America is well-known for doing everything bigger and better and the Manheim website is no exception.
It is so huge that this weeks’ web watch will focus on the key features Manheim wants to draw fleet managers’ attention to rather than attempting to assess the whole site. But before logging on, beware of the tiny text. My eyes are fine but they were really starting to strain after a few minutes. It wasn’t possible to increase the text size with the internet browser.
To use any of the key features, fleet managers must have an account with Manheim. One can be created online or they can ask for help by phoning or emailing the company. Customers who have log-in details for manheimeurope.com can use them on this site to gain access.
Once an account is created, users will be able to access Manheim’s entire stock. To save time, a ‘notify me’ function allows fleet managers to set the timescale, frequency and format of automatic email updates on stock they are interested in.
A sales calendar records all the live auctions which will be taking place throughout the month. By hovering the mouse over any of the locations on the calendar a brief description of the auction is shown.
The ‘myManheim’ function on the site allows users to view their saved searches for vehicles in ‘mySearches’, physical and online sales in ‘mySales’ or vendors of interest in ‘myVendors’.
A ‘watch list’ can also be created for any stock that hasn’t come to sale. Giving this amount of interactivity to the customer is brilliant, making the site a tool as well as a source of information.
There is a lot to get through here. The sheer amount of options and information available is daunting, but this alone warrants repeated and sustained viewing in order to get the most out of manheim.co.uk.
We like: Puts the user in charge
We dont't like: Might be too much to take in one go