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PostSubject: Off to the Auction   Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:02 pm

Thursday evening. Which of this lot is worth a punt? I'm quite keen on the Rover 25iL Steptronic at the right price. Not so keen on the 700,000 mile Nissan Serena!

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PostSubject: Auction   Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:13 pm

Evening Kev, A very nice spread of motors you have down there. I gave up on some of the local auctions because it was the same boring cars each week. The 25 would be perfect for you, presumably the Serena is an import and that's kms, still awful though. Personally I like the idea of a 924 for not very much.

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PostSubject: Re: Off to the Auction   Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:20 pm

The 924 has been there for a while. It would help if they could get the bloody thing started! Looks tidy, though. We do get a few 'boomerang' cars there but the owners soon realise they're not going to get the reserve so sell and cut their loss. It costs 30 a time to put a car through.

Someone paid top money for a 1998 BMW 750iL auto a few weeks ago, looked and sounded great but 'Sold As Seen,' (you have to wonder why a car like that is there in the first place) then to find it had no reverse gear No No Costly!

I would always advise caution with SAS cars, but ones with an 'End of Sale Trial' are usually worth a punt. Most have a bit of tax as well.

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PostSubject: Re: Off to the Auction   Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:32 pm

Been burnt a few times there meself, though. I'd say 80% of the cars there have an issue of some sort. Some are obvious like poor paintwork or blown headgaskets, whilst others don't reveal themselves until the journey home.

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PostSubject: Great Advice   Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:33 pm

Hello Kev, That is great advice and hopefully we will be sharing it with a lot more people and hopefully this forum will transfer to where there are a lot more like minded souls. It will probably won't happen for a bit...but otherwise we are talking amongst ourselves like mad people. Strangely I find that very reassuring.
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PostSubject: 750iii   Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:34 pm

750iiiiiii sold as seen, gulp!
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PostSubject: Re: Off to the Auction   Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:42 pm

Yes, hi James. It is a bit odd us being the only chatty ones here but as you say, a few more like-minded soles may soon join in with words of wisdom.

You get to know who's who at the auction and I find sussing out who the Traders are (identifiable by their well-thumbed Glass's Guide) and watching what they bid on helps. If they're interested then it usually means a motor is almost worth having, and once it's out of their margin range they stop bidding, leaving it to us amateurs who can still make a profit. Doesn't always work like that, though...

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PostSubject: Re: Off to the Auction   Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:47 pm

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750iiiiiii sold as seen, gulp!
Yup, walk away or what? Thing is, it seems a lot of tin for the money and it gets people excited. I like to buy cars that interest and excite me, but that doesn't necessarily mean that anyone else is. BMW's are a no-no at auction as everybody wants them, but less desirable brands are where the real bargains are, which, I guess, is why I like Rover's. Sad?

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PostSubject: More top advice   Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:58 pm

Spot on again Kev, I always find that there is always a flurry of activity when a decent car comes up and inevitably it will get bid up far beyond whatever I would be prepared to spend, but then maybe I am very tight. Actually, I do have a very weird stat in that we have just had new carpets fitted and when I got the bill I realised that it cost more than I have spent on the last couple of cars I've bought. I suppose that's a good thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Off to the Auction   Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:33 pm

Well, the Porsche sold for 425 and it was running, and very well too! The Rover 25 reached 1025 but was not enough for it to sell but it was very nice with leather seats, FSH and an EOST. May have a punt at Monday's auction.

Laugh of the night was the tidy 1998 Mondeo TD that had a new engine fitted at 98k... Pretty irrelevant now it's done 228k and boy, was it rattly. No bids.

A finance repossession 1995 BMW 840Ci sold for 3100 affraid

Hardly anything went through for less than 500, which used to be most of the stock there. I guess more people are chucking cars like that away, though a motheaten Cavalier went through and sold for 10 with no buyers fee.

I came home with my cash safely tucked up in my pocket.

