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Future in auctions despite online growth says SMA boss

Scottish Motor Auctions boss Bob Anderson has said car auctions will continue to be successful despite growth in online car sales.

While SMA uses web technology to enhance its services including broadcasting live auctions online, Anderson believes his company’s ethos “encompassing good old fashioned business values – providing clients and customers alike with an unrivalled level of service” – is key to its success.

Anderson said: “We’ve embraced the very latest technology and new working practices to further improve our service, but the truth is nothing will ever replace the exciting, cut and thrust, atmosphere of an auction room. To suggest otherwise is simply nonsensical.

He added: “While the web, and all the new innovations it brings, is certainly part of our industry’s future, I firmly believe our continued success is borne out of relatively simple work ethics; to work hard to deliver an unrivalled service to both sellers and buyers in the most cost effective manner.”

The company has seen year-on-year sales growth of more than ten percent and auctions around 25,000 cars per month from its sites in Kinross, Livingston, Newcastle and Leeds.

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