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eBay Auction Report -- 10th May 2007

Fri, 11 May 2007
One year on from my last last eBay auction report (writes Paul Cassell) there seem to be even more cars for sale on eBay, but accompanied by more irrelevant and mischievous ads. The introduction of Classified Ads (in August 2006) is particularly noticeable and probably is responsible for the increase in cars posted there. One wonders if this is impacting on traditional publications like Autotrade?

Again, of the eclectic mix of cars that sold on eBay in the analysed time, few were more than £5,000. It seems reasonable to assume that people are happy to spend up to that amount on a used car through eBay but perhaps look for the security and customer support offered by (more tangible) dealers on more valuable purchases. This is probably similar to the used car market in general and completely to be expected. The prices paid also reflect the fact that cars sold on eBay tend to have higher mileages.

If you wish to look at any of the cars mentioned in this article on eBay the item numbers are listed at the end of the article.

The most expensive car of the day was an Audi A3 2.0FSI Sport with 68k. It was a dealer’s car that was pictured on the forecourt with a tag of £9,995. The Glass’ trade-in A1 price (as all book prices in this article are) was £8,540 and it made only £7,400. It was blue with 12 months’ MOT but a question mark over its service history probably contributed to the low sale price. Superficially, it did look good.

A couple of small 2006 registered FIATs came next. A Grande Punto 1.2 Active in the definitive Grande Punto blue had seen quite a lot of action since its “56” registration, had some repairs which were detailed both in the description and mentioned in any HPI check. With 3,000 miles it made £4,750 against a book for a straight one of £5,880. In contrast, a silver Panda 1.3 Multijet Dynamic was older (“06” plate) and had 1,000 more miles but no questionable history and just a stone chip on the roof made £4,975.55 against a book A1 trade in of £4,740. They’re desirable as HJ always states. And a good condition old style black 03/03 Punto 1.2 Active with alloys, a sub-woofer and 26k miles made £3,300 against a book of £1,000 less, even though it needed a new ticket.

A SAAB 9-3 2.0T SE automatic convertible offered a little stylish sun-worshiping to someone who again understood the insurance write-off system. This was a Category D as, apparently, it had been driven around on stolen plates for some time. With a scratched bumper, 54k miles and some ticket left, the 98R made £3,600.

A well-specified 150k mile silver E39 ‘00W BMW 528i Touring (with questionably large wheels) in average condition made £3,500, just below the book trade-in price of £3,660.

A couple of 5 door Mk IV Golfs with a years’ ticket sold. A tidy grey ‘01Y 1.9TDI S with 91,600 miles and a tow bar made almost bang on book at £3,500. A cat C repaired older one, a red ‘99V 1.6SE, made an over-book and seemingly expensive £3,045 (compared with the average condition book price).

According to Glass’ Guide an 113,000 mile 2000W Kia Sedona 2.9 S diesel in A1 condition should make £1,755 as a trade-in. This makes the good condition one that sold for £3,001 seem a little dear.

A couple of mid-range estates sold next: the worthy but dull Mazda 626 and the more refined and luxurious Audi A4. The 2000X 626 was a 2.0GXi diesel in very good condition with a couple of owners and 113,000 miles. The book for this is £1,600 but this good example made a whopping fiver under three grand. The Audi, meanwhile, had the 1.9 derv unit and SE spec and again was in very good nick with the vendor highlighting the pristine recessed convex alloys. It had travelled 131,000 miles, was on a ‘99T plate and had a new ticket which helped it make one thousand pounds over book at £3000. This seems like a bit more car for your money than the 626 did.

A high mileage very well equipped Rover 75 2.5 Connoisseur SE automatic on a 99T with a new ticket and an LPG conversion made over book as well. Glass said £1,840 and it went for £2,550. This was exactly the same amount as an eBay favourite: the diesel Pajero. This one was a ‘95N silver and green example with 80k miles and some air-conditioning that needed some attention.

Somebody had paid a piece of unwanted attention to an olive Discovery II diesel automatic by engraving their initials into the bonnet. The owner sounded understandably annoyed as he described the damage in the prose. The otherwise sound (albeit poorly represented in the photos) Disco had 135k miles, a ‘97P plate and had made £2,000.

A tidy, worthy but bland white Citroen Xsara HDi estate with 109000 miles under its ‘01Y hubcaps made £1,751 against a book price of £1,940. It was an LX and the fact it needed an MOT may have impacted on the price.

Occasionally, well, maybe more than occasionally, you come across a slightly “dodgy” looking car. This car was presented in a garden full of other off-roaders, with large chromed bull-bars and was described as being only just run in with well over 160k miles on the clock. It was a diesel 97P Terrano II which otherwise looked okay. However, the presentation of the ad would have deterred some buyers. It was a shame as the seller’s limited feedback would have suggested he was someone who might be a good person to do business with. It made £1,551.99.

An original ‘91J Rover Mini 1.0 City had seen a very quiet life accumulating only 15k miles in 16 years. Owned by the stereotypical old lady it had a small patch of rust on the rear wheel arches but otherwise looked sound and sold for £1,550. The same amount was the final successful bid for a Saxo 1.1 Forte on a 02/52 plate with 57k and an average appearance. That was 14% lower than the book of £1,810.

Finally a couple of sub-£1,000 cars sold. A decent looking green ‘97P Volvo 850 2.0 SE estate with a middling ticket but no tax made £720. It had done 150k miles and had had two previous owners. And lastly a rough looking Toyota Avensis 2.0S diesel on a ‘97R plate with 173k miles on the clock was in need of a ticket and had some cosmetic problems. It made £570 after many bids. The soon-to-expire present MOT had been misplaced too.

Analysing those cars sold yesterday and comparing the money made with the Glass’ A1 trade in price suggested that eBay is worth a go to sell your car. Most cars made more than the Glass’ figure with the 626 and Sedona making 87% and 71% more respectively. The poorest performers were the FIAT Grande Punto (which had been involved in an accident) at 19% down, the Saxo at 14% down and the A3 with no mention of service history at 13% down on the A1 value.

So if your car has some service history you’ll probably get more for it on eBay than as a dealer trade-in.

One car to watch out for in this week’s eBay auctions is a Lincoln Town Car limousine. It is a 120” stretch with a 4.6litre petrol engine, all the usual limo refinements and 80k miles. It is a 97P but looks to be in good condition and is going for £4500 at the time of writing. Item number 330116332141 will get you a not-so-little bit of bling.

MakeModelEngineItem No
NissanTerrano II2.7140116102872
Land RoverDiscovery2.5130107504093
FiatGrande Punto1.2150119373715
AudiA32.0 FSI160112974277

(Many thanks to Paul Cassell for this.)


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