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Round-Up: Three-in-10 chance SME cars will break down, New BCA LCV sale, Focus ST Wagon

Three-in-10 chance SME vehicles will break down, says RAC

RAC SME break-down

There is a three-in-10 chance that vehicles being run by SMEs will break down every year, the RAC has claimed.

The RAC calculated this statistic after analysing SME call-outs during the first quarter of 2019 and added that each small business with its breakdown cover is likely to have two break-downs a year.

The most common RAC SME call-out relates to batteries, equating to 18% of all RAC breakdown jobs for small businesses, while tyres are responsible for generating the second biggest volume of call-outs, making up 13% of all breakdowns and clutch problems complete the top three most common SME vehicle breakdowns seen by RAC patrols, making up 5% of all SME call-outs.

BCA launches Somerset sale

Remarketing giant BCA has reported a bounce-back in fleet and lease-sourced light commercial vehicles

BCA has launched a new commercial vehicle sale at its Bridgewater remarketing centre.

Sales take place on alternate Wednesdays featuring commercial vehicles from Lex and UKCGR and BCA said it launched the programme owing to demand from buyers in the South West.

“The new programme is attracting plenty of support from buyer customers located in the South West and Wales with strong engagement both in-lane and online. It suits those buyers who don’t find it easy to locate stock but prefer to source stock locally,” said Jon Gilbert, business development director of commercial vehicles at BCA .“We will be expanding this new LCV sales platform into a weekly format at Bridgwater and there are a number of additional vendors eager to participate.”

Focus ST Wagon revealed

ST Wagon

Ford has released images and details of a performance version of its Focus estate.

The ST Wagon goes on sale from the summer and is powered by a 280hp 2.3-litre petrol engine with six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission or a 190hp 2.0-litre diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission.

The ST Wagon is priced from £30,595 for the 2.0-litre diesel diesel variant and from £33,095 for the 2.3-litre petrol.