Ewards 2008

How we picked our Eward winners…

Time 7:11 pm, November 12, 2008

THE deliberation is over, the votes have been cast and we can now reveal who’s won what in the inaugural Car Dealer Ewards.

Held in association with Motors.co.uk, the gongs have been handed out to the very best automotive trade sites on the web. We had literally hundreds of entries from across the UK as well as countless nominations from our panel of eight judges – and now the waiting is over.

The Car Dealer Ewards were launched because we know just how important the internet is becoming to the motor trade. Research has proven that a huge percentage of customers now research their car online before deciding where to spend their cash.

So if you’re not on the web, or worse still are but can’t be found, you’re potentially losing out on lucrative business. And when times are as tough as they are now that can be disastrous.

Now we can reveal our judges’ picks of the very best websites in Franchised, Independent, Car Manufacturer and Special Web Achievement categories.

Judging took place completely impartially with each judge given the same number of points to allocate to the shortlisted websites.

For the Franchised, Independent and Special Achievement categories a shortlist was drawn up from the nominations and entries received and the judging began.

For every website placed first 10 points were awarded, nine went to second place and so on from there. When all judging was in we totted up the points and had our winners.

For the Car Manufacturer of the Year category our judges assessed every manufacturer site for the UK and picked their top five – 10 points were given to the winner, eight to second and so on. Each category was fiercely fought with a few points separating the winners and those in the highly commended slots.

Which just leaves me to say congratulations from the Car Dealer team and our judges to all those that picked up one of our Ewards in association with Motors.co.uk!

James Baggott, editor


Meet the judges

Car Manufacturer of the Year Winner

Franchised Dealer Website of the Year Winner

Independent Dealer Website of the Year Winner

Special Achievement of the Year Winner

We’re already planning our Ewards 09 – if you think you should be on the judging panel next year get in touch on (023) 9252 2434 to find out how you can get involved.


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Car Dealer has been covering the motor trade since 2008 as both a print and digital publication. In 2020 the title went fully digital and now provides daily motoring updates on this website for the car industry. A digital magazine is published once a month.

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