GIVE AUCTIONS A GO!
These days car auctions want private buyers, to boost business and also because they are likely to pay 10 to 20 per cent more than traders, hence increasingly sales are held at the weekend. But are you worried that you’ll come home froman auction with a heap of trouble?
With some common sense you needn’t be, because auctions are farmore user-friendly than before. Buyers have solid legal rights that require a car to be of merchantable quality, or at least honestly described. And youmay even find that a local auction will give you buying advice – Historics at Brooklands, which holds its sales on a Saturday at the Brookland-museum next to Mercedes-benz world in Surrey, even runs informal seminars for auction ‘virgins’. These explain reserves, estimates, buying and selling costs, and the best way to bid. Armed with all this, you should get a good buy – just don’t wave to anyone in the auction hall, as that could be expensive.