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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents - by Richard Bar­nett

‘There are some se­ri­ous hur­dles’

Do we need more drive-through auc­tions? Both ACA and SWVA drive their lots through the sale room, and it’s highly pop­u­lar with buy­ers, who have the op­por­tu­nity to hear the car run­ning.

Of course some sales where the car isn’t driven through do start a car up so the punter can hear it run­ning, but gen­er­ally en­closed sale rooms mean it can’t be run for long so there’s not re­ally much of an op­por­tu­nity for any­thing other than ed­u­cated guess­work.

Of course ACA and SWVA are mo­tor auc­tion­eers, so their premises are set up for driv­ethrough reg­u­lar sales, but isn’t there room for other auc­tion­eers to find a suitable lo­ca­tion big enough to drive cars through? There are sev­eral venues al­ready used that could eas­ily ac­com­mo­date drive-throughs, but for the auc­tion­eer there will be the added costs when it comes to public li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance and or­gan­is­ing where the cars park once driven through.

OK, there would be some se­ri­ously big hur­dles to over­come, but there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for some auc­tion­eers to add a driv­ethrough di­men­sion to their sales. Who’s go­ing to be the first?

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