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Ex Rentals Dear; Part Exchanges Cheap

Wed, 14 Mar 2001
Because of the chaos on the UK's railway system since October, rental companies have been forced to expand their fleets to meet the need for mobility. As a result, many cars which would normally have been disposed of at 10k to 15k miles and 9 to 12 months old are being de-fleeted at 20k to 40k miles and at up to two years old. There is still no such thing as a cheap Ford Focus. Typical was a two year old 36,000 mile 99T 1.8LX with a/c which sold for a huge £7,400 at BCA Blackbushe today. And if you think that was dear, a 15,000 mile 9 month old 1.8 Zetec made £8,900, a 23,000 mile 2000W Zetec 1.8 estate made £9,300 and a 14,000 mile 2000W Zetec 1.8 estate made £9,550. Even Mondeos were up a bit with a 37,000 mile 99V 1.8iLX selling for £6,500. However, at £8,700 each, a pair of six month old 10,000 mile 2000X Primera 2.0S models looked like better buys. Among the p/x bargains, an 89,000 mile 93K Mondeo 1.8iLX bid to just £850; a 116,000 mile 95M Mondeo V6 Ghia bid to £1,575 and an 89,000 mile 95N Mondeo V6 automatic looked low at a top bid of £2,200. Variety was the spice of life with everything from a clean 88,000 mile 77S MGBGT, bid to £1,025, to a 27,000 mile 2000W Toyota Landcruiser Colorado 3.4V6, bid to £17,000. £11,600 wasn't much for a 41,000 mile 99T Alfa 166 3.0 V6 Super, but neither was £1,500 for its predecessor, a 64,000 mile 94M Alfa 164 Twin Spark. However, bargain of the day had to be a 110,000 mile 94M Vauxhall Omega 3.0 24v Elite, sold for £2,825. See separate earlier item (in news archive) for details of a Spring Sale of 50 ex Leaseplan convertibles at BCA Blackbushe on Monday 19th March. Full list of UK auction centres in the directory on this website. To subscribe to BCA Auctionview, giving composite prices achieved and details of cars in upcoming BCA auctions, visit


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