The Car Dealer Magazine Used Car Awards – held at The Brewery in London and hosted by TV’s Mr Wheeler Dealer Mike Brewer – recognised the best, brightest, smartest and downright nicest across the full spectrum of the used car trade, and hundreds of auto industry professionals gathered to find out who was going home with the trophies and certificates after an intensive judging process.
James Baggott, chief executive of the Baize Group, which owns Car Dealer Magazine publisher Blackball Media, told the audience: ‘Every year, a staggering eight million used cars change hands – and with the new car market catching a cold in 2018, many dealerships are citing their used car arms as the most vital to profitability.
There’re no doubt times are tough out there. Brexit uncertainty is covering the industry in a fog of discontent. Couple that with unhelpful anti-diesel rhetoric from an uninformed government.’
But this is the seventh year that the event had been held, and he added: ‘This year we had more entries than ever before – and those that put themselves forward took the judging very seriously too.
‘Our mystery shoppers were seriously impressed with the service they received from our winners, and our judging panel had incredibly tough calls to make.
‘So, let me be the first to congratulate everyone who made our shortlist, our highly commendeds and overall winners – you’ve achieved something incredible to make it here tonight.’
Roadside Kia in Coleraine are delighted not only to win the Used Car Dealer of the Year (over 100 cars) in 2017 but this year they came second place being highly commended in the category.
Roadside have over the last few years changed their business model and launched their Pre-Loved brand of used cars many of which are RAC Approved.
So, if you are in the market for a new or used car then come and see a wide range of Kia Approved and Pre-Loved RAC Approved Cars of many different brands all on a 2-acre site in Coleraine.