Demand for new cars falls to 21-year low, says Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

Demand for new cars fell to a 21-year low last month, industry data shows.

Some 328,041 new cars were registered in the UK in September, down 4.4% on the total of 343,255 during the same month in 2019, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

This was the weakest September performance since 1999 when new number plates began being issued twice per year, in March and September.

Sales of battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars bucked the trend with rises of 184.3% and 138.6% respectively.

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Overall registrations during the first nine months of the year were down 33.2% compared with the same period in 2019.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “During a torrid year, the automotive industry has demonstrated incredible resilience, but this is not a recovery.

“Despite the boost of a

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How businesses, government agencies work together to update pollution-spewing older cars

 

Environmental Initiative, along with some partnering organizations, is expanding its work to make Minnesota’s vehicles cleaner, safer and more energy efficient.

This latest work comes 15 years after the same partners retrofitted the first of 4,500 diesel school buses, trucks and off-road equipment as part of what Environmental Initiative called Project Green Fleet.

Environmental Initiative, or EI, is financed by Flint Hills Resources with support from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the city of Minneapolis. The group has now launched Project CAR (Clean Air Repairs) with designs on fixing older passenger cars, trucks and vans that cause 90% of vehicle emissions.

Last week, technicians worked on several vehicles of working-poor customers of the Lift Garage on E. Lake Street in Minneapolis that need tires, batteries, fluid changes and the like. The owners were cleared based on financial need to get additional pollution-control work through Project CAR.

“Our customers

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Cheap Repo and Seized Cars for Sale at Free Government Auctions

If your idea of a great deal on a car is paying thousands less then its current value then you might want to consider trying one of the free government auctions that occur around the country every week. Cheap repo and seized cars for sale are the most prevalent items to be found at these auctions so you stand a good chance of scoring a great deal. And the best part is it doesn’t cost anything to attend a government auction, you just need to be at least eighteen years of age with a valid driver’s license.

You will find all makes and models from every model year at a repossessed car auction. All of which will be offered at well below Blue Book price for the simple fact that the government simply wants to get rid of them. As long as the administrative costs of processing and auctioning off … Read More

Government Seized Car Auction – Drive Home Used Cars Dirt Cheap!

Unless you are hibernating or watching too much football for the past years, you must have heard of government seized car selling dirt cheap. Everyday, for so many years now, government agencies have been selling seized cars to the highest bidder. (This is not only limited to surplus and repossessed cars. There are also boats, aircraft, electronic devices, office equipment, furniture, heavy machineries, and foreclosed or seized lots and houses.)

How is it possible?

It may sound to you that the government is so desperate to sell these seized cars but the truth is, seized vehicles occupy a lot of space, which in turn is equivalent to money spend on storage. So, the government agencies willfully sell these vehicles to anyone who is willing to pay for them through auction. Another reason is that the money generated from these government seized car auctions are extra income which will go back … Read More

Government Auto Auctions – Cars Under 500 Dollars?

Until recently, used car prices had been going through the roof. They started getting cheaper when gas headed toward $4 a gallon, and then when the credit crisis hit, and there were a lot of repos on the market, they got even cheaper. Now that gas is back down under $2, they’ve gone back up somewhat, but they’re still cheaper than a while back. Of course, “cheap” is a relative term, and one man’s bargain is another man’s extravagance. What if you need a car fast, and you only have five hundred bucks? I’d head for government auto auctions. Cars under 500 dollars are available there.

Now, don’t get me wrong. At government auto auctions, cars under 500 dollars aren’t a dime a dozen. They really aren’t even plentiful. But you stand a very good chance of finding one or two such bargains at any given government auction you attend. … Read More

Find Government Auction Cars

Many people are searching for cheap used cars in an effort to save money and get a good deal. Gone are the days when one would go to the local car dealer and negotiate a sale on a used car. The profit margins are hitting everyone right in the pocketbook, and it’s just not the best place to buy.

One of the first places you should consider is to find government auction cars in your area. There are government car auctions in most every state and the vehicles are in decent condition. Why are these used vehicles in good condition?

First off, the used vehicles were generally part of the government fleet and have been maintained appropriately. They are also loaded with all the options generally considered necessary by consumers. Remember, it’s been government officials and employees driving these vehicles around. So, they have to be in decent condition.

There … Read More