I know I’m not alone in wondering if children should be allowed into an auction: I’ve been to many sales where over-indulgent parents think it’s entirely permissible to allow their offspring to run amok in the sale room. But not only that – to treat the interiors of cars being offered as some sort of adventure playground.
While it doesn’t seem to happen as much as when I started writing these pages seven years ago, it’s not unusual to see a spoilt child jumping up and down on the seats, persist in opening and closing the doors and messing around with the switchgear.
For any regular punter it’s frustrating, but imagine if that was your car you’d entered into an auction, in good faith. While being extremely annoyed with parents, I also sympathise with auction staff. It’s a situation that needs handling with diplomacy as we all know just how a simpering parent can act if their child is getting a well deserved telling-off. Now with the school holidays upon us let’s hope parent punters don’t treat an auction as a children’s activity centre. It isn’t. Ever.
‘Parent punters should not treat car auctions as activity centres’