adesa uk jonathan holland
adesa uk jonathan holland
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DAMAGING end of life costs can rack up if leasing companies and fleet operators don’t factor in disposal costs before committing vehicles to remarketing channels.

Online remarketing specialist ADESA UK warned that vendors and fleets incur ongoing disposal charges because they have not assessed how much the traditional de-fleeting process is costing them.  

Managing Director Jonathan Holland said companies should adopt a Total Cost of Disposal (TCD) approach to achieve the best possible returns on their assets.

He added: “Fleet cars start racking up costs the moment they reach the end of contract, which is why we advise vendors and fleets to consider TCD as part of their Total Cost of Ownership calculations; this is the missing piece in the running costs equation.” 

ADESA said that TCD should factor in the costs typically amassed between end of contract and resale including charges for vehicle movements, storage, inspection and refurbishment as well as depreciation.

Holland added: “End of contract cars are not always collected the day they become available and can also spend time in compounds awaiting the next available auction date.

“All the time they are losing value through depreciation, third party stocking costs and daily interest charges accrued whilst the vehicle is moving through the traditional remarketing process.

“From de-fleet day to a car’s appearance at auction can often take weeks, so vendors and fleets risk being hit by a month’s book drop and costly daily stocking charges which are seriously downgrading the returns they are achieving.

“Vendors need to start factoring in TCD to achieve the best possible returns on their assets.” 

ADESA, which has long advocated the advantages of remarketing cars online the moment they are de-fleeted, has further reduced its de-fleet timeline with the recent launch of ADESA IVI (Intelligent Vehicle Inspection).

This deploys artificial intelligence to enable drivers to carry out self-appraisals using smartphones or tablets, so that vehicles can be remarketed 24/7 online before they even reach end of contract.


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Chris Wright
Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to Justauto.com

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