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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.

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

Online accounts now require ID to be verified before you can bid. Each customer has a 'trust level' which incurs a bid limit. This will be sent to you in an email when you pre-register. If you believe you need a higher bid limit, please call the office on 01751 474455.

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.

For customers bidding outside of the UK, we require a deposit to authorise your ability to bid. Please get in touch with the office to set this up.


Please note that commission bids left on our website must be submitted:

  • by 5pm on Tuesday before the auction for lots going through on Wednesday
  • by 5pm on Wednesday before the auction for lots going through on Thursday
  • by 5pm on Thursday before the auction for lots going through on Friday



Frequently asked questions...

Vehicles, Motorbikes & Trailers

Vehicles, Motorbikes & Trailers
Up to
£2,001 to
and above
+ 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
(minimum charge of £5)


VAT is only charged on the commission. If there is VAT to be charged on the hammer price of the vehicle, this will be stated in the item description. 

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

Yes! As well as operating our own fleet of vehicle transporters, we work closely with a number of trusted contractors, so between us we operate 7 days a week, 364 days a year! 

Consequently, we can collect/deliver anything anywhere! Well, almost.

Collections for an auction are carried out at a reduced rate, making the process as economical and as stress free as possible. 

We can also assist with the delivery of your purchase.

Please speak with the main office who will be able to assist with vehicle movements.

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% part payment.

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

The Wednesday Auction will start at 10am for Lots 1 – 350.

The Thursday Auction will start at 10am for Lots 351 onwards.

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

Auction lots can be viewed at our Thornton Le Dale site and our Pickering site until 5pm on the Tuesday prior to the auction. 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 you are using a debit card and that 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. We will run a timed auction after the live auction for any lots that didn't sell. This is your chance to purchase any lots you may have missed on Auction Day.


Yes & No! Any lots that don't sell in our Classic Vehicle & Memorabilia Auctions will be entered into an online timed auction during the week following the 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.

Auction results are also published on our website.

Please see our Contact Us page for opening times.

You can upload a current driving licence, or a current passport along with proof of address (eg. utility bill). These details must match those that are on your account.

Each customer has a bid limit on their account based on their 'trust level'. If you would like to spend more than your bid limit, please get in touch with the office on 01751 474455.

We will require a part-payment of 10% of your intended spend. Once we have this, we can increase your bid limit for the current auction. 

When you add your debit card details to your account, the system will take a deferred payment of 1p as a security check. This payment can take up to 30 days to be released.