Looking for a used car or even a used bike? You’re in luck, as the Auto Selection Used Car Sales Carnival is happening this weekend at Desa Park City, with great savings on a wide variety of vehicles!

Auto Selection is the preferred used car dealer under Sime Darby Motors, and you’ll be able to choose from a vast selection of vehicles from various brands including Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Ford and many others.

You’ll also be able to trade in your existing car or bike, and find the right finance for your next vehicle. On top of that, there will be other fun activities for you to enjoy, including outdoor games and food trucks!

So, what are you waiting for? Bring your friends and family over to the Auto Selection Used Car Carnival at Desa Park City from November 17 to 19, from 9am to 6pm. For more details, visit the official Auto Selection website or its Facebook page.

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Sinckler answers car dealers’ call

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Government today moved to Parliament to raise the chargeable value from $55,000 to $60,000 on motor vehicles, following complaints from car dealers that the recent hike in National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL)had driven the cost of mid range vehicles out of the reach of ordinary Barbadians.

In tabling the Excise Tax (Validation of Tax) Motor Vehicles Bill in the House of Assemblythis afternoon, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler sought to assure that Government would still collect its share of revenues from the NSRL, which was increased from two to a whopping ten per cent on July 1 this year.

However, it is expected to result in an immediate lowering of revenues from excise taxes on motor cars even though Government expects to more than make up for the expected shortfall by way of higher sales of mid range vehicles, which, with the increase in the NSRL, were said to costing as much as some luxury range vehicles.

“So to avoid that effect the dealers and the Barbados Revenue Authority . . . said the way you adjust that, the way you avoid that problem is to move the chargeable value up from $55,000 to $60,000. So you change the band for the vehicle and allow then the landed value on the excise, in spite of the increase in the NSRL, to remain basically within the range of what we would call a mid-range affordable vehicle,” Sinckler explained.

“That, the BRA has advised, can be safely done without compromising any of the revenue . . . to the Government and interrupt any of the projections which we have made unduly. So having seen that, the Ministry of Finance said once we can get what we have projected to get, then we see no reason why we could not allow the chargeable value to go up from $55,000 to $60,000,” he added.

Pointing outthat such a move was done in the past, Sinckler said it was never Government’s intention to dramatically increase the cost of vehicles by way of taxes.

The rate of excise on imported vehicles is calculated based on the chargeable value which is based on the cost of insurance and freight plus import duty, plus NSRL and Value Added Tax if applicable, plus the size of the engine.

Currently where the vehicle engine size does not exceed 1,600cc and the chargeable value is below $55,000, then the excise charge is 46.95 per cent. If the capacity is less than 1,600cc but the chargeable value is greater than $55,000 then the excise rate is 64.35 per cent.

“If the engine capacity is more than 1,600cc and the chargeable value does not exceed $55,000 the excise tax moves to 76.34 per cent. And where the engine capacity is more than 1600cc but less than 1800cc and the chargeable value exceeds $55, 000, the excise tax then moves to 93.7 per cent,” the Minister of Finance said, as he gave an idea of the taxes that were being paid.

“Finally, where the engine capacity is over 1,800cc and the chargeable value exceeds $55,000, the excise tax rate moves to 120 per cent,” he added.

The resolution, which was approved, also called for a validation of previous adjustments, which Sinckler pointed out were done under administrative order from his ministry.

“On investigation the Chief Parliamentary Council thought it was tidier and more legally certain to have this enshrined in legislation by way of effecting an amendment to the Act and adjusting regulation by way of order to ensure there be any avoidance of doubt and we agree,” he said.

2015 Nissan Leaf in front of Longfellow Bridge, Boston [photo: John Briggs]

2015 Nissan Leaf in front of Longfellow Bridge, Boston [photo: John Briggs]

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Yet another study has revealed that many dealerships across the United States still don’t prioritize electric cars and haven’t prepared for their growth.

The latest report showed dealerships still practice the same unhealthy habits uncovered in earlier studies, including a lack of electric-car inventory, little to no marketing, and an apparent lack of education on local and national incentives.

The goal was to assess how dealers will handle a buyer base that will only grow in the future as electric cars become a more feasible, more popular mode of personal transportation.

