Paragon, which provides vehicle processing for manufacturers and car rental companies, will be responsible for the de-fleet and refurbishment of Avis’s Peugeot rental cars. Once refurbished, the cars will be sold through the Peugeot dealer network.
The partnership will see Paragon handle more than 6,500 vehicles over the following year. It follows news earlier this summer that Paragon would expand its logistics activities with Avis Budget, including adding 14,000 movements per year.
The managing director of Paragon Automotive, Mike Pilkington, said: “In the current climate, the competition for de-fleet and reconditioning tenders is fierce and Paragon are delighted to have been chosen to support Avis with this work. It is a great win for Paragon and starts an exciting period of work for us.”
Paragon has recently seen its vehicle services business expand substantially after it bought UK transport provider Stobart Group’s vehicle services division. It was estimated at the time that the business would enjoy an annual turnover of £40m ($61m), and would serve as a logistics provider for Toyota, Vauxhall, Nissan and Vauxhall Vans. Paragon, has operated eight new sites since this integration. [See here for more details.]
Paragon has said that it would work closely with Avis to ensure a smooth process of transition and to continue its respective services as usual.