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SVA receives outstanding charity contribution accolade

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

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

Monday, February 25th, 2019

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

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

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

Monday, November 12th, 2018

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 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.

Today at the Auctions

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Another Exciting Van Auction

Mercedes Vario

14th July 2015

It was a bright and sunny day at the auction today as our staff rushed around as busy as ever. Our very popular Commercial Vehicle Auction had an excellent range of quality stock from good sources which drew a large crowd. It seems that everyone had their eyes on …. more…»

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

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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

  • Promising start to the used LCV market seen at both January sales
  • All 177 used vehicles auctioned are sold
  • Mercedes-Benz Unimog and Land Rover Defender ‘Cherry Pickers’ most popular lots

Mercedes-Benz’s Unimog multi-purpose truck and Land Rover’s ‘Cherry Picker’ Defender were the stars of the show at both Shoreham Vehicle Auctions’ January sales, as the used market kicked-off 2015 in style for the south coast auctioneer. more…»

End of a successful Year and here’s to 2015!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers and the SVA team for helping us achieve a fantastic result in 2014 giving us a great platform to do even better in 2015.

There is no secret to our success, it is built on good old fashioned values, do you remember integrity, clarity and honesty? There is no hierarchy, there are no egos, there is no blame culture, management is hands on and we are cross skilled. We are not greedy, our Buyer and Transport fees are amongst the lowest in the country and we do not charge extra if you buy Online. more…»

Vehicle Tax Disc Changes

Friday, August 8th, 2014

From 1 October 2014, the paper tax disc will no longer need to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen. Customers with a Northern Ireland address will still need to display their MoT disc.

What this means to you

To drive or keep a vehicle on the road you will still need to get vehicle tax and DVLA will still send you a renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire. This applies to all types of vehicles including those that are exempt from payment of vehicle tax.