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Mixed Fortunes at Auction Today

Mon, 12 Feb 2007
They may not be making any new Smart Roadsters for the time being, but demand through Smart dealers is strong and the word is out to buy as many good ones as possible. The other benefit, of course, is to keep interest levels up until LHD demos of the new Smart ForTwo arrive in June in advance of RHD customer cars in September.

So Smart Roadsters have bottomed. And £5.900 wasn’t enough to buy the 10k mile 2005/54 in the photo. With Spring also on the horizon expect prices to rise a bit in the coming months.

However, not everything is as straightforward in the used car trade. My attention was drawn to a rare 18k mile 05 reg Skoda Octavia 2.0FSI 4x4 estate; first time I’d actually seen one. It turned out to be ex-bankrupt dealer stock and a trader had offered the receiver £10,000 for it. But instead the receiver sold all the bankrupt stock as a job lot to the big dealer group who had put the car though the auction where it sold for £9,700.

Once again, with a few exceptions, the cheaper cars were expensive. At least a couple of 1998 Ford Kas were sensible at £800 and £925. But then a 60lk mile Y reg sold for £1,800. And soon after a 269,000 mile (yes 269k) 99V Mazda Premacy diesel sold for £1,050. One notable exception was just £7,850 bid for an 82k mile Y reg Audi TT 180 quattro, but maybe the dashboard had failed.

The big stuff wasn’t particularly cheap either. A 22k mile 06 reg Range Rover Vogue SE 2.9 diesel, loaded with goodies, but with the old engine rather than the new 3.6V8 diesel, sold for £43,500. A 39k mile, over book mileage 2002/51 Porsche 911/996 3.6 Carrera 4 Tiptronic sold for £31,500. While a 102k mile E60 BMW 530dSE auto with leather and six BMW stamps to 98k miles sold for £14,400.

Here’s the list, split into two: Top Cars and Cheaper Ex-fleet and Part-Exchanges. As usual, ‘s’ means ‘sold’, ‘p’ means ‘provisional’, ‘n/w’ means miles not warranted.

Top Cars and Big Stuff
Audi A8 4.2 V8i quattro LWB, 2004/54, 82k miles £18,000p
Audi A8 4.2 V8 TDI quattro LWB, 2005/55, 53k n/w £33,500p
Bentley Continental GT Coupe, 2005/54, 24k miles £74,000p
BMW Z4 3.0SE Roadster manual, 2004/53, 22k miles £15,000s
BMW 520i 2.2SE manual, lthr, 2004/53, 50k miles £11,500p
BMW 530dSE auto, 2003/53, 48k miles £17,100p
BMW 530dSE auto, lthr, 04 reg, 102k miles £14,400s
BMW 530dSE auto, lthr, 2004/54, 63k miles £16,000p
BMW 650CI Sport coupe, 2005/55, 15k miles £41,600p
BMW 730i Sport, satnav, 04 reg, 51k miles £21,400s
BMW X5 3.0d Sport auto, 2003/53, 32k miles £22,100p
Mercedes SLK32 AMG, 02 reg, 65k miles £11,400p
Mercedes CLK 320convertible, 2004/53, 40k n/w £19,600p
Porsche Boxster 3.2S, satnav, 02 reg, 9k miles £18,000p
Porsche 922/996 3.6 C4 Tiptronic, 2002/51, 39k miles £31,500s
Porsche Cayenne Turbo, 2004/54, 14k miles n/w £29,200p
Range Rover Vogue SE TD6, loaded, 06 reg, 22k miles £43,500s
Toyota Landcruiser 4.2TD VX auto, 2002/52 41k miles £19,350s
Toyota Landcruiser 4.2TD VX auto, 2003/53 17k miles £25,700p

