Watch: How coronavirus is affecting the automotive aftermarket

Garage managers encouraged to use time effectively to plan for future

Watch: How coronavirus is affecting the automotive aftermarket
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In the second of its ‘Autotech Talks’ series, Autotech Recruit’s CEO Gavin White speaks to Quentin Le Hetet, general manager of GiPA UK and a respected figure in the automotive aftermarket intelligence field.

Since the start of the pandemic GiPA has been tracking the activities of the European automotive aftermarket.

Providing an insight on the country to country variances, Quentin highlights how German garages, with a marginally better result, are considered to be, ‘bucking the trend,’ with alternative strategies to working around the restrictions, while deliberating on the plight of Italy, and the current measures in place within a country the UK is considered just weeks behind in the pandemic.

Sharing European car sales data, he considers the short, and long-term impact on the automotive aftermarket.

While much of the deficit won’t be recoverable, Quentin shares tips and strategies on how garage managers should be using this time to effectively plan for the future.

From training, “the need for fresh blood will not go down,” looking at new, flexible ways of working, and dealing with the inevitable demand from an ageing car parc as a result of lower new car sales.

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