The Auction House of the Year Award rewards innovation and outstanding achievement by auction houses over the past 12 months, both in the world of online and location-based commercial vehicle auctions. Judges looked for evidence of growing sales levels; auction houses making it easier to buy at auction; and those who have spotted and capitalised on niches in the market.
The winner will be announced on 15 November at The Vox, Birmingham. Go to commercialmotorawards.com to see the shortlists for all categories, and to book tickets. Join the conversation about the Commercial Motor Awards by tweeting #2018CMA.
Commercial Vehicle Auctions
Doncaster-based Commercial Vehicle Auctions (CVA) has posted impressive hammer values over the last year thanks in part to increased sales frequency at its southern auction centre in Hemel Hempstead. The company, which has been trading since 1989, also posted an 18% growth in sales this year. It offers a nationwide transport service, collecting and delivering vehicles within a 48-hour window and clients can view online damage appraisals, extensive photo galleries and 360 degree videos of vehicles via PCs, laptops or mobile devices. CVA, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ballyvesey Group, has an absentee proxy bidding service where an online bidder can enter their maximum bid and CVA’s auction software will bid on their behalf.
Fleet Auction Group (FLAG)
Coalville, Leicestershire-based Fleet Auction Group (FLAG) has a nationwide collection service that extends out of hours, with weekend and after-hours collections. In December 2017 the company was appointed to collect and sell the entire Palmer & Harvey fleet, by Hilco Global, management advisors to PwC, the administrators. The firm also hosted its sixth annual Tip-ex auction in Harrogate earlier this year and sold 150 vehicles - also online - including a small selection of classic trucks and some heavy haulage equipment. The company also has a 25,000sq ft vehicle refurbishment facility at its site. In one testimonial a customer praised FLAG for the knowledge and experience of its staff, premises, outstanding facilities and professional approach.
Family-owned Wilsons Auctions, formed in 1936, has grown from a single auction site in Northern Ireland to having 18 sites across the UK and Ireland. The firm has more than 400 members of staff and sells commercial vehicles for many councils as well as large leasing companies. The addition of new branches in Newcastle upon Tyne and most recently Newport, south Wales, has resulted in extra commercial vehicle auctions taking place with an average of one CV auction taking place each day across the group covering vans, HGVs as well as plant and machinery. The firm has a bespoke online web platform and bidders come from around the world, including Europe and the Middle East.
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