Po­lit­i­cal bore­dom

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Project Mercedes-benz E320 Cdi -

‘We’ve had three big elec­tions re­cently and we’re sick of them’

I’m writ­ing the copy for this col­umn on a Satur­day af­ter­noon way be­fore the (ha­bit­u­ally ig­nored) dead­line im­posed by editor Mar­tyn. That’s be­cause the mo­tor trade is un­nerv­ingly quiet across the board. Elec­tions al­ways kill the new and used car trade stone-dead and this last one was no ex­cep­tion.

The prob­lem is that we’ve just had three big elec­tions with shock out­comes in as many years and we’re all sick to the back teeth of it. It seems like we’ve not had a good sales sum­mer in liv­ing me­mory.

I’ve just re­turned from a tour of six fran­chised deal­ers and drove straight past an­other two as I could see there was lit­er­ally no busi­ness go­ing on at all.

All of them were deathly quiet. Re­cep­tion­ists had been sent home and the nor­mally over-stressed parts­men were cleaning their own cars in the aban­doned valet­ing bays. Mean­while, me­chan­ics were nip­ping out to the shops for the team sand­wiches and drinks and the fast-fit bays were be­ing used for an im­promptu kick-about.

Those do­ing Ra­madan are un­duly suf­fer­ing, too, in­stead of be­ing kept busy. Out of sheer bore­dom, peo­ple are eat­ing or talk­ing about what they’re eat­ing that night and it’s driv­ing them wild.

Was the move to two reg­is­tra­tions a year such a good move? And if it was, then are April and Septem­ber the best months to be chang­ing plates? I had my doubts when those dual plate changes were an­nounced and those doubts are as strong as ever.

Maybe elec­tion days should co­in­cide with plate-change days?

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