Before you begin, first let us share a few essential tips to help you get the most from the auction.
As you’d imagine, during 90 years in the car and commercial vehicle auction business we’ve racked up a lot of experience, which we’re always happy to share. That's why we've put together this essential guide, sharing handy buying tips that will help you get the most from your auction experience and help you bid and buy like an expert.
Register and search online
First, register on our website and search for the vehicles you’re interested in. You’ll find up-to-date auction catalogues for every sale, plus images and lots of information for the majority of vehicles, which may include our condition reports and gradings. You can then use all this information to help make a list of vehicles you'd like to bid on.
Get here nice and early
Manheim auction centres open upto two hours before each sale starts, so you can explore the lot and closely inspect all the vehicles you’re interested in (remember to check auction centre opening times before you visit, to find out what time they open).
Once there, make sure you study the details on the entry form displayed on the windscreen. This shows you the vehicle registration and VIN numbers, mileage, any MOT information and service history details, plus lots more.
Some vehicles may have had extensive repairs, which are registered on a vehicle database. This will be declared on the entry form as VCAR (Vehicle Condition, Alert Register). Extra care should be taken when buying a vehicle which is declared as VCAR on the entry form.
Always work out how much you want to spend and stick to your budget. Our auctions are fast-paced and exciting, so it’s easy to get carried away. Remember to include the buyer’s fee in your calculations too. This is the amount that gets added to the price you bid for the car – it’s basically the cost of our auction services . For buyers of commercial vehicles, VAT will be added to the hammer price.
Remember to bring your deposit with you
For customers new to Manheim, we always ask for an initial, one-off £500 deposit before any bids can be made. You can make this deposit payment by debit card.
If you're then successful in bidding for a vehicle, your deposit can but used towards the full payment of your vehicle, providing payment is made on the same card. If you wish to pay by an alternative method your deposit will be returned to you and full payment will need to be made by an alternative method, such as debit or credit card, or bank transfer. We operate in this way to make sure that we comply with strict money laundering rules.
You'll need to show photo proof of ID and proof of address before you’re able to buy a vehicle. Please make sure you have this with you
Always listen to our auctioneer
Our auctioneer’s job is to help make the auction as clear and straightforward as possible, so please make sure you always listen to what the auctioneer has to say. You’ll hear information about the vehicle before bidding begins, including service history information, MOT and mileage details, plus whether there’s a V5C document available or not.
If the car or commercial vehicle you’re bidding on doesn’t have a V5C document this won’t affect your right to title of the vehicle, and you can get a new V5C by filling out a form available at most Post Offices.
Please bear in mind that although the DVLA recognises Manheim's auction receipts as proof of purchase, you'll still need a V5C to tax the vehicle. This could take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the DVLA.
You're the highest bidder. What happens next?If you’re the highest bidder when the hammer falls, you’ve been successful. Congratulations!
The auction clerk will tell you whether your bid was accepted or provisional and what to do next, including where to make your payment.
Sometimes, the auctioneer will accept something called a provisional bid. This simply means that the highest bid was lower than the vehicle's reserve price. If this happens, we'll contact the seller to see if they will accept your bid, or even negotiate on your behalf.
We'll always try to get an answer for you before the auction ends, although there are occasions when this may take a little longer.
These handy tips should help you get the most from every Manheim auction. For more help and advice,
simply call 0333 136 1750