Acumen Automotive Logistics has expanded its operation with the acquisition of J&A Transporters.

The acquired Somerset-based business specialises in used vehicle movements for auction houses, direct contracts with dealerships for new cars and vehicle swaps, as well as fleet movements for rental operators.

The deal adds 15 car transporters and a facility in Bridgwater to Acumen’s portfolio, increasing the fleet to more than 200 vehicles.

Chris Doughty, MD of parent company Acumen Logistics Group, said of the deal: “It sees us grow our footprint with a strategically important new base in the South West, plus a team of very experienced and dedicated staff.”

Acumen said it would develop the J&A Transporters by using its larger infrastructure base to benefit customers.

Doughty added: “As a privately-owned company we can move fast on acquisitions, providing they complement our existing business and we believe we can create value.”

J&A Transporters will continue to focus predominantly on movements for the used vehicle, dealer and fleet markets, but its fleet will also support the existing Acumen operation.