Growth in online retail sales fuels demand and prices of 3.5 tonne panel vans says SVA

The 3.5 tonne panel van market is already showing signs of hotting up prior to the anticipated growth in online retail sales this Christmas according to Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA).

Following two recent 80% conversion sales any make or model of 3.5 tonne used van has been selling quickly and for solid prices with buyers hoping to get stock under their belt prior to companies increasing delivery capacities in the run up to Christmas.

In 2016, online retail sales in the UK totalled £133bn, which was a 16% rise on 2015, and the market expects this to continue to grow, with the majority of retailers relying on the trusty 3.5 tonne panel van to deliver goods bought online to consumers.

The nearly-new sector has also seen a recovery with some 66-plate ex-rental stock being sold for strong prices, a sector which has proved tougher in previous weeks. At the other end of the scale, some VW Caddy, VW Transporter and Citroen Berlingo vans entered by a national charity with high mileages on the clock beat book by some margin.

Based on a strong service histories and the vans being offered for sale in good condition, two 62-plate Transporters with 122,000 and 142,000 miles respectively sold for £5,600 and £5,500. This represented a combined £2,000 above book. The old adage of look after your vans and they will look after you was particularly relevant with these results.

“The three-year-old market continues to be extremely buoyant,” said Tim Spencer, SVA’s commercial vehicle sales manager.

“Everything of that age is being snapped up and there remains a shortage of stock in the market. More used stock coming into the market during September will be most welcome to help feed hungry buyers. There should also be a better stock mix available in September,” he added.

With the used market already performing well in September, SVA is expecting to see another buoyant market with prices likely to only temper slightly, with the additional part-exchanges reaching auction based on the new 67-plate change.

Annual Chestnut Tree House charity car auction calls for unwanted vehicles and donations

 

  Annual Chestnut Tree House charity car auction calls for unwanted vehicles and donations

  • Shoreham Vehicle Auctions is hosting its seventh annual car auction to raise funds for The Chestnut Tree House charity on 6th November
  • Last year’s auction exceeded all expectations, raising a staggering £25,602, and SVA need your help to raise even more this year
  • All donations raised directly fund end-of-life care and support for children and young adults

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions is calling on all south coast used vehicle dealers and consumers to donate any unwanted running vehicles or part-exchanges to its charity auction for The Chestnut Tree House. The annual auction will take place on Monday 6th November and SVA is looking for help to beat last year’s astounding total of over £25,000.

The auction is looking for all running cars, regardless of age, shape and size, with or without an MOT, from dealers across Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey to raise funds for the Arundel-based children’s hospice. No non-runners, please.

Having first opened its doors in 2003, The Chestnut Tree House currently cares for 300 life-limited children, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes. The hospice offers several types of support which includes; end of life care, psychological and bereavement support and short-break care.

It currently costs well over £3.5m each year to fund all the care services provided by Chestnut Tree House. The hospice relies heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex, including the help received from the south coast motor trade.

Last year, the generosity of the motor trade in Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire was overwhelming. Yeomans Group, Frosts, Tates, Caffyns Volkswagen, Newton Honda, Dinnages, H.A. Fox, Peter Cooper Group and Harwoods were among the dealers involved in helping SVA reach 2016’s fundraising figure, with Johnstone Press covering the story across all papers along the south coast.

Catherine Stone, who has led this campaign since Shoreham began supporting The Chestnut Tree House in 2011 said: “Our first charity car auction raised £2000 and gradually grew to £15,000 in 2015. Last year’s staggering achievement of over £25,000 was unbelievable, the generosity of the motor trade is overwhelming. I always aim to improve each year, but this year is going to be tough so please help if you can!”

For every charity vehicle auctioned, Shoreham Vehicle Auctions will add a further £200.00 to the sale price, with no additional Auction fees.

Anyone with a car to gift to the charity auction can email catherine@shorehamvehicleauctions.com or call 01903 851200.

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions raises a staggering £25,672 at annual auction for Sussex children’s hospice

On Monday 21 November 2016 Shoreham Vehicle Auctions held its annual charity auction in aid Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice for the fifth year. The event raised a staggering £25,652, more than £10,000 than 2015 total. Shoreham Vehicle Auctions have held this annual event since 2011 and have now raised an incredible £62,652.00 in total for Chestnut Tree House.

The organisers received fantastic support from the region’s motor trade, with dealers and motor groups from Sussex and Surrey donating vehicles, track days and gift experiences for the auction. The auction, held in the evening, saw donated vehicles going under the hammer for more than twice their market value. Donations from Frosts Cars, Yeomans Group, Tates Motor Group, Harwoods Group, Caffyns VW, Peter Cooper Group and H.A. Fox Jaguar Guildford were all quickly snapped up by traders and buyers, showing the generous support for Chestnut Tree House. Furthermore, Shoreham Vehicle Auctions waived all fees for each vehicle donated and pledged an extra £200 for each sale. On more than one occasion, traders and buyers purchased lots, only to donate them back into the auction to maximise funds. For the first time this year we saw unwanted vehicles donated by the general public, Shoreham Vehicle Auctions would like to thank all those that donated the generosity was overwhelming.

