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Car dealership network sizes in the United Kingdom (UK) 2014-2017

As of January 2017, Ford was the car maker with the largest dealership network in the United Kingdom (UK). When compared to figures from July 2014, Ford had consecutively higher numbers in car dealerships in their franchise network than any other manufacturer, numbering 475 in the beginning of 2017. The first Ford dealership in the UK was established in 1910, while imports of Ford vehicles from the US had started seven years earlier. By 2016, Ford operated approximately 11,700 dealerships globally.

 Car dealerships in the UK make average loss of nearly 20k GBP in February 2019

The profitability of car dealerships in the UK was highly affected by monthly fluctuations. Figures for the past three years show that March proved to be consecutively more profitable than any other month of the year, while February 2019 recorded an average loss worth 19,600 British pounds. Between February 2018 and February 2019, car dealerships had made nearly one percent in net profits as a share of sales.

 Ford is car market leader

  Looking at Ford’s sales figures, it is hardly surprising that the company had the largest number of dealerships. In 2018, Ford had sold more than 254,000 cars in the UK, making it the leading car company that year.

Number of car dealerships in franchise networks* in the United Kingdom (UK) in January 2014 and January 2017

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Release date

March 2017


United Kingdom

Survey time period

January 2014 and January 2017

Supplementary notes

* As part of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA).

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