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Aston Barclay increases LCV focus with new Donington sale

Aston Barclay has launched a new dedicated LCV sale at its Donington Park site, as part of its expanding focus on commercial vehicles.

The Monday Donington Park LCV sale adds to weekly sales at Leeds and Westbury and gives the auction provider a “strategic backbone” of sales across the UK.

Aston Barclay says that lease and finance vendors are growing their LCV portfolios and commercial vehicles now account for more than a quarter of its vendors’ fleets.

The group’s ultimate aim is to launch dedicated LCV sales at all six of its sites over the coming 12 months and the man tasked with delivering this growth is Geoff Flood who has been appointed as Aston Barclay’s first ever national LCV manager.

Flood has run the dedicated LCV sales at Leeds since early 2019 and grown it into one of the north’s most successful van and pick up sales. Incremental volume from current vendors and new dealer and leasing clients going live means it’s a perfect time to expand Aston Barclay’s LCV sales footprint.

“Our LCV volumes have been growing monthly due to the prices we have been achieving and the service our experienced team have been delivering to vendors and buyers,” he said.

“We have strong buyer relationships that go back 25 years and since our auction programme went online over 250 buyers have been attending our weekly sales. It’s an excellent time to be expanding our LCV sales programme,” he added.

Aston Barclay believes that some OEM and fleet auctions at the business may remain fully digital spurred on by success during the Coronavirus lockdown.

The auction company managed to get back up and running less than two weeks after March 23 with digital auctions running for clients through its e-Live and e-Xchange platforms by April 3.

Aston Barclay has facilitated some physical auctions after lockdown, but these have been invitation only.

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