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Revealed: Find out who won what at Car Dealer Power 2018

Time 11:00 pm, June 28, 2018

THOUSANDS of votes were cast once again – and we can now reveal who won what at the Car Dealer Power Awards 2018 this evening.

Car Dealer Power is the annual survey and awards ceremony in which dealers are invited to have their say on the car manufacturers and suppliers they do business with – and thousands of them take part every year, making it truly representative.

It’s all done anonymously, so there are no holds barred – with forms being filled out online and on paper.

It’s the ninth year that we’ve organised the survey and awards ceremony, with its importance and popularity in the industry showing no sign of waning.

We exert no influence whatsoever on who the winners are – it really is entirely down to dealers, and they’re never shy about giving their views on everything from website design to warranties and advertising to recruitment.

A glitzy ceremony was held at the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, with its stunning views during the glorious evening delighting the attendees.

Once the presentations had finished, those wanting to carry on partying headed to the Grosvenor Casino.

James Baggott, the chief executive of Baize Group, parent company of Blackball Media, which publishes Car Dealer Magazine, said: ‘Our winning manufacturers in this year’s Car Dealer Power survey won great praise from our readers for recognising the difficulties their dealers are facing and helping support them.

‘Likewise, the winning suppliers to the car dealer network have helped their customers – our readers – make more money, work more efficiently and have been very busy introducing lots of new initiatives and products.

‘It’s innovations like these that are vital to help boost the automotive sector.’

Full coverage of the event will appear in Issue 125 of Car Dealer Magazine, which will be published in mid-July. For now, though, here is the list of the winners and who was highly commended. Well done to everyone!

Car Cleaning Product of the Year – Winner: Autoglym. Highly commended: Autosmart, CarPlan

Recruitment Agency of the Year – Winner: Perfect Placement. Highly commended: InAutomotive, Progress Recruitment Solutions

Trade-to-Trade Remarketer of the Year – Winner: Dealer Auction. Highly commended: Aston Barclay, Autotrade-mail

Used Car Valuations Provider of the Year – Winner: Cap HPI. Highly commended: Glass’s, Retail Check – Auto Trader

Consumer Lead Generation of the Year – Winner: iVendi. Highly commended: GardX AD-Vantage, Gubagoo

Dealer Management System of the Year – Winner: Click Dealer’s Click DMS. Highly commended: Dragon2000, Gemini Systems

Video Provider of the Year – Winner: CitNOW. Highly commended: AutosOnShow, Radar Video

Website Provider For Franchised Dealers – Winner: GForces. Highly commended: Autoweb Design, Bluesky Interactive

Website Provider For Independent Dealers – Winner: 67 Degrees. Highly commended: Click Dealer, Spidersnet

Provenance Check Provider of the Year – Winner: Cap HPI. Highly commended: Experian, MotorCheck

Warranty Provider of the Year – Winner: The WMS Group. Highly commended: A1 Approved Warranties, Car Care Plan

Paint Protection Provider of the Year – Winner: GardX. Highly commended: Diamondbrite, Supagard

Auction House of the Year – Winner: Manheim. Highly commended: Aston Barclay, BCA

Trade Insurance Provider of the Year – Winner: Aston Lark. Highly commended: Tradex, Unicom

Finance Provider of the Year (Prime) – Winner: MotoNovo Finance. Highly commended: Black Horse, Close Brothers Motor Finance

Finance Provider of the Year (Sub-Prime) – Winner: First Response Finance. Highly commended: Evolution Funding, Mallard Finance

Motor Factor of the Year – Winner: Andrew Page. Highly commended: Euro Car Parts, TMS Motor Spares

Online Advertiser For New Cars – Winner: Auto Trader. Highly commended: Google,

Online Advertiser For Used Cars – Winner: Auto Trader. Highly commended: CarGurus,

Extra Mile Award – 67 Degrees

Product Innovation of the Year – Winner: from MotoNovo Finance. Highly commended: ClickEngage from Click Dealer, iConsent from eDynamix

Manufacturer Marketing Initiative of the Year – Volvo for the ‘Human Made Stories’ campaign

Car of the Year – Winner: Ford Fiesta. Highly commended: Kia Stinger, Volvo XC40

Manufacturer of the Year – Winner: Kia Motors. Highly commended: Ford, BMW

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Dave, production editor on Car Dealer Magazine, is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience in the worlds of newspapers, magazines and public relations.

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