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Bargain Time Has Started at Auction

Wed, 28 Oct 2009

Bargain Time Has Started at Auction


I don’t think it’s going to last long. Probably no more than
2 – 3 weeks. But prices have now dropped, though I don’t see them dropping much


At low borrowing rates, the financial institutions that own
most fleet cars can afford to hang on to them until prices almost inevitably
rise in January when the oracles predict there will be a shortage of good used


Right now, traders are buying to sell now, so it’s a bit of
a stand-off against the fleets, who are letting some cars go, but holding on to
others. By about mid November, traders will be prepared to buy to hold cars in
stock until January, so prices could start to rise again then.


Meanwhile, here are some of the bargains I saw today. The
lists below include provisionals, so you can see the bids at which the fleets
would not let the cars go. I think you would need to pay more to actually buy
those particular cars however long you wait.


A 2006/56 Audi RS4 cabrio was £4k under November trade book,
three high mileage, ex chauffeur hire facelift Mercedes W220CDIs were £7,600 to
£9,800, an E90 BMW 320dES sold for £6,500, a top spec 2006/56 S-Max 2,0TDCI
went for £12,300, bidding on an R56 MINI One stopped at £5,700 (so you can go
back for that), a pair of Range Rover Sport 2.7TDV6s were £16,900 and £17,900,
an 05 Suzuki Swift 1.5GLX was £3,800.


If you want to buy a car cheaply and get down to the
auctions open minded I don’t think you’ll do better than over the next couple
of weeks.


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 A3 1.6FSI Sportback, 07 reg, 26k miles £9,250s

