AN AUCTION house has been selling off its stock of emergency service vehicles.
John Pye Auctions, in Marchington Industrial Estate, sold off the ambulance service rapid response vehicles on behalf of firms leasing them to the NHS.
The online auction saw two of John Pye’s five emergency vehicles fetch more than £5,000 earlier this week.
And a second ‘blue light’ auction, yet to be formally confirmed, is planned for June.
Steve Maciver, commercial manager at John Pye, said the online format of the auctions allowed bidders to buy the Skoda Octavia Elegence TDI estates at a better price.
He said: “To attract buyers at auction these days, you can’t just be a local company anymore.
“We do our auctions a little bit differently and selling lots online allows them to stay under the hammer for longer.
“In a traditional auction, items are under the hammer for two minutes if you’re lucky.
“But our online auctions allow buyers to bid on them for two days.
“This is a customer-focussed moved and allows them to take their time to ensure they’re getting the bargains they want.”
Mr Maciver told the Advertiser his firm had to be ‘extremely careful’ to ensure they were selling to a responsible buyer.
He said: “If these vehicles get into the wrong hands, it could cause a serious problem.
“When people applied to bid, we vetted their suitability thoroughly.
“They had to represent a registered business dealing in blue light-type vehicles.
“We were in touch with the vendor throughout the process and ensured we got their approval before finalising the sales.”
Although Mr Maciver did not reveal who the buyers were, he confirmed the vehicles would continue to be used by the emergency services.
John Pye is holding an item viewing day on Monday between 10am and 4pm.