The Aston Barclay network is expanding its interests in light commercial vehicles. 

Its fortnightly light commercial vehicle auction held at Westbury in Wiltshire is moving to a Thursday from 22 March.

The sale features light commercial stock from leasing and finance companies such as Ogilvie, LeasePlan and Venson as well as franchised dealers such as Robins & Day, and signals the start of a new focus on van remarketing across the Aston Barclay network.

The eight-acre Westbury auction is to be reorganised, moving its inspection area and imaging turntable, to free up space to expand the LC, dealer and fleet sales section.

An extra 10 acres will come on stream at Donington in 2018 and the development later this year of six acres of land at Prees Heath will give the group the additional space it needs to grow its LCV business.

Aston Barclay is also going to use new technology, such as imaging turntables and SpinCar (SpinVan) which enables buyers to examine the interior and exterior of a vehicle while buying online.

And it will start marketing the free Buyer App to light commercial buyers to help them locate and buy more vehicles online. The app has over 4,500 used car buyers bidding, driving online sale volumes to record highs which, it believes will revolutionise the CV remarketing sector.

'We are expanding our auction footprint to enable us to meet our expansion plans to double our volumes to 160,000 over the next few years,' said Martin Potter, Aston Barclay's group operations director.

'Remarketing used vans needs extra space and when that comes on line over the next 12-18 months we will be in a perfect position to start focusing more on expanding our LCV operation,' he added.