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P/X and Finance Bargains at Auction

Mon, 15 May 2006
The way to buy a good car for yourself for a few years, rather than one to retail, is to go for something that doesn’t quite have the spec everyone wants.

Despite being a 231bhp 530i SE, this 80k mile 02 reg was a manual with cloth seats. So top floor bid was £5,850 and £6k bought it.

An 03 reg Mercedes C220CDI Avant Garde estate was blighted by 110k miles and a manual 6-speed gearbox. Top bid for that was just £7,750. An 89k mile CLK 270CDI ran out of bids at £14,000. An 88k mile T-reg E46 323iSE manual with cloth bid to £4,300. And that was the way it went.

And how the mighty have fallen. A 75k mile 02 reg BMW X5 3.0d Sport with leather, side steps and satnav that would have fetched a premium price of at least £45k new sold for £21k.

But no such bargains amongst the most wanted. The prospect of some more sunshine soon saw a very average 38k mile 2000W MX5 1.8S sell for a cool £6,850. While a red 29k miles 52 reg MINI One made a MAXi price of £7,350.

Here’s the longer list. As usual, ‘s’ means sold. ‘p’ means top provisional bid. n/s means not sold.

Audi A3 1.8T Sport, 2000X, 59k mile £6,400s
Audi A3 2.0 TDI Sport, 04 reg, 34k mile £13,200p
Audi S3 225 quattro, 02 reg, 52k miles £10,750p
Audi TT 225 quattro 6-spd, 2001/51, 47k miles £12,000s
Audi TT 180 quattro 6-spd, 2003/53, 33k miles £14,400s
Audi TT 3.2 quattro 6-spd, 04 reg, 11k miles £18,100s
BMW 318 2.0 CI, 02 reg, 50k miles £10,300s
BMW 323iSE E46, 1999T, 87k miles £4,300p
BMW 530i SE manual, 02 reg, 86k miles £5,850p
BMW 540i 4.4 auto, 1998R, 86k miles £5,400s
BMW X5 3.0d Sport satnav, 2002.52, 75k £21,000s
Ford Puma 1.7, 1999T, 70k miles £2,550s
Ford Puma 1.7, 1999V, 88k miles £2,525p
Ford Mondeo 1.8LX, 1996N, 105k miles £150s
Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCI Zetec, 03 reg, 37k miles £5,300p
Hyundai 2.0SE coupe auto, 2001X, 31k miles £4,200s
Lotus Elise 1.8 IIIS Roadster, 1999T, 26k miles £9,300s
Mazda Demio 1.3, 1999T, 62k miles £1,450s
Mazda MX5 1.8S, 2000W, 37k miles £6,850s
Mercedes C220 CDI A/G estate, 03 reg, 110k miles £7,750p
Mercedes CLK 320 Elegance conv, 2001X, 35k miles £14,500s
Mercedes CLK 270 CDI A/G coupe, 03 reg, 89k miles £14,000p
MGTF 135, 02 reg, 21k miles £6,600s
MINI One, red, alloys, 2003/52, 28k miles £7,350s
Peugeot 106 GTi 16v, 1998S, 72k miles £2,300s
Porsche 911 996 3.6 Targa, 02 reg, 36k miles £33,100s
Rover 214Si 5-dr, 1995N, 117k miles £140s
SEAT Cordoba 1.6S, 1999V, 49k miles £1,075s
Skoda Octavia 2.0SLXi estate, 2000W, 47k miles £2,575p
Skoda Octavia 1.6 Ambiente, Y reg, 46k miles £2,100s
Toyota Carina E 1.6 Kudos, 1994M, 63k miles £650s
Toyota LandCruiser LC4 D-4D, 03 reg, 11k miles £20,500s
Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Actic, 1997R, 101k miles £550s
Vauxhall Signum 2.2 Elegance, 03 reg, 11k miles £7,100p
Vauxhall Omega 2.6 CDX auto, 2002/52, 54k miles £4,925s

Wednesday 17th May 10.00am start
Ford Open Ex-Rental 150 Car Sale, Fleet & Finance, Lex Vehicle Leasing, Franchised Dealer, Citroen UK, Hitachi Finance, Leaseplan, Renault Financial Services, Black Horse, General section, Jardine p/x, Inchcape p/x, Sytner p/x, Trident Honda p/x, Land Rover Financial Services 50 car sale.

Thursday 18th May10.00am start
Light Commercials from Citroen, Dagenham Motors, Lombard, Leaseplan, Hitachi, Arriva, Northgate, Fleet Direct, Dunction.

Friday 19th May 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, LTSB Autolease, Leaseplan, Motability, Lex Vehicle Leasing, Masterlease, Vauxhall Leasing, Hitachi Capital, General Section, Peugeot Charters p/x, Private Direct, Inchcape p/x.

Monday 22nd May 10.00am start
Top Car, Porsche Retail p/x, Black Horse top cars, Fleet & Finance, General section, Inchcape no reserve p/x, Reg Vardy p/x, Lex Vehicle Leasing, Hartwells p/x.

Wednesday 24th May 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, Arval, Alphabet GB, Leaseplan, Lex Vehicle Leasing, Franchised Dealer, Jardine p/x, Sytner p/x, Black Horse, Inchcape p/x, Snows p/x, Trident Honda p/x

Thursday 25th May 10.00am start
Light Commercials: Non-Runners, Royal Mail, Peugeot, London Hire, Lloyds TSB, Lex Vehicle Leasing, Northgate, Fleet Direct, IFS.

Friday 26th May 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, LTSB Autolease, Leaseplan, Motability, Lex Vehicle Leasing, Citroen UK, Bank of Scotland, Hitachi Capital Peugeot, Peugeot Charters p/x, Private Direct, Inchcape p/x.

Monday 29th May 10.00am start (Bank Holiday)
Fleet & Finance, Hartwells p/x, Pendragon p/x, General section.

Wednesday 31st May
Fleet & Finance, Leaseplan, Porsche Retail p/x, Lex Vehicle Leasing, Jardine p/x, Sytner p/x, Black Horse, General section, Inchcape p/x, Snows Group p/x, Trident Honda p/x.

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:

For BCA online auctions go to Two types of sale: Live Online and Open Tender. These are only available to BCA MyBCA Loyalty Card holders.

For future police sales at West Oxfordshire Motor Auctions. Visit, click on ‘stocklist’, then click on search, or use the faxback on 0906 3080 953 at 60p per minute. Sales are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30pm.

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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