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Disposals: New Midlands auction site for van fleets

A NEW 12-acre state-of-the-art fleet auction facility has opened in the Midlands. The Fleet Auction Group opened its doors for trading with an auction for trucks on April 23.

The company name and the multi-million pound facility may be new, but the management team boasts extensive industry expertise. Most of the team – including Mike Gray, Andrew Timmis, Kevin Clarke and Andrew Walker – have decades of experience in the industry.

The new facility has been purpose-built on a 12-acre site near Coalville in Leicestershire. There are three auction halls and a comprehensive auction programme for cars as well as light and heavy commercial vehicles.

More than 3,000 vehicles can be stored externally, with a further 300 internally and there are viewing lounges, on-site vehicle refurbishment and valeting services. De-fleet and storage facilities, vehicle collection and delivery, secure parking for up to 500 guest vehicles, restaurant and conference facilities and a website complete the set-up.

The company has taken more than two years to put it together and chief executive officer Andrew Walker is confident the work and the planning will pay off, with in excess of £100 million worth of vehicles planned to be sold in its first year.

'We are all highly motivated to succeed and offer the industry a real alternative to what currently exists,' he said.

'We have set new standards, both in terms of customer service expectations and the infrastructure of the facility.'

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