New Jobs & New Choice as Northern Ireland Embraces SMA Remarketing

It was packed at SMA Auctions new Remarketing Centre on the A6 Belfast City Derry Rd, as motor trade  buyers, sellers, local politicians and an array of assorted guests came out in force to see and bid at SMA's first ever auction for used cars in Northern Ireland - and the day turned out to be a resounding success, underpinning SMA's decision to invest in Northern Ireland and create up to 40 new jobs.

SMA Vehicle Remarketing has succeeded in running its first auction in Northern Ireland, with staff from across the Group training and supporting a team of new recruits who embraced the day to help customers find their way around the 5 acres complex and help them to find the car or cars they required.  In the coming weeks recruitment will continue and in total up to 40 new jobs are expected to be created.

A strong industry reputation for quality had enticed a strong supply of high quality cars from local dealer groups, fleets, finance providers and Motability and subsequently bidding was brisk from the word go.  By the end of the auction as buyers and guests retreated to the to the restaurant facilities the vast majority of cars on offer had sold under the hammer.

Group Managing Director Bob Anderson proudly reflected on the day:

"We were confident that the formula we have developed for remarketing well presented cars and vans accurately described in a friendly knowledgeable environment would be welcome and it has been.  In just 6 weeks from the decision to invest in Northern Ireland with the help and support of the local community, whom I would like to thank, we have opened for business and I could not have been prouder of the success achieved by the new team today, it bodes well for our future here".

Following on from the success of the initial auction, planned future activity has been accelerated with the next auction now scheduled for Monday September 20th at 1.30PM, open to both the trade and public - thereafter weekly auctions are planned to be introduced taking place each Monday.

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Our grading system is changing

NAMA grading has been developed to provide a long awaited industry standard grading scheme to be used across all auctions within the UK.

We have now introduced NAMA grading across our sites, and over the coming weeks you will notice more vehicles being offered for sale displaying a NAMA grade. These grades are easy to identify as they are 1,2,3,4,5 and U in place of the SMA grades A,B,C,D and E.

Please make sure you have familiarised yourself with the grades. We will still produce condition reports providing additional information for each vehicle as we always have.