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#1 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:20 pm

Has anyone ever bought a car at a BCA auction? There’s a car I’m interested in (not a Rover) that I’d like to have a go at.

The downside is it’s at the Livingston branch in Scotland so it’s a long way to go to risk coming back without it.
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#2 Post by 1234dist » Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:43 pm

set your price in your head and don't let auction fever take over.
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#3 Post by StubbornPatriot » Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:10 pm

Firstly, I totally agree with Dist. I have bought four cars at BCA auctions - but a long time ago. I never had a problem with any of these experiences. They used to do 2 per week, one day in the afternoon (trade) and another day in the evening (public). I don't know if it's still the same. Always best to go to the Trade auction rather than the public one, if you can, as you're bidding against dealers who are looking to make a profit. I used to go to the auction for a few weeks in advance to observe other cars of the type I was interested in go through to see what they were selling for. From this, you know what you need to pay when the one you want comes up. Often the seller (or their representative) is there to bid against you and if they see you're over-eager they'll push the price up. Don't pay more than you've seen others go for (unless there is a very good reason), there will usually be another along soon - either the same auction or next week. If you want to drive it away the same night you will have to settle up at auction end and you'd be wise to pay the indemnity fee (used to be about £25, I think) which means that if anything turns out dodgy with the car it won't affect you and BCA pick up the problem - you get to keep clean title to the vehicle. In the past you had to pay cash if you didn't have a trade account. I don't know if this is still the same. You used to be able to put down a cash deposit and then had to pay the rest by midday the following day and remove the car from the compound. I'd say that cars would sell for about two-thirds their forecourt price back in the day.

Like I said, this experience is twenty-six years old now, so no doubt things have changed, but might be a useful thought starter.
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#4 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:12 pm

Cheers guys, good advice. Many thanks :)
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