MANHEIM has processed the 7,000th vehicle through its dedicated Vehicle Solutions preparation centre in Leeds.
The scheme provides customers with a range of solutions to support de-fleet requirements, multi-channel sales management and pre- and post-sale refurbishment, with a full range of reconditioning and repair services.
In addition to the Vehicle Solutions site in Leeds, Manheim launched a similar facility in the Midlands earlier this year. A new site in South West England will also be operational by September, as part of the firm’s ongoing strategy to deliver innovative solutions to customers.
These facilities are set to provide Manheim with the ability to process an additional 35,000 vehicles per annum outside of its auction processes, delivering market-leading efficiency.
The dedicated facility in Leeds benefits from Manheim’s new ‘Swift’ vehicle arrivals process, based on Lean Six Sigma methodology, which allows vehicles to be washed, valeted, inspected and imaged within hours. While the facility operates independently of Manheim’s Leeds auction centre, its proximity to the site provides seamless logistics for customers sending their cars to physical auction.
As well as the ‘Swift’ arrivals process, construction of a new generation innovative six-bay paint booth has been completed, which delivers increased throughput and greater repair capacity. It will allow Manheim to deliver class-leading reconditioning services to customers, getting vehicles in the best possible condition, increasing the speed of sale and maximising asset value.
Vehicle Solutions currently processes vehicles for several of the top five leading fleet operators, finance companies, manufacturers and franchised dealers.
Tim Hudson, managing director for Manheim Remarketing, said: ‘Vehicle Solutions allows us to offer our customers a network of dedicated preparation centres, independent from our auction network. With the continued evolution of the remarketing environment, our customers require greater operational flexibility, with the ability to make decisions earlier in the remarketing process about upstreaming vehicles to online and other channels.
‘Manheim’s smarter remarketing solutions complement services provided by other Cox Automotive brands to provide comprehensive support to our customers throughout the vehicle lifecycle.’
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