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SMTA Annual Dinner Generous Guests Help Raise Funds for Two Worthy Charities
12 Nov 2019

We are delighted to advise that a fantastic £4,970 was raised at last Thursday's Annual Dinner & Awards.  This will be split between our two chosen charities - CHAS and Beatson.  A massive thank you to our generous guests

Meet our special guest at our Annual Dinner....
05 Nov 2019

Looks like someone is ready to attend the SMTA Annual Dinner 2019 this Thursday.  Big Ted is looking forward to meeting everyone on the 7th November and he's looking forward to meeting his new owner!


NFDA - The Consumer Attitude Survey
24 Oct 2019

Despite the increasingly important role played by the internet in the consumer buying journey, physical dealerships remain key, the latest NFDA Consumer Attitude Survey revealed.

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, is pleased to announce the findings of consumer vehicle purchasing patterns in the UK.

The Consumer Attitude Survey was commissioned by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, and executed by Public Knowledge, a leading market research agency. This is the 'Dealer Insight' of the seventh edition of the survey, which polled 2,000 consumers across the UK in a 15-minute online survey.

The NFDA Consumer Attitude Survey revealed that 75% of car purchases, for cars under seven years old, are made at franchised dealers; 14% are made at independent garages; 5% at used car supermarkets and 5% from private sellers. When considering only brand-new cars, 93% of them were bought at franchised dealerships.

The survey found that 50% of consumers visit a car dealership website before purchasing a vehicle. However, surprisingly, 32% of respondents bought a car from a physical franchised dealership without using any dealer, manufacturer or other car sales website before buying the car. Buyers of prestige brands are significantly more likely to visit manufacturer websites, 46%, and research in papers/magazines, 13%, than those buying volume brands, 32% and 8%, respectively.

The findings showed that 63% of consumers intend to purchase their next vehicle from a franchised dealer showroom and 9% from a franchised dealer website.

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UK Auto gives reality check on ‘no deal’ Brexit, as new survey shows one in three firms already shedding jobs
21 Oct 2019

  • New survey shows escalating fears of ‘no deal’ Brexit to UK automotive sector, with a third cutting jobs and 80.3% concerned about damage to their future business prospects.
  • More than £500m already wasted on measures that will not deliver returns, rather than being invested in much-needed R&D.
  • Profitability, new business opportunities and investment all under threat as industry faces £5bn WTO tariff bill on cars and vans alone – a cost which cannot be mitigated.
  • All sides urged to agree an orderly withdrawal with sufficient transition time to negotiate an ambitious free and frictionless economic relationship between the UK and the EU.

The results are consistent and striking. One in three UK automotive businesses is already cutting jobs, up from one in eight when the survey was last carried out in November 2018. Four-fifths (80.3%) fear leaving the EU without a deal will have negative consequences for their future prospects (up from 74.1% 10 months ago).

Virtually the same number (79.6%) are worried about the impact on their profitability while two-thirds (62.2%) are saying ‘no deal’ will impact their ability to win overseas business and a similar number state that they will be unable to invest in their UK operations.

In a sign that the mere threat of ‘no deal’ has already hurt the UK, 11.8% of firms said that they had already divested from their UK-based operations and 13.4% are relocating operations overseas. Overall, three quarters (77.2%) of firms say that there has already been a negative impact on business even before the UK has left the EU.

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Credit: SMMT

Park’s Motor Group opens new McLaren Leeds supercar showroom
14 Oct 2019

Park’s Motor Group has officially opened the doors at its new McLaren Automotive supercar showroom facility in Leeds – after 17 months trading from a temporary facility.

The AM100 retail group, whose McLaren dealership in Glasgow was named as the British supercar brand’s European Retailer of the Year for the third time in four years back in March, welcomed visitors to its new site on Aire Valley Drive, Leeds, on October 2 at an event which saw the dealership packed with classic McLaren cars.

It also marked the completion of a development which saw the dealership's workforce operate from a temporary facility after the franchise point joined the McLaren network in May, 2018.

Read the full article here

Article courtesy AM Online

2019 C.A.R Star Awards

The SMTA Annual Dinner and C.A.R. Star Awards event turned out to be yet another fantastic evening! Not only was it a great opportunity to network with other like-minded folk from the Scottish motor trade but it’s also where they celebrated the amazing work their members do for their local community and charities close to their hearts.

This year we introduced our Skills Stars Awards identifying the best young talent in Scotland’s automotive industry.

John Graham, Brownsburn Garage

Automotive Technology Winner – Harry Chaundy


Body Repair Winner – Sam Meheux


Special Recognition Award

Douglas Park, Park’s Motor Group (award accepted on Douglas’ behalf by Ian Mackay)


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