Manheim Auctions has introduced a new service to provide a mechanical health check on vans going through its sales.
Van Check is seen as a tool to help build buyer confidence, and to attract stronger bidding for vendors.
It will enable vendors to provide a package of bodywork and mechanical appraisals complete with detailed damage imaging, which will be particularly useful for online buyers.
At the vendor's request, a 21-point mechanical inspection is completed by a qualified and accredited inspector to provide an insight into the condition of the van at time of sale. It also includes a 24-hour money back period for any mis-descriptions of mechanical condition.
The ‘Van Check’ report is attached to the van and can be viewed by buyers at the time of sale. It is also scanned and uploaded onto Manheim’s website where online buyers can view it in the catalogues alongside the vans’ other sale details.
Appointed inspectors are trained by Manheim, accredited and issued with a certificate of competence. The Van Check inspection training has been accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and forms part of an inspector’s certificate of professional competence.
Alex Wright, sales director, commercial vehicles at Manheim Auctions, said: “For years buyers have calculated a ‘what if’ margin into the bid price of a van. ‘Van Check’ is directly aimed at those buyers and enables them to bid with confidence.”