Jamie Caple of Car QuayJamie Caple of Car Quay

Used Car Awards

‘There is nothing quite like the thrill of winning a Car Dealer Used Car Award,’ says serial winner

  • We speak to Car Quay boss Jamie Caple about the importance of Car Dealer Used Car Awards
  • Regular winner says that awards give an opportunity for the trade to get together and celebrate.
  • Car dealers can put themselves forward for a title by filling in this short survey
  • The closing date for nominations is Monday, October 2 with winners announced on Monday, November 27

Time 8:29 am, September 22, 2023

The Car Dealer Used Car Awards is one of the most important dates in the automotive calendar and gives dealers a ‘real sense of achievement’.

That is the view of Car Quay boss Jamie Caple, who has been a regular winner at the awards down the years.

Last year saw Car Quay pick up our gong for Used Car Sales Team of the Year, which was awarded in recognition of the firm’s great customer care and high-quality used cars.


‘Winning a Car Dealer award is always great for our business,’ said Caple.

‘Not only do we get to celebrate it across our businesses and social media channels but also across our personal ones too, which gives us all a real sense of pride.

‘From a team point of view it provides a real lift as this industry can be challenging and unforgiving at times, so to receive some industry-wide recognition for the team’s efforts is simply fantastic.


‘Quite simply, it can be the difference between converting a customer into a sale versus a competitor who hasn’t just received one of these awards.

‘Also, when customers are pushing for that extra bit of discount or extra freebie, we can more easily justify a no by explaining that the service and experience we give is to a higher standard, an award-winning standard so it helps us not only convert deals but retain extra margin, too.’

Given the level of success that Caple and his team have enjoyed at the Car Dealer Used Car Awards, it might be assumed that the feeling of winning is beginning to wane.

However, nothing could be further from the truth and the team are hoping for yet more glory at this year’s ceremony.

‘There’s no feeling like it,’ said Caple. ‘We work so hard, put in so much effort, that when we get announced as a winner it’s a feeling of joy, relief, excitement – so many different emotions.

‘Walking to the stage is like a blur of lights, adrenaline, noise. It’s wild and there’s nothing quite like it.

‘It is absolutely one of the most important dates in the year and we wouldn’t miss it for the world.

‘It’s an opportunity for the trade to get together and celebrate all that is great and good about what we do; the individuals and teams who make up the motor trade and have a fabulous evening.

‘It gives recognition to hard work, commitment, resilience, perseverance and effort and in fantastic surroundings with fantastic people.’


To decide who will come out on top at this year’s Car Dealer Used Car Awards, dealers need to cast their votes.

To be in with a chance of winning one of our coveted trophies, our nominations form needs to be completed and it really couldn’t be easier!

Simply find the category that you’d like to nominate yourself or someone else for on the form and supply the details asked for.

Every entry is assessed and they’re all whittled down to make the nominations list.

To book a place at UCA 2023 and find out more about sponsorship, email our sales team.

We can also announce that our VIP reception and fun casino will be returning once again, sponsored by eBay Motors Group.

More information can be found here.

Below are the 23 categories in which dealers can vote:

  • Dealers’ Dealer, sponsored by AutoProtect
  • Service and Repair Outlet, sponsored by Warrantywise
  • Used EV Dealership, sponsored by Santander Consumer Finance
  • Social Media User, sponsored by iVendi
  • Used Car Online Sales Experience, sponsored by Codeweavers
  • Specialist Used Car Dealership, sponsored by Automotive Transformation Group
  • Used Car Sales Team, sponsored by Motorway
  • Used Car Dealer Principal, sponsored by Heycar
  • Future Star, sponsored by Northridge Finance
  • Used Car Customer Care, sponsored by RAC Dealer Network
  • Newcomer Dealership, sponsored by Moneybarn
  • Used Commercial Vehicle Dealership, sponsored by Close Brothers Motor Finance
  • Diversity & Inclusivity, sponsored by MotoNovo Finance
  • Used Car Supermarket, sponsored by eBay Motors Group
  • Used Car Dealership (Up To 50 Cars), sponsored by Black Horse
  • Used Car Dealership (51-100 Cars), sponsored by Black Horse
  • Used Car Dealership (Over 100 Cars), sponsored by Black Horse
  • Used Car Dealership Group, sponsored by Black Horse
  • Outstanding Achievement, sponsored by Trade To Trade Underwriting
  • Lifetime Achievement (10+ years), sponsored by GardX
  • Used Car Website, sponsored by EMaC
  • Use of Video, sponsorship available 
  • Manufacturer Used Car Scheme, sponsorship available 

We’ll also be naming the best used cars in six categories – Small Car, Mid-Sized Car, Executive Car, Sports Car, SUV and AFV – plus the overall Used Car of the Year from those six, sponsored by G3 Vehicle Auctions.

In addition, we’ll be presenting a trophy to the winner of the Days To Turn award, sponsored by Auto Trader.

These are the key dates for this year’s awards:

  • Nominations close: Monday, October 2
  • Nominations (long list) revealed: Monday, October 9
  • Shortlist revealed: Monday, October 23
  • Awards night: Monday, November 27
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