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Has anyone ever purchased a car from an auction? 

 

I might be in the market soon and someone mentioned an auction. It never really crossed my mind but apparently you can get a good deal, so now considering it. 

 

Anyone had any experience, good or bad? I gather there's one out at Ingliston from a quick google. 

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Boof

Haven't done it meself but have considered.

Plenty of advice online about the dos and don'ts e.g. know how to check over a car or take someone who does etc.

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Del Monty
4 hours ago, Toggie88 said:

Has anyone ever purchased a car from an auction? 

 

I might be in the market soon and someone mentioned an auction. It never really crossed my mind but apparently you can get a good deal, so now considering it. 

 

Anyone had any experience, good or bad? I gather there's one out at Ingliston from a quick google. 

You can get good deals at auction. But take a mechanic with you.

If you don't it's basically a lottery mate.

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luckyBatistuta

Bought a couple from the auctions when I was a young lad (both served me well). As Del Monty said above, if you don’t know much about cars, then best take someone along who does. If you can’t take someone along, make sure you get a look at it starting up and driving in. It is a bit of a lottery, but you can get a good deal. After all, a lot of the folk buying them are from garages and just going to sell them on to you with X amount of pounds added.

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SUTOL

As most have said above, if you know what you are doing it can be worthwhile. 

 

It could also be worth just going along for a look before being ready to buy something, so you can see what happens and the process etc.

 

It can be less of a lottery depending on what end of the market you are buying in. Cheap hundred(s)  pounds trade-ins or 3 year old ex lease/hire/fleet cars. Newer more expensive cars should be less of a lottery. (they should have a good/full service history etc) 

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shlabalaba

What happens re insurance -  do you buy then go back when you sorted the insurance out ?    

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SUTOL
1 hour ago, shlabalaba said:

What happens re insurance -  do you buy then go back when you sorted the insurance out ?    

 

Yes, general public would need to do that, unless your insurer is open when the auction is on. You also need to 'tax' it before driving away. Expect to have to collect the car within 24 hours. ome auctions will deliver to you, or you can arrange your own trailer/truck collection. 

Also check with the auction house how you will be paying and if you need to register before bidding.

And also be aware of the buyers fee that is added to the hammer price. 

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Der Kaiser

Yes.

Ford Escort 1.3 Encore.

 

My Dad drove it home. My insurance was sorted two days later. Drove it to Tesco Garage Dalkeith. Filled it up. Clutch snapped as I went to drive out.

 

:seething:

 

This story is about 16 years old so probably of no help at all............sorry.

 

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muldoon74

Bought two cars from auction, BCA at Ingliston. 21 years ago now for the last.

 

However, "rules" for buying auction should still be the same today...

 

If you don't know about cars, take someone who does. Try to get there early for a look round the stock. Try to inspect shortlisted cars as much as possible. Be advised though they can be quite tightly packed. Then try to be in place when they start/bump start your shortlisted vehicles.

 

Have a limit. Stick to your limit. Take into account auction fees which may add on quite a percentage to auction price. 

 

Insurance and tax weren't an issue when I bought my last cars as  just drove them home then sorted the tax etc later. I do not recommend that in this day and age of instant info. 

 

I loved the experience of bidding etc, very easy to get caught up in it all! 

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Craig_

You could argue its a more honest way to buy a car, as quite often garages will just be buying from auction then covering up any problems and selling for a higher price. 

 

I usually buy my cars privately from ebay, as at least that way you have the seller's reputation to base your purchase on.

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Harry Potter
12 hours ago, Der Kaiser said:

Yes.

Ford Escort 1.3 Encore.

 

My Dad drove it home. My insurance was sorted two days later. Drove it to Tesco Garage Dalkeith. Filled it up. Clutch snapped as I went to drive out.

 

:seething:

 

This story is about 16 years old so probably of no help at all............sorry.

 

My mate bought one at the longstone auction years ago, grass growing out of the engine, lol, it was very cheap though.

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Hugh Phamism

I recently handed back a 2 year old Jaguar lease car with only 13K miles on the clock. I know for a fact that the car went through the BCA auction at Ingliston and was bought by Peter Vardy in Falkirk. It was then sold on within 1 week to someone in Grangemouth, who has got their hands on a great car still covered by manufacturers warranty. 

 

There are deals to be had, but you will be up against the dealers for the best of them. 

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Der Kaiser
2 hours ago, Harry Potter said:

My mate bought one at the longstone auction years ago, grass growing out of the engine, lol, it was very cheap though.

 

Think it was longstone as well. Was also there years before when my brother bought his first motor. My Dad was still a cop at the time so a quick vehicle check and my brother bought a priests old Rover....blessed windscreen fluid we thought. 

My Dads cop mate bought his son a car and was really pleased with the bargain he got and low mileage that showed on a luxury saloon car of its age.....he chose to do the vehicle check then......it was an ex private hire car so itd actually been round the clock....maybe even more than once. He was so angry.....I'd hate to have been the next criminal he arrested.

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Robbo-Jambo
Posted (edited)
On ‎13‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 20:31, Toggie88 said:

Has anyone ever purchased a car from an auction? 

 

I might be in the market soon and someone mentioned an auction. It never really crossed my mind but apparently you can get a good deal, so now considering it. 

 

Anyone had any experience, good or bad? I gather there's one out at Ingliston from a quick google. 

Just got one this week and got a cracking deal.

 

My daughters boyfriend is a mechanic and he done it all for me at an auction in Manchester online.

 

Maroon as well :greggy:

Edited by Robbo-Jambo

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superjack

Bought a couple of cars at auctions years ago. First time was a chevette for 60 quid. Wasn't the best of motors, but was still a bargain at that price.

It wouldn't have passed another MOT but the current 1 ran out a week after o was getting posted to a new station.

Bought a metro at the auction at longstone, 300 quid. Only thing wrong was the windscreen was cracked. The car was for my mother and she had it for 3 or 4 years with no major issues.

For older cars I would have no problem using an auction as the engines are more basic and easy for someone with some car knowledge to check over. I wouldn't do it with a newer car without taking a mechanic along with me.

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ADAM
Posted (edited)

Check the schedule/dates for company fleet sales days, e.g. Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life. On these sale days scores of company cars that are 1-3yrs old are auctioned off, they usually all come with genuine low mileage, full service history and have been well maintained.  Cars normally range from large company executive type to smaller saloon styles. 

 

Specific company fleet sales are usually (or used to be) at the very start of the auction.

Edited by ADAM

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