Plant, Machinery & HGVs January Online Report
Well 2021 has certainly got off to an interesting start! Brexit, trade deal, lockdown 3.0, new President in the States and now storm Christoph to top it all off! But by far the most exciting day throughout the UK & beyond, in 2021, was the 15th Jan, Brightwells’ first auction of plant, machinery & HGVs for the year! This was the first of any of the bigger auctions throughout the country & as such we are a solid barometer for how trade will fare in this post Brexit landscape… We had another extremely high clearance rate and continued to see big prices & a strong demand for used machinery.
There was a slight dip in the number of machines sold for export. Many buyers wishing to only dip a toe in the water, in order to get a feel for the challenges to come with exporting. This gave UK buyers a chance to get their hands on some sorely needed used machinery stock! January is typically a difficult month to fill the yard with entries. That being said, we had a substantial collection and variety of equipment on offer, excavators, telehandlers, dumpers & vehicles of all ages, makes & sizes.
In the plant section, a strong consignment of genuine, end of use, 3-year-old telehandlers kicked us off nicely! We then had excavators, where we had a huge range, from a 2-year-old 5T Hitachi, fetching extremely strong money, down to a non-running, 20-something-year-old Libra Compact 1.5T machine, and even that one made £3,700 and heads off to Finland! We had a good clear out of dumper & rollers as well, with only one or two examples of each left over. Prices were higher than expected and appeared to continue the strong demand seen before Christmas.
We had some nice vehicles on offer this month. One in particular drew people from all over the country… A 2014 temperature controlled Daf XF440 box lorry. There was a fierce bidding war over this one & eventually a specialist removals firm topped the bidding. We also offered a good selection of light commercials & vans. Trade throughout this section was on fire. We were fortunate to have entries from a few finance companies & leasing firms, as well as councils & contractors.
Tractors & agri machinery had a roaring trade in a fairly sparsely entered section. We had an excellent clearance rate for what was offered and, fortunately, already have several interesting lots consigned for our 12th February auction. For now it would appear that there is less demand from the continent for used agricultural machinery. This would be in part due to the new cleanliness certification which is required, on top of the new general export procedures. I am confident that this hesitation in bidding will soon dissipate as the industry becomes familiar with the hoops we must jump through.
Grounds care kit was a little thin on the ground this time around… it sold well and already this section is filling back up with over 15 direct council machines entered for 12th February (arriving throughout next week…) Fortunately spring is just around the corner and with a solid direct consignment this early, we fully expect this section to be booming next month!
Having now sent full loads of machinery into the EU we are confident that it will only get easier & that we have procedures in place to ensure safe & speedy transit throughout the EU and beyond. Our buyers will bid with confidence and vendors should feel that this is the best place to maximise returns on their end of use or redundant machines & vehicles.
Our entries are now open and coming in nicely, with over 100 machines already consigned! Don’t delay, call us now to find out how what we can do for you. As always you can view the full sale results & upcoming auction catalogues via the links below:
January auction results: https://www.brightwells.com/media/6721/january-2021.pdf
January sundry catalogue: https://www.brightwellslive.com/timedauctions/index/5097
February machinery catalogue: https://www.brightwellslive.com/timedauctions/index/5114