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Car prep vital to maximise RVs as contracts lengthen

Date: 23 July 2009

The increased age of fleet disposals, thanks to contract extensions, mean its more important than ever to clean and repair cars to showroom condition to maximise RVs, according to consultancy Network Automotive.

"Many of the four year old ex-company cars going through auctions do look quite a lot more tired than the three year old ex-fleet stock that has formed the backbone of many dealer forecourts for a number of years," said Network Automotive managing director Colin Bruder.

Bruder said that time spent preparing these vehicles correctly would pay dividends because effectively, customers could find themselves paying noticeably higher prices for noticeably older vehicles than would have been the case as recently as 12 months ago.

He added: "It has been widely forecast that there will be a shortage of quality used cars in the second half of 2009 and already dealers are starting to suffer from a shortfall of good stock."