The firm deployed mystery shoppers to the highest-selling electric vehicle markets in the U.S. Tesla aside, the outlets for every brand on the market did not perform particularly well.

Above all, the study found major inconsistencies across dealerships.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier and 2017 BMW i3 electric car, Aug 2017 [photo: Tom Moloughney]

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One dealer might provide excellent information and have the knowledge to help a buyer choose an electric car.

But another dealership might utterly dismiss electric cars and default to pushing a vehicle that was easier to sell, such as a hybrid or a gasoline-only car.

The study found many dealers held the unspoken belief that shoppers must be prepared for a less-than-stellar shopping experience if they insisted on an electric car.

One example was the lack of physical inventory at the dealership itself. Many salespeople urged mystery shoppers to accept the electric car that was presently available, instead of making the effort to search for the car requested.

In some cases, the salesperson didn’t offer test drives, questions on the cars went unanswered, and—more often than not—electric cars were not on display in the dealer’s showroom.

The study echoes advice from the Sierra Club aimed at helping automakers make the sale of electric cars more seamless, and it starts with training.

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Without a knowledgeable sales force, many dealers will default to what they know best: a traditional car powered by an internal-combustion engine.

The entity also said allocating more inventory outside of popular electric-car states like California is essential.

Potentially the biggest draw for electric cars—federal and other tax credits or incentives—should be explained in full, too.

It’s not just one brand either; the study looked at 11 separate brands and found inconsistencies in every experience.


Complaints about used-car sales lead the list of top consumer complaints that Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office received in 2017.In all, DeWine’s office took in more than 22,000 complaints from consumers last year.Of those complaints, 3,750 involved in used cars. Getting title to the vehicle from the used-car dealer was often the subject of the complaint.Next on the list is shopping, often disputes about returns or the price of an item.Third on the list was cable television or bundling of

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Bristol Street Motors claims to be leading online innovation in the motor retail sector with what it has billed as “the UK’s first purely web-based used car sales platform”.

Developed in-house by group owners Vertu Motors the new system allows Bristol Street Motors retailer to offer customers the opportunity to purchase used vehicles through an entirely online system.

Customers to choose from more than 6,500 used vehicles and complete their purchase in under five minutes if they have the funds in place or arrange financial packages if they don’t.

In order to make the process as simple as possible for the customer, the vehicle can delivered to any UK mainland postcode.

Robert Forrester, chief executive officer of Vertu Motors, said: “This is a move by the Group to give customers more choice in how they purchase their next used car.

“I believe Vertu Motors is the first major motor retailer to have created an entirely online buying process for used cars, introducing true innovation to the motor retailing sector.”

Bristol Street Motors’s Buy Online used car retail system embraces a trend exploited by manufacturer online retail platforms, appealing to motorists who do not want to visit a dealership, with the car purchased and keys handed over all without the buyer ever needing to step onto a forecourt.

Forrester said: “Shopping online has only been around for just over 20 years and nobody could have foreseen how quickly it would become the norm for so many people to buy their groceries, clothes, furniture and much more this way, so buying a car online is a natural progression.

“With the launch of Bristol Street Motors Buy Online we are offering customers more choice, enabling them to create a bespoke buying process that suits their needs.”

Customers with a vehicle they wish to part exchange can use an online valuation tool and questionnaire, with the value of the vehicle automatically deducted from the cost of their purchase with any outstanding finance settled, if required.

Currently, Bristol Street Motors only offers a PCP finance option via its Buy Online platform.

Customers are able to receive an instant acceptance for finance online then review the documents at home – or in dealership, if they wish – before signing and returning the documentation.

A contact team is on hand to talk through and answer any questions on finance over the phone.

A statement issued by Vertu Motors said that the new purchasing portal is part of a continued investment by the top AM100 group to update its sales and marketing channels “to represent the changing consumer landscape and increasing importance of online sales to the economy”.

The statement added: “Official figures show that online sales are increasing at a significant rate. In September 2017 the average weekly spending online was £1.2 billion; an increase of 14% compared with September 2016 and the amount spent online accounted for 17% of all retail spending, excluding automotive fuel, compared with 15.6 % in September 2016.”