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Bargains Bought, Despite Auction Frenzy Today

Wed, 21 Sep 2005
With just two halls running, Blackbushe today was crowded with bidders, yet the wiser among them still drove home in bargains.

The 10-month-old 14k mile 2004/54 Renault Modus 1.5 dCi 80 Expression with a/c sold for £6,700, which looked pretty reasonable to me.

£6,250 for a facelift 85k mile 2001/51 BMW 525iSE manual wasn’t bad either.

But too many buyers, trade and public alike, continue to persist in propping up ‘status’ cars like Golfs. £8,700 for a 3 year old 42k mile 2002/52 Golf TDI PD 130 can only be justified because the market still regards it as a car that will make them look better than being seen driving a Ford. Badge is everything. Which is why a 34k mile 2003/52 Focus TCCI 115 Zetec sold for £2,000 less.

On the other hand, despite the VW on the front, a 48k mile 02 reg Passat TDI PS 100 sold for a sensible £5,800.

And the vendor was only too glad to take £31,300 for a magnificent 17k mile 02 reg Mercedes S55 AMG.

Upcoming Sales:-

Thursday 22nd
Light Commercials 10.00am start.
Dagenham Motors, Royal Mail, Arriva, Peugeot, Leaseplan, Northgate, Hitachi, Fleet Direct.

Friday 23rd
Fleet & Finance section, Bank of Scotland, Hitachi Capital, LTSB Autolease, Motability, Peugeot, Citroen, General section, Private Direct, Inchcape p/x, Lancaster p/x, Dealer Direct.

Monday 26th
Top Car Auction 11.00am
Black Horse Motor Finance, Porsche Retail p/x, Fleet & Finance, Leaseplan, Lex Vehicle Leasing, Franchised Dealer p/x, Inchcape no reserve p/x, Reg Vardy p/x, Hartwell p/x, Pendragon p/x, West London Nissan p/x

Wednesday 28th
Fleet & Finance, Leaseplan, Alphabet, Lex Vehicle Leasing, ING Car Leasing, Citroen, Leaseplan, General section, Jardine p/x, Ridgeway Group p/x, Sytner p/x Snows p/x, Whites p/x, Inchcape p/x, Black Horse.

Thursday 29th
Light Commercials 10.00am start.
Dagenham Motors, Northgate, Royal Mail, Lloyds TSB. Lex Vehicle Leasing, Arriva, Fleet Direct

Friday 30th
Fleet & Finance section, Hitachi Capital, LTSB Autolease, Interleasing, Motability, Peugeot, Vauxhall Leasing, General section, Private Direct, Inchcape p/x, Lancaster p/x, Dealer Direct.

As always the best way to look for a specific car coming up at a BCA auction or to pre-check a day’s sale is to visit If you are a BCA account holder 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 sales at BCA Edinburgh, click here for full details:

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


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