Cheaper Ex-Fleet and Part-Exchanges

Audi A3 2.0TDI 140 Sport, 2003/53, 68k miles £9,500p
Audi TT 180 quattro coupe, Y reg, 82k miles £7,850p
BMW E36 316i auto, 1992J, miles unknown £800s
FIAT Bravo 1.6 100SX, 1999T, 75k miles £925s
Ford Ka, 1998R, 55k miles n/w £800
Ford Ka, 1998R, 46k miles n/w £925
Ford Ka, Y reg, 50k miles n/w £1800
Ford Fiesta 1.25LX 3-dr, 2000W, 81k miles £1,450s
Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCI 115 Zetec, 03 reg, 62k miles £4,700s
KIA Sorento 2.5CRDI XS auto, 04 reg, 49k miles £9,550p
Mazda Premacy 2.0DITD GXI, 1999V, 268k miles £1,050s
Mitsubishi Colt Red 1.1, 2006/55, 7k miles £5,500p
Mitsubishi Shogun 2.8GLS LWB auto, 1996P, 149k miles £1,975s
Nissan X-Trail 2.2DCI Sport, 05 reg, 11k miles £12,000p
Skoda Octavia 2.0FSI 4x4 Estate, 05 reg, 18k miles £9,700s
Smart Roadster, 2006/55, 10k miles £5,900p
Vauxhall Corsa 1.2LS 3-dr, 1994M, 61k n/w £475s
Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 16v Club 3-dr, 2000X, 57k miles £2075s
Vauxhall Carlton 2.0CDXI Estate manual, 1993K, 100k +, £525s
VW Passat TDI 110 estate, 1998S, 91k miles £2,950s
Volvo 940 2.3LPT Torslanda Estate, 1997R, 118k miles £1,200p

Upcoming Auctions at BCA Blackbushe in February

Tuesday 13th February (tomorrow) 11.00am start
350 Car Special Motability Sale Open to the public. Some ex-management and staff. Good selection of early terminations. Vendor on site for instant bid decisions.

Wednesday 14th February 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, Citroen UK, Leaseplan, Black Horse, Lex, General Section, Jardine p/x, Sytner p/x, Inchcape p/x, Snows Group p/x, Trident Honda p/x.

Thursday 15th February 10.00am start
Light Commercials from XBG, Dagenham Motors, Royal Mail, Lloyds TSB, Northgate, Lex, Fleet Direct.

Friday 16th February 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, LTSB Autolease, Leasedrive Velo, Motability, Lex, Vauxhall Leasing, Hitachi Capital, General Section, Charters p/x, Private Direct, Inchcape p/x.

Monday 19th February 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, Ridgeway VW p/x, Porsche p/x, Franchised Dealer p/x, Inchcape no reserve p/x, Lombard, Lex, Evans Halshaw Group p/x, Hartwells p/x, Pendragon p/x.

Tuesday 20th February 10.30am start
(Honda Closed Sale. By Invitation Only)

Wednesday 21st February 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, Hitachi Finance, Renault Financial Services, Black Horse, Lex, General Section, Jardine p/x, Inchcape p/x, Leaseplan, Sytner p/x, Snows Group p/x, Trident Honda p/x.

Thursday 22nd February 10.00am start
Light Commercials from Leaseplan, Vauxhall leasing, Citroen, Peugeot, Northgate, Fleet Direct, Non Runners.

Friday 23rd February 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, LTSB Autolease, Leasedrive Velo, Motability, Lex, General Section, Citroen UK, Masterlease, Bank of Scotland, Hitachi Capital, Peugeot Motor Co, Charters p/x, Private Direct, Inchcape p/x.

Monday 26th February 10.00am start
TOP CAR, Porsche Retail p/x, Black Horse, Fleet & Finance, Franchised Dealer, Inchcape no reserve p/x, Evans Halshaw p/x, Hartwells p/x, Pendragon p/x, Lex.

Wednesday 28th February 10.00am start
Volvo Car UK, Fleet & Finance, Leaseplan, Black Horse, Lex, General Section, Jardine p/x, Inchcape p/x, Sytner p/x, Snows Group p/x, Trident Honda p/x, Helphire.

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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