Auc­tions the key to up­grad­ing your fleet

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● With the econ­omy in re­cov­ery mode, the time is right for small and medium-size busi­nesses to grow and re­plen­ish their trans­porta­tion fleets, so ex­pand­ing their foot­prints.

The lat­est data from the Na­tional Association of Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers of South Africa sug­gests that busi­nesses na­tion­ally are gear­ing to meet in­creas­ing trans­porta­tion re­quire­ments, with suc­ces­sive months of growth and a strong up­ward trend in all cat­e­gories of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles since the be­gin­ning of the year.

Na­tional com­pa­nies and big busi­ness ac­count for the ma­jor­ity of sales in com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. Small and medi­um­size busi­nesses should also en­sure they seek op­por­tu­ni­ties and put them­selves in a po­si­tion to meet grow­ing de­mand. And, for these com­pa­nies, auc­tions may be just the tonic needed.

“Our auc­tions rep­re­sent a means for smaller busi­nesses to pro­cure ve­hi­cles at a frac­tion of the price of new stock. It is also an op­por­tu­nity to buy pre­mium-qual­ity ve­hi­cles at a price they can af­ford,” says Clive Lazarus of Park Vil­lage Auc­tions.

“With diesel prices at all-time highs and the cost of main­tain­ing trucks ris­ing, it pays to pur­chase qual­ity ve­hi­cles that are suited to the type of work they are ex­pected to carry out. All too of­ten com­pa­nies make use of ill-suited ve­hi­cles be­cause it is all they can af­ford and this should never be the case. Rather at­tend our auc­tions and find the right ve­hi­cle for the job at an af­ford­able price.”

He says with 13 977 new com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles hit­ting the roads in May this year, the stage is set for growth. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, how­ever, more sales mean more fu­ture de­faults as well as more used-fleet dis­pos­als to bol­ster re­pos­ses­sion auc­tions and fill auc­tion floors.

Park Vil­lage Auc­tions un­der­takes nu­mer­ous com­mer­cial-ve­hi­cle auc­tions through­out the year and it pays to visit its web­site and use its newslet­ter and so­cial pages to stay abreast of happenings, keep­ing an eye out for new stock.

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