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Auction Prices Mostly Very Firm Today.

However busy I am with the website, from time to time I have to put on a pair of boots, get back to my roots, and check out what’s happening at auction.

So there I was, on the one hand watching a 173k mile 2004 Jaguar XJ 4.2 sell for £3,250 (sorry about the shaky photo), and on the other see late cars like a 26k mile 2010 VW Golf 2.0TDI GT make a massive £13,500.

Late, sensible mileage VAG cars remain in very strong demand. A 2010 Audi A4 B8 2.0TDI S line Avant with 45k miles and a crumpled rear bumper made a significant £16,500, Slightly over trade book despite the damage. Someone must have wanted it very badly indeed.

But the gap between German prestige makes and good old Fords seems to be narrowing. Two and a half year old 16k mile Fiesta 1.2 Style Climates always used to be under £5,000 in my head. Yet today, a pair of the current model made £6,700 and £6,750.

And while mileage kills interest in Mondeos, a 23k mile 2008 2.0TDCI Zetec auto made a very respectable £8,500.

The right Focus, too, was attracting a show of hands. A 10k mile 2010/60 reg ST3 in white with black wheels sold for £14,900.

Some oddballs were also big money. A rare 36k mile 2008/58 Citroen C3 1.6HDI 110 Exclusive sold for £6,000. And even a 17k mile 2009/59 Nissan Pixo (that were selling for £5,999 new not so long ago) made £4,200.

So if you’re out in the used car market buying and finding cars expensive, it isn’t because the trade is trying to rip you off.

It’s because the best used cars are expensive.

(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. ‘H/T’ means hardtop. ‘imp’ means unofficial import. Extras like ‘lthr’ and ‘sat’ are specified when they are not standard.)


Audi A3 1.9TDI 105 Sportback, 2009/58, 76k miles £7,450s

Audi A3 1.9TDI 105 Sportback, 2009/58, 58k miles £8,050s

Audi A3 1.9TDI 105 cabrio, 2009/58, 24k miles £12,200s

Audi A4 B8 2.0TDI 143 SE Avant, 2008/58, 104k miles £8,350s

Audi A4 B8 2.0TDI 170 SE, 2009/58, 65k miles £10,600s

Audi A4 B8 2.0TDI 143 S line Avant, 10 reg, 45k miles £16,500s

Audi A6 2.7TDI S line man, 2007/57, 44k miles £10,150

BMW E90 320d 177 ES auto, 2007/57, 106k miles £6,000s

BMW E92 330d SE coupe auto, 3006/56, 55k miles £11,100s

BMW E60 520d 177 SE auto, 2008/58, 64k miles £10,450s

BMW E70 X5 3.0d 4WD 7-str aut, 10 reg, 51k miles £29,800s

Chevrolet Aveo 1.2S 3-dr, 2009/58, 16k miles £3,100s

Citroen C3 1.6HDI Exclusive, 2008/58, 36k miles £6,000s

Citroen Grand Picasso 1.6HDI man, 2008/58, 52k miles £6,800s

FIAT Grande Punto 1.2 Active, 08 reg, 32k miles £3,350s

Ford Fiesta ST150, 2006/55, 28k miles £4,150s

Ford Fiesta 1.2 82 Style 5-dr a/c, 09 reg, 16k miles £6,700s

Ford Fiesta 1.2 82 Style 5-dr a/c, 09 reg, 16k miles £6,750s

Ford Focus 1.6TDCI 90 Style, 08 reg, 79k miles £4,500s

Ford Focus ST3 3-dr, white, 2010/60, 10k miles £14,900s

Ford Mondeo 1.8TDCI 125 Edge, 2007/57, 92k miles £3,500s

Ford Mondeo 2.5 Titanium, 2008/58, 75k miles £3,750s

Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCI Edge est aut, 08 reg, 79k miles £4,700s

Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCI Zetec aut, 08 reg, 23k miles £8,500s

Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCITitanium, 2008/58, 98k miles £5,250s

Ford Kuga 2.0TDCI Zetec 4WD, 2008/58, 36k miles £13,050s

Jaguar XJ 4.2V8 SE, 04 reg, 173k miles £3,250s

KIA Carens 2.0CRDI LS 7-str, 08 reg, 73k miles £4,300s

Lexus IS220D 175 (fault), 2007/57, 231k miles £3,400s

Mercedes C180K SE, 08 reg, 37k miles £9,600s

Nissan Pixo 1.0 N-TEC, 2009/59, 17k miles £4,200s

Peugeot 207SW 1.6VTI Outdoor, 2008/58, 34k miles £5,300s

Renault Megane 1.5DCI 106 estate, 2007/57 86k miles £2,500s

SAAB 9-3 1.9d150 Vector conv aut, 2009/58, 68k miles £7,600s

SEAT Ibiza 1.4 Sport 5-dr, 2010/60, 39k miles £6,350s

Skoda Octavia 1.9TDI Elegance, 2008/57, 90k miles £4,500s

Suzuki Swift 1.3GL 5-dr, 2009/58, 24k miles £4,300s

Toyota Aygo1.0VVT-I Sport, 2005/55, 63k miles £2,800s

Toyota Prius 1.5VVTI T-Spirit, 2008/57, 90k miles £5,900s

Vauxhall Vectra 1.9DCTI estate, 2008/58, 95k miles £3,600s

VW Polo 1.4 TDI 70 Match 5-dr, 2008/58, £5,750s

VW Golf VI 2.0TDI 140 GT 5-dr, 10 reg, 26k miles £13,500s

VW Jetta 1.9TDI PD S, 2008/58, 92k miles £4,900s

VW Passat 2.0TDI Highline, 08 reg, 101k miles £5,500s

Volvo S40 2.0D S, 2010/59, 30k miles £9,400s

Volvo S40 2.0D S, 2010/59, 17k miles £9,550s

Volvo S40 2.0D S, 2010/59, 16k miles £10,150s

Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe SE, 2009/58, 61k miles £8,450s

Volvo V50 1.6D2 115 ES, 2011/60, 8k miles £12,900s

Volvo XC90 D5 185 Active auto, 2009/59, 25k miles £17,800s

Volvo XC90 D5 185 Active auto, 2009/59, 2k miles £18,900s

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Second hand cars for sale    on 20 July 2012

Really interesting read - thanks for this. Hobbs Parker provided a great service when my house was surveyed. 

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