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AA scheme to boost values

The AA has linked up with Manheim Auctions in a move it says will give buyers added confidence when bidding for cars at auction.

A new inspection service is being offered to dealers entering vehicles at Manheim sites in Colchester, Leeds and Bristol, prior to a full roll-out to the remaining 15 locations later this year.

In exchange for a fee (1-2% of the transaction price), dealers’ vehicles will undergo a 40-point check by Manheim’s team of AA-trained assessors, with all inspections given final approval by the AA.

Jack Janikowski, AA Vehicle Inspections business manager, hopes the initiative will give purchasers greater faith in the vehicle they’re hoping to buy, helping the vehicle to reach its true value.

The AA/Manheim Certified assessment includes exterior and interior condition, electrical devices, fluid levels and tyre condition. Each vehicle which passes receives a certificate of inspection. The certificate details every step of the inspection, giving potential buyers an instant overview of any major defects, missing parts or incomplete documents revealed by the inspection.

The AA is in the process of equipping its inspectors with hand-held computers to speed up the process by enabling them to transfer reports in seconds to customers’ websites. “Schemes such as our link with Manheim will hopefully lead to all cars on dealer forecourts being inspected before sale,” says Janikowski. “The new electronically delivered inspection reports will also assist in making the buying process faster and safer.”

The Certified scheme is the latest addition to pre-auction services including valeting and smart repair offered by Manheim.

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