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BCA launches new Retail Ready used car stocking platform

BCA staff checking vehicle

BCA is promising to provide car retailers with "increased selling opportunities and efficiencies" with the launch of a new Retail Ready used car stocking channel.

Available exclusively for trade customers, the new offering will host vehicles prepared cosmetically and mechanically to a new industry retail standard devised and delivered by BCA.

On the new platform, BCA’s trade customers can retail vehicles directly or, if they are contracted cinch partners, list and sell Retail Ready vehicles through the cinch retail eCommerce platform.

Stuart Pearson, BCA UK Remarketing's chief operating officer, said: “This new and innovative Retail Ready service from BCA will provide our trade customers with increased selling opportunities and allow them to drive improved efficiencies within their businesses.”

The new channel will act as a virtual showroom extension for BCA’s trade customers, providing access to a portfolio of retail-prepared vehicles that are ready to sell from the point of purchase

BCA recently launched a new Saturday online sales programme, featuring vehicles from Arnold Clark, Bristol Street Motors, CarShop, Cazoo Part Exchange, John Clark Motor Group and Sinclair Group. 

BCA said the new platform will allow its trade customers to meet the needs of their customers, while avoiding the overheads typically associated with holding, preparing and presenting stock for retail.

Pearson said: “By leveraging the expertise and scale of the BCA Group along the automotive supply chain, we can meet the needs that our trade customers have to purchase retail-ready vehicles quickly and efficiently, whatever the wholesale market conditions may be doing.”

Earlier this month, AM reported that BCA used car auctions delivered average sales entries of over 6,000 vehicles in August, as average sold values continued to decline amid “stable market conditions”.

Vehicles will be available to buy 24/7 with the channel launching October 1. Additional sale events to include live online auctions will follow.

BCA's sales remain wholly online, while other remarketing specialists including Cox Automotive and Aston Barclay have welcomed certain customers back for appointment-based vehicle viewings.

At the end of August, Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) welcomed physical buyers back to socially-distanced auction halls to limit COVID-19 transmission. 

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