SVA receives outstanding charity contribution accolade

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to charity by children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House.

Recognised with the Outstanding Corporate Supporter accolade at the charity’s biennial Business Awards ceremony, SVA was highlighted as having ‘gone above and beyond to make an outstanding contribution’.

The south coast based, independent vehicle auction operator began its partnership with Chestnut Tree House back in 2011 when it held its inaugural charity auction raising over £1,900 in the process. In 2018 the auction which also included pledges of support raised an incredible £34,000 – a 1,700% increase in seven years.

In addition to the auction, SVA has collection boxes in its reception area. SVA has also sponsored The Snowman Spectacular Fundraising Ball since 2016, and members of the team have also taken part in vents, including a golf day and 10K run.

Receiving the award on behalf of SVA was business development manager, Catherine Stone and office manager, Julie Abrehart.

Catherine, who has led the charity partnership from day one, said, ‘To be given an award and recognised for the work we do for such an amazing charity is truly an honour. The whole team is very proud, and we would like to say a huge thank you to the people of the motor industry who have supported our charity car auction year-after-year. They are the reason that our annual auction is such a huge success as without their generosity we would never have raised nearly £140,000 since we started in 2011. We look forward to another successful year fundraising for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.’

Sarah Colbourne, head of fundraising at Chestnut Tree House said, ‘Without the ongoing support and generosity of our local community, it would not be possible for us to continue providing the care that is vital to so many children and their families. Businesses – large and small – are a huge part of that, and we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of our supporters for everything that they do for Chestnut Tree House.’

The awards, created to recognise businesses and individual employees who are outstanding in their communities, and to thank them for support were hosted by BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey presenter, Allison Ferns, and Chestnut Tree House vice president, Ambrose Harcourt. Over 100 people attended the 2019 Business Awards ceremony, which took place at South Lodge Hotel on Thursday 7 March. Over 80 nominations were received for the awards.

Used electric car and van demand takes off – electric Nissan van increases in price by £1,000 while leased battery electric cars are in high demand

SVA has observed a significant rise in demand for EVs in recent months with the market witnessing stronger residual values on both cars and vans.

Alex Wright, managing director of SVA, said: “The second half of 2018 saw a strong demand for used EVs and that has continued into 2019, which has resulted in ever stronger prices.

“For example, the Nissan e-NV200 van has appreciated in value year-on-year by around £1,000. Part of this rise in value is because of the increasing awareness across London and the south east of the pending introduction of the UK’s first Ultra Low Emissions Zone in April.”

On the electric car front SVA has seen demand for both owned and leased battery powered vehicles increase. Leased batteries were originally included in some electric cars to inspire confidence about battery life. With the resilience of the technology now proven

used cars with leased batteries are in high demand with a number of dealers confidently bidding at auction in the knowledge they have the expertise and the customers to sell the electric car on at a profit.

Wright said: “Previously, very few dealers understood the process of transferring the title of the vehicle and the battery lease within the used sector. This simple process was complicated by some residual value guides opting not to publish their values – however we know they have a very strong demand, and this is being realised by some very switched-on dealers.”

SVA teamed up with the Energy Saving Trust to launch the first ever used electric vehicle training course for car and van dealer sales staff in May 2018. One of its main jobs was to dispel many of the myths surrounding EVs to help educate dealers on which customers will benefit most from buying and running an electric car.

“We have helped support an increase in knowledge of EVs within the market and many progressive dealers have a good understanding of EVs, customer suitability and battery types,” explained Wright.

“There is a continued growth in trust in EV technology, as the Nissan LEAF has now been on our roads for nine years.

“EV numbers are now getting to the point where the used car sector is starting to see higher volumes passing through auction and the entire used industry must be prepared for that. This is our future, and the remarketing industry needs to keep pace in providing the service levels for EV that customers have come to expect from petrol and diesel used cars,” he added.

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions raises over £34,000 for Sussex children’s hospice

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) has exceeded all expectations by raising an incredible £34,000 for The Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice during its 2018 annual vehicle auctions.

In the process, the independent auction house has surpassed the £130,000 fundraising milestone since its inaugural auction for the children’s charity in 2011 – all thanks to the south coast motor trade.

This year, SVA hosted two auctions – integrated within car and commercial vehicle sales – and received fantastic support from the region’s motor trade with donations from Yeomans Group, Tates Group, Caffyns Group, Dinnages, Frosts4cars, Harwoods, Newton Honda, Dees Croydon, Southern Motor Group and Vanfair Ltd. Support was also received from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and NextGear Capital Ltd. More than 24 cars were donated to the auctions, with five coming direct from the general public.

Alongside the grand total, more than 14 hours of day care and 15 hours use of the hydrotherapy pool at Chestnut Tree House were pledged during the two auctions.

Catherine Stone, SVA’s dealership sales manager who has led the campaign since SVA began supporting the Chestnut Tree House in 2011, said ‘We would like to say a heart-felt thank you to all of our suppliers who donated auction lots and to our incredible buyers who dug deep, showing incredible generosity.

‘Once again we are totally overwhelmed and humbled at the support we have received – it is way beyond any expectations we had.’

Caroline Roberts-Quigley, community fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House, said, ‘We are incredibly grateful to Shoreham Vehicle Auctions and their clients and customers for their continued support and generosity in donating auction lots and raising funds at their Charity Car Auction.

‘We need to raise £6,850 every day to pay for all the specialist care services provided by Chestnut Tree House – both at the hospice and in families’ own homes – so support like this is invaluable. The amount raised at the Charity Car Auction will pay for five days of all care services at the hospice, which is amazing. Thank you.’

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.

