Continued Success For ACF Car Finance

The UK’s leading specialist sub-prime car dealer, ACF Car Finance Limited, has reported an increase in demand for its services with the business demonstrating continued success during a difficult period.

ACF Car Finance specialises in helping customers to find the car they’re looking for and in helping to arrange finance at a monthly repayment to suit their budget and circumstances. The market leading company recently reported its highest monthly volume of customer applications, in the last 18 months of trading.

This continues from the success announced earlier this year in January where ACF Car Finance reported the highest number of customer applications ever processed in a single day, demonstrating its healthy trading position and emphasising its market leader status even further.

Norman Beaumont, Sales and Marketing Director for ACF Car Finance, commented: “No company has remained unscathed throughout 2009 as the market has been so unsettled, but there are encouraging signs which improve the outlook for 2010.“We believe that our success is due to a mixture of elements. Firstly the trading environment has changed and competition within the market has decreased, and there is a definite increase in the numbers of customers in the sub-prime and near-prime marketplace. This increase however also means that our customers are now more discerning than ever before and we have had to react to that changing customer profile. By using new channels to acquire vehicles we have been able to meet the new demands, giving customers exactly what they want, by stocking our branches with a wider choice of cars across all price ranges.

“Secondly, we have made a number of strategic business decisions in order to make the company more sustainable. By undergoing certain cost saving initiatives and streamlining the business, the company is leaner than it has ever been before, putting us in a much stronger position within the market.

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American Trio Of Car Brands Set For Co-Operative Motor Group In Nottingham Branch

The Co-Operative Motor Group (formerly SunWin Motors) has announced that three leading brands f r o m the United States of America will be coming to their Nottingham branch in Sherwood, Nottingham.

The three car brands being introduced via the Co-Operative Motor’s franchise are Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep, three well known and popular brands that could hopefully find a good home at the Nottingham branch. The Co-Operative currently offers the three brands at their Derby branch and to help boost sales of these cars the Nottingham branch will soon have Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles on their forecourt.

Dodge and Jeep in particular are well known for providing pickup trucks and larger countryside vehicles which would be perfect for off roading and farm work. Whereas Chrysler has become well known as an executive and luxury brand with its PT Cruiser and 300c being popular models.

The Co-Operative Motors Group is able to provide a helpful and transparent approach to buying a new or used car. With features such as the “My Forecourt” on their website potential buyers can easily store a virtual car park’s worth of vehicles customers are interested in potentially buying. Considered as a “one stop” solution for a new car purchase insurance and finance options can be selected to help cut down the amount of searching and research that has become associated with car purchases.

The Co-Operative Group have stated the new additions to the Nottingham branch will be happening soon, providing an even wider range of vehicles to choose f r o m when buying new or used cars such as used jeeps and used Chrysler cars for excellent prices.

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New Used car Website Has Wheels and is Screeching Out the Door

Vehicletext.com a UK based fast growing used car advertising service, for both new and used cars. They have simplified every detail of buying and selling a car.

Thousands of buyers are using this service to purchase or sell vehicles, ranging from Alfa Romeos to Used Volvos. If you have a car to sell, regardless of make and model, you could join the thousands that are already reaping the benefits for as little as 10 pounds. 10 pounds is all it takes to list your vehicle for a period of 2 weeks.

The creator of this site experienced great personal difficulty when trying to sell the car of a family member, and has used the advantages and disadvantages experienced, to create a site that makes selling a car as easy as possible.

“Not to long ago my mother wanted to sell her car so I decided to help her as I thought that this would be a simple task. How wrong I was! I decided to do some research as to where I could list it and how much it would cost. It turned out to be a very expensive and time consuming process. I placed a few adverts online and in the local paper. It ended up costing me a small fortune and placing an advert was a tricky process.”

Recent users of this site have claimed that it provided them with an effective solution, especially as a lot of them have also had bad experiences in the past. Vehicletext.com provided them with an easy and efficient solution without any stress or unnecessary worry.

Chief Executive of The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in the UK stated in May, 2009, that, ‘buying a second hand car is a major and potentially difficult purchase, given the fact that many consumers lack the necessary experience or knowledge to make an informed buying decision’. Sites like Vehicletext.com recognise these difficulties faced by the consumer and provide as many details as possible to alleviate these concerns.

A Vehicle Text Spoke person said:

Queries are important and the dedicated customer service team at Vehicletext.com take your queries seriously. Any possible question you may have regarding a car sale or purchase will be answered thoroughly.

It has been said that the comprehensive customer support team can even handle the most difficult of queries.

You will find this competitive site packed with quality features such as ‘real’ images, descriptions, car buying advice, finance options and insurance. This website is not just for personal sales and purchases, as dealerships can also take advantage of the web presence to expand their businesses further.

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Chester Firm In Driving Seat For Children In Need

ACF Car Finance Limited, based in Chester, has shown its support for national charity Children in Need after donating a car to raise funds for the renowned BBC appeal.

ACF Car Finance, which specialises in providing quality used cars and helping to arrange tailored car finance to meet each customers’ individual needs, donated a part-exchanged Vauxhall Vectra for the auction held on the 19th November. The auction was organised by British Car Auctions (BCA) in Walsall as part of the national fundraising campaign taking place across the UK for Children in Need.

