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Auction Prices Levelling Off

Mon, 02 Jun 2008
Now that cars have got cheaper they seem to have started finding buyers again. Perhaps not in Spring 2007 numbers, but they are selling and dealers are buying to re-stock. So it could be that mid range used car prices have settled on a plateau.

That said, plateaus can have steep sides for anything with a big engine to get dragged over. So, even though top bid for a 2001X (pre tax hike) BMW X5 4.4i Sport was just £8,500, there could still be further falls to come.

But we don’t really know if Brown and his Darling are going to capitulate again and abandon the grossly unfair mugging of everyone already in a high CO2 Y to 55 reg motor. And not being the types of businessmen to take a long term view when there’s a short term profit to be had, traders are responding to what the punters will pay now rather than next year.

And the price of scrap seems to be going up. The Chrysler Neon LX auto that sold for £350 was a genuine looking, tidy car. But the LHD L reg Alfa 164 Twin Spark showing 221,000 kilometres wasn’t, yet someone still paid £275 for it.

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. ‘dmg’ means damaged. ‘fl’ means facelift. ‘s/r’ means sunroof.

Alfa Romeo 164 2.0 Twin-Spark, LHD, 1993L, 138k n/w £275s
Audi A4 1.9TDI 100 SE B6, 04 reg, 76k miles £6,475s
Audi A4 2.0TDI 140 SE B7, 05 reg, 49k miles £10,000s
Audi A4 2.0TDI 140 SE B7 Avant, 05 reg, 51k miles £9,300p
Audi A4 2.0TDI 140 SE B7 Avant Multi, 05 reg, 60k miles £10,500s
Audi A6 2.7TDI S-Line, manual, 05 reg, 34k miles n/w £14,500s
Audi Allroad 2.5TDI auto, 2004/53, 65k miles £9,3000p
BMW 320D ES 150, 04 reg, 71k miles £6,950s
BMW 320D ES 150, satnav, 04 reg, 33k miles £9,000s
BMW 330i SE auto, sat, 05 reg, 25k miles, £14,700s
BMW 530D SE man E60, 04 reg, 122k miles £9,300s
BMW X5 4.4i Sport, 2001X, MNW £8,500p
BMW Z4 2.2SE auto, 05 reg, 39k miles £14,400s
Chrysler Neon 2.0LX auto (clean), 1997P, £350s
Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.2CRD Limited, 2006/55, 17k n/w £6,150s
Citroen C3 1.4HDI LX (£35 tax), 04 reg, 92k miles £2,300s
Ford Focus 1.6TDCI 90 Studio estate, 05 reg, 27k miles £4,800s
Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCI 115LX estate, 04 reg, 47k miles £3,700s
Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCI 115 Zetec, sat, 05 reg, MNW £4,000s
Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCI 130 Ghia estate, 05 reg, 74k n/w £4,500s
Honda Accord 2.0 VTEC SE Tourer auto, 05 reg, 48k miles £6,100s
Honda Accord 2.4 VTEC Exec auto, sat, 05 reg, 43k miles £6,800s
Honda Accord 2.2i CDTI Exec, 05 reg, 90k miles £5,050s
Honda Accord 2.2i CDTI Exec, 05 reg, 91k miles £5,100s
Honda Accord 2.2i CDTI Exec Tour, sat, 06 reg, 84k miles £8,000s
Honda CR-V 2.2i CDTI ES (07 model), 07 reg, 8k miles £16,300p
Jaguar X-Type 2.0D S, lthr, 06 reg, 27k miles £10,300s
Jaguar X-Type 2.1V6 auto, 2003/52, 74k miles n/w £3,400s
Jaguar XK8 convertible, satnav, 05 reg, 34k miles £26,600s
LandRover Disco 2.5TD ES auto, 04 reg, 70k miles n/w £10,000s
Mazda MX-5 1.8 Option pack, 06 reg, 15k miles £9,900s