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PostSubject: Top Auction stuff!   Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:45 pm

Kev, that seemed like a great night out to me. Glad you've still got your cash, but I would have found it hard to resist the 840, and the 924 which probably means I am getting very middle aged. Indeed I spoke to someone about a used Citroen Berlingo Electrique today for 5,000 and was slightly tempted at the sheer lack of petrol I'll use, but then there are all sorts of issues about where the power comes from and when the batteries give up, yep I'll have the ten quid Cavalier then.
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PostSubject: Re: Off to the Auction   Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:57 pm

Oh, I find it hard to resist most stuff that comes through, but if you want to buy something to make a profit an 840Ci isn't the way to go. I also dismissed a tidy 1992 Escort with 10 months MoT for 120 - I could have got 300 for it no sweat. I would have snapped that up about 5 years ago. I think I'm getting poncey in my old age!

Lots fo Jeep Cherokees there as well, all R or S reg and all sold for between 1100 and 1300, that's a lot ot tin for the money.

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PostSubject: Profit   Thu Oct 18, 2007 10:07 pm

I long since gave up trying to make a profit on a used car, I would drive the 840 into the ground like I am doing with the 525, those Jeeps are really good and will do big miles...
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PostSubject: Re: Off to the Auction   Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:20 pm

All of the Jeeps were 4.0 litre petrol's, which I guess is why they were there, and I was very tempted. One was a facelift model with the rounded body colour grille.

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PostSubject: Re: Off to the Auction   Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:23 pm

I'm thinking I should have bought the Porsche now.

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PostSubject: Jeeps   Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:23 pm

Interesting, I suppose it depends how you use the Jeep. Everyday and it costs a bomb, but at weekends and for shifting stuff, not too bad, that's how I justify my petrol Land Rover which is massively useful and always there when I am between proper cars..
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PostSubject: 924   Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:28 pm

The only truly affordable Porsche and never as bad as many said. I drove one home in 1983 because the place where I worked they all hated it. I thought it was great.
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PostSubject: Re: Off to the Auction   Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:31 pm

I must admit something like that would be handy, espscially as most Princess Wedges I'm offered for spares are usually in Scotland. I did drive a tax and MoTless Ambassador Vanden Plas back to Southampton from Oxford a few years ago. Scary, but I got away with it, and that was on the A34!

Seemed a shame to scrap the thing once I'd got back.

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PostSubject: Re: Off to the Auction   Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:33 pm

Oh, I half expected to see that 895 BRM on your spotted page in Autocar this week, James.

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PostSubject: BRM   Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:49 pm

Yes I should have done that one but there are some Rovers coming up I think
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PostSubject: Re: Off to the Auction   Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:06 pm

I usually flick through Autocar in the shop but rarely buy it. Used Car Buyer used to be good as it had sub-1k stuff in it but now concentrates on more expensive metal. I think they do an article on how great the Golf is every other month. If it's so great why aren't we all driving them? Default choice for people who know nothing about cars/read What Car.

I did buy Top Gear magazine, though, only 'cos it had a free DVD in it. Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Off to the Auction   Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:12 pm

I also baulk at the cover price of Autocar, but having said that I've just paid 7.49 for a September 1998 copy of Autocar featuring the BRM Embarassed And I've got a loft full of old Autocar's and Auto Express magazines already. Also a pile of that classic 70s part work On Four Wheels.

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PostSubject: Magazines   Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:15 pm

Yes they are expensive, I do buy mags not necessarily car ones and it is a big commitment. A few years back my MRS found bound copies of On Four Wheels, I've got about 5 volumes and I am missing one I think, certainly worth having...
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PostSubject: Car Mags   Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:22 pm

Kev,

I get still get CAR sent free to me which is nice, also Japanese Performance which I did buying guides for when I was slightly mad, heaven knows why they haven't knocked me off their list and that's it for car mags apart from Autocar which is free of course. I buy Classic and Sportscar at Xmas, otherwise Classic Rock is my main tipple. I never buy TG ever even though I could have gone and worked there a few years back. Practical Classics isn't what it was and occassionally I buy What Car? for the data section...
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PostSubject: Re: Off to the Auction   Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:23 pm

They should bring back On Four Wheels, with a full size Ferrari you can build in weekly parts. If I do wnat to read a mag I go in the loft and get a old copy of one of the above. That new Morris Ital looks promising!

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