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Motability Mega-Bargains at Blackbushe Today

Fri, 25 Feb 2005
Go to a broker or an enlightened Ford dealer and you’ll get a 2005/54 reg C-Max 2.0TDCI for about £14,500. If you have been at Blackbushe today you could have had this one with just 465 miles for £10,800.

Or a 14k mile 04 reg Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 Design 4-speed full automatic, just £5,550. The 2,400 mile 04 Rover 75 1.8 Connoisseur that bid to £9,800 last Friday bid to just £9,350 today.

Yet new-shape Astras were making stiff money. A 4,600 mile 04 Club 1.6 Easytronic sold for £9,550 and another with 1,443 miles but the Barcelona box sold for £9,250.

They wouldn’t take £8,900 for a 1,360 mile 2004/54 pre-facelift Honda Jazz 1.4SE, though. Nor £7,450 for a 330 mile 2004/54 Renault Kangoo 1.6 Authentique because they know both of these are hot sellers in comparatively short supply. And a pair of 2002/51 reg Corsa Clubs 1.0 12vs were actually quite dear. The 8k mile 5-door sold for £3,600 and the 76k miler 3-door wasn’t far behind selling for £2,600.

In other halls, some high milers were sensible money, some not. A 122k mile 2002/51 reg Laguna 1.9DCI 120 Privilege Sport Tourer sold for £4,100, but a 96k mile 2002/51 Passat TDI PD 130 Tiptronic estate in basic S spec sold for £6,400 and even Mondeos were up a bit with an 85k mile 2001X new shape 2.0 Zetec selling for £3,600.

The Inchcape part-exchangers that form the basis of a lot of independent dealer stock were hard fought over today. An 18k mile 03 reg Shogun 3.2 D-ID SWB Automatic bid to £14,850, a 127k mile M reg Lucida Estima 2.2 diesel automatic sold for £2,275, last week’s 13k mile 2003/53 reg KIA Carens 2.0 CRDI SE bid to £6,100, a 23k mile 2000X Honda Civic 1.6VTI 3-door sold for a whopping £5,100, a 39k mile 02 reg Chrysler Voyager 2.5CRD sold for £13,000, a 38k mile 98S Alfa 2.0GTV with bling wheels and no red key sold for £4,200 and a 40k mile 02 reg BMW 530i Sport auto sold for £16,200.

So, as always, the old rule applies: Go with an open mind, get yourself in the right hall at the right time, and you’ll come away with a bargain. Go with a pre-set requirement and you might find yourself bidding past your limit to get the car.

Note that H&H will be holding a 100 car Classic Sale at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry tomorrow, Saturday 26th February. Details of that sale at

Top Car again on Monday 28th with Porsche part exchanges and Black Horse finance sections, plus a Lex fleet sale and the usual Monday part-exchanges including a no-reserve section from Inchcape.

As always the best way to look for a specific car coming up at auction or to pre-check a day’s sale is to visit This service also now gives composite price information (average auction price, CAP and Glass’s) and now allows you to buy a selection of cars directly on-line.

For Top Car sales at Blackbushe, Measham, Brighouse, and Nottingham, phone 0845 702 3366 or link to

For sales at BCA Edinburgh, click here for full details:

Brightwells next HUGE WEEKLY 4x4 SALE takes place on Tuesday 29th February at Easter’s Court on the A49 by-pass, Leominster, Herefordshire, start time 11.00am, phone: 01568 611325, website:


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