Global leader in online vehicle remarketing and recycling, Copart UK, have announced that expansion works are planned at their Operation Centre in Peterlee, County Durham.  

The planned expansion, which will make Peterlee a 30-acre site once completed, supports the company’s continued growth in the Northeast of England and provides further capacity for their ‘First Response’ Contact Centre which is located at this site.  

The expansion more than doubles vehicle capacity for Copart’s customers operating in this area, providing secure storage, and enlarged areas for vehicles that may require specialist handling like EVs, HEVs, and flood and fire damaged vehicles.


Brand-new vehicle preparation and valeting areas using state-of-the-art technology to inspect and image vehicles are also being planned as part of the expansion works.


Copart has also said that dedicated bio-diversity spaces will be ringfenced as part of the expansion works to improve air quality and encourage nature.


This announcement follows recent updates from the company regarding expansions at their existing Operation Centres in Bristol, Rochford, Sandtoft, Westbury and Wisbech, and the addition of three new sites in Corby, East Kilbride, and St Helens.

Subject to all relevant planning permissions, Copart anticipates expansion works at Peterlee to be completed in 2024.

Jane Pocock, CEO of Copart UK & Ireland, said:

“This expansion at Peterlee will enable us to handle around 38,000 vehicles per annum, supporting Copart’s continued growth and industry leading services in the Northeast alongside our Operation Centres in Sandtoft and York.

“The additional storage capacity will enable us to offer unique contingency land to our customers following extreme weather events and support further the national growth of our onsite Contact Centre which provides vital first response and policy holder management services.”