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Change of government is urged in order to help used car sector – survey

  • Survey reveals used car dealers would be happy to see Sunak and co booted out
  • They believe a change of government is needed to help the used car sector
  • More than a quarter say it would be good for customer confidence
  • Nearly a third say fresh blood might mean more support for the motor industry in general
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Time 7:21 am, August 31, 2023

The current government should go and fresh blood needs to be installed at No 10 to improve things for the used car sector.

That’s according to an exclusive new survey, which found that 86 per cent of used car dealers who were polled said getting rid of Rishi Sunak and his Cabinet at the next election would be good for the used car sector.

Answering other specific questions, almost half of the 51 used car dealers quizzed by tech company APD Global Research – 45 per cent – said the time was right for a change of government.


Twenty-seven per cent said a change would be good for customer confidence, while a quarter said it would benefit the economy.

Meanwhile, almost a third – 30 per cent – reckoned they might get support for the motor industry in general, although one-tenth reckoned it wouldn’t make any difference.

Also among the findings, 10 per cent said they might be more likely to get support for used car electrification.


However, 29 per cent said they preferred the existing government.

The current Parliament will be dissolved automatically on December 17, 2024, but that’s the latest when it could happen and it could be dissolved sooner.

Polling day should then take place 25 days later, not counting bank holidays or weekends that fall within that period, meaning the next time the UK electorate goes to the polls will be no later than January 2025.

Speaking exclusively to Car Dealer about the research findings, APD Global Research MD Paul Turner said: ‘We thought it would be timely to ask the dealer community their opinions on the levels of support from politicians for the UK automotive sector.

‘One of the key findings highlighted a high level of fatigue in the current direction of travel at Westminster, with almost half of the used car dealers polled feeling that changes were necessary to boost consumer confidence and the economy.’

But he added: ‘Of course, as the old adage goes, a week is a long time in politics, never mind a year, and views could certainly change before the election.’

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John has been with Car Dealer since 2013 after spending 25 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter then a sub-editor/assistant chief sub-editor on regional and national titles. John is chief sub-editor in the editorial department, working on Car Dealer, as well as handling social media.

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