Alternative thinking in
vehicle supply since 1982



John Winson – Managing Director

Originally from a production engineering backround, John has a excellent all round knowledge of Automotive markets, both in the UK and abroad. Apart from managing everyday business, he negotiates with the manufacturers on all new vehicles, foreign business and insurance contracts. With almost 20 years of experience in the motor salvage and automotive industry, he is an expert on Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen cars.


Ken Elliott – Logistics / Site Manager

Ken worked for many years as an insurance assessor, he has been with us for around 20 years and has a great knowledge of damage assessment to vehicles as well as a sound geographical knowledge of the UK and Europe. Ken deals with all transport, delivery, collection issues. Ken is a member of the IMI.


Nigel Hawkins – Sales Manager

Nigel has been with us for 7 years. After many years as an area manager for part of the Ford Group, he now deals with the sales and customer relations side of our business. He is happy to assess and relay details of damage & specification of our vehicles as well as help you by giving you his wealth of knowledge regarding contacts for parts and repairs.

More and more customers are buying over the internet. We try to take pictures which 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!

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 70’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 30 years!


Our customers are confident in the knowledge that every member of the SWS team is dedicated to customer satisfaction and all deals 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 centered on keeping our overheads as low as possible, allowing us to sell the vehicles at lower prices thus increasing our customers 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, so much so that some even pay for their holidays by selling the vehicles on for a tidy profit.

New & Nearly New at ridiculous prices:
Our contracts with motor manufacturers, Leasing & Rental companies allow us to provide late cars at very low prices. Some cars are completely brand new unregistered with only very minor marks and carry manufacturers 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 a corresponding high prices.

High Performance & Prestige:
At SWS we are car ( and motorcycle ) fanatics and love luxury cars. We don’t however let our hearts rule our heads and you will find that our performance & prestige vehicles represent excellent value for money as do our smaller and family sized cars. Our aim is to provide you with the cheapest example of your required model in the UK!