Monday, 23 July 2012

Five great reasons to advertise your car on Trade-IT

Whether you are a car dealer or you just need to sell your own car before you buy a newer model Trade-It should be your first port of call. Here are five great reasons why you should advertise your car on Trade-It.

1. Get your vehicle in front of thousands of car buyers.  Give yourself the best chance of a sale by advertising your car on Trade-It to thousands of car buyers in the South-West.  On average a visit is made to the motors section of the website every 18 seconds!

2. Focussing on quality. Trade-It’s south-west focus ensures effectiveness at matching car sellers with highly relevant and qualified car buyers

3. Advertising nearly 30,000 cars for sale, Trade-It is one of the largest websites to buy and sell a car in the South-West

4. Cost effective advertising. Whether you’ve a few vehicles or a many hundreds of vehicles for sale, Trade-It have a cost effective package to meet your needs, providing you with a strong return on investment..

5. Increase your chances of a sale. Trade-It’s local focus and dedication to quality translates to highly qualified leads for sellers, significantly increasing the chances of you making a sale on Trade-It.

 If you’re a motor dealer and have any questions about your Trade-It Motors account, our other advertising solutions or developing a new website with phone us on Tel: 01273 837855.

Trade-It Motors traffic increases by 10% year on year

Trade-It Motors traffic increases by 10% year on year
We’ve got some great news for motor dealers in the South West using Trade-It Motors: we attracted 10% more visitors to our site in May 2012 compared to one year ago.

This means that Trade-It Motors attracted nearly 7,500 additional visitors in May 2012 when compared with May 2011.

This increase in visitors has boosted traffic to Trade-It Motors to over 80,000 visitors throughout the month.

So what does this mean for motor dealers?

More visitors to the Trade-It Motors site means more people viewing ads from motor dealers such as yourself. More people viewing your ads means a higher chance of you making a sale. It’s as simple as that.

Take a look at the Trade-It Motors site now.

If you’re a motor dealer and have any questions about your Trade-It Motors account, our other advertising solutions or developing a new website with phone us on Tel: 01273 837855.

Quality dealerships hold value

The latest analysis of the UK motor dealership property market from Motor Trader has revealed a mixed outlook.

Some elements of the analysis point to a static UK dealership property market, while others are more positive.

Adam Wadlow, director at Barber Wadlow, pointed out that quality dealership properties are currently experiencing relatively good values, while secondary sites are facing pressure.

The analysis from Motor Trader went on to compare two other viewpoints - one from Collier International and the other from motor property agents GVA.

The specialist property snapshot for the automotive sector from Collier International revealed a dealer market that is “oversupplied given current sales volumes”.

Colliers analysis continued to point out that although opportunities to purchase dealership properties in the UK are increasing, these are mostly linked to poor quality locations.

Tom Poynton, director at GVA, said that while the UK motor property market has recovered from three years ago, it is currently rather flat.

For the full story, head over to the Motor Trader website.

If you’re a motor dealer and have any questions about your Trade-It Motors account, our other advertising solutions or developing a new website with phone us on Tel: 01273 837855.

Source: Motor Trader

Photo by Diana Parkhouse

13 number plate unlucky for some

New car buyers who wish to avoid the ‘unlucky’ 13 number plate next March might be allowed to do so, according to the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA).

According to the VRA, the DVLA is considering allowing new car buyers to opt to have a new car registered from 1 March 2013 to August 31 2013 under the 62 number plate instead of the 'dreaded' 13 plate.

While superstitious car buyers will perhaps be pleased that they might not have to put off their new car purchase for another six months, this proposed change could impact upon car resale values.

If this does come into effect, when people come to sell their 62 plate cars, registered from March-August 2013, they may find they are offered considerably less than the car’s value if the car is valued on its registration plate alone, rather than its actual age.

The VRA points out that this is something that might need to be considered by the used car market in spring next year.

So I suppose 13 could actually be lucky for some buyers if they do stick with a 13 plate.

For the full story, visit the Car Dealer Magazine website.

If you’re a motor dealer and have any questions about your Trade-It Motors account, our other advertising solutions or developing a new website with phone us on Tel: 01273 837855.

Funniest car videos

We've trawled the web and have handpicked a selection of the funniest and most bizarre car videos for you. Check out the clip of David Coulthard catching a golf ball in a Merc, some nutters skydiving in a car and the classic opening scene from the Italian Job. Enjoy...

