Editor’s blog: Why we’ve created the Car Dealer Forum

Time 7:21 am, October 18, 2013

screenshot forumFORUMS. I’ve always thought they were used by spotty teenagers, living in squalor who played Medal Call of Honour Duty Battleground 18 all day, every day.

And don’t think I was the only one in the Car Dealer Magazine office who thought this. The boss man who looks far too much like the guy off The IT Crowd, James Baggott, thought forums were ‘geeky’ too – this coming from a man who seems to own every Apple product since the dawn of the Millennium.

But we were both wrong. Forums are used by anyone and everyone and are often the first point of call by people to vent their thoughts, ask for help or have a general natter.

That’s why we have created the Car Dealer Forum. Launched today it aims to be our new online space for you to chat to other motor industry individuals. We want the forum to revolutionise how car dealers, suppliers and we at Car Dealer towers communicate with each other.

Signing up and creating your profile takes minutes, and there are a number of interesting features on the forum, not least the innovative way you can post threads. Spotted something you want to comment on our website? Click the comment box at the bottom of every post and your comment will create a new thread in the forum. Hit ‘Follow this topic’ and you’ll receive a notification when someone posts in that thread too.

Even though it went live this morning, there are a number of topics and threads ready for you to get involved with (thanks to those who helped with our Beta testing). And to really get your pulses racing, today’s top talking point is our Top 100 Most Influential Dealers on Twitter.

We’ve scoured the social media platform to find the dealers who are the most interactive and influential rated by Klout. It’s the first of its kind and breaks new ground – and the list will be updated every quarter to give you the most accurate picture of influential dealers in the UK.

But what if you’ve been overlooked? Just leave a comment on our website, tweet @CarDealerMag or email me and you’ll be considered for the next list.

Get involved now with the Car Dealer Forum – it won’t be long before you’re addicted to it. But please refrain from locking yourself up in your squalid bedroom.


James Batchelor's avatar

James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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