This is after the dealer group started to prepare its used vehicles to Grade 1 and 2 standards by utilizing the refurbishment services provided by Aston Barclay.
The Hatfields Group has committed to using Aston Barclay's online platforms which includes a weekly online auction at Prees and selling its unsold stock through the e-Xchange wholesale platform.
However, they aren't the only dealership group that has been using e-Xchange which has already facilitated the sale of several hundred cars for vendors before they needed a physical auction.
Paul Turner, Hatfields’ Remarketing Manager, said: “Over the past six months we have actively prepared our cars to a higher standard and the majority are now Grade 1 and 2. This means buyers can get their auction purchases to market quickly with less spend, which has contributed to an increase in sales.
“With a consistent quality of cars offered the Aston Barclay team has built up a good clientele of buyers in the hall and online each Friday.”
This follows Aston Barclay Wakefield celebrating its first year of operation by selling 316 used vehicles during one fleet sale which included companies like LeasePlan, TCH, Santander, Leasys, Zenith, Liquid Fleet, Vauxhall Finance, and The Car Buying Group.
The Wakefield auction site launched in 2019 as an advanced auction center for Europe and holds around 15 dealer and fleet auctions every month. Aston Barclay began using the site as its headquarters and is also home to The Car Buying Group and its 50 employees.
“Our group performance and the used market in general has been very strong in January and February for the dealer and fleet sector as the Hatfields and Wakefield performance has reinforced,” explained Neil Hodson, Aston Barclay’s group CEO.
“Pent up consumer used car demand has meant huge pressure on the wholesale market for new stock. This demand looks set to continue during the March plate change and beyond.”