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Round-Up: Damage dents remarketing profits, ULEZ boosting used sales?, VW supplies school

Poor vehicle repairs impacting remarketing companies

Van damage

Poor repair work to used cars is becoming a larger problem thanks to the rise of PCP deals and private motorists often choosing the cheapest bodyshop, the Vehicle Remarketing Association has said.

It said more and more vehicles are being presented online and at auction with poor repairs by previous owners which makes these vehicles harder to shift.

Sam Watkins, chair of the VRA, said: “Previous poor repairs are a real problem when it comes to a vehicle sale. They affect the value, they make the vehicle trickier to sell and they can lead to a delay in the sale if they need to be brought up to an acceptable standard.”

ULEZ boosting used car sales?

Cox Automotive reports stable used car market

Vehicle history checking website has said it is expecting to see an “influx of desirable five-year old diesels for the wider used car market.

According to the company, the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone is prompting a regional upturn in sales as grey fleet drivers living near the capital upgrade to compliant models.

The firm also named the Skoda Kodiaq as its ‘used car of the month’.

“With its bold design, functional interior and respectable price point, the Škoda Kodiaq was well received when it arrived in the UK back in 2017. Fast forward a couple of years and strong residual values and great build quality make it even more enticing as a used proposition,” said valuation services team manager at, Jon Wheeler.

VW becomes sole supplier to driving school

VW driving school

Volkswagen has become the new sole supplier for the Bill Plant Driving School with the firm taking on T-Roc models alongside its existing fleet of Golf vehicles.

The T-Roc appears in the Bill Plant Driving School fleet in SE specification, while the Golf is finished in the Match trim.

Tom Hixon, head of instructor support at Bill Plant Driving School, said: “We’ve received tremendously positive feedback from our driving instructors and pupils about the new Volkswagen Golf, and we also welcome the T-Roc to the Bill Plant Driving School fleet. Every week hundreds of pupils will have their first experience of driving with Bill Plant Driving School inside either a Volkswagen Golf or T-Roc. This is a tremendous partnership for Bill Plant Driving School as we continue to grow our business in 2019.”