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Stock Shortage Keeping Auction Prices High

Fri, 29 May 2009
Silly money was still being paid for some cars at auction today. Except, of course, it’s never silly if there’s a cash buyer waiting who can give the trader a profit.

And you can see from the listing below that not everything was flavour of the month.

High mileage, age and undesirable spec are hitting cars hard, making them appear comparative bargains, though they aren’t if they can’t be re-sold.

Today, buyers seemed to prefer their Fiesta 1.2 Style Climates a year older. Why else would an 07 make more than an 08? A really horrible 2006/56 Aygo with 43k miles and kerb-ground alloys made a huge £4,750. While an old shape 05 Honda Civic 1.6 VTEC SE auto with 29k miles sold for £6,150s, reflecting the demand still out there for these cars.

Mazda MX-5 have picked up strongly after their winter doldrums. An 03 Sport with 43k miles and needing £250 spent on its alloys sold for £5,300, and a 30k mile 07 base model with steel wheels and plastic top ran to £8,600.

While the trade is wary of SAAB 1.9 diesels, 9-3 convertibles seem to be finding their feet again with a selection of 06s and 07s selling for between £10,600 and £11,350.

An 07 MINI Cooper S Sidewalk convertible, now the old model, made a staggering £15,700. And even an 06 Beetle 1.6 convertible made £9,000.

But star of the day for me at least was the rare Jap Scrap import 1991 classic LandCruiser Prado 2.4TD in the photo with 197k miles (not kilometres, apparently) that sold for £1,700.

Here’s the list. As usual, ‘s’ means sold. ‘p’ means top provisional bid, ‘pc’ means provisional, but close. ‘n/s’ means not sold. ‘n/w’ means miles not warranted. ‘MNW’ means unknown mileage. ‘dmg’ means damaged. D/R means damaged and repaired. ‘fl’ means facelift. Extras like ‘lthr’ and ‘sat’ are specified when they are not standard.

Audi A32.0TDI Sport, lthr, 07 reg, 14k miles £12,800s
Audi A4 B7 2.0T quattro S-Line Avant, 06 reg, 63k miles £11,500s
BMW 118d 5-dr, 06 reg, 42k miles £8,150s
BMW 528iSE auto, 2000X, 109k miles n/w £2,400s
BMW 545iSE E60, 04 reg, 93k miles £9,100s
Ford Street Ka Luxury, 04 reg, 30k miles £4,650s
Ford Fiesta 1.6 Style auto 3-dr, 06 reg, 24k miles £4,400s
Ford Fiesta 1.2 Style Climate 3-dr, 07 reg, 30k miles £5,300s
Ford Fiesta 1.2 Style Climate 3-dr, 07 reg, 11k miles £5,500s
Ford Fiesta 1.2 Style Climate 3-dr, 08 reg, 14k miles £5,400s
Ford Focus 1.6TDCI 90 LX, 06 reg, 55k miles £5,100s
Ford Mondeo 2.2TDCI 155 Titanium, 2005/55, 58k miles £6,300s
Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCI 115LX estate, 06 reg, 98k miles £2,900s
Ford Mondeo 2.2TDCI 155 Ghia, 06 reg, 53k miles £5,600s
Honda Civic 1.6 VTEC SE auto, 05 reg, 29k miles £6,150s
Honda Civic 2.2iCDTI Type S 3-dr, 08 reg, 17k miles £11,7550s
KIA Sportage 2.0CRDI 138 XS, 06 reg, 83k miles £5,650s
Jaguar XJR, 1999V, 43k miles £5,700s
LandRover Freelander TD4 3-dr, 06 reg, 28k miles £7,850s
Lexus IS220D 175, 2006/56, 20k miles £11.300s
Mazda MX-5 1.8 Sport 6-spd, 03 reg, 43k miles £5,300s
Mazda MX-5 1.8 base 5-spd, 07 reg, 30k miles £8,600s
Mercedes SLK280 auto, 06 reg, 65k miles £15,100s
MINI Cooper R57 1.6, 07 reg, 21k miles £8,700p
MINI Cooper 1.6S Sidewalk conv, 07 reg, 9k miles £15,700s
MINI Cooper R57 1.6D, 2007/57, 10k miles (no history) £11,600ps
Nissan X-Trail 2.2DCI 136 SE, 07 reg, 73k miles £6,700s
Peugeot 206 1.4 S SW, 05 reg, 86k miles £3,000s
Peugeot 407 2.0HDI 136 4-dr S, 06 reg, 61k miles £3,950s
Porsche Cayenne 3.2V6 auto, 06 reg, 51k miles £18,100s
Rover 25 1.6XL 5-dr, 04 reg, 17k miles, £2,200s
SAAB 9-3 1.9TD 120 Sportwagon, 06 reg, 47k miles £6,750s
SAAB 9-3 1.9TD 120 Sportwagon, 06 reg, 34k miles £7,500s
SAAB 9-3 1.9TD 150 Linear Sportwagon, 06 reg, 18k miles £9,500s
SAAB 9-3 2.0T Linear convertible auto, 06 reg, 23k miles £10,600s
SAAB 9-3 1.8T Linear convertible, 07 reg, 18k miles £11,300s
SAAB 9-3 1.8T Vector convertible, 07 reg, 18k miles £11,350s
Skoda Octavia1.9TDI PD Eleg est DSG, 07 reg, 100k miles £5425s
Toyota Aygo 1.0VVTI-Sport 3-dr, 2006/56, 43k miles £4,700s
Toyota Avensis 1.8VVTI GS auto, 02 reg, 60k miles £2,100s
Toyota Avensis2.2 D-4D T3-S estate, 06 reg, 78k miles £5,000s
Toyota Celica 1.8VVTI, 02 reg, 78k miles £4,350s
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 2.4TD, 1991, 197k miles n/w £1,700s
Vauxhall Corsa 1.3CDTI 75 Club 5-dr, 2007/57, 13k miles £6,500s
Vauxhall Astra 1.7CDTI 80 Life estate, 2004/54, 52k miles £3,300s
Vauxhall Astra 1.9CDTI 150 SR coupe, 07 reg, 12k miles £9,500s
Vauxhall Astra 1.4 Life 5-dr, 2007/57, 31k miles £5,600s
Vauxhall Vectra 1.8VVT Exclusive, 06 reg, 25k miles £4,950s
VW Beetle 1.6 Luna convertible, 06 reg, 33k miles £9,000s

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.

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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 February). 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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