Manheim, one of the biggest used-vehicle auction houses in Canada, will begin charging an additional fee for disinfecting every vehicle it sells.
Beginning today, the company will charge $14.99, plus tax, for what it calls the Manheim Vehicle Disinfection Service, designed to eliminate the COVID-19 virus and other viruses.
Manheim said “specially trained and safely equipped teams” will perform the disinfection service. The entire process, including 2-4 minutes of treatment and the “five-minute contact time,” takes about 10 minutes, the company said. Each treated vehicle is then tagged with a time-stamped decal that displays when the vehicle was disinfected. All Manehim employees who come in contact with the treated vehicle must wear personal protective equipment.
“Manheim staff [are] trained at minimizing touch points to ensure the vehicle remains clean and is ready for the customer,” the company says on its website.
Manheim Canada spokesman Mark James said in an email that the service is something "entirely new" and not something that has always been done and now requires a fee.
Manheim chose the Swish Group of Companies, established in 1956 and headquartered in Peterborough, Ont., as its supplier of sanitizer. The auction house said the sanitizer poses “no negative effects to the vehicle’s instruments or materials and leaves no residue.”
“They are a leading distributor of innovative sanitation solutions in Canada and the United States,” James said.
The product is also included on the federal government’s list of disinfectants with evidence for use against COVID-19.