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R reg under £3,000; P reg under £2,000

Fri, 09 Mar 2001
High mileage 3 - 4 year old ex-lease cars are now seriously cheap at auction. At BCA Blackbushe today you could have bought a smart 115,000 mile 97R Alfa 2.0 Twin Spark Spider SE with aircon and leather for just £6,900. Cooking R reg models under £3,000 included a 129,000 mile Mondeo 2.0 Ghia sold for £2,650; a 101,000 mile Peugeot 406 2.0 LX with aircon for £2,700; a 100,000 mile Rover new 200 1.6Si 5-door for £2,850; a 146,000 mile Vectra 2.0 LS with aircon for £2,925; a 138,000 mile Mondeo 1.8 Verona in Auralis for £2,725; while top bid for a 134,000 mile Rover Sterling 2.5 KV6 was £2,850. P reg models under £2,000 included a 128,000 mile Astra Merit 1.7LPTD estate sold for £1,800; a 127,000 mile Escort 1.8LD estate for £1,950; a 143,000 mile 97MY Mondeo Aspen TD for £2,000; and a 128,000 mile 97MY Mondeo LXTD with minor damage for £1,700. But, strangely enough, cheap part-exchanges were not cheap with £310 paid for a 92,000 mile 90G Escort 1.4 automatic; £1,925 paid for 35,000 mile 92K Astra 1.4iLS; £290 paid for a 90,000 mile 90H Sierra 1.8 Sapphire; £2,800 paid for a 49,000 mile 93L Mazda 323i GLX F-Type; £800 paid for a really doggy 82,000 mile 90H Carina II 2.0 Executive and £1,800 paid for a smart 72,000 mile 95M Rover 214Si facelift model. Company directors fodder was not cheap either. Though a 73,000 mile 99T BMW 323iSE E46 bid to a low £14,450, a 22,000 mile example sold for a high £17,300. A 59,000 mile 97P Mercedes E280 Elegance made £13,450; a 6,000 mile 99T E240 Elegance sold for £18,550; a 54,000 mile 98R BMW 735i E38 sold for £16,500; and a 38,000 mile 98R Audi A4 2.4SE Avant with a scratch on the side sold for £12,100. But, selling for just £16,100, a 58,000 mile 97R BMW M3 3.2 Evolution 4-door in metallic blue looked like buy of the day to me. See separate item for news 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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