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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

Comment on latest SMMT used car sales figures

Date: Wednesday 12 August 2020

In response to the used car sales data recently released by SMMT, Andy Hamilton, CEO at LKQ Euro Car Parts, has voiced his views on the implications of the data.

“We expected to see sales pick up in June, as lockdown restrictions were relaxed, and with people being encouraged to use private modes of transport. Assuming this continues, it’s good news for the independent aftermarket, as older cars that are out of warranty will likely be taken to local garages for service and repair work, rather than going back to the dealers.
“After an extended period with little to no business coming through the workshop doors, this will give independent garages a welcome boost, and an opportunity to expand their customer base. And with a spike in MOTs on the way as well – as those that were deferred in lockdown will soon need to be completed, alongside those that are also due – the key for garages is going to be managing this demand safely and effectively.
“We’re committed to helping garages implement safety and hygiene measures in the workshop, and providing them with the latest tech to improve efficiency and accuracy in terms of quoting for, scheduling and carrying out work, to deliver a professional customer experience from start to finish.”