David Coulthard catches 178mph golf ball in Mercedes-Benz SLS 
Watch this amazing video of professional golfer Jake Shepherd and former F1 driver David Coulthard breaking the strange world record for the longest golf shot to be caught in a moving car. It is a brave man that tries to catch a rock hard ball that is moving at 178mph in a brand new Mercedes.

Skydiving in a car 
An amazing video of four nutters in a convertible falling from the back of an aeroplane. Need I say more?


Opening scene from The Italian Job 
When you think of films with cars in there are far that stick out in your memory more than this 1969 classic, The Italian Job.

The trip with Steve Coogan - ‘We rise at daybreak’ 
OK, so not strictly a car-oriented video, but it is set in a car. This is a fantastic three minute clip from the excellent sitcom The Trip, featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Well worth a watch... Gentlemen to bed!

Senna - The official UK trailer 
 If you have not seen this film then you really should stop what you are doing, watch this trailer, head to your nearest video rental shop, rent this film and watch it. It is a moving and extensive account of the life and career of one of F1’s most endearing characters - Ayrton Senna.

Honda - The Cog 
This is one of the most incredible car adverts of all time. Rube Goldberg directs this two minute clip of all the parts of the car interacting together in one long chain reaction. It really is amazing...

OK Go - Needing/Getting music video 
Now, obviously we aren’t sure how authentic this video is, but still, it is pretty amazing. OK Go are almost more famous for their music videos than they are for their music, there is the treadmill one, the dancey one, and even the one directed by Rube Goldberg that is similar to the Honda advert above. And here is another prime example of what they can do, made in partnership with Chevrolet.

Bungee jumping car 
Chevrolet literally "launched" its newest small car, the Sonic - by tying the sub-compact to a bungee chord and rolling it off a ten-story structure at the Long Beach Convention Center. We have already had skydiving so now it is time for bungee jumping.

And there you have it, our 10 favourite car videos. You probably don't need us to tell you but our strict advice is: don't try any of these at home! 

If you're looking for a new car, check out the hundreds of cars for sale on Trade-It. Alternatively, you can place an ad on Trade-It yourself.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Eight year high for UK car manufacturing

In the same month that UK new car sales hit a two year high, the motor industry as a whole has had some more fantastic news. UK car manufacturing has risen and hit its highest level of output since 2004! That is an eight year high...

The latest Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures have shown us that car production for May 2012 totalled a whopping 141,146 units, which is a year on year increase of a staggering 42.2%. These fantastic results also showed a year-to-date volume increase of 17.3%.

UK engine manufacturing rose 13.4% in May 2012, which meant the year-to-date volumes topped the impressive one million mark.

The CV output was one slight blip on an otherwise fantastic report card as the CV output subdued in the month. There were only 9,445 CVs produced, which is a 7.4% decline.

However, all in all the report was great and this will come as a wonderful boost to the industry.

Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said: “Car manufacturing in May hit the highest level of output since 2004 posting 42.2% growth, a sizable recovery against volumes hampered by last year’s Japanese tsunami. This boost, coupled with robust year-to-date results demonstrates the strength of UK automotive manufacturing and shows why it continues to attract high levels of international investment.

“While commercial vehicle output remains subdued, in line with restrained levels of demand, the year’s engine output volume passed one million in May and is more than 40,000 units ahead of last year.”

So, all in all, with the increase in car manufacturing and the increase in new car sales in the UK, the month of May has been a complete success.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Car sales in the UK hit their highest point for two years

Car dealers in the UK have enjoyed their largest jump in sales for nearly two years, recent figures have revealed.

The sales in May were the largest in a long time as a total of 162,288 new cars took to the road.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders had their forecasts smashed by the figure that is up nearly 8% on may 2011.

Car dealers can be in a good mood thanks to this but it is also a welcome boost to the economy as the act of purchasing a new car is clearly a sign of confidence.

The rise was partly due to a 14% increase in sales to private buyers and companies have also been seen to show confidence as they have updated their vehicles - for example, fleet sales were up nearly 5% last month.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt told the BBC: "May's 7.9% increase in new car registrations is good news for the motor industry and the UK economy.

"The consistent climb in new car registrations during the first five months of the year suggests that confidence is returning, despite financial uncertainty in the eurozone."

The best selling car in that successful month was the Vauxhall Corsa, however, the Ford Fiesta remains the most popular car in the UK so far this year, with 50,507 sold in 2012 to date.

The UK automotive industry has an annual turnover of about £49bn, accounting for more than 10% of total exports, and employs 700,000 people.

Picture: The Car Spy