Today’s Car Auction Prices As Low As They’ll Go

It’s mid November and, as has happened every year for the past 20 years, car auction prices have bottomed out.

They have reached a point where the fleets would rather hang on to the cars until January when prices traditionally rise rather than sell them for any less. And, these days, with many of the fleets owned by banks, they can afford to hang onto stock for six weeks better than car dealers can.

So today we saw a lot of ‘provisional’ bids that may simply have been asking prices. But nevertheless, some cars sold for seriously low money.

A 50k mile 2008/58 Jaguar XF 2.7D Luxury with leather was the cheapest I ever seen one sell for at auction, for £12,600. But in fact was not that far off trade book, which is £13,750 for 45k miles.

A 72k so mileagy, but tidy 2009/59 Ford Fiesta 1.6TDCI Titanium 3-dr looked sensible money at £5,500. A 23k mile 2008/58 Honda Civic 1.8 I-VTEC SE looked cheap at £5,400 (roomy and 45mpg). A 96k mile 08 SAAB 9-3 1.9TID 120 Airflow was rightfully cheap at £3,600.

But, to my mind, bargains of the day were a 70k mile 07 Toyota Corolla Verso 2.2 D-4D T2 sold for £3,800; a 110k mile 2007/57 Vauxhall Astra 1.7CTDI 100 Club estate at £2,175; and an 85k mile 2002/52 (so 10 years old) Skoda Fabia 1.4 Comfort 16v for £775.

The message is fairly clear. If you want to buy cheaply, prices won’t go any lower and round about Christmas may start going up again because vendors know they’ll get more in the New Year.

So, two words of advice: “Buy Now.”

(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 ‘nav’ are specified when they are not standard.)


Alfa Romeo Brera 2.4JTDM 210, 09 reg, 62k miles £8,450s

Audi A3 1.8TFSI Sport, cruise, 2009/59 70k miles £7,500p

Audi A3 Sportback 2.0TDI s/tron, 2009/58, 91k miles £7,750s

Audi A3 Sportback 1.6TDI 105 SE, 2010/59, 86k miles £7,500s

Audi A4 Avant 2.0TDI 140S-line Multi, 2007/57, 63k miles £7,400p

Audi A4 Avant 2.0TDI 143 Exec SE, 2008/58, 85k miles £7,900s

Audi A4 Avant 2.0TDI 143 Exec SE, 09 reg, 62k miles £9,600p

Audi A5 2.0TFSI 180 Sport coupe, 2009/59, 38k miles £13,900p

Audi A5 Sportback 2.0TDI 170 s-line, 11 reg, 26k miles £18,800s

Audi A6 3.0V6 TDI 204 Multitronic SE, 11 reg, 76k miles £15,200p

BMW 116i 122 ES 3-dr, 2008/58, 64k miles £6,100s

BMW 118D 2.0 SE Coupe, 10 reg, 53k miles £10,150p

BMW 316D 2.0ES, 2009/59, 60k miles £8,400p

BMW 320D SE, 2007/57, 78k miles £6,550p

BMW 320D 177 SE, 2008/57, 39k miles £8,550p

BMW 320D 177 SE, lthr, nav, 09 reg, 11k miles £13,800s

BMW 520D 177M-Sport, lthr, nav, 2007/57, 92k miles £8,500s

BMW 520D 177 Business lthr, nav, aut, 2009/59, 73k miles £11,150p

Chrysler Grand Voyager 2.0CRD Ltd aut, 12 reg, 4k miles £25,200s

Ford Fiesta 1.6TDCI Titanium 3-dr, 2009/59, 71k miles £5,500s

Ford Fusion 1.6 Plus, 07 reg, 21k miles £3,000s

Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCI 140 Zetec, 10 reg, 44k miles £7,700s

