Our Spring Live Online Auction (26th March) will take place on one day, however, it will be ‘closed’ to the public. This means that our auctioneer will be streamed online and you can watch via our website or YouTube and bid in real time via three methods: on the telephone, via a commission bid (pre-bid) or online with our partners Proxibid and The Saleroom. All bids are final and non-revocable.
Dedicated, one-to-one virtual viewings of the cars will be available prior to the auction. Please contact the member of staff listed on the car of interest to arrange this.
Viewing the cars in person is permitted to specialists who have been instructed to inspect vehicles of interest on your behalf and members of the trade (in accordance with the latest Government guidance). Please contact us on 01926 640888 to arrange this.
Furthermore, our website has detailed photographs and 360 degree visual content where possible in order to show as much of the car as possible online.
You can bid at auction by telephone, by leaving a commission bid or online. To comply with money laundering regulations, you will need to provide proof of identification in the form of a passport or drivers licence and a recent utility bill as proof of address, every 12 months.
When submitting forms by post or fax, please ensure they reach us no later than 4pm (GMT) the day before the auction is due to take place.
A commission bid is the maximum amount you are willing to bid up to (excluding the buyers premium and VAT). We will execute your bid as low as possible on your behalf.
Telephone bidding will still allow you to bid live during the auction. On the day of the sale, a member of the Classic Car Auctions team will contact you, usually a few lots prior to your selected lots and will guide you through the process. It is important that you provide us with alternative telephone numbers to ensure that we are able to contact you on the day. Given the limited resource available and the need for social distancing, phone lines may be filled very early on and therefore we reserve the right to consult and confirm minimum bidding agreements with bidders in advance of the sale. You can also leave a commission bid in the event that we are unable to contact you by telephone.
To register a bid against a lot on the website, select the lot and using the Lot Tools on the right hand side of the page, select the "Bid on this lot" link. You will be able to select whether to leave a telephone bid or a commission bid.
Alternatively, please download the form below, complete it and send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org
To complete your telephone and commission bidder registration and comply with money laundering regulations you will need to provide TWO forms of ID to our secure portal via the following link, bank details are not required for bidder registration.
Classic Car Auctions has partnered with Proxibid and The Saleroom to allow you to bid live or leave a commission bid (pre-bid) online. Please note that online bidding incurs an additional fee of 1% plus VAT.
To complete your online bidder registration and comply with money laundering regulations you will need to provide TWO forms of ID to our secure portal via the following link, bank details are not required for bidder registration.
Like the majority of auction houses, Classic Car Auctions charge what is known as a buyer's premium. Our standard buyer's premium charges for live online auctions is 11% + VAT of the hammer price for motor vehicles (cars and motorcycles). Classic Car Auctions use the Auctioneers Margin Scheme (VAT Notice 718/2). VAT cannot be split out on the invoice and cannot be reclaimed by VAT registered businesses or individuals.
Some lots may be VAT qualifying and subject to VAT on the hammer. Some lots may have been brought in to the UK on a temporary admission and therefore import VAT will be due on the hammer. These lots will be clearly marked in the catalogue.
Any lots that are not VAT qualifying will be sold using the Auctioneers margin scheme (VAT Notice 718/2). VAT will not be charged on the hammer price. The VAT on the buyers premium will not be split out on the invoice and cannot be reclaimed by UK VAT registered businesses or individuals.
Further duties and VAT may be applicable on exporting lots from the UK. It is the responsibility of the buyer to settle these charges.
All payments are due by 5pm the next working day following the sale.
Payments must be made in GBP via bank transfer.
Bank transfers made over the weekend will not show in our bank account until the Monday morning. Payment can also be made in person by debit card (up to £20,000) and credit card (up to £5,000) subject to Government guidelines at the time of the sale. Cash payments cannot be accepted.
Lots purchased can only be released upon receipt of funds. You should ensure that you have the necessary monies available and are able to pay before you bid.
We are unable to accept funds from countries on the Financial Action Task Force High Risk and Non-Cooperative Jurisdiction Lists.
Collection of the cars is permitted under the Click & Collect guidance.
Buyers should satisfy themselves that they have all the relevant spares, documents and keys relating to their lot(s) at the time of collection.
Please note that vehicles may require some level of recommissioning, however minimal, before being driven. Many of the vehicles will have been on-site for several weeks. Our transport partners, EM Rogers, can assist with collection and delivery.
Written instruction from buyers must be provided if they wish their lot(s) to be collected by a third party.
Occasionally a car may be sold under a ‘provisional bid’ if your final bid does not reach the reserve price. A provisional bid stands until 12pm the day following the auction. During this time we will contact the seller on your behalf to see if they will accept your bid or try to negotiate a sale on your behalf.
The catalogue will describe the lots to the best of our ability on information supplied. You should, however, satisfy yourself as to the condition, age and integrity of any lot prior to bidding as no warranties whatsoever are given in relation to any lot.
As the hammer falls a contract is made and you are obligated to proceed with the purchase. It is therefore vital that you are satisfied to the best of your ability with the condition of the lot you intend to bid upon before doing so.
All purchases are at the Buyers risk from the fall of the hammer. You should therefore arrange insurance from this point.
All V5c forms will be taken back to our office and the change of ownership registered with the DVLA on your behalf by our admin team within 14 days of the sale. The details used will be those the buyer registered with, unless we are notified in writing otherwise.
Where lots have entered the UK on a temporary admission, we will instruct the import agent to obtain the NOVA reference number on your behalf upon receipt of cleared funds. This will enable you to register the vehicle.
Please note that following a change to legislation in 2014, road tax no longer transfers to the new owner. You will need to tax the vehicle before driving it on the road.
View our frequently asked questions for both selling and buying at our auctions here.
This guide should be read in conjunction with our full Terms and Conditions of Sale for live online auctions available here.