South West Vehicle Auctions

Buying at a car auction can be a little daunting to an auction newcomer. The process is easy. Below is some information on buying at our auction, what protection we offer to customers, and what you need to know when you bid.

Buyer Protection

You are indemnified against any vehicle you buy at SWVA car auctions being stolen property or being subject to outstanding hire purchase payment. This is through payment of the compulsory Purchase Fee – see under Purchase Fee. All entries in our car auctions undergo a mandatory HPI check. This helps protect you the customer from any hassle once you have purchased the car.

Bidding At Our Car Auction

First time visitors to a car auction can often be put off bidding by the fast pace of proceedings. Please don’t be. The fast pace merely enables us to give every vehicle a chance to sell within the allotted time. The auctioneer is not your adversary and he is sufficiently experienced to recognize whether or not you wish to bid. Simply signal to him with a hand or a nod and it is highly unlikely that he will misunderstand you. Do bear in mind, however, that a legal contract is entered into once the hammer has fallen and there may be no question of your changing your mind after that point.

Purchase Fee

The purchase fee is a compulsory payment on top of the amount you successfully bid. The charges are available upon request from the office.
Payment of the purchase fee indemnifies you against any vehicle you buy at SWVA being stolen property,  or subject to outstanding hire purchase payments. The purchase fee is not refundable.


A legal contract is entered into once the hammer has fallen. Payments can be made by BANK TRANSFER ONLY and must be made within 24 hours of the sale, and then you may take the vehicle away.

Vehicle Condition

Vehicles are sold “As Seen” which means just that; no description is implied or given and it is up to you to judge its condition and value before bidding. You should consider the mileage to be incorrect unless otherwise stated.


SWVA offers a vehicle delivery service. Please ask at the office for details.


If you are offered a car outside our premises BEWARE. Although it may seem cheap you could end up purchasing a stolen vehicle or a vehicle on Hire Purchase or a total loss which would involve you in a loss of all your money. Vehicles purchased outside our car auction are not protected. Please notify the office immediately if you are approached.

Subject Bid/Private Treaty

If a vehicle fails to reach the reserve price in the auction hall and the highest bid is recorded, the bidder will be required to go to the front office and give their name and address accompanied by a £300 deposit A Credit Card is not acceptable as a deposit (refundable if the bid is not accepted) Our staff will then negotiate on your behalf to try to secure the vehicle for you.

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