The Automotive Industry And 2008 What Will The Future Hold?

By Marketing Buzz

Rising fuel prices, unstable financial markets and taxation changes with the apparent aim of getting us to use our cars less often (or at least pay more to use them) have been just some of the issues that have affected the automotive industry in the past 12 months. This article looks at what 2008 may hold for the automotive industry and road users in general.

The US economy and the resulting weakness of the dollar looks like it may well contribute to the price of crude oil continuing to rise as investors have been holding the commodity instead of dollars. This means that as the cost of a barrel of crude oil comes close to the $100 figure then so fuel prices have also continued to rise.

So do higher fuel costs mean we are likely to buy or use cars, vans and Lorries less in 2008? Well seemingly not based on a latest poll of motorists. Despite fuel prices increasing at alarming rates a whopping 79 percent of motorists questioned said they had not changed their petrol and fuel buying habits and had no plans to do so. In fact the motorists questioned said petrol prices would have to increase at even more alarming rates to stop them from filling up.

Environmental issues would it seem not be as important as governments throughout the world as over 1 in 3 motorists confirmed they had no plans to replace their vehicles for more environmentally friendly cars before 2010.

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And so if motorists are seemingly unaffected by rising fuel costs and are prepared to continue driving despite increased road tax and the impact on the environment surely positive times are ahead for the industry in 2008?

Well before car manufacturers and dealers start doing cartwheels, caution would certainly be advised as whilst General Motors can seen promising performance in emerging markets they have seen big losses in both American and European markets.

And with the world economy in such an uncertain state as 2007 draws to a close 2008 could well see new car sales fall with used car sales increasing. Car sales and indeed sales of all types are also likely to increase via the internet in 2008 so car dealers (new and used) without an internet presence should really be looking at establishing themselves in this emerging marketplace.

And what of the actual motorist, what does 2008 have in store for us? Well how about further increases in vehicle tax, more toll roads, increased congestion charges and still a seeming lack of a viable alternative to road use through reliable, clean and safe public transport.

The good news for some motorists on one front is that whilst the government is seemingly do all they can to penalise the motorist, insurance premiums including car insurance, van insurance and motor trade insurance are pretty stable. In fact with such competition in the insurance industry the cost of insurance like combined motor trade insurance could even fall and savings could be made.

And motor traders who are looking to make savings on their motor trade insurance premiums in 2008 using a specialist insurance broker could well be the route to take to make sure they get the protection they need at a price that is right.

About the Author: For all your Motor Trade Insurance needs contact the Business Insurance Brokers, Northern Counties Insurance Brokers.


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Promotional Playing Cards Are Always A Winning Hand

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By Matt Franks

There is a promotional item that just about everyone has. It’s an item that is useful when you are bored and want something to do, it’s good for rainy days, and when you want to play a game with some friends. This item is printed playing cards, and they make a wonderful promotional item.

Let’s look at the different reasons they are a good promotional item.

1. They are useful

As was shown, printed playing cards are an item that a lot of people are going to use. When you give someone promotional trading cards, you don’t have to worry about whether or not they are going to be used, because just about everyone enjoys playing Solitaire or other types of card games.

2. They are inexpensive

When it comes to promotional items that are useful, printed playing cards a re a good choice. They are priced so that they can be given out to people without breaking the company.

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3. They are something that people will like

One of the biggest problems with promotional items is that they are often something that people aren’t going to like or they aren’t going to use. That isn’t the case with promotional playing cards. People will like promotional playing cards and that means that they are going to use them. That also means that your company is going to get more exposure and get more advertising out of your printed playing cards.

Corporate playing cards are an item that is good to give out to people in several different situations.

1. Conventions

When someone goes to a convention, one of the things that they find is that they can become very boring. When they head back to their hotel room, what better thing to do than to play a game of Solitaire with one of your company’s packs of printed playing cards?

2. Employees and clients

Chances are that most of your clients and employees enjoy playing cards. When you give them a pack of promotional playing cards, you will find that they are going to be happy with them.

3. Company events

Promotional playing cards are a good item to give out to people who attend company events. They can be given one to a family, or one to a person, depending on how many you want to give out. When printed playing cards are in a set, they can be give out as a door prize or a raffle prize.

Promotional playing cards are a great item to use to promote your business or your products. They are inexpensive, they are small, they are something that everyone likes, and they are something that is going to be used.

Promotional playing cards are an item that will help your company to be advertised and get the word out about your company and your items. They are a great item to give out to just about everyone, for any occasion. When you are looking for an item that is going to give your company a lift, promotional playing cards are the item to go with.

About the Author: Matt Franks is director of Fluid Branding, the UK’s largest supplier of

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Legal Uk Roof Overhang And Projection. Transport Ladders, Scaffolding Etc.}

Legal UK roof overhang and projection. Transport ladders, scaffolding etc.


Joseph Pannell

If you live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and need to transport ladders, scaffolding, canoes, tipi poles etc below are the official legal requirements.

They can be found on the VOSA – Vehicle and Operator Services Agency Operational Manual under Section 26.

Rear overhang

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Less than 1 metre: No requirement

1m – 2m: Render clearly visable (ie- red ribbons, high vis vest, etc) “Clearly visible within a reasonable distance to a person using the road”

2m – 3.05: Rear marker board required:

Over 3.05 metres: 2 working days notice to the police must be given.

Projections and overhang to the front:

0 – 2m: No requirements

2m – 3.05: Front and side marker board.

Overhang above 3.05: 2 working days notice to the police:

What the VOSA manual doesnt specify is whether or not you can have a two metre front overhang and two metre rear overhang. We contacted VOSA and were informed that this was the case. Therefore, legally you can have a four metre total overhang without the need for a light board.

In practice however, if you have 3 metre mini and wish to carry seven metre ladders, whether you are legally entitled to carry them or not, this will look very unsafe so you will almost certainly get stopped (You may also need to consider the weight of your poles and the cars MAM – the weight it is allowed to carry)

If the size of the load you are carrying looks unsafe to you, chances are it will look unsafe to other road users and the police. A print out of the VOSA manual kept in your car or van to prove your load is within the law will certainly save you a lot of time if you are stopped.

I researched the above topic for my tipi hire business as I regulary carry large loads. If you are interesting in renting a tipi in the UK for weddings, garden parties festivals, fetes, or wish to learn how to make tipi poles and pegs, or if you wish to view tepee artwork please visit my

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