Vehicle auction house drives forward with expanded new premises

By Sam Pither [email protected]

Published: January 14, 2024 | Updated: 14th January 2024

Dorset-based South Western Vehicle Auctions has held its first used car auction in its expanded new premises.

The auctioneers had been operating out of purpose-built buildings on Ringwood Road, Poole, since 1971 until they moved to their new site just before Christmas.

It comes after proprietor Darren Loveys took the business under sole ownership, with plans to expand the operation. The larger warehouse and land on Holton Heath Trading Estate will offer improved facilities for SWVA staff and customers.

At the first auction at the new site held last week, over 150 used cars went through the saleroom, with around two hundred traders in the hall, together with over one hundred and fifty online purchasers across the UK using the Live Bid system.

Speaking of the inaugural auction, Darren said, “We could not be happier with the way the first car auction at the new site went with excellent feedback from traders who attended. It was a total success.

“Going forward we have exciting development plans for the business and hope to expand our customer base even further. Our auctions are attracting nationwide interest, so SWVA is really on the map.”

The auction house sells used cars, as well as commercial vehicles and classic cars, with their first classic car auction of the year planned for 1st February.

Darren added, “I have a small, but experienced team, some of whom have been with us for many years. We pride ourselves on offering a personal service and working to maximize return for our customers.

“We are expanding our portfolio of suppliers, which means that we are growing the number of vehicles coming through each auction.

“As a smaller independent auction house, we punch well above our weight and know that all the improvements and investments we have made are already making a difference.”

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