The car achieved a fantastic £170 sale price and, as the auction house did not take any fees from the sale, all proceeds will now go directly to the charity.

Leyton Cooper, Group Buying Manager of ACF Car Finance, commented: “We are delighted to show our support for this worthy cause. There was a good auction performance on the night and the car achieved over 140% of CAP average, so we’re pleased that despite the financial climate people are digging deep to give as much as possible to Children in Need.”

This donation is the latest event in the firm’s long line of charitable activities throughout 2009, for a variety of worthy causes including the automotive and partner industry’s own charity BEN.

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EuropcarClub Launches in the UK

Europcar, the UK’s leading vehicle hire company, has launched EuropcarClub to offer the membership benefits of a car club with the flexibility of daily hire. The UK launch follows a successful roll out in France in 2008.

Bringing a fresh approach to car clubs, EuropcarClub is a subscription based service with two tiers – Easy and Premium. The new service is ideal for those who have decided to opt out of second car ownership but still want the flexibility of different cars to suit different demands or for those who just want to find ways to drive greener. EuropcarClub also offers a solution to businesses who don’t want the financial commitment of leasing or buying company cars.

The launch comes off the back of recent research conducted by Europcar* which found that across Europe, Britons are the most open to the idea of car sharing (34% vs. 28% for the rest of Europe), with the age group most open to giving up car ownership being 18 to 34 year olds.

The Europcar Club ‘Easy’ subscription promises members low rates on daily hire of any vehicle size or type – f r o m compacts to MPVs and vans – with no additional charges for excess cover, one way hires or additional drivers who are also members. Those who subscribe to EuropcarClub’s ‘Premium’ service will get discounted rates on all vehicles on Europcar’s fleet including Prestige f r o m Europcar which offers some of the most coveted vehicles on the road today.

All customers are guaranteed vehicles that are, on average, just 6 months old and can select a car group by its average CO2 emissions. In fact Europcar’s fuel-efficient and low emissions cars use 33% less petrol than the average car on the road.

Catriona Lougher, Marketing Director for Europcar said: “EuropcarClub is all about flexibility and cost-savings. Members can change cars on demand, leave a vehicle at any Europcar location and benefit f  r o m fantastic rates all year long. With no worries over depreciation, tax, maintenance and roadside assistance, they can enjoy access to vehicles suited for the job, the occasion or their mood. We believe EuropcarClub takes the car club concept to the next level and we are committed to be at the forefront of delivering transport solutions to meet the needs of today’s cost conscious and environmentally focused travellers.”

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Introducing an Online Cheaper and Easier Way to Sell and Buy Vehicles

Buying and selling used cars just got easier. Gone are the days when people had to rely on the print medium to place their advertisements and wait endlessly for potential customers to turn up. Moreover, they were still not guaranteed about the genuineness of the customer and could end up wasting a lot of time with such casual visitors.

At Vehicle Text, they can place advertisements for buying or selling cars online for a period of two weeks at just £10. The car advertised for sale gets the benefit of exposure to many thousands of potential buyers. All that is required to be done is to post the make, model, mileage covered, color and other such essential details of the car on the site and wait for the potential buyer to make the contact. It makes the entire process transparent and seamless without any middlemen involvement and that is advantageous to both the parties.

Similarly it is very convenient to look for a car to purchase. The site has an easy to use search facility that will throw up results based on price, area and the model sought. The seller can then be contacted directly to negotiate prices. One great advantage of buying through Vehicle Text is the warranty that accompanies the purchase making it possible for a buyer to take the vehicle back to the dealer in case of any malfunction. That is a departure from purchases at auction sites where there is no warranty provided.

The registration process is a simple one where the member is just required to provide some basic information such as name, email and contact number. This is a necessary step to list the vehicle on sale with the site.

The other useful features of the site include links to facilitate insurance, financing and HPI check. It would indeed be very reassuring to have the vehicle checked for its history including any previous damage, CO2 rating, inspection report and other relevant details before purchasing the vehicle.

Car enthusiasts and aficionados can pick up lot of useful information about how to care for the vehicles and look up some interesting reviews about them on the site. News about the automobile industry and other relevant articles pertaining to cars feature quite prominently and that is also likely to go down well with visitors to the site.

People who wish to buy or sell cars will thus find this initiative very beneficial for them and that in turn augurs well for the automobile industry.

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The Website Vehicletext.Com Provides A Reliable And Fast Way To Sell Cars Online, Giving An Ad Valuable Online Exposure

VehicleText provides ready access to a huge range of buyers and sellers of used cars, with luxury and economy models available for the discerning buyer to browse. The easy-to-use, simplistic interface ensures that any level of internet user can readily access the information in your advertisement, by making sure that your car is listed and available to a wide range of buyers from many locations.

The Website Vehicletext.Com Provides A Reliable And Fast Way To Sell Cars Online, Giving An Ad Valuable Online Exposure

Listing your vehicle ensures that a huge range of people online can access the information and they may even want to buy the vehicle listed.

