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Auction sector to see busy year-end, says Aston Barclay

Aston Barclay is hosting two major online sales over Christmas as it predicts a busy festive period for the motor trade.

The virtual auction enables Aston Barclay to sell vehicles from any location

Aston Barclay is hosting two online sales over the Christmas period

Consumers are increasingly taking a two-week festive holiday, and the trade is hoping for increased used car footfall and sales, particularly after Boxing Day.

Zenith is holding its second consecutive festive e-Live virtual auction on 30 December with over 100 used cars being sold by Aston Barclay’s resident auctioneer Will Harrison.

Meanwhile, over 200 used cars are being uploaded onto Aston Barclay’s e-Xchange wholesale platform for set timed auctions on a bid-and-buy basis, starting on Christmas eve and complementing the bid and buy unsold stock already available online. Vendors offering stock include Ogilvie Fleet, LeasePlan and Activa.

Daren Wiseman, Aston Barclay’s digital strategy director, commented: “Christmas is often a busy time for used car dealers and by working with our vendors we wanted to help improve access to stock during this period. A number of vendors also like to clear used stock from their inventory before the end of the calendar year, so it is a win-win for both parties with our digital solutions keeping stocking days to a minimum over the festive holidays.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.