North-western new­bie

How Wood­lands has plugged a gap in the mar­ket

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - TIM DAVIES WOOD­LANDS CLAS­SIC CAR AUC­TIONS

Why did you start a clas­sic auc­tion busi­ness at this time?

I’ve had a keen in­ter­est in clas­sic cars from an early age, fol­low­ing my fa­ther’s pas­sion. Hav­ing been up, down, across and around the coun­try fol­low­ing that pas­sion, I found my­self ques­tion­ing why there was no auc­tion venue in the North West re­gion where I could in­dulge my pas­sion for buy­ing and sell­ing clas­sic cars. The vi­sion and plan­ning have been there for a while but cer­tain fac­tors have come to­gether to make me give the green light to this ven­ture, the big­gest be­ing find­ing the right team who are as en­thu­si­as­tic about cars as I am. That’s why we’re up and run­ning now.

Do you think your lo­ca­tion will be a bonus?

We think so. For many rea­sons it’s an area with strong trans­port links, cen­trally lo­cated be­tween Manch­ester and Liver­pool. Hav­ing sold my clas­sic cars through auc­tions, I found it frus­trat­ing hav­ing to travel so far to the near­est sale, with many lo­ca­tions un­able to of­fer stor­age fa­cil­i­ties. I al­ways had to try to re­duce the price of the car or ar­range re­turn trans­port within a very tight dead­line.

What sort of cars are you look­ing at? All ages, or more spe­cific ones?

We are an­tic­i­pat­ing cater­ing for the vin­tage, clas­sic and su­per­car en­thu­si­ast. We do en­vis­age hold­ing auc­tions for spe­cific ages of car but want to cre­ate a broad sales plat­form un­til we are fully es­tab­lished. Lis­ten­ing to cus­tomers, we an­tic­i­pate hav­ing a col­lectibles and mem­o­ra­bilia sec­tion (in devel­op­ment – we think this sec­tion will be in­tro­duced in our June auc­tion) so ac­ces­si­bil­ity is opened right across the board.

Will you be tak­ing in trade cars as well as pri­vate en­tries?

Yes. We have taken in ve­hi­cles from across the trade but our cat­a­logue will be mainly made up of the find in some­one’s garage which we have had great plea­sure vis­it­ing and dis­cov­er­ing. That’s the thrill.

Will you of­fer a pa­per cat­a­logue on the day of the sale?

The cat­a­logue is live on our web­site. This will be ac­com­pa­nied by the pa­per cat­a­logue which can be bought on the day and will give au­to­matic en­try into the auc­tion.

How many sales do you have planned for this year?

Our auc­tions will run quar­terly this year: 25 March; 24 June; 30 Septem­ber; and 9 De­cem­ber. We also see op­por­tu­ni­ties in our cal­en­dar to drop in spe­cific auc­tions for cer­tain ages of car, or for col­lectibles and mem­o­ra­bilia.

‘The vi­sion and plan­ning have been there for a while’

All cars en­tered for auc­tion at Wood­lands are kept in a heated in­door stor­age area.

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