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Coronavirus information hub

To help you find the information you need quickly, everything we’ve published in response to the coronavirus pandemic is available here, including an FAQ about our auction programme.

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Cox Automotive update archive

7th April, 2021

Cox Automotive, UK operational update

23rd February, 2021

Cox Automotive, UK operational update

5th January, 2021

Cox Automotive, UK operational update

4th January 2021

Cox Automotive, UK operational update

2nd November, 2020

Cox Automotive, UK operational update

1st October, 2020

Manheim Auction Services operational update

18th September, 2020

September 2020 update from James Leese, Chief Customer Officer, Cox Automotive

10th September, 2020

Manheim extends customer support package

1st September, 2020

Manheim Auction Services operational update.

As the current Government guidelines regarding social distancing and mass gatherings remain in place, we will maintain our Simulcast-only auction programme during September.

We continue to support our customers with a range of initiatives, including no additional fees for buying online and free QuickList Imagery. Visit our Accelerate page here

Our plans for returning to physical auctions are constantly being reviewed and we will continue to update you on a regular basis.

30th July, 2020

Update from James Leese, Chief Customer Officer - Cox Automotive

It’s almost two months since dealers reopened their doors in England – and a few weeks less for those in Wales and Scotland. Demand for used vehicles has been high and our auction programme has attracted huge volumes of buyers. But, I think it’s fair to say that everyone in the industry remains cautious about the challenges ahead.

At Cox Automotive, all our businesses are back-up and running and it’s great to be supporting customers again.

We are seeing strong arrivals at all Manheim Vehicle Services sites – with despatches and the number of cars in storage increasing too. Our Movex platform is experiencing increased volumes and recently saw a record number of job postings placed on the platform. Our Manheim Inspection Services business is also busy too.

We will be continuing to run online-only auction sales throughout August, and have an extensive sales programme in place. We have seen strong performances from our online programme over the last few weeks – across cars and LCV - with conversion rates exceeding expectations.

Our recently launched support package – Accelerate - makes it easier for customers to buy online, has also been well-received, which is great to see.

The pandemic has forced us all to work differently and think differently. We’ve been working with our vendor customers closely to ensure sales not only go ahead but remain engaging, fun and productive. Our teams will always be happy to discuss new solutions so don’t hesitate to talk to us.

While things are hopefully looking up for our industry, there’s clearly a long road ahead which we’ll face together. The recent local lockdown in Leicester reminds us that Covid-19 is very much present in our communities. We continue to take every precaution to ensure our premises are Covid secure – the wellbeing of our team members and customers will always come first.

Finally, we know the pandemic is causing many dealers to think differently about their business. Thank you to everyone who responded to our recent Sentiment Survey. The survey always produces some interesting results. This latest one revealed that 35% of dealers believe it will lead to them permanently changing the way they do business.

It also showed us that dealers will increasingly adopt a multi-channel approach to their stock acquisition in the future. The good news is that we are perfectly set-up to help you do just that and here to support you!

Keep an eye on this website and our social media channels for the latest updates and I wish your business continued success on this road to recovery!

Stay safe and well.


9th June, 2020

Manheim extends customer support package

1st June, 2020

Cox Automotive Covid-19 press release - Dealers to hold firm on used car prices

11th May, 2020

Manheim to restart auction programme

30th April, 2020

Guest blog: Health & wellbeing - how Ben can help.

5th May, 2020

COVID-19 Automotive Market Trends

30th April, 2020

Guest blog: Health & wellbeing - how Ben can help.

20th April, 2020

Cox Automotive UK CEO, Martin Forbes, has recorded a video update on how we’ve reacted to the coronavirus pandemic and why ‘doing the right thing’ continues to guide our decision making.

Cox Automotive has put the health and wellbeing of our people and customers before all else throughout this emergency and will continue to do so.

We are currently developing reactivation plans around the business, ensuring we are ready and prepared for when UK Government restrictions change. We will be first out the blocks to help our customers get the wheels of our industry turning again.

Watch the latest update here

17th April, 2020

As per the government’s extension of the ‘lock down’ period, all of Cox Automotive’s physical locations and activities remain shut down.

31st March, 2020

Movex offers support to critical service fleets

24th March, 2020 


23rd March, 2020 

Important coronavirus (COVID-19) update for all customers - closure to all our offices

18th March, 2020 

Important coronavirus (COVID-19) update for all customers - changes to physical auction buying arrangements


This FAQ aims to answer your questions about the steps we’re taking in response to Government advice and instruction.

What changes have Manheim implemented?

We’ve taken a raft of actions since the pandemic started and are continuing to do so as the guidance evolves.

October 2021:We’ve opened more locations across the UK so you can view stock ahead of sale and join us back in the lanes at selected auctions. Trade-only physical sales are now available at Bristol, Manchester and Washington in addition to those already back up and running in Colchester, Birmingham and Leeds. Pre-registration is not required. However, entry is restricted to two people per account and Covid-secure measures remain in place for the protection of our team members and customers.

Vehicle viewings: Our auction sites are open ahead of each sale to Manheim account holders for viewings by appointment only. To arrange a viewing, please contact the relevant auction centre.

No changes to buyer tiers: We understand that customer buying habits might have been affected in 2020 so have deferred all annual buyer account reviews to later in the year.

When will your physical locations reopen?

We have now opened more locations across the UK for physical auctions including Bristol, Manchester and Washington for selected sales. These additional sites will join Leeds, Birmingham and Colchester where we will be running eight sales per week across these six sites. Sales are open to trade only Manheim account holders. Pre-registration is not required but please note entry is restricted to two people per account and Covid-secure measures remain in place for the protection of our team members and customers.

What to expect video

Download our 'What to expect guide' here

Download our 'Collection guide' here

Our full sales programme can be accessed through Simulcast – and remember we are continuing to waive online fees for all buyers across our full sales programme. Also, as a Manheim customer, you can bid and buy selected stock online, with a free of charge Dealer Auction account.

Register for free here

Can I collect my paid for vehicles?
Paid for vehicles can be collected by appointment. Please contact the relevant auction centre to book. There is a Covid-secure handover process in place to ensure the ongoing safety of our team members and customers.

For collections from a physical offering auctions site, please view our collection guide here. View guide

Can I view vehicles before a sale?

Yes. Our auction centres are open for appointment only viewings for Manheim account holders to give you the chance to view stock ahead of each sale and naturally, we’ve strict social distancing measures in place to keep you safe.

For our physical sales in Bristol, Birmingham, Colchester, Leeds, Manchester and Washington, our auction centres will be open one hour prior to the start of the auction for viewings.

Watch our 'What to expect' video here.

Can you deliver won vehicles?
Yes. Manheim Logistics is operating as normal, with the appropriate COVID-secure measures in place. To arrange delivery please contact the relevant auction site. Alternatively, collections can be arranged via Movex if required – click here to arrange.

How will we know when business operations return to normal?
Our sales programme has been operating in full since the easing of the first lockdown in the summer of 2020 and we have now re-started physical auctions at specific sites across the UK. Currently, we’re running eight sales per week across six sites.

We will communicate further once we are able to through our website, social channels and email.

Getting in touch.

For site specific enquiries, please call the relevant auction site as their landline telephone numbers are now open.

Alternatively, you can contact our buyer services team on 0333 136 1750 or email us at:

Don't forget you can also send us a message via Facebook or Twitter.

Have another question you'd like answered? Please let us know and our team will get back to you with an answer.

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