Huge crowds gather at Hull's first dedicated motor auction in more than 25 years

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 May 2017

More than 300 people gathered at what is believed to be the city's first dedicated motor auction for more than 25 years.

Hull Motor Auctions is the brainchild of childhood friends Jason Wilkinson and Ryan Giblin.

Initially, their plan was to start a used car dealership, however the pair said that with the nearest regular car auctions about 40 miles away, the decision to launch a vehicle auction proved to be a no-brainer.

Mr Giblin said: "After some market research it became obvious that a city the size of Hull, with its growing business community, is in need of its own vehicle auction for both trade and public.

"With the amount of vehicle trade the city has to offer, this is a great addition to the Hull business community, just in time for City of Culture."

Weekly motor auctions were once a staple of Hull's automotive community, however the nearest dedicated regular auction is now believed to be in Bridlington.

Though many people have experience of bidding at an auction, for the uninitiated it can appear a daunting prospect.

Mr Wilkinson said: "Auctions are less daunting than people may think.

"The whole idea of an auction is for traders and public alike to have access to a wide range of vehicles to suit all price margins.

"For anyone who is new to auctions and unsure in regards to assessing vehicles, we would recommend they bring along someone with buying experience, or maybe a friend or family member to help with your decision making."

HMA is now holding auctions every Wednesday at its base in The Lodges Business Park, Oak Road, off Clough Road.

The business has invested in a new kitchen, offering hot food and refreshments for auction-goers. Bidding starts at 7pm, with potential buyers able to view and inspect cars from 5pm on auction day.

Offering tips to potential newcomers to the auction process, Mr Wilkinson said: "When bidding make eye contact with the auctioneer and clearly raise your hand for the auctioneer to accept your bid.

"Bear in mind there may be several people bidding at the same time, as such the auctioneer has the final say on who's bid is being accepted."

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