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Out now: Car Dealer 174 features an in-depth look at Auto Trader, a High Court ruling that could spell trouble for dealers – and lots more!

Our latest interactive and digital edition is free to read AND download!

Time 10:00 am, August 22, 2022

Car Dealer issue 174 is out now – and it’s crammed with articles you won’t want to miss!

Here’s a taster of what’s in the September 2022 edition…


CD 174 Investigation

Love it or loathe it, Auto Trader is an immutable part of the dealership landscape.

We were given privileged access to this titan of the used car advertising world as we examined just how it has managed to grow from publisher to tech giant that saw it make £25m profit every month last year.


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A recent High Court ruling against Mackie Motors could mean massive implications for the European dealer network, believes its boss. Kevin Mackie explains why in this must-read for every franchise dealer.

We also find out from experts just why things will never be the same again for the industry because of events over the past two years.


CD 174 Forecourt

It’s not going to be with us for much longer but cover star the Audi R8 proves it’s still a force to be reckoned with as Jack Evans puts the updated and more powerful rear-wheel-drive version to the test.

He also tried out Kia’s new plug-in hybrid Niro, while James Batchelor was keen to sample the Ford Transit Nugget – the Blue Oval’s campervan.

What did they think of them? It’s all here in our trio of road tests.


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We’ve got a terrific selection of features for you this month to enjoy with your cuppa and biccies!

It was all thrills and thankfully no spills for a very excited Ted Welford when Polestar’s chief test engineer drove him up the legendary hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the ‘2 Experimental’.

Ted also takes a look back at two decades of Audi’s much-loved performance estate and saloon icon the RS 6.

Meanwhile, Jack Evans was behind the wheel of the latest RS 6 as he journeyed to Germany to experience all the excitement of the endurance spectacle that is the Nürburgring 24 Hours!


CD 174 Columnists

  • Car Dealer founder James Baggott delves into what drove our Auto Trader investigation
  • Still on the subject of the vehicle marketplace, automotive retail consultant James Litton is firmly of the belief that it has a much greater impact on used car sales than many think
  • Meanwhile, on a lighter note, mystery columnist Big Mike recalls the time he and a colleague pranked an unpopular regional manager. Very naughty – but oh so satisfying!

Car Dealer Power and Used Car Awards 2022

CD 174 UCA and Power Awards

Time is fast running out to vote in this year’s Car Dealer Power – the deadline is August 31 – and Matt Dale, co-owner of G3 Vehicle Auctions, which won the Auction House of the Year category last year, gives some handy hints on how suppliers can gain the edge on rivals in the bid to win a trophy.

Meanwhile, Plympton Car Centre sales manager Tim Carpenter does the same for those eyeing up one of our prestigious Used Car Award gongs. Nominations for this year’s UCA have to be in by September 30.


CD 173 Roundups

Our regular four-page news digest contains summaries of a host of the top automotive stories, with the full-length versions available by clicking on them.

There are business and supplier updates, too, plus a look at what car manufacturers have been working on recently.

Also inside…

We bring you our regular finance section, with reassuring words from First Response digital marketer Richard Pygott.

Meanwhile, topics in the Feedback spread this month include dealers giving advice on making the interiors of cars look good in photos. We also have another selection of car industry memes that are guaranteed to raise a smile and undoubtedly bring a nod of recognition!

Is that all?

You must be joking! This is just a taste of what’s in issue 174 of Car Dealer, but there’s plenty more in its 60 packed pages as well – and you can read and download the entire magazine for free via Issuu.

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