A new tool added to epyx’s 1link Disposal Network e-commerce platform suggests to fleet managers the best motor auction to dispose of each car and van.
Auction Allocation recommends a site from the independent motor auctions registered with the platform based on criteria chosen by the user such as recent sales performance and geographical constraints.
Additional features include the ability to use the tool to manage all correspondence with auctions, view details about forthcoming sales, examine results of past sales and reassign vehicles to a future sale if they are unsold – including the option to move them to a different site.
Independent auctions that use 1link Disposal Network include Aston Barclay, Fleet Auction Group, Scottish Motor Auctions and Wilsons.
Ken Trinder, head of business development at epyx, said: "We have been adding new functionality to 1link Disposal Network over the last couple of years, with developments such as our iPhone app and, more recently, our Trade-to-Trade dealer trading tool.
"However, we believe that Auction Allocation represents a real step change for the platform. It provide fleets managing disposal with the means to put in place a structured disposal process that is largely automated based on the criteria that they decide to put in place.
"Alongside the other capabilities of the platform – from online auctions and sales to vehicle preparation and movement – it means that fleets of all sizes can use 1link Disposal Network to manage almost every aspect of their disposal activity easily and efficiently online."
Trinder pointed to the fact that the number of transactions through 1link Disposal Network had doubled in the first six months of the year as evidence of the speed with which it was gaining ground.
He said: "This is our fastest growing platform. Fleets are rapidly waking up to the advantages of selling through an online tool – whether that means online sales or managing a physical auction sale – while dealers are learning that acquiring stock online is a faster, cheaper and generally more efficient way to do business."
Designed for large fleets to efficiently manage car and van disposal online, and for dealers to quickly and easily find the used stock that they require, 1link Disposal Network forms a component in the 1link cradle-to-grave e-commerce vehicle life cycle which includes e-commerce platforms covering vehicle procurement, service and maintenance, taxation and rental.