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vehicle supply since 1982


Dan Brooks Profile

Dan Brooks – Director

Dan has worked for SWS for over 15 years. He brings a fresh outlook to the vision of the company. In the last 3 years, he has gradually taken on more responsibility for the day to day running of the business and endeavours to maintain our excellent reputation. Dan is always honest and looks after our customers in every way possible. Like John, motor vehicles are in his blood and he has an ever growing knowledge, experience and a keen handle on current economic and automotive trends.


John Winson – Director

Originally from a production engineering background, John has an excellent all-round knowledge of Automotive markets, both in the UK and Internationally. Having run the business for well over 20 years, John now concentrates on his other business interests and focuses on new stock acquisition and general oversite of the business, he still negotiates and maintains relationships with the manufacturers on all new vehicles, foreign business and insurance contracts, he is still integral and vital to giving expertise and advice to the younger members of the team. With almost 20 years of experience in the motor salvage and automotive industry, he is an expert on Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen cars.

Dan Hammond – Site Manager

Dan has been with the company for over 4 years. He comes from a truck spares background. He deals with the day to day operation of the premises, ingoing and outgoing stock management and transport and logistics. He has risen from promotion to promotion showing real care for the business and our customers. He is a real ambassador for our brand.


Nigel Hawkins – Sales Manager

Nigel has been with us for nearly 20 years. Our long-standing customers will remember Nigel as the face of the company, dealing with the sales and customer relations side of our business. In the last few years, he has moved into the workshop and takes with him a wealth of experience and knowledge. He maintains company vehicles, the premises and is always on hand to give customers quality advice on repair methods.

More and more customers are buying over the internet. We produce photographs that reflect the true condition of the vehicles, NOT creative photography giving a false impression. This allows our regulars to call up an accurate description from one of our experts thus enabling them to purchase without leaving the comfort of their armchair! We can also offer video calling by appointment.

SWS can organise vehicles to be delivered directly to you or to a pre-arranged repair centre of your choice. Our commitment to our suppliers and customers is paramount as this ensures our future growth.

Established in the early 80’s SWS has grown to be one of the most respected salvage dealers in the UK used by some of the largest insurance and leasing companies. We have achieved this success mainly thanks to our loyal customer base, some of whom are still buying salvage from us after 40 years!

Our customers are confident in the knowledge that every member of the SWS team is dedicated to customer satisfaction and all transactions are conducted honestly and fairly. We at SWS have our own code of practice to provide you with a service beyond that of normal business practices, resulting in many of our customers becoming good friends.

Company Objectives:
Our success is centred on keeping our overheads as low as possible, allowing us to sell the vehicles at lower prices thus increasing our customer’s potential profit or saving. SWS provides a reliable, secure service to our suppliers reducing their costs in disposing of vehicles recovered from accidents and thefts. Our customers have the confidence that all vehicles supplied by SWS have their identification assured and that the descriptions given are accurate. Aside from our regular trade customers, increasing members of the public are becoming “switched on” to us as a very cheap way of changing their cars.

New & Nearly New:
Our contracts with motor manufacturers, Leasing & Rental companies allow us to provide late cars at low prices. Some cars are completely brand new unregistered with only very minor marks and carry a manufacturer’s warranty. Our used car stock comprises many nearly new one owner, low mileage cars that could normally only be purchased from main dealer showrooms with corresponding high prices.

Classics & Prestige:
At SWS we are car fanatics with a real passion for the industry as a business and hobby. We love classic cars, having owned some very interesting vehicles, we have decided to share our hobby with our customers, by way of providing a similar experience to the salvage vehicles we stock. Our aim is to source good restoration projects in all states of repair and offer to the public with our usual customer-focused ease of purchase, logistics and guarantee of identity.