Afternoon round-up: Telematics to aid used car sales, new Vauxhall MD, ex-fleet diesel prices up


Used fleet vehicles could be sold with telematics data

Telematics data could be provided to used car buyers to illustrate how well ex-fleet and lease vehicles have been driven, according to tracking specialist Trak Global Group.

“Customers are within their rights to question the history of a rental vehicle which may have been hired out hundreds of times or a fleet vehicle that has been used by many different drivers,” said marketing and propositions director, Andrew Brown-Allan.

“Used car buyers would be reassured if it were possible to illustrate and certificate a vehicle’s ‘driving history’, along with details of previous ownership and service records, and we urge rental and fleet companies to make more of this when they come to sell on their vehicles.

“If used cars from the rental and fleet sector are advertised with a ‘bill of health’ that shows how they’ve been driven, similar to the energy performance certificate (EPC) for houses, customers will have the reassurance they need.”

New MD for Vauxhall

Following its takeover by PSA, Vauxhall has announced that Stephen Norman has will become its managing director from 1 February. Stephen Norman, Vauxhall MD 2018

He joins from PSA where he was chief sales and marketing officer and will report to Peter Christian Kuespert, sales, marketing and aftersales managing director of Opel/Vauxhall.

Norman succeeds Rory Harvey, who will leave the business at the end of February.


Used diesel prices on the up

Average second-hand diesel car prices increased by £294 to £11,123 in the final quarter of 2017, according to Autorola. 

The online remarketing firm said its used diesel sales had bucked negative press, and that petrol prices fell by £163 to £8,495 in the same three-month period.

“When you look at the figures both demand and prices for used diesels have been strong during 2017 and continue to outweigh that of petrols,” said Jon Mitchell, Autorola UK’s group sales director.

“Diesel prices are already moving back up to the highs of Q1 2017 and traders who are buying from our website are satisfying consumer demand which shows motorists haven’t been phased by unfavourable press coverage over recent months.”