explain why YOU should be there. Our huge motor trade expo, the biggest of its kind in the UK, features industry-leading keynote speakers and a series of fascinating and educational workshops to help you build your business – plusREAD MORE
NOW, I’ve been told more than a few times over the past few months that times are tough out there. Car dealer bosses I’ve spoken to have painted a tale of woe as sales dwindle, buyers dry up and new car buyers become few and far between. But it wasn’t until recently, when I gotREAD MORE
AT THE last count there were more than 80 new electric vehicles on their way to dealer forecourts. Almost every manufacturer has at least one EV, or some electric-assisted vehicle, in their plans and whether you, or your customers like it or not, they’re coming. I’m sure you’ve read my rants before about electric carsREAD MORE
THE headlines made for uncomfortable reading at Pendragon HQ. Chief executive Mark Herbert had ‘driven off into the sunset’ just three months after taking charge of the listed dealership group. The puns in the papers were plentiful, but they wouldn’t have softened the blow. Exactly why the new man left the business so early intoREAD MORE
I IMAGINE that working in the car trade must sometimes feel like the whole world is against you. Moaning customers, problem cars, difficult suppliers – I bet that it can all get a bit too much. Unfairly, the car industry gets a bad press when it comes to looking after customers, especially when other industriesREAD MORE