New Trade Body Launched – Independent Motor Dealers Association
17th August 2017
A new trade body, the Independent Motor Dealers Association (IMDA), has been launched recently by a group of motor dealers, whose aim is to become a voice for independent dealers and look after their interests.
Three longstanding Dragon2000 Dealer Management System and Car Dealer Websites customers make up the seven original founding members of the association, who are IMDA chairman Jim Reid, of Jim Reid Vehicle Sales, secretary Stuart Saunders, of Urban Car Company and Chris Roach of Chequers Cars, who also founded Auto Trade Associates. The other IMDA members are vice-chairman David Bilsborough of Cheshire Cars, treasurer Phil Weaver of Knickerbrook Cars, industry analyst Philip Nothard and Umesh Samani of Specialist Cars.
The IMDA describes the association as a group of like-minded, experienced car dealers that passionately feel that by building an association dedicated for used car and van dealers in the UK they can build a strong force for reputable independents.
IMDA spokesman David Bilsborough said in a statement, “We believe that independent dealers deserve the right to have an association that will represent their interests. With the amount of change that the industry has seen and the amount yet to be seen it has never been needed more than at present.
“The association will represent each and every member equally, by having one voice to represent our members’ opinions and concerns at a national level and engaging with other bodies and associations for the good of all.
“We are asking all prospective new members to express their interests in joining the IMDA by using our landing page at clickandjoin.co.uk”
A campaign has been running on LinkedIn by the IMDA encouraging non-franchised dealers to register their interest to join the association, and they report they have had significant interest even in this early stage.
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