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Auction Prices 'Over Book'

Wed, 17 Jan 2001
Auction prices for late plate ex-fleet cars were very high at BCA Blackbushe today, sometimes even exceeding book retail or more for some models. As before, the most wanted cars are German. £10,200 was paid for a 57,000 mile 97R BMW 318iS Coupe in silver with the unusual combination of sunroof and air-conditioning (mileage-adjusted trade book £9,700). A 22,000 mile 97R Audi A3 1.8SE made £10,700. And a desirable 29,000 mile 99V Mercedes C220 CDI Esprit manual which started at £12,000 went all the way to sell at a bang-on-book £16,300. But it wasn't just German cars which attracted high bids. An old-shape 21,000 mile 99T Toyota Celica 2.0GT sold for £11,800; an 18,000 mile 99V Peugeot 406 GLH HDI 110 estate sold for £11,650; a pair of 99V Ford Focus 2.0i Ghias with 30,000 - 32,000 miles made £8,500 and £8,550; an 18,000 mile 99V Vauxhall Astra 1.8CDX 5-door sold for £8,050; a 5,000 mile 99V Renault Clio 1.6RXE 5-door sold for £7,100; an 11,000 mile 99V Peugeot 206 1.1.L 5-door sold for £6,100; and a new shape 17,000 mile 98S Renault Clio 1.2RN in refrigerator white sold for £4,700. The explanation according to traders on the auction floor is that the public is back in a buying mood again and this has raised the stakes. Full list of UK auction centres in the Directory on this website. To subscribe to BCAs Auctionview, giving composite prices achieved and details of cars in upcoming BCA auctions, visit www.bca-auctions.co.uk

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