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Although you seem to see lots of very new cars on the roads, the age of the average car on the road today is in fact eight years. Of course cars change hands all the time and, in an average car's lifetime, it will have four owners overall. But whether owners are holding on to their cars or selling them on, they'll need to keep them in the best shape possible to keep them running or to get the best price possible when they do sell them.

Euro Car Parts cuts plastic usage with new screenwash solution

Euro Car Parts is claiming it is first to market with an innovative screen wash product capable of cutting plastic waste by up to 80% and also helping to reduce transport emissions.

It's time to shine

After the winter months of grit and grime on the road, many people use the warmer weather and longer days of spring to give their cars a spring clean inside and out. "Car care sales are very seasonal," confirms Richard Garrie, area manager for Adam Purves (Galashiels). "Over the winter the roads are dirtier and people want lots of screen wash but when spring comes we see a massive uplift in valet sales things such as polish and wax."

Oils under pressure

With news that new car sales are likely to fall 5.5% this year, it's obvious that the average age of the vehicles on our roads is increasing. According to the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers' Association) report, Vehicles in Use Europe 2017, there were 38.2 million vehicles on the roads in the UK last year, with the average passenger car or light commercial vehicle being eight-and-a-half years old. However, there are 13.7 million vehicles on our roads that are more than 10 years old.

What a real Pro!

The Pro Elite (rrp £59.99) is the latest addition to the Stoplock security lock family.

Don't be fooled by counterfeit lube

The Verification of Lubricants Specifications (VLS) was set up in 2013 to protect end users and safeguard against counterfeit lubricants. It recommends three simple steps to ensure it can maintain product quality when it comes to car lubricants:

Enhanced JetMax range suits up to 75% of cars

Jet has just launched its new enhanced JetMax range of engine oils. Stuart Cufflin, transport and retail contracts manager at the company, explains the rationale behind the enhance-ments: "We first introduced JetMax in 2009 and the products have always been popular across our dealer network, but we wanted to further enhance the range to reflect the latest sales trends. Our latest range should suit up to 75% of cars. It has now been streamlined into five products to free up shelf space and make selection of the correct product easier and more accurate for customers and sales staff. We've also introduced striking new packaging to help distinguish the new and improved products in our dealers' stores. We review our range and formulas regularly to ensure the products offered are the best sellers and we're confident that this latest enhanced offering will be well-received by dealers and consumers alike."

A tailored approach

Tailoring your offer to your individual location is the key to a good car care offer, according to Graham Sims, chairman of Top 50 Indie HKS Retail and he should know as the company has over 70 sites across the country.

Top gear

Fraser's Budgens of Marlborough took the top prize for Best Car Care and Lubricants outlet (sponsored by Convenience Distribution Group CDG) at last year's Forecourt Trader of the Year awards and it's easy to see why.

Scraping a living

At this time of year, car care is more about de-icer and screen wash than shampoo and a chamois. Graham Tissiman, sales and marketing manager at the Convenience Distribution Group, advises retailers to make sure they're adequately stocked up with winter products. "Consumers are usually caught unawares by the weather," he says. "They're busy and only realise they need de-icer when they wake up to a frost, so stopping and getting some at the local forecourt is what many will do. And the grit on the road will leave residue on the windscreen so screen wash is important too. If a driver's screen wash has run out they need it there and then. Bigger forecourts often have a pallet display but all sizes of forecourts should stock it. It's a good cash sale with 5ltr selling at £4.99."

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 18 May 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East112.4663.50123.15106.89
East Midlands112.21122.26106.78
London113.5664.90124.71108.57
North East110.8763.90125.50105.36
North West111.4965.90121.74106.55
Northern Ireland108.30111.90101.84
Scotland110.85121.31104.90
South East113.30122.65108.11
South West112.20120.84106.51
Wales110.67120.17104.73
West Midlands112.13125.92106.81
Yorkshire & Humber111.7057.70123.12106.23

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