The Newest Member At Warranty Admin

Meet the newest member of the team here at Warranty Administration Services Ltd!

After a long and strict selection process, including rigorous interviewing and aptitude testing, we are proud to introduce the new ‘Morale & Well-being Officer’ at Warranty Admin.

Everyone, meet Dudley the dog!

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We are starting him young. Aged only 14 weeks, Dudley the dog has become the latest member of the WAS team and is already bounding his way towards a promotion and a possible management position!

Dudley is a cute little ‘Cockapoo’ from parents with exceptional pedigrees. Starting in September on a salary of a bowl of biscuits and water each lunchtime, his responsibilities within the company will be to greet everyone who walks through the door, fuss around them when they need attention, and take them out for walks to enforce the employee Well-Being Policy.

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Unlike every other member of staff at Warranty Admin, Dudley will not receive shares in the company. He will however receive bonus treats throughout the day and be able to bring toys into the office.

We are convinced that Dudley will have a positive impact on the office, increase the team dynamics, and Dudley himself will have some great adventures and meet some fantastic people during his time with us. For all Dudley related news, please visit the WAS Blog or catch up with us on Twitter!

Average Used Car Price Increase During July 2016

Luxury cars pricing and used car sales helped to bolster the used car market which increased by a slight 0.1% in July, according to Motors.co.uk.

The online website recorded the change through its transactions throughout the month, with the average price of a used vehicle rising slightly to £12,472.

The wholesale market at Manheim’s auctions saw its average selling price drop by 3.4% month-on-month, but within that figure the luxury segment saw selling prices up by 6.5%.

A spokesman for Manheim said: “While the average wholesale selling price was largely affected by the 3.9% decrease in ex-fleet car values, which fell to £9,822, it was bolstered by a slight rise of 0.5% in the average selling prices for part-exchange stock, which rose to £3,529.”


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Hendy Automotive Acquire Lifestyle Motor Group

Hendy Automotive expand their reach along the South Coast with the acquisition of Lifestyle Motor Group.

Everyone at WAS would like to send congratulations to our friends at Hendy following their acquisition of the Lifestyle Motor Group. This exciting development in the motor trade sees the Hendy brand broaden its reach across the South Coast, encompassing the shared values and work ethics of the Lifestyle Motor Group.

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“The Lifestyle Motor Group shares the Hendy Group’s values, so we’re excited to be making Hendy history as we integrate and move forward together. We are delighted to have bought Lifestyle which has a similar philosophy to Hendy, with a strong commitment to customer care and service.” – Paul Hendy.

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The Lifestyle Motor Group, formed in 2001, operates Ford, Mazda, Kia, Renault, Dacia, Seat, Suzuki and Isuzu in the South East and is now part of newly formed company Hendy Automotive Limited.

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“The Lifestyle Group shares Hendy’s values; a family-run business with similar tight geography and a clear focus on doing the right thing by customers, employees, and suppliers. Covering West Sussex, Surrey and Kent, the Lifestyle Group sits adjacent to Hendy and will offer a fantastic footprint in a neighboring location.” – Hendy Torque Magazine.

According to AM-online, the deal should place the new company in the top 25 of the AM100 with 12 motor franchises at 25 locations in Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, and Devon.

Hendy Automotive’s newly-acquired dealerships will continue to operate under the Lifestyle name for the immediate future as the business is integrated into Hendy Automotive.


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July 2016: New Car Registrations

England keeps UK new car registrations afloat during July.

Considering all the doom and gloom forecasting in the run-up to and after the Brexit, you have to admit that the motor trade is standing firm with a real sense of “let’s just get on with things”.

Yes there’s been ripples in the water as a result of the EU Referendum, with Vauxhall, Ford and Peugeot having implemented small price rises across their cars in the six weeks since the UK voted to leave the European Union, according to Daksh Gupta, CEO of Marshall Motor Holdings during a recent interview with TradePlates.TV.

“It’s only been small percentages, but I think clearly one of the things (driving it) is “what’s the impact of sterling going to be?”, said Gupta.

He said: ‘If you take what we’ve seen with these manufacturers that have put their pricing up, it’s only been one or two per cent. So, if you’re saying that an average vehicle is £20,000 and you took a midpoint and said it was a five per cent increase – that’s £300.

In related news, the boss of Nissan has said future decisions about the car giant’s Sunderland plant will depend on the outcome of Brexit negotiations. However he was ‘reasonably optimistic’ that the UK will continue to be a key partner of the European Union.’

Ghosn told the BBC: ‘I don’t think today you can talk about any impact before we see what is the new status of the UK. Most of the production out of Sunderland is exported to Europe. So obviously for us, the relationship which is going to prevail between the UK and Europe is very important.’

So even with all the negative forecasting leading into the Referendum,  businesses and consumers are keeping calm, and carrying on as normal.

“Just keep swimming.”

In terms of new car sales last month, England was the only part of the UK with an increase in new car registrations during July 2016 according to figures released by the SMMT. Sizable falls of around 8% in Scotland and Wales was offset by a modest increase of 1,900 vehicles in England, which just about kept the UK sales figures afloat.

New car sales in Scotland were down to 12,471 in July 2016, a fall of just over 8% compared to July 2016, with a similar fall in Northern Ireland’s monthly registration figures to 3,899.

The year-to-date presents a more positive picture with an increase of around three per cent with 1,594,509 registrations. This is up 44,760, but it’s the 56,100 increase from England that keeps the overall number in growth.

This year sees Northern Ireland’s registrations increase by 233 vehicles while those in Wales fell by 100, and Scotland have fallen by 1,473.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “After a healthy start to 2016 and record registrations in 2015 the market is showing signs of cooling. The automotive market is a vital part of the British economy and it’s important government delivers the economic conditions which instil business and consumer confidence. With low interest rates, attractive finance options and exciting new models coming to the showrooms, the market still has lots to offer customers.”

Looking at the graph below it seems everything is starting to settle onto a healthy plateau.

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We’ll keep an eye on the months ahead and report the latest figures right here, so please check back soon!


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