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Prices More Sensible at Auction Today

Fri, 29 Jun 2001
This Chagal Blue 99S Golf IV GT TDI 110 sold at BCA Blackbushe this morning for £8,300. True, it had 92,944 miles under its wheels, but going by the book that should have only knocked it back to £9,300. Sensible money was bid (it started at £7k) and sensible money was taken. It's time for the public to start shopping for cars again.

Other low bids that proved to be acceptable were £17,250 for a Jag 27,000 mile 99T XJ8 3.2 Sport (£2,525 under trade book); £12,000 for a 12,500 mile 99T Alfa 2.0 GTV (£1,450 under mileage adjusted trade book); £11,300 for a 61,000 mile 98R Merc C240 Classic estate (£700 under mileage adjusted book); and just £2,550 for a 98,000 mile 96P Ford Scorpio 2.0i Ghia. But £10,850 wasn't accepted for a 91,000 mile 98R XJ8 3.2 in lovely Seafrost green. Nor was £8,675 for a 54,000 mile MB A160 Elegance; nor, unsurprisingly, was £75 for a 157,000 mile 92J Rover 414Sli.

MPVs remain very much in favour with £6,600 paid for a clean but 107,000 mile 98R Honda Shuttle 2.3LS 7-seater; £5,000 paid for a 60,000 mile 96N Peugeot 806 SRDT 7-seater; £10,650 paid for a 49,000 mile 98R Galaxy Ghia TDI 110 7-seater; and a whopping £13,850 paid for a 31,000 mile 98S normal length Renault Espace 2.2RXE TD with a roof box. Last week a 19,000 mile 99T Renault Grande Espace 2.2RT manual with CD and leather made full book at £14,975, but seemed like a bargain in comparison.

A 113,000 mile 98R air-conditioned BMW 318iS Coupe in the usual, Silver sold for a high £7,750, which compared unfavourably with £8,400 paid for a same age by 80,000 mile example last week. £28,850 bid for an 18,000 mile 2000X MB ML 270CDI seemed too much to me, but wasn't enough. While a 70,000 mile 98S BMW 318Ti Compact Sport sold for a ridiculous £9,350.

But the main point is, there are bargains to be had again, so it's up to you to go and snap one up.

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