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Sure-Sell Charade makes £700 over book at auction today

Fri, 14 Sep 2007
This pretty, privately owned 2003/53 base model Charade EL had only done 6,300 miles from new. It sold for no less than £3,000: more than half its original price four years ago, £700 over trade book and £475 over mileage-adjusted trade book. Sure-Sell private sellers are telling me they are getting their cheques in a little as 3 days, too, without having to waste money on advertising and time fending off endless numbers of canvassers. Crucially, Group 1 insurance made this a decent first car for a 17 year old, though I’m not sure how many young lads would take to the Amethyst paint job.

VWs were pricy too, today. But Hondas weren’t. A 96k mile 03 Accord 2.0SE sold for a sensible £4,100. And an 81k mile 03 Civic 2.0 Type S that had been around for weeks finally sold today for a very reasonable £3,800. Remember, no timing belts to worry about on these cars.

Some punters like to buy damaged cars, reasoning that putting their own labour into the job is a fair way to earn a living. A 54k mile 06 reg Sharan TDI 115 auto needed at least £4k’s worth of work. Straight, it booked at £12,250, minus about £3k for the miles. But either the vendor pushed the auctioneer to run it to an unviable £7,100, or there were simply no bids. When a clean 33k mile 05/55 Alhambra TDI 115 sold for £9,500 there was no way that the wreck was worth taking on for more than £4,500.

Other VAGs were daft money as well. 16k mile 05 reg Fabia 1.2 65s for £5,400 - £5,500. 78k mile 04 reg Golf V 1.9TDI S for £7,000. 44k mile 04 Beetle 1.6 convertible for £10,050. 106k mile 04 Passat TDI 100 Highline for £6,200. Begged the question where were they going?

From 17th September BCA offers new ways to pay. You can now use Mastercard and Visa to buy cars at the cost of a 2% transaction + VAT charge. (That’s £200 on a £10,000 car.) Cash payments attract a 1% + VAT handling charge. But there is no extra charge for using Debit cards, cheques supported by a My BCA account card, bank drafts or telegraphic transfers.

Here’s the list. As usual, ‘s’ means sold. ‘p’ means provisional bid. ‘n/s’ means not sold. ‘n/w’ means miles not warranted. ‘dmg’ means damaged. ‘d/r’ means damaged/repaired.

Audi A6 Avant 2.5TDI SE Multitronic, 2-003/53, 71k miles £9,700s
BMW 330dSE Touring auto, 2003/53, 71k miles £10,300s
BMW X3 3.0i Sport auto, 2004/54, 44k miles £14,100s
Chrysler Voyager 2.8CRD auto 4-seats, 2005/55. MNW £7,000s
Daihatsu Charade 1.0EL 3-dr, 2003/53, 6k miles £3,000s
Ford C-max 1.6TDCI LX, 2005/53, 25k miles £5,800s
Honda Jazz 1.4iDSI SE Sport CVT-7, 05 reg, 8k miles £7,800s
Honda Civic 2.0 Type S, 03 reg, 81k miles £3,800s
Honda Accord 2.0i VTEC SE, 03 reg, 96k miles £4,100s
Mercedes A170CDI Elegance auto, 2000X, 65k miles £3,700s
Mercedes SL350, 06 reg, 15k miles £41,000s
Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DI-D SWB auto, 05 reg, 18k miles £10,500s
Peugeot 1007 1.4 Sport, 07 reg, 8 miles only £5,700p (no bids)
Peugeot 207 1.4S 16v 5-dr, 06 reg, 12k miles £6,500p
Peugeot 407SW 2.0HDI 136, 2005/55. 26k miles £10,200s
Rover 75 3.0CDI Classic Touring, 02 reg, 113k miles £2,650s
SEAT Alhambra 1.9TDI 115, 2005/55, 33k miles £9,500s
Skoda Fabia 1.2 65 Ambiente, 05 reg, 16k miles £5,400s
VW Golf V 1.9TDI S 5-dr, 04 reg. 78k miles £7,000s
VW Beetle 1.6 convertible, 04 reg, 44k miles £10,050s
VW Passat 1.9TDI 100 Highline, 04 reg, 106k miles £6,200s
VW Sharan 1.9TDI 115 auto (£4k + dmg) 06 reg, 54k miles £7,100p

September 2007 Auctions Coming Up

Upcoming Auctions at BCA Blackbushe in September

Monday 17th September 10.00am start
Fleet Direct, Lex, Bank of Scotland, Inchcape Prestige p/x, Porsche Retail p/x, Mercedes Benz Retail p/x, Franchised Dealer p/x, Inchcape no reserve p/x, Hartwells p/x, Ridgeway VW p/x, Pendragon p/x.

Wednesday 19th September 10.00am start
Prime Fleet, Hitachi Finance, Leaseplan Live Online, Black Horse, Lex, Bank of Scotland, General Section, Jardine p/x, Inchcape p/x, Renault Financial Services, Sytner p/x, Snows Group p/x, Trident Honda p/x.

Thursday 20th September 10.00am start
Light Commercials from Leaseplan, XBG, Citroen, Fleet Direct, Northgate.

Friday 21st September 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, LTSB Autolease, Motability, Lex, Bank of Scotland, Vauxhall Leasing, Masterlease, Hitachi Capital, General Section, Inchcape p/x, Charters p/x, Private Sure Sell.

Monday 24th September 10.00am start (Bank Holiday Monday)
Fleet Direct, Lex, Bank of Scotland, Inchcape Prestige, Porsche p/x, Mercedes Benz Retail p/x, TOP CAR, Franchised Dealer p/x, Inchcape no reserve p/x, Hartwells p/x, Pendragon p/x.

Wednesday 26th September 10.00am start
Volvo UK, Leaseplan Live Online, Black Horse, Lex, Bank of Scotland, Prime Fleet, Jardine p/x, Inchcape p/x, Sytner p/x, Snows Group p/x, Trident Honda p/x.

Thursday 27th September 10.00am start
Light Commercials from Lloyds TSB, Dagenham Motors, Royal Mail, Lex, Vauxhall leasing, Peugeot, Northgate, Non Runners.

Friday 28st September 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, LTSB Autolease, Lex, Bank of Scotland, Motability, Citroen UK,
As always the best way to look for a specific car coming up at a BCA auction or to pre-check a day’s sale is to visit If you are a BCA account holder this service also now gives composite price information (average auction price, CAP and Glass’s) and now allows you to buy a selection of cars directly on-line.

Please Note BCA Now Charges All Private Buyers a £23.50 VCA New Keeper Transfer Fee. On behalf of the vendors, BCA is required to notify DVLA via the V5C of changes of ownership.

For sales at BCA Edinburgh, click here for full details:

For BCA online auctions go to Two types of sale: Live Online and Open Tender. These are only available to BCA MyBCA Loyalty Card holders.

For future police sales at West Oxfordshire Motor Auctions. Visit, click on ‘stocklist’, then click on search, or use the faxback on 0906 3080 953 at 60p per minute. Sales are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30pm.

Brightwells HUGE WEEKLY 4x4 SALE takes place every Tuesday at Easter’s Court on the A49 by-pass, Leominster, Herefordshire, start time 11.00am, phone: 01568 611325, website:


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