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Auction price ups and downs

Wed, 10 Jan 2001
Some auction prices continued to rise at BCA Blackbushe on 10th January, but the trend was by no means universal. VW Polos were well over book with a clutch of ex-rental 99V 1.0L 3 door models with sunroofs but no power steering and between 7,000 and 16,000 miles making £5,200 to £5,250. A 25,000 mile 99V Polo 1.0 Match in desirable metallic dark green made a hefty £5,125 and a 24,000 mile 99T 1.4CL with a dent in the side made an extraordinary £5,600. Other VAG cars making strong money included a pair of 99T Skoda Felicia 1.3Glis with power steering and around 18,000 miles apiece which sold for £3,850 to £4,000, a pair of 99V Skoda Octavia 1.8SLXis with 15,000 and 16,000 miles which sold for £7,050 and £6,800 and an 84,000 mile 98R Audi A4 TDI 110 which sold for £8,050. Of somewhat less appeal were a dealer group's selection of pre-registered Land Rovers. Two 2000X reg Freelander 1.8i 5-door models with just 2 and 46 miles under their wheels bid to £11,750 and £12,400; a 2000W 1.8Xi 5-door with 62 miles bid to £12,300; a 2000W DI Softback with 26 miles bid to £11,350; but the biggest loser was a 28 mile December 2000X Discovery 4.0 litre V8 GS 7-seater which bid to a derisory £15,700 against its current list price of £27,115. BMW E46 3-Series are also becoming more affordable even though depreciation is comparatively small. Top bid for a 44,000 mile 98S 318iSE was £12,650, which means its depreciated cost per mile was 16.5p. Compare that to the £407.68 a mile and drop of £11,415 in less than a month of the V8 Discovery. Full list of UK auction centres in the Directory on this website.

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