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Posted: Mon, 12/03/2018 - 15:03

Car dealers increased their used car sales by 5.4% during February as new sales faltered, enquiryMAX has found.

Analysis of data from over 700 dealers showed new sales dropped by 14.5% during the month, despite a 30% jump in the number of sales leads delivered via manufacturers and a nominal 1% increase in enquiries via the web.

 

The number of leads generated from the service department dropped by 1%, meanwhile.

David Boyce, managing director of enquiryMAX, said: “Our latest analysis shows that 2018 is set to be the year of the used car.

“Dealers with strong used car operations are maintaining sales momentum in a traditionally profitable area of business.

 

“Cross-selling from the service department to sales is a low cost and efficient route to generating business, and this should be a focus for every dealer.”

PCP penetration continued to grow with an increase from 65.8% in February 2017 to 69.5% in February 2018, according to enquiryMAX’s data.

The number of sales completed on the first day showed a marginal decline of 1% and the average price of a part exchange increased from £7,727 to £8,659. 

Posted: Mon, 05/02/2018 - 10:24

As a part of our “Top Jobs” series we are back with top jobs in the Hartlepool area so if you are still looking we have your back. See below and if one catches your eye do not hesitate to apply or you can call us on 0191 415 5010.

Job Reference: 

FT5405

Position: 

Painter/Panel Beater

Area: 

Hartlepool, North East

Hours: 

Mon - Fri 8:00am - 6:00pm (40 hours p.w.)

Basic Wage: 

£26k - £29k

 

Job Reference: 

FT5603

Position: 

MOT Tester/Technician

Area: 

Hartlepool

Hours: 

Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:30pm Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm 1:4

Basic Wage: 

£20k - £25k

 

Job Reference: 

FT5628

Position: 

Vehicle Service Supervisor

Area: 

Hartlepool

Hours: 

Mon - Fri 8:30am - 5:30pm Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm (1:4)

Basic Wage: 

£20k-£25k Plus Bonus

 

Job Reference: 

FT5629

Position: 

Engineer/Machinist

Area: 

Hartlepool

Hours: 

Mon - Fri 8:30am - 5:00pm

Basic Wage: 

£22k-£24k

 

Posted: Tue, 30/01/2018 - 15:06

If you are looking to elevate your career and move forward this year or just find employment within the motor trade we have listed below our top jobs in the Stockton area, if you find one you are interested in do not hesitate to apply and we will gladly help you.

 

Job Reference: 

FT5635

Position: 

Panel Beater

Area: 

Stockton

Hours: 

Mon - Fri 8:30am - 5:00pm Sat 8:30 - 12:00pm

Basic Wage: 

£10 ph.

 

Job Reference: 

FT5593

Position: 

Sales Executive

Area: 

Stockton

Hours: 

Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 6:30pm Sat 8:30am - 5:00pm Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm (rota)

Basic Wage: 

Wage: £12k - £15k OTE £30k - £35k+

 

Job Reference: 

FT5127

Position: 

HGV Technician

Area: 

Stockton, North East

Hours: 

Mon - Fri 8:00am - 9:00pm Sat 8:00am - 4:30pm Sun 8:00am - 4:30pm (4 on/4 off)

Basic Wage: 

£25,500

 

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Posted: Mon, 29/01/2018 - 16:21

an you believe it is already the end of January, time is flying so don’t miss out on these vacancies. Below you will find our picks for the top jobs in the Newcastle Area, take a look and if you find one you like, let us know by applying.

Job Reference: 

FT5634

Position: 

Transaction Manager

Area: 

Newcastle

Hours: 

Mon - Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm/7:00PM Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm Sun 10:30am - 4:30pm (1:2)

Basic Wage: 

£18k OTE £40k+

 

 

Job Reference: 

FT5623

Position: 

Vehicle Estimator

Area: 

Newcastle

Hours: 

Mon - Fri 7:00am - 5:30pm Sat if Required

Basic Wage: 

£30k OTE £33k+

 

 

Job Reference: 

FT5439

Position: 

Vehicle Painter

Area: 

Newcastle

Hours: 

Mon - Fri 7:30am - 4:30pm

Basic Wage: 

£11.00p.h.

