Cheap Cars if Bought Right at Auction Today

Fri, 16 Nov 2007
We have now reached the time of year when some of the fleets treat auction centres as storage compounds, gambling 1 – 2% loan interest over 2 – 3 months on the hope that their stock will be worth 5% - 10% more in January. It always has been for the past 15 years, so whatever dire predictions there may be about property values falling and runs on banks it’s still a fairly safe bet.

Sure they’ll take your money if you offer enough. But right now some fleets are not letting go at rock bottom prices. And why the carparks are full of stock rather than parking spaces.

This 99T MX5 was a part-exchange, not a fleet car, had done a leggy 117k miles and had more pudding in one of its back wings than Marks and Spencer's Christmas section. But £2,550 was still cheap for a Mk II MX5 1.8 10th Anniversary model.

Just before it a very nice 03 SEAT Leon 20VT Cupra with a low, but not too low 22k miles and a matching set of Bridgestone Potenzas sold for £6,000, £750 under mileage adjusted trade book, so someone drove home in a good car bought well.

Three 2006 Corsa 1.3CDTI Design 3-drs with a/c all qualify for £35 a year tax, but it was a bit hard to work out if they really sold or not. The more miles the cars had done, the higher bids were knocked down.

And as an example of hall to hall inconsistency, a 203k mile 03 VW Golf TDI PD 130 5-dr sold for £4,700 to a genuine bid, while next door an 83k miles 03 TDI PD 150 3-dr sold for just £150 more.

But that’s the way of the auctions. Keep your head, don’t get run up past your limit and you can still drive home in a bargain.

Assuming, of course, you have trade insurance and trade plates, or manage to tax and insure the car on-line using an internet phone.

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. ‘dmgd’ means damaged.

BMW 525D SE auto, 2001/51, 186k miles £4,325s
Citroen C3 1.4SX Sensodrive, 2003/53, 57k miles n/w £2,900s
C iron C8 2.0HDI Exclusive, 2004/54, 53k miles £7,850s
Ford Fiesta 1.4 Black (lthr), 2003/53, 61k miles n/w £3,200s
Ford Focus 2.0 Ghia 4-dr, 2000W, 97k miles £1,525s
Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCI 115 LX, 2004/54 reg, 44k miles £4,900s
Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCI 115 LX, 05 reg, 60k miles £4,400s
Honda Civic 1.4GL 3-dr, 1999T, 81k miles £1,150
Honda new Civic 1.8 Sport, 06 reg, 15k miles £10,200p
Honda Accord 2.2iCDTI Exec estate, 04 reg 84k miles £6,450s
Jaguar XJR 4.0V8 supercharged, 1998R, 91k miles £3,300s
Mazda MX-5 1.8 10th Anniversary, 1999T, 117k miles £2,550s
Mazda 6 1.8TS, 04 reg, 97k miles £3,300s
Mazda RX-8 192 5-spd, 2004/54, 39k miles £9,050s
Mercedes A160 Avantgarde, 04 reg, 65k miles £4,800s
Mercedes Vaneo 1.7CDI Amb, 5-seat, 2003/53, 60k miles £4,450s
MINI Cooper 1.6 auto, 17” wheels, 2001/51, 57k miles £5,800s
Nissan Pathfinder 2.5DCI, 2005/55, 200k miles £9,000s
Peugeot 407 1.6HDI 110S SW, 2004/54 103k miles £4,500s
SEAT Leon 2.VT Cupra, 03 reg, 22k miles £6,000s
Subaru Impreza WRX, Y reg, 59k miles £4,700s
Toyota Corolla Verso 1.6 7-str, 2005/55, 28k miles £7,950s
Toyota Avensis 2.0 D-4S T3-X, 04 reg, 41k miles £6,900s
Toyota Avensis Verso 2.0 D-4D, 2004/54, 42k miles £8,700s
Vauxhall Corsa 1.3CDTI Design a/c, 2006/55, 121k miles £2,000s
Vauxhall Corsa 1.3CDTI Design a/c, 2006/55, 136k miles £2,100s
Vauxhall Corsa 1.3CDTI Design a/c, 06 reg, 127k miles £2,425s
Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Envoy 3-dr, 2000X, 73k miles £1,400s
Vauxhall Astra 1.7DTI LS 16v est, 04 reg, 108k miles £2,475s
Vauxhall Omega 2.5 Elite estate auto, 1999T, 98k miles £950s
VW Golf IV 2.0GTI 5-dr, 02 reg, 79k miles £3,800s
VW Golf IV TDI PD 130 5-dr, 03 reg, 203k miles £4,700s
VW Golf IV TDI PD 150 3-dr, 03 reg, 83k miles £4,850s
VW Golf V 2.0SDI S 5-dr, 2004/54, 44k miles £6,100s
Volvo V50 2.0D SE, 2005/54, 80k miles £8,200s
Volvo C70 2.0T convertible, 2003/53, 57k miles £7,200s

Upcoming Auctions at BCA Blackbushe in November

Monday 19th November 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, Pendragon p/x.

Wednesday 21st November 10.00am start
Volvo Car 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 22nd November 10.00am start
Light Commercials from Lloyds TSB, Dagenham Motors, Royal Mail, Lex, Vauxhall Leasing, Fleet Direct, Northgate, Peugeot, and Non Runners.

Friday 23rd November 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, LTSB Autolease, Lex, Motability, Bank of Scotland, Citroen UK Ltd., Masterlease, Hitachi Capital, Peugeot Motor Co., General Section, Inchcape p/x, Charters p/x, Private Sure Sell.

Monday 26th November 10.00am start
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 28th November 10.00am start
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 29th November 10.00am start
Light Commercials from Dagenham Motors, Lex, Fleet Direct, Peugeot, XBG, Citroen, Northgate, Leaseplan.

Friday 30th November 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, LTSB Autolease, Motability, Lex, Vauxhall Leasing, Masterlease, Hitachi Capital, General Section, Inchcape p/x, Charters p/x, Private Sure Sell.

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 www.auctionview.co.uk 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: www.british-car-auctions.co.uk/main.asp?page=60

For BCA online auctions go to www.bca-online-auctions.co.uk. 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 www.woma.co.uk, 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: www.brightwells.com

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