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The shortlist for all award categories will be announced on Friday, 23 August.

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Aftersales Excellence Award

The Aftersales Excellence Award will acknowledge and reward best practices and sales performance in aftersales by independent dealers.

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This category is open to standalone sites and groups with judges looking for evidence of profitable sales, good practice and excellent customer service. Entrants will need to show how they engage with their customer base in aftersales from servicing to parts sales and repairs

• Open to independent dealers

• Entrants can be standalone or multiple sites

• Entrants need to supply aftersales financial performance and sales figures

• Entrants need to submit a supporting statement (500 words maximum) outlining why they should be considered for this award

• Please submit photos/video of showroom and forecourt to support your entry

Auction House of the Year

The winner of this category will be decided in a poll on the Motor Trader website. (www.motortrader.com)

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Car Supermarket of the Year

The Car Supermarket of the Year Award will acknowledge and reward best practices in the sourcing and selling of nearly-new and used cars by car supermarkets.

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This category is open to standalone sites and groups with judges looking for evidence of profitable sales, good stock turn and excellent customer service. Entrants will need to show how they engage with their customer base and are setting standards for best practice.

• Open to all car supermarkets

• Entrants can be standalone sites or groups

• Entrants need to supply financial performance and sales figures

• Entrants need to submit a supporting statement (500 words maximum) outlining why they should be considered for this award

• Please submit photos/video of showroom and forecourt to support your entry

Fastest Growing Dealer of the Year

This award is open to independent car dealers and looks at the sales and financial performance in their two most recent financial years.

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Judges will be looking for evidence of a clearly planned and executed launch programme supported by the business’s short and long term business aspirations. Evidence of good sales performance, innovative marketing and entrepreneurial flair will also be assessed. Customer testimonials would also support entries.

• Open to car retailing sites and their sales and financial performance in 2018

• Entrants need to show a clearly planned and executed sales programme

• Judges will look for sites which have displayed innovative marketing and entrepreneurial flair

•Entrants need to submit a supporting statement (500 word maximum) outlining why they should be considered for this award

• Please submit photos/video of showroom and forecourt to support your entry

Independent Community Dealer of the Year

The Independent Community Dealer of the Year recognises and rewards independent used car dealers who are actively involved in their communities, looking at how a business works within the community for mutual benefit.

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Judges will look for evidence of excellent showroom presentation standards for premium and top end cars.

• Single-site businesses and multiple sites are eligible

• Customer testimonials would also support entries

• Simply follow our criteria headings and tell us how you have excelled in your chosen category

• We will need a maximum of 500 words for your entry

• Please submit photos/video of showroom and forecourt to support your entry

Independent Sales Manager of the Year

The category is open to sales managers in independent used car dealers.

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Judges will look for clear evidence of innovative sales programmes, performance and genuine teamwork.

• Customer testimonials would also support entries

• Open to sales teams based at independent dealer sites

• Judges will be looking for evidence of innovative sales programmes and teamwork

• Customer testimonials would support entries

• Simply follow our criteria headings and tell us how you have excelled in your chosen category

• We will need a maximum of 500 words for your entry

• Please submit photos/Video of showroom and forecourt

Newcomer of the year

This award is open to independent car dealers which opened during the 24 month period between December 2016 and December 2018.

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Judges will be looking for evidence of a clearly planned and executed launch programme supported by the business’s short and long term business aspirations. Evidence of good sales performance, innovative marketing and entrepreneurial flair will also be assessed. Customer testimonials would also support entries.

• Open to car retailing sites which opened between June December 2016 and December 2018

• Entrants need to show a clearly planned and executed launch programme

• Judges will look for sites which have displayed innovative marketing and entrepreneurial flair

• Entrants need to submit a supporting statement (500 word maximum) outlining why they should be considered for this award

• Please submit photos/video of showroom and forecourt to support their entry

Outstanding Achievement

The Outstanding Achievement Award, will go to the independent dealer who in the view of the Motor Trader Awards judging panel has most notably raised the profile and enhanced the reputation of independent used car dealers.

If you'd like to suggest someone for this category, please email john.kirwan@emap.com. 

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Among the qualities the panel seeks will be high levels of professionalism, innovation and community spirit. The winner will be nominated by the Independent Dealers’ panel of judges. Judges will choose the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the UK independent car retailing. The panel will reward high levels of professionalism, innovation and community spirit. 

Digital Initiative of The Year Award

The Digital Initiative Award recognises and rewards the best use of digital media

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Social Media Campaign of the Year

Our panel of judges will be looking for Independent Dealers who have successfully improved their online presence by reaching audiences engaged with social media platforms.

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Supporting measurement data, including Google Analytics should be included.

• Open to all independent dealers

• Supporting measurement data, including Google Analytics, should be included

• Entrants need to show evidence of best practice

• Simply follow our criteria headings and tell us how you have excelled in your chosen category

• We will need a maximum of 500 words for your entry.

• Please submit photos/video of showroom and forecourt to support their entry

UK Independent Dealer Customer Care Award

Open to independent used car dealers this award recognises efforts to promote customer care which have contributed to a business’ profits and success.

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Entrants need to demonstrate high levels of customer satisfaction, loyalty and repeat business. Judges will be looking for a business which is setting new benchmarks and raising the professionalism of the sector. Customer testimonials must be included.

• Open to independent vehicle dealers retailers

• Entrants need to show high levels of customer satisfaction, loyalty and repeat business

• Testimonials should be included

• Entrants need to submit a supporting statement (500 word maximum) outlining why they should be considered for this award

• Please submit photos/video of showroom and forecourt to support your entry

UK Independent Dealer of the Year General Sales

Judges will look for evidence of excellent showroom presentation standards for general sales.

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Single-site businesses and multiple sites are eligible. Customer testimonials would also support entries.

• Recognises excellence across marketing, used car sales and training

• Local community initiatives and customer testimonials would support entries

• Simply follow our criteria headings and tell us how you have excelled in your chosen category

• We will need a maximum of 500 words for your entry

• Please submit photos/video of showroom and forecourt to support your entry

UK Independent Dealer of the Year Premium cars

Judges will look for evidence of excellent showroom presentation standards for premium cars.

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Single-site businesses and multiple sites are eligible. Customer testimonials would also support entries.

• Recognises excellence across marketing, used car sales and training

• Local community initiatives and customer testimonials would support entries

• Simply follow our criteria headings and tell us how you have excelled in your chosen category

• We will need a maximum of 500 words for your entry

• Please submit photos/video of showroom and forecourt to support your entry

Used Car Website of the Year

Premium & Specialist Sales

General Sales

Judges will look for excellent functionality, ease of use and regularly refreshed content. 

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Entrants should explain what makes their site the best and support their entry with traffic figures. URLs directing our judges to any special features would be useful.

• Open to independent vehicle retailers

• Entrants will need to show excellent functionality, ease of use and regularly refreshed content

• Traffic figures and URLs to any special features would be useful

• The website needs to be setting industry standards

• Simply follow our criteria headings and tell us how you have excelled in your chosen category

• We will need a maximum of 500 words for your entry

• Please submit photos/video of showroom and forecourt to support your entry