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Ex-Manheim director buys Shoreham Vehicle Auctions

Ex-Manheim commercial vehicles director Alex Wright has bought Shoreham Vehicle Auctions in West Sussex for an undisclosed sum.

Wright is now the managing director of Shoreham and he’s joined on the management board by Alan Agate as operations director with 35 years experience in auctions and Bob Knowles as sales director, who has worked in remarketing for BCA, CMA and Motability.

The four acre site has been trading since 1961 and is situated on the Lancing Business Park, eight miles west of Brighton and sells around 6,000 vehicles each year through 11 auctions per month; including a weekly fleet and finance sale, a fortnightly light commercial sale, a monthly HGV sale and a weekly evening sale for dealer part exchanges and private buyers. Currently Shoreham employs 27 people.

Shoreham’s plans are to build volumes to nearer 10,000 vehicles through the growth of its current fleet vendor base with the likes of Motability, ING Car Lease and Duncton Finance and to grow the number of local vendors and buyers using the auction, plus the adoption of a higher profile van sale. There are also plans to expand its current online sales platform over the coming months.

Wright said: “After spending over 20 years with two great corporates in the shape of BCA and Manheim, we felt it was an opportune time for an independent with low overheads to build its presence in the industry.

“Shoreham is a good business and has a strong catchment area for both vendors and buyers and gives us a solid platform on which to build for the future. The internet is going to be an important tool and we will be utilising technology to meet the changing dynamics of the current climate.”

The site consists of two auction halls, a valeting bay and an onsite MoT testing station and service bay which is open to the public and the trade. Shoreham also runs its own transportation service for single or multiple deliveries.

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