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A DVLA statement said: “A prospective purchaser may test drive a vehicle on trade plates, without the trader licence holder being present. Trade plates are the property of the secretary of state and motor traders should take all precautions to ensure that trade plates are not stolen.”

However, the move has already raised concerns, with Jem Emirali, from motor trade insurance brokers Aston Lark, telling Car Dealer Magazine: “It is highly unlikely motor trade insurance policies will offer this as standard, so dealers need to speak to their broker.’

REDTAIL Telematics has a broker-proven solution to safeguard your fleet.  Firstly, a self-fit device option that will combine to fit all cars in your showroom:

Secondly, an App that will allow you to see in real time the location and journey of your potential buyer (and how he drove your asset, by the way)

Both elements of the solution are readily available and deployable – easy to install and get going.  With this fleet tracking capability, you and your dealerships can monitor and control test drives in this new environment, providing good customer service whilst remaining accountable for your assets.

There is also then the opportunity to upsell a variety of tracking solutions to the customer at the point of sale, with the further advantage that you can also prompt the customer to return for servicing based upon mileage or dashboard malfunction indicators.

Please give Andrew a call on 07487 273631 to discuss your specific requirements and how we can help.