THE votes have been counted – and the results are in.
At a glittering ceremony at the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth this evening we announced the winners of Car Dealer Power 2016 – and we’re proud and delighted to confirm the names of the companies that were triumphant.
Car Dealer Power is the survey that goes from strength to strength. And its power, so to speak, comes from YOU – the dealers. For the past seven years, we have asked you to name the best manufacturers to represent and the best suppliers with which to do business – and you’ve answered in your droves.
It is the ultimate litmus test of what car dealers are thinking right across the UK. And because the survey is confidential, dealers are happy to tell us exactly what they think.
This year, more people than ever completed our survey. Hundreds of them filled out paper and online forms and it was clear to see they were as vocal and as opinionated as ever.
This is great news for the manufacturers and suppliers that are looking after these dealers, but not so good for those falling short and under-delivering.
Car Dealer Power is genuinely special. The winners are part of an elite club that is doing the job properly as recognised by dealers. The Car Dealer team has no influence or say in who wins these awards – dealers do that.
Full coverage will appear in Issue 102 of Car Dealer Magazine, out on Monday, August 22 – but for now, find out who were the victors:
Here’s who won what:
Cleaning Product of the Year: Winner: Autoglym. Highly commended: Autosmart, GardX.
Recruitment Agency of the Year: Winner: Perfect Placement. Highly commended: Autotech Recruitment, Progress Recruitment.
Trade-to-Trade Remarketer of the Year: Winner: Dealer Auction. Highly commended: Autotrade-mail, Autorola.
Used Car Valuations Provider of the Year: Winner: cap hpi. Highly commended: Auto Trader, Glass’s.
Consumer Lead Generation Site of the Year: Winner: carwow. Highly commended: Bluesky, Auto Trader.
Dealer Management System of the Year: Winner: Dragon2000. Highly commended: Pinewood, iVendi.
Website Provider (for franchised dealers): Winner: GForces. Highly commended: Bluesky, Autoweb.
Website Provider (for independent dealers): Winner: Spidersnet. Highly commended: GForces, Auto Trader.
Finance Provider of the Year (sub prime): Winner: First Response. Highly commended: Evolution, Mallard.
Finance Provider of the Year (prime): Winner: Black Horse. Highly commended: Santander, VWFS.
Warranty Provider of the Year: Winner: The WMS Group. Highly commended: TWG, Auto Protect.
Paint Protection Provider of the Year: Winner: GardX. Highly commended: Supagard, Autoglym.
Video Provider of the Year: Winner: CitNOW. Highly commended: Autos on Show, Bluesky.
Provenance Check Provider of the Year: Winner: cap hpi. Highly commended: Experian, Auto Trader.
Auction House of the Year: Winner: Manheim. Highly commended: BCA, Eastbourne Car Auctions.
Motor Factor of the Year: Winner: Euro Car Parts. Highly commended: Andrew Page, GMF.
Trade Insurance Provider of the Year: Winner: Plan Insurance. Highly commended: Allianz, Unicom.
Online Advertiser (new cars): Winner: carwow. Highly commended: GForces, Auto Trader.
Online Advertiser (used cars): Winner: Auto Trader. Highly commended: Motors.co.uk, eBay.
Extra Mile Award: Lawgistics.
Product Innovation of the Year: GardX C.A.R.S. Plus.
Manufacturer Marketing Initiative of the Year: Winner: Kia Motors UK. Highly commended: BMW, Ford.
Car of the Year: Winner: Volvo XC90 (pictured at top outside the Spinnaker Tower today). Highly commended: Kia Sportage, Vauxhall Astra.
Manufacturer of the Year: Winner: Kia. Highly commended: Volkswagen, Ford.
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