Manheim processes 7,000th vehicle at dedicated preparation centre
Manheim has processed the 7,000th vehicle through its dedicated Vehicle Solutions preparation centre in Leeds, which only opened at the start of 2016, delivering smarter remarketing solutions for fleet, OEM and dealer customers.
Manheim Vehicle Solutions 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 and a new site in South West England will be operational by September, as part of Manheim’s ongoing strategy to deliver innovative solutions to customers. These facilities will 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.
These dedicated sites give customers improved visibility of inventory through the process, including data and detail around damage and condition, which aids decision-making and enables the upstreaming of vehicles to online sales channels.
As well as the ‘Swift’ arrivals process, at the Vehicle Solutions site in Leeds, 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.
A further benefit to customers is the inclusion of state-of-the-art imaging booths, with automated 360-degree turntables, to generate retail-quality vehicle images, suitable for use across a range of sales channels. The high-resolution images not only convey more detail of vehicle condition, but also remove the need for additional photography of each vehicle further downstream.
Manheim provides integrated solutions around Vehicle Solutions in the vehicle lifecycle. Its market-leading ‘Inspect and Collect’ service provides a comprehensive inspection and transparent damage capture and recharge process, fully accredited by the Institute of Customer Service, and it supports customers’ remarketing requirements by delivering vehicles into upstream sales channels, as well as Manheim’s own range of online and in-lane auction services.
Vehicle Solutions, provides national coverage through its key sites across the UK and partner facilities operated by Manheim’s strategic partners. It 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.”