No dissection of how car dealerships have fared these last 12 months would be complete without mention of the COVID curveball thrown at the industry.
When the pandemic hit early last year, it sent car sales into a tailspin. New car purchases were down significantly in April and May as consumers grappled with what the pandemic would mean for them – and how hard it would hit them in the hip pocket1.
With new vehicle sales (and dealer profitability generally) down in the two years prior to the COVID outbreak, it’s fair to say the sector went into the start of the 2020/21 Financial Year bracing for the worst.
What we’ve seen since May 2020, however, is a surprising return to form for the sector.