Then we have a great guide below to help you. But don't just take our word for it. Ken Gibson, motoring journalist for The Sun, has written about buying from Auction at Manheim with a great video and a case study from a consumer buyer.
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Please use this guide to find out more about Manheim Auctions and the unrivalled range of products and services we offering the general public.
Manheim Auctions has a national network of 17 auction centres covering the length and breadth of Britain.
Choose from thousands of cars, vans, trucks and motorbikes from more than 50 weekly auctions - daytime and evening!
Our auction centres are open to the public so you can buy and sell all types of vehicle, regardless of make, model, age and price.
Our ‘Advanced Search’ online search engine gives you instant access to unlimited searches of over 500,000 cars, vans, trucks and motorbikes offered at our auction centres every year. Simply spend 2 mins completing the really short registration form and off you go...save searches, set up automatic email alerts and view auction catalogues.
Where do all the vehicles come from?
Our excellent reputation and expertise in the industry allows us to work with some of the most respected companies in the country.
A number of large and small fleet companies choose to sell their vehicles through Manheim Auctions. National and local authorities, manufacturers, rental companies, dealers and of course, members of the public all add to the diverse mix of quality vehicles available to you at Manheim Auctions.
To make life easier, we have divided our auctions into different categories, so you can go straight to the one that’s right for you.
Our role is to act as an agent for both the seller and the buyer, bringing them together and providing the very best service for both.
Choose from a massive range of cars, vans, motorbikes, trucks, trailers, plant and equipment.
With a national network of 17 centres, you are never far from Manheim Auctions.
View a detailed description of each vehicle including registration details, colour, modifications and mileage.
Buy at trade prices
Buy your vehicle and drive it away on the same day*.
Under trade terms & conditions
*Subject to full payment being made, and compliance with current traffic regulations
Manheim Auctions makes the buying process an easy one
All Manheim Auctions centres produce a catalogue on the day of the auction. This is your guide to what’s available that day in the auction. It will tell you what vehicles are to be sold and in what order.
You may be asked to register before being able to bid on a vehicle – check when you arrive at reception.
Familiarise yourself with the auction process – it can be fast and furious. Visit an auction centre to ensure you are comfortable with the environment before you start to bid. Should you have any queries at all, do not hesitate to ask one of our fully trained staff.
Make sure you read and understand the Terms and Conditions which contain important conditions about the purchase of a vehicle.
Bring your deposit with you before bidding on a vehicle (£500 or 10%, whichever is the greater).
The Auction Centre is open prior to the start of the auction, for you to look around any vehicles you are interested in.
Each vehicle has an ‘entry form’ displayed in the window, showing the key details of the vehicle, including make, model, mileage and year information and whether it has an MOT.
Unless stated to the contrary on the windscreen description, assume that the vehicle is sold without a V5c document. However, the auctioneer will announce whether the vehicle has a V5c before it is auctioned.
Having no V5c does not affect your right to title of the vehicle. A new V5c can be obtained by filling out a form available from most Post Offices. The DVLA recognise Manheim Auctions’ receipts as proof of purchase. However, under current legislation (applicable since February 2003) you will not be able to tax the vehicle without a V5c, and this could take up to 6 weeks from DVLA.
Check if the vehicle is ‘Assured’ which means it’s had a 15 point mechanical check from a Manheim Assured Inspector. These vehicles carry a compulsory premium which gives a 3 day warranty on the mechanical report.
This is the exciting bit!
The Auctioneer will announce the vehicle as it drives into the hall. Listen carefully – he /she will detail if it is to be sold with or without service history, warranted mileage or MOT.
When you are in the auction hall, stand where you can be seen by the auctioneer. To make a bid, clearly raise your arm. There is no tapping of caps or winks to the auctioneer here. Make it obvious!
When the hammer falls, congratulations – your bid has been successful (so make sure you don’t get carried away and bid more than you can afford).
If declared ‘sold’ or a provisional bid* is accepted, the bidder must pay a minimum of the full hammer price.
*A provisional bid occurs if your bid is the highest in the Auction hall but has not met the Reserve Price (see Jargon Buster in Section 10.) set. The auctioneer may “provisionally” sell the vehicle and the auction team will liaise between you and the seller until a sale price is agreed.
A deposit is required immediately following the acceptance of your bid or provisional bid. You have 24 hours to pay for the vehicle in full after it is declared sold.
You will also have to pay a buyer’s fee. The fee payable depends on the value of the vehicle. Ask at reception for further details. The fee will be the ‘Buyers Premium’. Photo identification such as driving license or passport may be required so please ask at reception for more information.
When purchasing a vehicle there is a legal obligation for the DVLA to be notified*. Manheim will complete this process for you when you purchase a vehicle to ensure the DVLA have the relevant part of the V5a registration document. The DVLA will then send you a new V5c registration document in your name and address.
*This service is mandatory for all purchases by non-account holders.
You have 3 days from the day of the auction and after full payment has been made, to collect your vehicle. Once full payment is made and all funds have cleared the cashier will hand you:
The Pass Out form should be taken to the key office where you will be given the keys and any detachable items that may be with the vehicle such as a radio front. The Pass Out form is also your authority to leave the auction premises with the vehicle. So keep it safe!
Every vehicle is sold on the understanding that it will not be used on the road in the UK until it is in such condition that it may lawfully be so used. This will mean that you must have valid insurance, valid MOT certificate and Tax disc. However, we can arrange to transport your vehicle at a nominal cost.
If the vehicle has had extensive repairs which are registered on a vehicle database, this will be declared on the entry form as ‘VCAR’ (Vehicle Condition, Alert Register). We advise you to buy these cars with great care.
* 1.25% + VAT handling fee. Money laundering legislation allows a maximum of £8,999.
** 3.5% + VAT surcharge on all Credit card transactions.
Payment using credit cards will attract a transaction fee
* 3.5% + VAT surcharge on all Credit card transactions.
You can pay with no transaction fees using the methods below.
You can pay with no transaction fees using the methods below
Payment for the vehicles must be made within 24 hours of the auction. Storage charges will apply if the vehicle is not collected within 3 working days of £6 plus VAT per vehicle, per day after 3 working days from Acceptance. Trucks and Trailers: £20 plus VAT per vehicle, per day after 3 working days from Acceptance.
* Vehicles released on cleared funds, or subject to Manheim Account & credit limit status
**Vehicles will only be released at the Auction Centre Manager's discretion
Irrespective of buyer category the following charges will apply
£6 plus VAT per vehicle, per day after 3 working days from Acceptance.
£20 plus VAT per vehicle, per day after 3 working days from Acceptance.
The fee will be charged once you collect the vehicle/s
Payments to be made at the Payments Office
In order to avoid these charges, please collect your vehicle/s on time
Please contact your local branch or Buyer Services for more information.
If you buy a minimum of 12 vehicles a year, you can apply for a Business Account.
Should you have any account queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Account Set-up Team on 0844 856 4634.
No lectures here. Just a few of the rules we ask you to follow when you’re at the auction:
If you have any further questions about buying at Manheim Auctions, please call your nearest Manheim Auction Centre.