Online-only remarketing company CD Auction Group has claimed the number of second-hand vehicles being moved around the country is reducing for environmental reasons as it is increasingly opting to sell vehicles off-site.
The firm said it expects the volume of vehicles it sells off-site to reach 50% in 2020 and added it uses technology to auction vehicles from a collection hub or de-fleet facility which removes the need to move the vehicles to an auction centre. It saw off-site sales reach 25% of its total sales volume in December 2019.
As a result, the company estimates it is saving up to five vehicle movements per vehicle sold from the defleet and remarketing process.
CD Auction added it takes a “channel-agnostic approach” to remarketing strategy. It works with fleets to find the most efficient route to market using onsite sales in physical auction, remote sales at third party sites and off-site sales at any location. Its off-site sales achieve the same conversion rates as a traditional physical auction.
Andy Brown, managing director at CD Auction Group said: “With the latest imaging technology and improvements in data, a vehicle can be added to a virtual auction from anywhere in the UK. The approach radically shortens the time from defleet to sale and cuts CO2 by removing multiple transport moves. It is proving popular with fleets of all sizes, and our buyers appreciate instant access to stock. Unlike some of our larger competitors we aren’t wedded to large auction networks. It allows us to put innovation at the heart of our service and drive real efficiencies. The multi-channel approach is attracting new customers and underpinned our record December for sales.”