Year: 2020

Death of a car salesman looms as dealers go online

The epochal shift to online could sound the death knell for the car salesman - Hugo Wilbur for The Telegraph
The epochal shift to online could sound the death knell for the car salesman – Hugo Wilbur for The Telegraph

The Covid-19 crisis has driven the UK’s 4,500-strong franchised car dealer network to a Darwinian junction: adapt to survive or risk extinction.

Car dealerships have been open to process sales since early June but demand to splash out on big-ticket purchases has plummeted as the UK enters a huge recession. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has predicted a 27pc fall in new car sales this year, making it the worst year since 1993.

Meanwhile dealers are looking to save costs where possible. Lookers, one of the UK’s biggest listed dealerships, has announced plans to shed 1,500 staff – almost a fifth of its workforce – and close 12 sites as sales crash due to coronavirus.

Even before Covid, the sector was grappling with the challenge posed by the

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25 Tips and Tricks for Buying a Car Online During the Pandemic

The coronavirus shutdown has forced car dealers and auto manufacturers to place a much greater emphasis on selling vehicles online. The process isn’t new to the COVID-19 crisis, but the current situation has compelled virtually every major automaker to expand their online offerings to the point that you can now research, select, test drive, negotiate for and purchase virtually any new car without leaving your home. Here’s what to keep in mind when buying a car.

Last updated: July 10, 2020

Don’t Panic, Not Much Has Changed

If you’re feeling overwhelmed about the prospect of buying a car online for the first time, don’t. Much of the traditional car-buying process — shopping, researching, applying for loans, etc. — takes place online anyway, so not that much is different. The important thing is not to forget the basics.

Open Your Mind, Even If You’ve Already Made It Up

If you’re about

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2021 Ford Bronco Is Exciting for Bronco Fans and Dealerships, and They Intend to Party

From Car and Driver

  • The 2021 Ford Bronco unveiling, happening on Monday, July 13, at 8 p.m., will be the occasion for viewing parties around the country, both online and at dealerships.
  • Dealerships will show off vintage Broncos and serve food while customers watch the event unfold on big screens.
  • Car and Driver was assured by two dealerships we talked to that they will follow social distancing rules during the events.

The Bronco is coming. After snippets of news, copious leaks, and a barrage of tiled Instagram posts, Ford will finally show the world its updated off-road beast set to challenge the Jeep Wrangler. People are hyped and Ford is doing its best to make sure that the SUV is in our thoughts and dreams until it pulls the sheet off a Bronco during an event on Monday night starting at 8 p.m. ET.

For some dealerships and enthusiasts, this

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2021 Ferrari Portofino Upgraded To Make 612 HP, EPA Filing Indicates

There’s also an eight-speed gearbox that improves fuel economy.

The 2021 Ferrari Portofino will get a power upgrade to 612 horsepower (456 kilowatts), versus the current output of 591 hp (441 kW). It will also gain an eight-speed gearbox to replace the existing seven-speed unit. Motor Trend was first to uncover this info by digging through EPA filings.

There’s already a listing on the EPA’s fuel economy website a model with the designation 2021 Ferrari F164 BCB. To clarify this, F164 is the Prancing Horse’s internal code for the Portofino. The meaning of the BCB portion is a mystery to us.

The Pretty Portofino:

If a Ferrari making 612 hp and using an eight-speed gearbox sounds familiar it’s because the same powertrain is in the Roma coupe. The Prancing Horse’s more detailed EPA emissions filing even certifies the two vehicles in the same document.

The EPA also has a listing

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