Audi A3 1.9TDI Sportback, 2006/56, 70k miles £8,100s

Audi A3 2.0FSI Sportback, 05 reg, 36k miles £7,700s

Audi A3 2.0TDI 140 Sportback, 2006/56, 49k miles £9,000s

Audi A41.9TDI 115 SE Avant, 2005/55, 112k miles £5,800s

Audi A4 2.0TFSI S-line, 2007/56, 57k miles £12,100s

Audi TT 2.0TFSI, 2007/57, 13k miles £17,900p

Audi RS4 cabrio, 2006/56, 26k miles £26,400s

Audi Q7 3.0TDI quattro SE, 2007/57, 20k miles £23,400s

Audi Q7 3.0TDI quattro S line, 2007/57, 27k miles £25,100p

BMW 130i M-Sport 3-dr, 2007/57, 10k miles £16,000p

BMW 320d ES E90, 06 reg, 124k miles £6.5--s

BMW 330Ci SE conv auto, 2005/54, 94k miles £8,200s

BMW X3 3.0SD SE auto, 2007/57, 9k miles £19,800s

BMW Z4 3.0Si Sport Coupe, 07 reg, 15k miles £15,200s

BMW M5 5.0 SMG, 06 reg, 25k miles £28,800p

BMW X5 4.6IS, 2003/53, 34k miles £13,200s

FIAT Panda 1.1 Active, 2007/57, 10k miles £3,500p

FIAT Panda 1.1 Active, 2007/57, 12k miles £3,550p

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 auto, 09 reg, 1,737 miles

Ford Street Ka 1.6, 04 reg, 35k miles n/w £2,775s

Ford Fiesta ST150, 07 reg, 44k miles £6,350s

Ford Focus 1 1.8LX 4-dr (import), 06 reg, 11k miles £6,100s

Ford Focus 2 1.6 TI-VCT 115 Style, 07 reg, 14k miles £6,100p

Ford Focus 2 1.8 TDCI 115 Zetec, 2007/57, 28k miles £6,800s

Ford Focus 2 2.5ST 3-dr, 2006/56, 32k miles £9,450p

Ford Focus 3 2.0TDCI 136 Zetec est, 2008/58, 33k miles

Ford Mondeo 2.2TDCI Titanium, 2006/56, 66k miles £6,550s

Ford S-Max 2.0TDCI Titanium, 2006/56, 26k miles £12,300s

Honda Jazz 1.4 I-DSI SE, 06 reg, 25k miles £5,700s

Honda S2000, 07 reg, 5k miles £14,700p

Jaguar X-Type 2.0D SE, 2005/55, 36k miles £9,450s

LandRover Fldr 2.0TD4 5-dr, 2006/55, 96k miles £6,000s

LandRover Disco II 2.5TD5 E, 2003/53, 20k miles £7,800p

LandRover Disco II 2.5TD5 ES, 2003/53, 52k miles £9,900s

Lexus IS220d 175SE, 2006/56, 39k miles £10,400p

Lexus RX300 SE-L, 04 reg, 50k miles £9,600s

Mazda 5 1.8TS2, 07 reg, 20k miles £8,450s

Mazda 6 2.0 D 143 TS 5-dr, 06 reg, 23k miles £6,700s

Mazda MX-5 Rdstr Coupe Sport, 2007/57, 12k miles £10,800s

Mitsubishi Outlander II 2.0DI, 07 reg, 26k miles £11,200s

MB CLK 200K A/G conv, 2006/56, 71k miles £14,100s

MB E220CDI Classic auto fl, 06 reg, 187k miles £7,300s

MB E220CDI Elegance auto fl, 2006/56, 114k miles £9,600s

MB E220CDI Elegance auto fl, 2006/56, 148k miles £9,800s

MG TF 1.8 135, 03 reg, 56k miles £2,100s

MINI One R56, 2006/56, 37k miles £5,700p

Mitsubishi Colt 1.5CZT turbo, 2005/55, 28k miles £4,000s

Nissan Micra 1.2 Initia 3-dr, 2006/56, 43k miles £3,250s

Range Rover Sport 2.7TDV6, 2005/55, 50k miles £16,900s

Range Rover Sport 2.7TDV6, 2006/56, 44k miles £17,900s

Range Rover Sport 2.7TDV6, sat, 07 reg, 46k miles £26,100s

Range Rover 4.2 V8 supercharged, 2006/56, 36k miles £27,400p

Renault Megane 1.6VVT Dyn 3-dr, 2003/53, 44k miles £3,100s

Renault Scenic 2.0T 165 Dyn, 2005/55, 41k miles £4,250s

Renault Laguna 2.0DCI 150 Priv SW, 06 reg, 75k miles £4,300s

SAAB 9-3 Sportwagon 1.9TID 150, 2006/56, 105k miles £5,450s

SEAT Leon 2.0TFSI Cupra K1, 2008/58, 9k miles £16,400s

Skoda Fabia 1.9TDI 130 VRS, 04 reg, 114k miles £3,300s

Skoda Octavia 1.9TDI Elegance, 2005/55, 42k miles £6,050s

Subaru Impreza 2.0R 5-dr, 2008/58, 25k miles £7,400s

Suzuki Swift 1.5GLX 5-dr, 05 reg, £3,800s

Toyota Prius T-Sprit, 2007/56, 59k miles £6,100s

Toyota RAV-4 2.0VVT-I XT4 auto, 2006/56, 17k miles £13,000s

Toyota RAV-4 2.2 D-4D T180, sat, 2006/56, 37k miles £13,700s

Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 80 Design, 2005/55, 21k miles £3,300s

VW Polo 1.2E 65PS 3-dr, 2006/56, 16k miles £5,o00s

VW Golf V 2.0TDI 140 5-dr, 06 reg, 33k miles £8,600s

VW Golf V 2.0GTTDI 140 5-dr, 05 reg, 54k miles £7,600s

VW Golf V 2.0TFSI GTI 3-dr, 2006/56, 29k miles £11,200p

VW Golf V R32 4-motion 5-dr, 007/57, 10k miles £17,600p

VW Golf Plus 1.9TDI, 2006/55, 96k miles £4,625s

VW Golf Plus 1.9TDI, 2006/56, 35k miles £6,600p

VW Touran 1.9TDI PD, 2005/55, 84k miles £5,400s

VW Passat 2.0TDI 140, 06 reg, 21k miles £8,300p

VW Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI auto, 2006/56, 105k miles £20,200s

VW Touareg 3.2 V6 auto, 2003/53, 105k miles £6,500s

VW Touareg 4.2 V8 auto, 04 reg, 53k miles £9,500s

Volvo V50 2.0D S, 06 reg, 99k miles £4,600p

Volvo XC90 D5 185 Gtronic Active, 2009/59, 720 miles £26,000p


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


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exclusive Commercial Auction View service at Commercial Auctionview 


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HUGE WEEKLY 4x4 SALE takes place every Tuesday at Easter’s Court on the A49
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