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VAT increase to play havoc with the used truck market

  Yes folks, value added tax goes full circle from 15% under the Labour administration (an Americanism that makes little sense) to a whopping 20% under the Coalition come January 2011. Laurie Dealer, never one to accept changes in life without a battle, is surprised at this latest move as operators who buy will buy second hand have to find more cash to broker a deal.

ATF: every dealers must have...

  The horns of the bull that is Authorised Testing Facilities (ATF) has been well and truly taken, says Laurie Dealer, as a plethora of businesses seek and gain official approval from VOSA.

Crossroads adds Nissan light CV to the line up

  Laurie Dealer, when not being charged £172 for a new wing mirror, enjoys other pursuits too. Like Block Exemption and how it has freed up the industry, to some extent anyways, to broadening its horizons.

Laurie Dealer blogs on Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers

Tonight, live on, Laurie Dealer will be blogging on week three - Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers. On Channel Five. 8pm.By all accounts its Finland, woodland and frozen dip on tonight's programme. Looking forward to it.

Old truck makers, number 1: Thrifty Bespoke Lorries Ltd. (1921-1924)

  Laurie Dealer is always on the look out for the rare and when a funnel turned up in a dredger just of the Dorset coast it reminded Laurie Dealer of an old engineer, who was willing to try and build anything...on the cheap.  Manufacturer: Thrifty Bespoke Lorries Ltd, West Coker, Som. Timespan: 1921-1924

Malcolm Harrison to sell off George Taylor fleet

It's the end of an era as haulier George Taylor closes its doors. Laurie Dealer will be of many potential buyers attending the sale of vehicle from Bristol haulier George Taylor, as it closes its doors after more than 100 years of trading.