Mazda RX-8 192, lthr, 2006.56, 10k miles £9,050p
Mercedes C200K Elegance est auto, 2002/51, 72k n/w £4,500s
Mercedes C180K Classic SE est auto, 05 reg, 102k miles £6,200p
Mercedes E220CDI A/G auto, 06 reg (not f/l), 14k miles £16,400s
Mercedes S600L Bi-turbo, 2004/54, 21k miles £19,100p
Mercedes ML270CDI, 04 reg, 24k miles £10,800s
MINI Cooper 1.6, 2005/55, 43k miles £6,100s
MINI Cooper S, 06 reg, 16k miles £10,950s
MINI Cooper S, 06 reg, 20k miles £11,200s
Nissan Micra 1.2S 5-0dr, 03 reg, 24k miles n/w £2,500s
Nissan Primera 1.8SX, 05 reg, 73k miles £3,100s
Peugeot 807 2.2HDI Executive, 04 reg, 54k miles £6,300s
Porsche Boxster 2.5, 1999T, 52k miles £8,900p
Porsche 911 996 3.4 Carrera S Tip, 1998S, 87k miles £14,700s
Porsche Cayenne 3.2V6 auto, sat, 05 reg, 52k miles £19,900s
Renault Clio 1.5DCI 86 Exp (£35 tax), 06 reg, 28k miles £5,100s
Renault Megane 1.9DCI 120 Dynamic, 2004/54, 77k miles £3,800s
Renault Laguna 2.0 Privilege, 2004/53, 78k miles £2,000s
Rover 75 2.5V6 Connoisseur auto, 1999V, MNW £1,200s
SAAB 9-3 1.9D 150 Vector, 05 reg, 76k miles £5,400s
Skoda Superb 1.9TDI 130 Comfort, 04 reg, 47k miles £5,700s
Subaru Impreza 2.5 RB320, 07 reg, 16k miles £21,600s
Toyota Avensis 1.8VVT-I T4, sat, 04 reg, 89k miles £3,800s
Toyota Avensis 1.8VVT-I T3S, sat, 05 reg, 71k miles £3,875s
Toyota Avensis 2.2D-4D T-Spirit, sat, 06 reg, 89k miles £8,900s
Toyota RAV-4 2.0 D-4D XT3, 04 reg, 46k miles £7,700s
Toyota RAV-4 2.2 D-4D XTR, 2007/57, 7k miles £14,700s
Vauxhall Vectra 1.9 CDTI 120 L, 05 reg, 29k miles £3,900p
Vauxhall Vectra 1.9 VVT Design, sat, 06 reg, 126k n/w £5,750s
VW Golf V 2.0SDI S 5-dr, 2005/54, 56k miles £5,500s
VW Golf V 1.9TDI Sport DSG 5-dr, 05 reg, 85k miles £7,450s
VW Golf V 2.0GT TDI S 5-dr, 06 reg, 25k miles £11,850s
VW Passat 1.9TDI PD 100, 04 reg, 82k miles £3,800s
VW Passat 2.0TDI 140, 05 reg, 96k miles £6,100s
Volvo V40 T4, Y reg, 146k miles £1,425s
Volvo XC90 2.9 T6 Executive auto, 05 reg, 48k miles £14,100p
Volvo XC90 D5 163SE Geartronic, 2005/55, 41k miles £15,900s

Upcoming Auctions at BCA Blackbushe in June

(Sorry, list not yet supplied.)

Thursday 5th June

Automobilia and Classic Car Auction at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

Sale commences at 13.00 with 183 lots of automobilia, followed by the cars. Latest list of entries at

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.

BMW group sales at BCA

BCA's exclusive Commercial Auction View service at

BCA Peterborough stages Motorbike sales on the last Friday of each month, with high volume Super Sales featuring ‘bikes from Black Horse every two months. (Next Super Sale on 25th April). Sales start at 1pm and all are welcome to attend. There is secure motorcycle parking on the day and an expert and enthusiastic Sales Team on hand to answer questions. Viewing is on the morning of the sale and BCA can arrange transport to anywhere in the UK.

Full catalogue details and a picture of every motorbike entered for the sale will be available online in advance through BCA’s exclusive Commercial Auction View service (

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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