SVA issues rallying cry for charity car and van auction

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) has issued a rallying cry for 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.

SVA wants all running cars and vans, regardless of age, shape and size, with or without an MOT, from dealers across Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey to auction and raise funds for the Arundel-based children’s hospice. Anyone with a car to gift to the charity auction can email catherine@shorehamvehicleauctions.com or call 01903 851200.

The independent auction house is looking to smash through the £100,000 fundraising barrier this year and beat last year’s auction total of £23,000. The charity auctions, held on Monday 19 November and Tuesday 27 November take place at SVA’s site on Chartwell Road, Lancing Business Park, Lancing, West Sussex.

Catherine Stone, SVA’s dealership sales manager who has led the campaign since SVA began supporting The Chestnut Tree House in 2011, said ‘The response we’ve had so far has been incredible and I can’t thank everyone enough. However, we are still looking for more donations to help us break last year’s fundraising efforts and, of course, smash through the £100,000 milestone.

‘The Chestnut Tree House is an amazing charity, providing incredible care and support for life-limited youngsters. We could not be more proud to offer our support.’

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.

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

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) 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 charity auction takes place on Monday 19 November and this year is extended into the light commercial vehicle (LCV) auction on Tuesday 27 November. The auctions take place at SVA’s site on Chartwell Road, Lancing Business Park, Lancing, West Sussex.

SVA is looking for support to smash through the £100,000 barrier and beat last year’s total fundraising effort of £23,000.The auction is looking for all running cars and vans, regardless of age, shape and size, with or without an MOT, from dealers across Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey to auction and raise funds for the Arundel-based children’s hospice.

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 in-excess of £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.

SVA received fantastic support from the region’s motor trade last year with donations of memorabilia and part exchange cars from Yeomans Group, Frosts, Tates, Caffyns Volkswagen, Newton Honda, Dinnages, HA Fox and Harwoods. In addition to the generous donations, for every charity vehicle auctioned, SVA added a further £200 to the sale price, with no additional auction fees.

‘Our first charity car auction raised £2,000,’ said Catherine Stone, SVA’s dealership sales manager who has led the campaign since SVA began supporting The Chestnut Tree House in 2011. ‘The past two years’ auctions have each raised over £20,000 – the support we continue to receive is simply outstanding. However, we always want to push the boundaries and this year will not only see us smash through the £100,000 barrier since we began in 2011 but we would also like to make it three in a row for exceeding £20,000.’

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

Hitachi Capital appoints SVA as its latest remarketing partner

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions has appointed Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) as its latest car and van remarketing partner.

SVA will be selling ex-Hitachi cars at its weekly fleet sale on a Thursday and light commercial vehicles at its fortnightly CV sale which it runs every other Tuesday.

During the trial period SVA has delivered a 100% conversion rate for Hitachi on both cars and vans.

“SVA has gained a strong reputation for delivering excellent service levels for both its buyers and vendors which translates into healthy bids and high conversion rates. They are particularly strong in the commercial vehicle sector which is another reason for choosing them as a remarketing partner,” said Hitachi Capital’s remarketing manager Roger Holder.

“Hitachi has a great mix of ex-fleet used cars and vans coming into the auction which our buyers have already responded well to. We look forward to establishing a strong buyer following for Hitachi product over the coming months,” explained Alex Wright, SVA’s managing director.

Shoreham launches new electric van training courses for dealers and vendors

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) has launched the first ever used electric van training course for LCV dealer sales staff and fleet vendors.
Developed in conjunction with the Energy Saving Trust the course aims to help educate those involved in the used LCV market to get to grips with all aspects of used electric vans.
This includes the type of operator who would benefit from buying one, to tactics on how to successfully sell them, as well as how they work.
SVA will be running bi-monthly courses from its Shoreham boardroom from the summer through to the end of the year in small groups of 10. More courses can be accommodated if required.
The main aim is to establish greater buyer understanding and confidence to help create acceptance and demand for electric vans from trade buyers. SVA also aims to educate vendors to give them more confidence when setting future residual values.
Michael Simmons, SVA’s operations director has already put over 100 dealer staff through the electric car training courses, and expects similar levels of interest in the van courses.
“The combination of low running costs and zero emissions makes a lot of sense for small businesses whose vans only carry out local deliveries each day. Our courses will help educate used buyers that there is a market for electric vans in their locality and how to exploit it,” said Simmons.
“Many vendors will also find the courses useful. In the past they have been far too risk adverse about underwriting electric van residual values due to the uncertainty of the future used market. Leasing companies should now look at writing sensible residuals which will help bring leasing costs down and fuel new van sales growth,” he added.
Anyone interested in attending an SVA electric van course should email michael@shorehamvehicleauctions.com

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions wins national award for its electric vehicle sales training for south coast car dealers

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions, based in Lancing Business Park, Chartwell Road, Lancing has scooped a national award for Innovation In Remarketing at the 2018 Fleet World Honours.

The independent car auction beat all-comers in this competitive category based on its development of free half-day Electric Vehicle (EV) training courses for used car dealer and supermarket sales teams across the south of England.

Developed in conjunction with the Energy Savings Trust the courses aim to educate dealers about electric cars and how dealers can sell them to new customers.

Michael Simmons, Operations Director at SVA was on to hand to collect the award. He said: “It’s nice to be recognised as an industry innovator and the fact we were up against national companies makes the award win even more satisfying.”

Judges from the Fleet World Awards commented, “Recognising that slow demand among used buyers was affecting residual values for electric vehicles, Shoreham took the step of launching free training courses for dealers. These half-day sessions developed with the Energy Saving Trust, help dealers to educate potential customers about the technology. It’s an important step towards supporting a growing market.”

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.