Fortnightly trucks update with Terry Stout - 2nd September 2015
According to buyer feedback the last two weeks in Manheim have been industry leading - in terms of the truck auction market - with 360 lots offered throughout our national network of five HGV auction centres.
Shotts enjoyed a repeat performance with a second batch of show stoppers - 2 x 2005 Mercedes Axor 1823 4x4 Econ Gritters - selling again for over £12,000. A very rare thing was a Clayton stainless steel single axle water tank ex-MOD that sold just short of £6,000 with good news that more will follow. Another specialist item was a 2001 Fantuzzi sideloader forklift which sold under the hammer at £4,000 - another good result for vendors in Scotland.
Leeds enjoyed a fantastic ‘Fantasia Circus’ theme, with all the team dressed up to the nines in aid of charity. This was the sale of all sales, with a blend of national fleet vendors of truck, trailer and plant. A 100% sell out success for a national brewery vendor, Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicles sold a 2011 Mercedes Axor 1824 4x2 fitted with a rear mounted Palfinger crane for £41,000. Also a 2007 Moffet M8 Rough terrain piggy back forklift which romped its reserve selling for nearly £9,000. Being the latest vendor to rapidly establish a loyal buyer base and strong auction following, Enterprise Flexi-Rent (formally Burnt Tree) entered a number of well-presented trucks, a mix blend of Tipper, Box and Curtainside, 7.5 to 18 ton and tractor units. There was a clean sweep here with the 7.5 and 18 ton trucks selling at very high values. Leeds was the talk of the town again with the selection of vehicles up for auction and conversion rates, although tractor units are hit and miss to meet the grade.
Gloucester had another storming sale, entries including ex national parcel 7.5 ton box vans that included Renault, Mercedes and MAN badges. These were snapped up for good money. A national plant hire company entered several crane trucks and sold the lot, 2 of which were 2007 MAN TGA26.360 6x2 platforms fitted with Palfinger cranes. These created significant interest with a crowd of buyers turning up and logging on to the sale. These sold to an online bidder for just over £30,000 each. A 2005 DAF CF75 310 platform crane sold for a staggering £11,800. The show stopper that created the most interest was a 2011 MAN TGL8.150 dropside fitted with a Palfinger crane, direct from the a water company, which sold just shy of £29,000 – more happy vendors.
Colchester had a very good number of trucks in the sale, with a mix blend of DVSA seized trailers, tractors and rigids all selling strongly under the hammer. These brought new faces to the auction, customers I’ve not seen for three years! In all 78 lots sold which left only 17 provisional bids to negotiate. A second batch of 2008 Mercedes Vario Mellor welfare buses all sold for strong money between £14000 and £16,000. Buyers are still speculatively purchasing the ex-MOD Lynton display trailers, what a good value and versatile way to promote your company at events and shows. There was a local council vendor who entered 16 x 2004 Dennis Refuse Collection Vehicles which all made the grade and sold. A national distribution fleet’s 13 ton Mercedes fridge boxes were all snapped up. It certainly was “Hammertime”
Despite having a smaller entry, enjoyed a fantastic selection of specialist lots. They swept up with a 2006 Johnson precinct sweeper that sold for £3,000. There was also a lovely 2005 Mercedes Axor 1823 fitted with a Palfinger crane which sold at £17,300 - direct from a local council. The star of the show was a 2004 Mercedes Unimog U300 4x4 workshop box which sold for £16,400. Washington look to have some nice entries due in for their next HGV sale in September.
To summarise we’ve had cracking fortnight of auctions. Against the backdrop of a long term competitor exiting the HGV and Plant arena, some have doubted our commitment to CV. Manheim will continue to invest in its HGV business.
I definitely know from feedback I receive on a daily basis that Manheim is the number one destination in the UK for van, truck, trailer and plant.
Manheim ARE the UK’s Number 1 Commercial Vehicle Auction Company. I’m proud to work for the number 1 - your ultimate destination to buy and sell CVs.
Keep a close eye on the website catalogues for our forthcoming auctions – the prime stock keeps coming in!
I’m off on holiday for the week, catch up soon, take care