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Aston Barclay invests £1m in Chelmsford auction to provide extra capacity and fund new inspection facility

Posted 6 March 2018

Aston Barclay has announced plans to invest £1m into its Chelmsford auction during 2018 to increase its site capacity and to build a state of the art twin turntable inspection bay.

The 12-acre site will be transformed to improve vehicle workflow across all areas of vehicle preparation, inspection, sale and logistics.

A new entrance for car transporters built on the north-west side of the site close to the new inspection facility will increase efficiencies.

Cars will be unloaded, washed and then imaged using two new turntables complete with SpinCar technology, which enables buyers to closely examine the car’s interior and exterior condition online. Aston Barclay was the first to introduce the technology into the UK.

The improved site flow will provide an additional 160 extra parking spaces and reduces the amount of times cars are moved while on site.

“Chelmsford has been at full capacity for a while now and this investment will make a big difference to the site’s efficiency. Ultimately it will allow us to further grow our vendor volumes,” explained Neil Hodson, Aston Barclay’s group chief executive.

“Chelmsford will be the final site in the group to introduce SpinCar, but the first to adopt two turntables which will speed up our vehicle inspection process,” he added.

The site’s two auction halls will be retained that host six sales per week, which include a fleet and leasing sale on Monday, a dealer group sale on Monday evening, a weekly Mercedes-Benz sale on a Tuesday and a second dealer group sale every Wednesday.


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