Going to a car auction is a great way to pick up a bargain motor. There are lots of auctions all over the UK and if you’re not sure what you’re after then it might be worth going to a few to see what’s available.
Arriving at the Auction
Arrive at the auction early, to give yourself plenty of time to look around the vehicles. There should be an information sheet showing that tells you about the car you are interested in. You should take particular note of how many owners the car has had as well as the mileage.
Don't be put off if you see a lot of other people interested in the car -
Types of Sales
Most cars will be auctioned in one of two ways. The first is 'as seen' which means
that you buy the car exactly as you see it -
The second type of sale is 'sold with trial'. Depending on the auction, the meaning of this can differ, but essentially it means that the buyer would be allowed say one hour after the end of the auction to return the car with any major mechanical defects, for example engine problems or gearbox problems.
Its often a good idea to look out for cars from main dealers that have been taken in part exchange. This is because the cars are there to make room on the forecourts and are often not being sold simply to make a profit.
Once you've done all the initial checking, you should attend the auction. Remember,
once bidding starts, its easy to get carried away -
If all goes well, buying at auction should be a very quick and exciting way to bag
your new car -
Car Auction Sources
Police and Government Auction Sources UK is available as a PDF document that contains 40 pages of information and access to our members area, where you can access the websites, telephone numbers and locations for auction establishments all over the UK that deal with the items mentioned above. The auction sources are split into sections: