Glass’s Guide goes digital only

The August edition of motor trade car valuations publication Glass’s Guide will be the final edition to be physically printed.

Glass’s Guide goes digital only

The guide has been printed on a continuous basis for 925 issues over 83 years, however following the August issue, it will be digital only.

The process of switching over to digital distribution has been ongoing since 2014, and the company said the majority of subscribers had been accessing Glass’ information via online platforms for ‘some time’.

Rupert Pontin, director of valuations at Glass’s said: “This is a momentous occasion. The image of the car dealer leafing through their Glass’s Guide at a motor auction or on the forecourt is very much etched into the public consciousness.

“However, the truth is that the vast majority of our subscribers have been accessing our information through smartphones, tablets and PCs for some time. They do this for very good reasons – the Guide App contains four times the number of car valuations, alongside easy mileage adjustment and registration lookup.

“Just a handful of subscribers were still taking the printed guide. We continued publishing it long after the point at which it was economic to do so but have finally taken the decision to stop.”

Remaining print subscribers have been notified of the change, and Glass’s said it was working with them for the move over to digital.

It added it currently had no plans to end other printed guides covering the commercial vehicle, caravan and motorcycle sectors.