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Buying a Classic Vehicle

Before bidding on any vehicle lots please ensure that you have carried out all the relevant checks (mileage included) that you would require as no warranties or guarantees are supplied.

All vehicles are ‘sold as seen’ and we do encourage you to come and inspect so that you are both satisfied and confident with any bids that you may place.

Once the hammer drops a contract is then created and you are obligated to proceed with the purchase.


To bid online, click My Account on the menu and create your account. Be sure to 'pre-register' for each auction when registration opens. If you would rather leave a commission bid, you can do this on the lot you are interested in. The auctioneer will bid up to this figure for you. Please contact the office for telephone bidding.

Note that online bidding incurs a 1% surcharge in addition to our standard rates of Buyers Commission (see FAQs below for the rates). 


Please note that commission bids left on our website must be submitted before 23:59 on Thursday before the auction.


Frequently asked questions...


Up to
£500 to
£1,000 to
£2,001 to
and above
£50 .00
£75 .00
£150 .00
+ VAT (see example below)

For sales £20,001 and above – the first £20,000 is charged commission at 7.5% + VAT, the remaining balance is charged at 5% + VAT.

e.g. Sale Price £25,000. First £20,000 @ 7.5%. Remaining £5,000 @ 5.0%.


Vehicle Registration Numbers, Memorabilia & Bicycles

Vehicle Registrations Memorabilia & Bicycles

You can view our Terms and Conditions for Buyers on this page.

Depending on location, we can collect items to sell at one of our auctions, but only when we are in your area. We cannot guarantee when this will be and, therefore, we can’t guarantee which auction your vehicle will be entered into.

We are not able to deliver vehicles after a sale.

We suggest that for collections and deliveries, you contact one of our recommended transporters. Please get in touch for details.

We offer free storage after each sale. Although we respectfully request that your new purchase is collected within 14 days. If you need to keep your purchase with us longer than this, please get in touch.

NB: Please note. A deposit is required on sale day and the balance is due within 48hrs of the auction close.

Yes, we will contact you if you are the successful bidder to pay a 20% deposit.

You will be contacted on the day of the auction if your bid has been successful, and we will ask you to pay a deposit.

 The balance is due within 48 hours of the end of the auction.

You can make a payment using one of the following methods:

  • Debit Card
  • Bank Transfer – the details will be on your invoice
  • Cheque (by prior arrangement)

The Friday Auction will start at 5.30pm for Lots 1 – 150.

The Saturday Auction will start at 9am for Lots 151 onwards

We’re sorry, but our auction days are currently closed to the public.

Auction lots can be viewed at our Thornton Le Dale site and our Pickering site until the Friday of the sale. Please see the opening times on our Contact Us page.

Please visit the My Account section of our website to register/login and place a bid.

Please ensure the card used is in your name and registered to the same address as that entered on your account. Our approval system is sensitive to postcode placement, please ensure your postcode is entered in the correct box with correct spacing.

Yes. An offer can be placed on any item that fails to find a new home on Auction day.

 This ‘Buy Now Offer Period‘ is in place until two weeks before the following sale, or unless otherwise instructed by the vendor. Any offer on Buy It Now lots will be subject to standard auction fees.

 (No item can be purchased within the two week period leading up to the following sale. Our standard T&Cs will apply.)

Yes & No! Only if the same item has been offered by ourselves through a previous Auction.

Prior to the auction going 'live' commission bids can be placed on lots by logging in to your account. Once the auction is 'live' the auctioneer will invite bids at the next increment, providing you with the same engagement as the sale room.

Yes. All our vehicle results can be viewed on the Glenmarch website. Glenmarch are the largest online free-to-access resource for classic and collector car auction markets. Glenmarch provides information on worldwide classic car auctions, including collector cars, modern classics plus veteran and vintage car auctions. Glenmarch Database.

Our regular opening times are:


Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm

Saturday: 10am – 3pm


Auction Friday: 9am – 12pm (Viewings Only). Closed from 12pm

Auction Saturday: Closed all day