British Car Auctions
BCA Europe, is the largest vehicle remarketing
Vehicle remarketing
Vehicle remarketing is the controlled disposal of fleet and leasing vehicles that have reached the end of their fixed lease term.In vehicle leasing, after the lease expires, the lessee either returns the vehicle to the supplier or buys it...

 business in Europe, with an annual turnover in excess of £4 billion.


The company was founded in 1946, by David Wickins in Frimley
Frimley is a small English town situated 2 miles south of Camberley, in the extreme west of Surrey, adjacent to the border with Hampshire. It is about 31 miles west south-west of Central London. It is part of the Borough of Surrey Heath...

, Surrey, when he sold his mother's car on a plot of land, and subsequently saw the potential for taking the business further. He named his company Southern Counties Motor Auctions, later becoming British Car Auctions as success expanded. It has since become Europe’s largest used vehicle auction company, selling well over 1 million vehicles every year.

It has 38 branches in 12 European countries: UK, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden and Germany, and serves buyers from all countries through its auction centres or online. It sells on behalf of a wide range of vendors including:
  • Fleet owners and small companies
  • Leasing and finance companies
  • New and used car dealers
  • Car importers and manufacturers
  • Banks
  • Private individuals

The company does not generally own the stock it sells, but instead acts as a neutral intermediary between vendors and buyers. Auction centres can be found on the group website or on one of the country websites. It uses both physical auction centres and online selling to remarket vehicles from 38 centres in 12 countries across Europe. It handles the logistics for over 1 million vehicles per year, including collections, deliveries, vehicle inspection, storage and vehicle preparation.

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