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Today's Citroen Auction Action

Mon, 24 Feb 2003
We’ve all heard stories about Citroen’s price-cutting leading to plunging residuals. But on the basis of today’s Grammy winning performance at BCA Blackbushe, buyers of the right Citroens could be in for a nice surprise when they come to sell.

The event was staged to establish residuals for the new C3 and ten cars were offered: all 1.4SXs with a/c and CD players and all in nice metallic colours. Bidding on the first kicked off at a low £5,500 but after it made £7,200 the starter price was raised to £7,000. The last of the ten, the 9,000 mile Tuscan Blue example in the photo, sold for all of £7,500. Quite a lot when you bear in mind that www.ukcarbroker.co.uk offers to put you into a brand new UK supplied 03 reg C3 1.4SX for £7,933 on the road.

Residuals were looking strong on Xsara Picassos, too. 02 reg 1.8SXs with 13k – 14k miles were selling at around the £9,000 mark (new 03 reg £10,442 from www.drivethedeal.com). While 02 reg Picasso HDI SXs were even stronger at £9,500 to £9,750 for 13k – 14k mile examples (new 03 reg £10,963 from Drivethedeal). More to the point, though, even older Picassos did well, with £7,300 paid by someone for a 21k mile 2000X 1.6SX.

C5s, of course, weren’t quite so healthy. £7,550 was the top price paid for a 12k mile 02 reg 1.8SX against £10,225 for a new one via the Citroen Owners Club website. But put a diesel engine in and they woke up a bit, with 02 reg HDI 110 LXs making around £8,750.

Saxos too were making good money. 99V 1.0s and 1.1s were all between £2,700 and £3,250, making later four-stud cars at just a few hundred more look even better value.

Remember, BCA Blackbushe has switched its Friday LCV sale to Thursdays, so Friday’s sale is now 3 halls of cars. For information of upcoming BCA auctions, visit www.bca-auctions.co.uk Full list of auction centres throughout the country at www.honestjohn.co.uk (go back to the home-page and click on auction directory).

Remember, Brightwells HUGE 4x4 SALE at Leominster has now gone WEEKLY instead of fortnightly. The next is tomorrow, 25th February at Leominster Market on the A49 by-pass, Leominster, Herefordshire, phone: 01568 611325, website: www.brightwells.com

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