Alex Wright, Managing Director of Shoreham Vehicle Auctions said: “We are extremely grateful and touched by the generosity of the motor trade in Sussex and the surrounding areas, not to mention the audience of new and existing buyers, who ensured that it was a fantastic evening. We couldn’t believe the final totals; everyone at Shoreham is ecstatic with the money raised, which will make a real difference to this fantastic and humbling cause.”

Caroline Roberts-Quigley, Community Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House said: “Year on year, I am astounded and humbled at the support that Shoreham Vehicle Auctions gets from its trade suppliers and customers in order to make this such a successful event. The team work so hard in the months leading up to the auction and we really do appreciate the support from everyone involved. The incredible amount raised this year will cover the cost of three whole days of fun, love and care for local life limited children”

If you have been inspired and would like to get involved with supporting Chestnut Tree House, please contact us on 01903 871820 or email fundraising@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk. To find out more about our Pay for a Day scheme please visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/payforaday.

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions raises £13,700 at annual auction for Sussex children’s hospice

On Monday 26 October 2015 Shoreham Vehicle Auctions held its annual charity auction in aid Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice for the fifth year. The event raised an incredible £13,700, more than double the original fundraising target. This amount is enough to pay for two days of all care services provided by Chestnut Tree House, both at the House near Arundel and in families’ own homes across East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire. Shoreham Vehicle Auctions have held this annual event since 2011 and have now raised an incredible £29,365 in total for Chestnut Tree House.

The organisers received fantastic support from the region’s motor trade, with dealers and motor groups from Sussex and Surrey donating vehicles, track days and gift experiences for the auction. The auction, held in the evening, saw donated vehicles going under the hammer for more than twice their market value. Donations from Frosts Cars, Yeomans Group, Tates Motor Group, Harwoods Group and H.A. Fox Jaguar Guildford were all quickly snapped up by traders and buyers, showing the generous support for Chestnut Tree House. Furthermore, Shoreham Vehicle Auctions waived all fees for each vehicle donated and pledged an extra £250 for each sale. On more than one occasion, traders and buyers purchased lots, only to donate them back into the auction to maximise funds.

Alex Wright, Managing Director of Shoreham Vehicle Auctions said: “We are extremely grateful and touched by the generosity of the motor trade in Sussex and the surrounding areas, not to mention the audience of new and existing buyers, who ensured that it was a fantastic evening. We couldn’t believe the final totals; everyone at Shoreham is ecstatic with the money raised, which will make a real difference to this fantastic and humbling cause.”

Caroline Roberts-Quigley, Community Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House said: “We are amazed and incredibly grateful to Shoreham Vehicle Auctions and everyone involved in the event for this fantastic support. The amount raised will pay for all care costs on both Thursday 4 August and Wednesday 5 October 2016 as part of our Pay for a Day scheme. Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice provides specialist palliative care services to 300 children and young people aged 0 – 19 with life-limiting and life-shortening conditions in East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire. It costs well over £3.5 million each year to provide all our care services. Families are never charged for their care and the hospice receives less than 7% from central government, so we rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of local community. Once again I would like to say a big thank you to the organisers at Shoreham Vehicle Auctions for their ongoing support and this amazing result from the 2015 auction.”

If you have been inspired and would like to get involved with supporting Chestnut Tree House, please contact us on 01903 871820 or email fundraising@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk. To find out more about our Pay for a Day scheme please visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/payforaday

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions achieves double award win at Adur & Worthing Business Awards

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions achieves double award win at Adur & Worthing Business Awards

  • Lancing-based auction house win Overall Business and Large Business awards
  • Double achievement celebrated at prestigious ceremony at Pavilion Theatre, Worthing
  • Shoreham Vehicle Auctions recognised for significant increases in vehicle sales and profit

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions has picked up two awards at the Adur & Worthing Business Awards, emerging victorious in the Overall Business and Large Business categories.

The Lancing-based auction house joined the cream of south coast businesses for the prestigious ceremony in Worthing, receiving both awards from television presenter Nick Wallis on the night.

Shoreham has been recognised for doubling turnover, vastly increasing profit, tripling staff levels from 20 to 60 and increasing weekly average vehicle sales from 150 per week to more than 500 on average. Furthermore, overall vehicle sales have increased 45% since Managing Director, Alex Wright, acquired the business in 2010.

Over the last five years, Shoreham Vehicle Auctions has made significant strides to ensure investing in local talent is a priority, building a team with over 150 years’ experience in remarketing. This has been achieved through maintaining existing staff and encouraging new talent through apprenticeships.

The south coast auctioneers’ commitment to the local area includes everything from employing tradespeople in the Lancing and Brighton areas to supporting Sussex-based children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House, raising over £25,000 for the cause in the last five years.

