AUCTION REPORT: BCA 'SUPER SATURDAY'
With 335 cars sold in under 5 hours - if you snooze, you lose!
Time is money, and with 335 cars to get through in less than five hours, they were working very, very quickly. It was obviously BCA's top team, and each one was conducting sales at a rate that would make a horse racing commentator sound like he'd swallowed a handful of horse tranquilisers with half a pint of Scotch. They were aiming to get 80 cars on the block per hour, but ended up averaging 90. In the first hour they managed 100. One Audi A4 in particular was in-and-out of the hall with a new owner in less than 15 seconds... scary stuff for the uninitiated.
So, what did we learn, and is an auction like this a good place for you to look for your next car? Well, first of all we noticed that several Vauxhalls with the folding-steel 'twin roofs' were being sold with 'roof faults' - make of that what you will. Also, for some reason several late-model 3-series BMWs were offered with their bumper-mounted headlamp washers missing. Is this a 3-series weakness, or are they just an easy-to-pinch part?
So was it possible for the Joe Public to grab a performance bargain in a frenzied bear pit like this? Well, maybe, if you've got your wits about you. A grey 04 Impreza WRX was sold for £6,600 which seemed to be in stunning condition - not a ding or a scrape in sight. Add to that buying fees of £393 and it's still a keen price. But can you live with the fact that the car is 'sold as seen'? It may be expected if you're buying a shed, but it's potentially a lot more worrying with a WRX, an Aston or a Bentley...
We kept our hands in our pockets, (as usual... Ed), but below are some examples of the cars on offer and their hammer prices. Buyer's fees depended upon the value of the car. To give you a guideline, the fees on a car which sold for £9999 were £521 (Inc. VAT), and a £19999 hammer price carried an all-in fee of £762, and so on...
|Saab||9-3 1.8t Linear Conv./Black||07||33k||Yes||£7.1k||Yes|
|BMW||630i Sport Conv./Silver||07||28k||Yes||£21k||Yes|
|BMW||320i 2.0SE Conv./Blue||07||62k||Yes||£13.6k||Yes|
|Audi||TT 3.2 Quattro Conv./Black||04||92k||Yes||£16.2k||No|
|Mercedes Benz||SLK 200 1.8 Conv./Silver||07||16k||Yes||£15.1k||Yes|
|Volkswagen||Golf R32 5-door/Black||08||19k||Yes||£14.9k||Yes|
|BMW||325i SE Conv./Silver||07||42k||Yes||£14.9k||Yes|
|Audi||A5 TDi Quattro Cpe/Silver||08||26k||Yes||£22k||Yes|
|BMW||Z4 2.5 Conv./Silver||03||83k||Yes||£5.6k||Yes|
|BMW||535d M Sport Est./Silver||07||104k||Yes||£16.5k||Yes|
|Mercedes Benz||CL500 Coupe/Silver||09||30k||No||£36k||Yes|
|Jaguar||XK 4.2 V8 Coupe/Blue||08||19k||Yes||£32.4k||Yes|
|Maserati||Quattroporte 4.2 V8/Grey||04||44k||No||£17.7k||Yes|
|BMW||M3 3.2 SMG Coupe/Black||03||134k||Yes||£7.3k||Yes|
|Aston Martin||DB9 Volante/Silver||06||37k||Yes||£42.5k||Yes|
|Subaru||Impreza WRX STI /Grey||04||90k||Yes||£6.6k||Yes|
|Ford||Focus ST 2.5 3-door/Orange||06||102k||Yes||£6.3k||Yes|
|BMW||M6 SMG Coupe/Blue||05||37k||No||£21.6k||No|
|Audi||R8 FSi Quattro/Blue||09||11k||Yes||£76.5k||Yes|
|Lotus||Elise 134s 1.8 Coupe/Black||09||10k||Yes||£17k||Yes|
|Aston Martin||DB9 Volante/Black||06||n/a||No||£44.8K||No|