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Chandigarh: Second-hand car dealers to boycott auction sites after municipal corporation hikes price by 5%

Second-hand car dealers of the city on Monday announced to boycott the auction of sites for selling used cars, stating that the municipal corporation has increased the auction price. Sanjeev Kalia, the president of the association, said: “The administration had allotted us 5 acres near Hallomajra village in 2009. We are ready to work and […]

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
June 7, 2016 6:15:16 am
Chandigarh Used Car, Chandigarh used car auction, used car dealers, used car auction Dealers of Used Car highlighting their problems during press conference at Chandigarh Press Club in Sector 27 of Chandigarh on Monday, June 06 2016. Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh

Second-hand car dealers of the city on Monday announced to boycott the auction of sites for selling used cars, stating that the municipal corporation has increased the auction price.

Sanjeev Kalia, the president of the association, said: “The administration had allotted us 5 acres near Hallomajra village in 2009. We are ready to work and shift there, provided it is made a permanent car market and we are provided with proper infrastructure facilities  to ensure that there in no space-related insecurities among the car dealers.”

The second-hand car dealers are also unhappy with the municipal corporation for raising the total auction price by 5 per cent this year.

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The dealers demanded that the administration should question the polices of the municipal corporation.
“The auction system that was put in place last year by the administration is also bearing a great load on our pockets making it difficult for us to survive,” a dealer said.

The dealers said the auction policy is only suitable for big car dealers, as the small dealers cannot put their cars in the market because of heavy losses they have suffered in the last year.

A small car dealer said: “The big car dealers are hand in glove with the MC to ruin the second-hand car market. This will provide them with a monopoly in the market and run the small car dealers out of business.”

The small car dealers have already incurred huge losses last year.

The dealers said they are being forced into the auction policy by the big car dealers or the five permanent booth owners put in place by the municipal corporation.

“We are planning to boycott the auction this year,” said Kalia.

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