 

 

Job Reference: 

FT5630

Position: 

Workshop Controller

Area: 

Newcastle

Hours: 

Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:30pm Sat 8:30am - 12:30pm (1:2)

Basic Wage: 

£22k-£24k OTE £25k - £30k

 

 

 

Posted: Thu, 18/01/2018 - 10:42

Am-Online have released a great article on the decline of new car registrations and the predictions for 2018 you can read the full article here https://www.am-online.com/news/market-insight/2018/01/05/new-car-registr...
Anyone working in motor trade knows that 2017 has been tough year and you will be able to see evidence of that by looking at the graph in the article. The scare mongering caused by the press over diesel cars has already had an effect on the sales on these vehicles.
However it is good to see that someone has seen the light that keeping older diesels on the road instead of having new cleaner more fuel efficient models is going have an adverse effect. It’s time to stop this scare mongering and let nature that its course.

Posted: Thu, 04/01/2018 - 11:32

Well here we are in 2018, Happy New Year to everyone.  This of course is the month that many people make New Year resolutions and these sometimes include finding a new job.  As we are all very much aware most people never follow through these resolutions - do you? Are you a person who says they will do something but don’t or are you the type who does what you say?  If this is you and your looking for a new job in the motor industry then you could not be in better hands than Ingenia, give us a call and make 2018 your best year yet.

Posted: Mon, 11/12/2017 - 12:15

A great article was published by Bodyshop Magazine about allocating around £30Million of a £400Million budget to training Technicians to be able to deal with the new technology that we will no doubt be seeing in this new breed of electric vehicles. It is important that Technicians will be able to understand how to correctly and successfully power down these vehicles to be able to maintain them. If you would like to read the full article you can read it here.

Posted: Tue, 21/11/2017 - 16:52

Inchcape have decided to increase Sales Executives basic pay to try and enhance the way customers are treated during the sales process. The way this will affect the customers experience is by removing the element of “high pressure” selling and allowing salesman to focus more on giving the customer a more personal service.

James Brearley Inchcape UK chief executive, said:  “Delivering an exceptional customer experience has always been and will always be at the heart of this business and in changing our sales structure we want to build a team of expert advisors, who are able to deliver a tailored customer experience every time”

“We are saying goodbye to the days of high pressure sales operations that relied on lower basic salaries and high commissions and drove unrealistic sales volumes - our plan will create an environment that puts the customer first every time”

It looks like Inchcape are really looking ahead and are recognising that times are changing in our industry for both customers and staff.

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Posted: Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:58

Sales executives at Arnold Clark are now working a five-day week, in a first for the car dealer group.

 

It is claiming an "industry-leading move to a five-day working week for sales staff", which has been initiated following feedback from staff.

Arnold Clark said it will help employees develop their career and give a flexible two days a week for the important things in life.

 

Arnold Clark group HR manager Lynne McBurney said, ‘The new five-day week commission structure has been introduced after discussions with our 11,000-strong workforce. The move lets those within sales enjoy a more flexible working pattern, allowing for a better work life balance.’

 

The company is recruiting sales executives throughout many of its 200 branches across the UK, and hopes the move will help it fill vacancies..

Jacquie Sherry, Arnold Clark group recruitment manager added: "We are confident that the more beneficial working pattern within our sales departments will attract those who are looking for a career in sales but have previously been discouraged by the long hours."

Posted: Wed, 27/09/2017 - 16:09

Ferrari North Europe welcomed four new service advisors and two new parts advisors to its UK retail network after hosting a graduation from its apprenticeship scheme. The six new recruits completed an intensive two-year apprenticeship with the brand as part of what the Italian supercar specialist sees as “The de facto route into a professional career with an Official Ferrari Dealership”.

This is living proof that an apprenticeship is not just something you do if “you don’t fancy going to uni” they can really give you opportunity’s to build an amazing career. Ferrari North Europe first introduced the in-house apprenticeship scheme in September 2011, and the company invested heavily in new classroom facilities, IT equipment, personnel and previous Ferrari cars in order to deliver on its promise to create the next generation of Ferrari Service Technicians.

Considering that Ferrari North Europe covers dealers outside the UK, we can then assume that less than 1000 people will have applied for apprenticeships in England. Because this is a brand leading power house company, we would have expected more young people trying to join their programs this is again proof that young people are not aware of the value of apprenticeships and seem to be getting talked into or blindly lead into further education when this may not necessarily their best career route.