Ford S-Max 2.0TDCI Titanium, 08 reg, 89k miles £7,400s

Ford S-Max 2.0i Edge, 2009/59, 37k miles £7,400p

Honda Civic 1.8 I-VTEC SE, 2008/58, 23k miles £5,400s

Jaguar XF 2.7D Luxury, lthr, 2008/58, 50k miles £12,600s

Jaguar XF 2.2D Luxury, lthr, 12 reg, 1,279 miles £26,400p

Mazda 2 1.3TS2 5-door, 2009/59, 42k miles £4,800s

Mazda 5 2.0D 110 TS2, 2008/58, 66k miles £5,275s

Mercedes C180 1.8K SE auto, 08 reg, 35k miles £11,500s

Mercedes C180 1.6K BlueEff SE auto, 2009/59, 76k miles £9,700s

Mercedes C250 1.8GDI AMG Sprt Coupe, 11 reg, 8k miles £25,300s

Mercedes E220 CDI Classic est auto, 2007/57, 135k miles £6,300s

Mercedes AMG CL63 coupe, 2009/59, 52k miles £38,000p

MINI Cooper S 184, lthr, 17”, 10 reg, 23k miles £9,900s

Nissan Micra 1.4 Acenta 3dr auto, 2008/58, 111k miles £2,450s

Peugeot 308SW 1.6HDI 110 SR 5-str, 2009/59, 84k miles £4,200p

Range Rover Sport 2.7TDV6 S, 08 reg, 70k miles £16,400p

Renault Megane 1.5DCI 106 Exp Coupe, 2010/60, 40k miles £5,850s

SAAB 9-3 1.9TID 120 Airflow, 08 reg, 96k miles £3,600s

SAAB 9-3 1.9TID 150 Sportwagon, 2009/59, 34k miles £8,300s

SEAT Leon 1.9TDI 105 Ecomotive S, 2009/59, 46k miles £5,850p

Skoda Fabia 1.4 Comfort 16v, 2002/52, 85k miles £775s

Skoda Octavia Scout 2.0TDI 140, 08 reg, 100k miles £5,600p

Skoda Superb 2.0TDI 170 SE DSG, 09 reg, 55k miles £8,400s

Skoda Superb 2.0TDI 170 Eleg DSG, 2009/59, 81k miles £8,800p

Toyota Corolla Verso 2.2 D-4D T2, 07 reg, 70k miles £3,800s

Toyota Prius III 1.8 T3, 2009/59, 38k miles £9,700s

Vauxhall Corsa 1.4SXI 16v 3-dr, 09 reg, 27k miles £5,250s

Vauxhall Astra 1.7CTDI 100 Club est, 2007/57, 110k miles £2,175s

Vauxhall Insignia 2.0CDTI 160 Elite, 2009/59, 114k miles £6,100s

Vauxhall Insignia 2.0CDTI 160 Elite, 10 reg, 69k miles £8,200s

VW Polo 1.4TDI 70 Match, 2009/59, 23k miles £6,300s

VW Golf 2.0TDI 170 GT Sport, 2008/58, 39k miles £9,900s

VW Golf 1.9TDI 105 SE Estate, 09 reg, 25k miles £8,450s

VW Golf 2.0TDI 140 GT DSG, 2009/59, 44k miles £10,800s

VW Golf Plus 2.0TDI PD 140 GT, 2006/56, 67k miles £4,950s

VW Passat 2.0TDI CR 110 Highline, 09 reg, 117k miles £4,600s

VW Sharan 1.9TDI PD 115 S, 05 reg, 60k miles £4,100s

Volvo S40 2.0SE, lthr, 2007/57, 114k miles £2,950p

Volvo S40 1.6 D2 115 R Design, 2010/60, 22k miles £10,450s

Volvo V50 2.0D SE, lthr, 2008/58, 51k miles £7,450p

Volvo V70 2.4D 175 SE Lux Prem man, 2009/59, 63k miles £10,900s

Volvo XC90 D5 185 Active Geartronic, 2009/59, 54k miles £13,400p

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CC    on 16 November 2012

The 50k XF for £12600 sounds cheap but it was a BCA Grade 4 appraised car so it will have had its fair share of dents and scratches. I believe that the 204 bhp 11 plate Audi A6 is actually a 3.0 litre rather than a 2.0 and the Prius is a 1.5 rather than a 2.8 litre

CC    on 16 November 2012

Correction to last post - the 59 plate Prius is a 1.8 litre rather than 2.8

honestjohn    on 16 November 2012

Sorry, CC, will make the necessary corrections. The Prius was a 1.8 and the A6 was a 3.0. So anyone catches up with this later, the corrections suggested by CC were made.

Beth    on 19 November 2012

Thanks for the information about police
auctions very helpful.

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