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Some cheap, some dear at auction today

Fri, 26 Oct 2007
It was a bit difficult to read today’s sale at BCA Blackbushe.

On one hand, some ordinary high mileage cars were very cheap indeed. On the other, some of the status stuff was making strong money. The buyer for one of the biggest sites that usually ‘makes’ the market at this time of year was exhibiting great caution. Dealer retail chains seemed keen to offload stock. But some of the fleets appeared to be hanging on.

A 42k mile 05 Ford C-Max 1.6LX was cheap at £3,825s. A 64k mile 2001/51 Ford Fiesta 1.3 Encore 3-dr was almost for nothing at £725s. And, though it had done 121k miles, a 2004/54 Peugeot 407SW 2.0HDI 136 S, 2004/54 couldn’t be called dear at £4,950s. There were no bids at all for a ‘Lever Espana’ (Manuel) 171k mile 2002/52 BMW 525iSE Touring that the auctioneer tried to start at £3,000.

£7,950 was the right money for a 100k mile 2004/54 BMW 118dSE.

A fight broke out for an ex-Motability 22k mile 2004/54 MGTF 135, from the last 6 months production, reserved at £6,800 but it went up in 25s to sell for £6,450. (How do you get an MGTF on Motability?)

Yet, £9,300 looked a bit dear to me for a 39k mile 2005/55 Skoda Octavia 1.9TDI Ambiente estate. £11,950 and £12,000 were strong for a pair of 84k miles 2003/53 and 100k mile 04 reg Mercedes E320CDI Avantgardes. While an 84k mile 04 reg BMW E60 520i 2.2 SE auto must have been going for export to fetch £12,700s

Here’s the list. As usual, ‘s’ means sold. ‘p’ means top provisional bid, ‘n/s’ means not sold. ‘n/w’ means miles not warranted. ‘MNW’ means unknown mileage.

Audi A4 TDI 130 Avant Sport, 2003/53, 83k miles £7,600s
BMW 316i 1.8TI ES Compact, 04 reg, 64k miles £6.900s
BMW 118d SE, 2004/54, 100k miles £7,950s
BMW E60 520i 2.2 SE auto, 04 reg, 84k miles £12,700s
BMW E39 525i SE Touring, man, lthr, 2003/52, 171k, £3k no bids
Chevrolet Matiz 800cc S blue, 2005/55, 17k miles £2,600s
Chevrolet Matiz 800cc S silver, 2005/55, 16k miles £2,650s
Chrysler Grand Voyager 3.3 Limited, 2003/53, 72k miles £9,100s
Ford Fiesta 1.2 16v Freestyle 5-dr, Y reg, 109k miles £950s
Ford Fiesta 1.3 Encore 3-dr, 2001/51, 64k miles £725s
Ford Puma 1.4 16v, 2000W, 83k miles n/w £1,900s
Ford Focus 1.6 Ghia 5-dr, 02 reg, 63k miles £3,400s
Ford Focus 1.6LX 5-dr, 2002/52, 52k miles £3,850s
Ford C-Max 1.6LX, 2004/54, 19k miles £4,450s
Ford C-Max 1.6LX, 05 reg, 42k miles £3,825s
Ford C-Max 1.8 Ghia, 2004/54, 46k miles £4,900s
Jaguar X-Type 2.0D SE, lthr, 04 reg, 97k miles £6,800s
Jaguar XK8, 2003/53, 60k miles £17,800s
Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel auto, 04 reg, 44k miles £10,200s
KIA Cerato 1.6LX 5-dr auto, 05 reg, 27k miles £5,250s
LandRover Freelander TD4 S 3-dr, 04 reg, 29k miles £6,950s
LandRover Freelander TD4 S 5-dr, 2004/54, 68k miles £7,900s
Mazda MX5 1.8 Arctic, 05 reg, 26k miles £9,000s
Mercedes E320CDI A/G, 04 reg, 100k miles £12,000s
Mercedes E320CDI A/G, 2003/53, 84k miles £11,950s
Mercedes E320CDI A/G, 04 reg, 100k miles £12,000s
Mercedes S320CDI. Y reg, 221k miles n/w £6,250s
MG TF 135, 2004/54, 22k miles £6,450s
MINI Cooper CVT, s/r, lthr, 02 reg, 49k miles n/w £6,650s
MINI Cooper Chili pack, 06 reg, 16k miles £9,800s
Mitsubishi Shogun 3.5V6 LWB auto, 1995N. 97k n/w £1,225s
Peugeot 407SW 2.0HDI 136 S, 2004/54, 121k miles £4,950s
Range Rover 4.4V8 auto, 03 reg, 77k miles £16,000s
RenaultSport Clio 182, 04 reg, 44k miles £6,125s
Skoda Octavia 1.9TDI Ambiente est, 2005/55, 39k miles £9,300s
Vauxhall Astra 1.7CDTI 100 Des est, 05 reg, 50k miles £6,100s
Vauxhall Astra 1.7CDTI 100 Club est, 2005/55, 27k miles £7,100s
Vauxhall Zafira 2,0DTI Life, 04 reg, 58k miles £5,100s
VW Golf 1.8T GTI 3-dr, 2001X, 76k miles £4,800s
VW Golf V 2.0GT TDI 3-dr, 04 reg, 49k miles £9,100s
VW Passat TDI 130 Highline, 2004/54, 68k miles £7,100s

Remaining Auctions at BCA Blackbushe in October

Monday 29th October 10.30am start
Fleet Direct, Lex, Bank of Scotland, Inchcape Prestige, Porsche Retail p/x, Mercedes Benz Retail p/x, TOP CAR, Franchised Dealer p/x, Inchcape no reserve, Hartwells p/x, Pendragon p/x.

Wednesday 31st October 10.00am start
Leaseplan Live Online, Black Horse, Lex, Bank of Scotland, Jardine p/x, Inchcape p/x, Sytner p/x, Snows Group p/x, Trident Honda p/x.

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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