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British Car Auctions

The UK and Europe's largest used vehicle marketplace.
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If you are the top bidder

  • If you are the top bidder when the hammer falls you have entered into a legally binding contract with the seller. You will then need to provide your details at the rostrum along with a deposit to secure your bid. Your details will need to be completed on the deposit slip provided at the rostrum, including your full name, full address and telephone number.  The deposit is charged at 20% of the hammer price or £500, whichever is greater, and this can be paid by cash, debit or credit card.
  • Provisional Sales – most sellers will place a reserve price on the vehicles BCA sells on their behalf.  If you are the highest bidder but the reserve price has not been reached, then the vehicle is sold to you ‘provisionally’.  BCA will negotiate with the seller, who may suggest a price higher than your bid that they would accept.  BCA will relay this offer to you, which you may accept if you wish.  This is called a Post-Sale Agreement.
  • The final balance will need to be paid within 24 hours of the auction ending. This will include any fees, such as buyers fees, BCA Assured fees (if applicable) and the V5 Transfer fee. Buyers fees are calculated on a sliding scale depending on the sale price of the vehicle and are not negotiable. 
  • Prior to removing the vehicle from site, it is your responsibility to ensure the vehicle has an MOT, is taxed and insured. Tax on vehicles is no longer transferable when the vehicle is sold.  All new owners will need to arrange the tax directly with the DVLA, this can be done with the new keeper supplement supplied to you at the time of purchase. For more information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vehicle-tax-changes.