Based in Middlesex, England the business owners developed the site after having a difficult time selling their mother’s vehicle. By avoiding the classic pitfalls and offering a complete service the site is able to not only sell cars, but also arrange finance and insurance options for vehicle buyers.

Selling a vehicle is easy. All that needs to be done after registration is the uploading of information pertaining to the current vehicle for sale. Making sure to provide all the information that one needs to make the purchase process a simple one for a potential buyer can make the process of selling one’s car smooth as silk.

As with any service provider online, there is an extensive set of terms and conditions that a user of the service should be aware of and adhere to when utilising the site. These terms are designed to secure and simplify the operation of the site for all parties.

The use of SSL technology ensures that credit card information is kept safe and secure, and makes the use of the website a breeze. There are several other facilities offered on the vehicletext.com site also.

Being able to perform an HPI check directly on the site provides information as to the history and legal status of the vehicle. The environmental rating of the vehicle and the Vehicle Identity can be ascertained and with this valuable information the sureness of the vehicles saleability can be known.

The operators of the site work hard to provide information on the used cars available, and this dedication to top quality service means that anyone using the site can be sure that they are operating in a safe and well managed environment.

The growing media facility being offered by the site provides a wide range of other services to the customer. Information on a variety of used cars and other articles covering the successful launch of new car models complete the excellent offering available.

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Europcar Has Been Named The World’s Leading Car Rental Company At The 2008 World Travel Awards

Europcar has been named the World’s Leading Car Rental Company, at the 2008 World Travel Awards ceremony in London, following its title of Europe’s Leading Car Rental Company in Portugal on October 17.

The World Travel Awards are the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry, with 187,000 industry professionals voting for the best company in each category across seven regions of the world.

These two global awards not only reflect Europcar’s professionalism but also its commitment to customer satisfaction: a double victory for the group, which further strengthens its position as Europe’s number one car rental company.

As the European Leader in short-term light- and utility vehicle rental, Europcar is strongly customer-orientated and strives to listen carefully to its customers’ demands. For the last two years the company has taken a global look at its customers’ mobility habits with a pan-European survey: the Europcar Mobility Observatory. This has enabled Europcar to better understand and predict drivers’ habits across Europe, in order to deploy car rental deals and offers which meet customers’ needs.

Europcar has also worked to make progress in innovation and formed partnerships with other leading travel industry players, to offer customers an ever wider and more accessible range of services, as well as renewing agreements with some of the leading names in the European tourism industry. These agreements include easyJet and Swiss, and the launch of a new service of reservations tailored to the customer’s needs with ACCOR.

Additional developments include the development of a new B2B website ‘click4wheels’, known in France as ‘Click@ndDrive’, which facilitates vehicle reservations through the websites of Europcar’s travel agency and tour operator partners. The car rental company has also recently launched a new mobile phone service, which allows users to make or change a reservation, and find the nearest car rental location from compatible mobile phones.

Jehan de Thé, Global Marketing Director of Europcar International, who accepted the trophy in London, commented: “We are truly proud to have won these two awards. They represent our commitment to providing the highest quality of service – a value shared by our entire network, as demonstrated by the awards won by Europcar in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central America.”

About Europcar:
Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals. The company serves business and leisure customers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Excluding franchise operations, in 2008 Europcar signed more than 10 million rental contracts, with 8,000 employees and a fleet exceeding 225,000 vehicles. In September 2008, Europcar and U.S. market leader Enterprise Rent-A-Car joined forces in a strategic commercial alliance to form the world’s largest car rental network, with more than 1.2 million vehicles and 13,000 locations around the world. Europcar is owned by the French investment company Eurazeo.

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The Co-Operative Accelerates Brand To Cover Motor Business

The Co-operative Group today unveiled the latest phase in the rebranding of its family of businesses – a positive change for almost 20 sites in its £250 million motor retailing operation.

The rebrand of 19 showrooms as The Co-operative Motor Group is part of The Co-operative’s £1.5 billion re-branding exercise – the largest in UK corporate history.

The dealerships, which until now, have traded under the Sunwin Motors brand, will be renamed in a move that marks their formal induction into the family of businesses, which includes food, funerals, travel, pharmacy, motors, financial services and legal services. More than two-thirds of the Group’s 5,000 outlets have been rebranded over the last two years.

Mike Austin, Managing Director of The Co-operative Motor Group said: “Sunwin has worked hard to establish a trusted reputation in the Midlands and North of England, and we intend to build on that by adopting The Co-operative’s strong brand.

“This is a name change only but it is the right time to make that change. The relaunch of The Co-operative brand has been a major success, and the financial performance of The Co-operative Group is stronger than ever, as is trust in our brand.”

The first of the Group’s dealerships to be rebranded will be the Renault dealership in Preston on October 27. The rebrand programme will be rolled out to the rest of the dealerships over the next (x) months.

The Co-operative Motor Group, formerly Sunwin, which represents nine major motor manufacturers (Renault, Nissan, Mazda, Peugeot, Fiat, Suzuki, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep), has reported sales of more than £250 million for the last financial year, and in the space of just over two years it has refitted more than two-thirds of its 4,300 used cars outlets with the new look.

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