Recent data released from SMMT showed the number of used cars changing hands crashed during lockdown, although the pace of decline eased as the quarter progressed and private sellers and buyers got back on the move.
Our CEO, Andy Hamilton, welcomed the news: “We expected to see sales pick up in June, as lockdown restrictions were relaxed, and with people being encouraged to use private modes of transport. Assuming this continues, it’s good news for the independent aftermarket, as older cars that are out of warranty will likely be taken to local garages for service and repair work, rather going back to the dealers.
“After an extended period with little to no business coming through the workshop doors, this will give independent garages a welcome boost, and an opportunity to expand their customer base. And with a spike in MOTs on the way as well – as those that were deferred in lockdown will soon need to be completed, alongside those that are also due – the key for garages is going to be managing this demand safely and effectively."
Andy added: “We’re committed to helping garages implement safety and hygiene measures in the workshop, and providing them with the latest tech to improve efficiency and accuracy in terms of quoting for, scheduling and carrying out work, to deliver a professional customer experience from start to finish.”Back