Shoreham’s investment in their business has helped attract interest from across the UK and Ireland, ensuring their dedicated buyer base includes both local and national dealerships.

Reflecting on Shoreham’s double award win, Alex Wright said: “We are honoured to have received two awards from Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce, the Shoreham Herald and the Adur and Worthing councils; it’s testament to the hard work put in by the entire Shoreham team, who constantly provide an honest and transparent service to our local buyer base.”

Generosity of Sussex Motor Industry Shines Through at Charity Auction

  • Shoreham Vehicle Auctions raises £13,700 at annual auction for Chestnut Tree House
  • Total amount is more than double originated target, with all proceeds going towards care at the Sussex children’s hospice
  • Dealers and motor groups from Sussex and Surrey donated vehicles, track days and gift experiences for the auction

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions’ fifth annual charity auction for Chestnut Tree House received a fantastic reception from the motor trade in Sussex and the surrounding areas on Monday 26 October.

Held in aid of the Sussex-based children’s hospice, the south coast auctioneers raised over £13,700 for their charity auction, more than double their £6,850 target, thanks to the support of local dealer groups and buyers.

On an evening when donated vehicles were going under the hammer for more than twice their market value, the wide range of donations from Frosts Cars, Yeomans Group, Tates Motor Group, Harwoods Group and H.A. Fox Jaguar Guildford were quickly snapped up.

The amount generated approached the total funds raised by Shoreham for Chestnut Tree House, since first supporting the Arundel-based hospice in 2010.

The only hospice of its kind in Sussex, Chestnut Tree House cares for 300 children and young adults with progressive life-limiting conditions. Offering support to their families, this includes psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and sibling support.

The generosity of buyers and traders was evident on auction night, with many not content with simply selling or buying vehicles and prizes at their starting price. Furthermore, Shoreham waived all fees for each vehicle donated and pledged an extra £250 for each sale.

One vehicle donated from Frosts Cars starting bidding at four times its set price, with the trader placing it back on their forecourt. All proceeds from the auction – and those from what the vehicle sells for at the dealership – will go directly to Chestnut Tree House.

On more than one occasion, traders and buyers purchased lots, only to donate them back into the auction to maximise funds. All proceeds from both sales went directly towards the hospice.

Shoreham had been hoping to raise just under £7,000 for Chestnut Tree House at the auction; the amount needed to fund a day of services at Chestnut Tree House. Families are never charged for care, yet as annual service charges exceed £3 million and with less than 8p in every pound funded by the government, the hospice relies heavily on donations. With more than double the targeted amount raised, Shoreham can help to fund two whole days of care.

“We are extremely grateful and touched by the generosity of the motor trade in Sussex and the surrounding areas, not to mention the audience of new and existing buyers, who ensured that it was a fantastic evening,” commented Alex Wright, Managing Director of Shoreham Vehicle Auctions. “We couldn’t believe the final totals; everyone at Shoreham is ecstatic with the money raised, which will make a real difference to this fantastic and humbling cause.”

CHESTNUT TREE HOUSE CHARITY SALE EXCEEDS ALL EXPECTATIONS

Last Monday night saw our 5th annual charity auction on behalf of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. We had cars 13 cars donated by local dealerships and many other great lots including Rugby tickets, a Jaguar for the weekend and signed sports shirts.

On the night it attracted a massive crowd and the generosity of the motor trade was beyond all expectations. We more than doubled our target for the evening.

We will publish full details later this week but for now we want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved.

 

Charity Auction

We are proud to announce we will be holding our 5th Charity auction on the 26th October 2015 with all proceeds going to The Chestnut Tree Hospice, the only children’s hospice in Sussex.

 

It all started in 2011 when SVA celebrated 50 years in business when Alex Wright, who bought the business in 2010, decided to hold a charity auction to celebrate 50 years of trading. The choice of charity was simple, Chestnut Tree is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and the team there are grateful for every penny raised. The first sale was such a success Alex decided to make it an annual event and we have to date raised over £15,000 with each auction outdoing the last. This year should be no exception with 20 lots so far donated including 12 vehicles from various local dealers, sports memorabilia and a Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar F Type for the weekend. The target is £6850.00 which pays for a day of services at the hospice, this will be helped by an extra £250.00 being donated by SVA for every vehicle sold. Full details of the lots and donors can be found on our website.

 

Alex said “ Previous auctions have provided us with some highly rewarding and fun experiences with the most unlikely of our buyers proving to be the most generous, one year a trader named Joe bought 4 items to the value of £ 500.00 only to have them re-offered”.

 

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Ex-public utility stock fuels strong start to used commercial market

Ex-public utility stock fuels strong start to used commercial market at Shoreham

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  • All 177 used vehicles auctioned are sold
  • Mercedes-Benz Unimog and Land Rover Defender ‘Cherry Pickers’ most popular lots

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