Yorkshire Car Auctions

Yorkshire has a lively car trade, with plenty of dealerships selling new vehicles, private second hand sales and auctions. The county is a good place for anyone who wants to sell their car at auction, due to the amount of choice there is with auction houses in the area. For buyers, the number of cars on offer is the appealing factor, with lots of choice of classic cars, prestige cars, run-arounds and specialist motors, like adapted vehicles.

York Auction Centre is a typical multi-purpose auction site in the county. It deals with livestock, rare breeds, horses and antiques. However, each Wednesday there is a weekly sale of cars and light commercial vehicles. Held at 6.30pm, the auction is regularly conducted through the undercover Ebor Sale ring. Anyone wanting to enter a car for sale is able to do so up to the start time of the auction on the day of sale. For buyers, frequently updated catalogues of the cars that have been entered for sale are available to download every week. During the winter months there is a large floodlit storage compound making it easy to see the action even when the sun has gone down. The auction facility also provides a comprehensive CCTV security system, a cash machine and you can even obtain a hot meal or a snack. Anyone interested in 4x4 or MPV vehicle sales should note that these are not included in the main vehicle auction but are processed as a part of their Machinery Sales auction, which starts 4pm on Wednesday afternoons, prior to the main car auction.

The Leeds auction centre run by SMA, a nationwide car auction company, is located in the heart of Yorkshire, just ten minutes drive from Leeds city centre. Situated in the Cross Green area of the city, it is easily reached from any metropolitan area of the county. Sales occur on Mondays from 4pm when the Green and Blue halls are used in conjunction. Fleet sales and former Motability adapted vehicle auctions take place on Tuesday mornings. This schedule is repeated on Wednesdays and Fridays respectively. However, on Thursdays budget car auctions are held, ideal for finding the right sort of car or buyer, depending on whether you are buying or selling.

Holding auctions every Tuesday and Thursday from 7.00pm, Bridlington Motor Auction has been trading for half a century. It is an established family business in Yorkshire. The company offers a collection and delivery service, if needed, as well as a free valuation of a vehicle that is to be entered for auction. There is also an onsite valeting and refurbishment facility at the auction site. According to the business owners, the majority of cars are entered directly by agents within the areas of Bridlington, Hull, Doncaster, Scarborough and York. However, their services are offered as far north as Blythe and also across the Humber to the south.

For classic car lovers, one of the best auction companies to seek out is Mathewsons, based in Thorton-le-Dale in North Yorkshire. All of the auction house's sale dates are on Saturdays, but the times of the year they occur tend to vary, so it is worth checking it out beforehand. Doors open from 10.00am, giving potential buyers the opportunity to inspect the cars. The auctioneering begins in earnest in the early afternoon. Around one hundred cars are bought and sold at each auction, along with plenty of other items, such as classic car memorabilia.

Another national operator with a strong presence in Yorkshire is BCA. Their facility in Brighouse, just off the M62 motorway, is able to boast three separate auction halls. They hold multiple auctions four days a week, many of them organised around specific car manufacturers, such as BMW cars on Tuesdays for example. The site has undercover viewing facilities which can cope with up to 750 cars and there is customer parking for around 800 cars. With a computerised entry control system, it is simple to register a vehicle for auction in advance. BCA also offer a valeting, vehicle examination and appraisal service to make sure the car is in the best condition possible for sale and so that seller can know what sort of price to expect. Because of the nationwide nature of the operation, collection and delivery is offered all over the country. There is also a fast food cafeteria for hungry buyers.

Bawtry Motor Auction is located near to Doncaster in the south of the county. Positioned well for inhabitants of Sheffield too, the auction site holds sales three days per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, always at 6.00pm. Services include valeting, transportation and refurbishments, if needed. They also auction motorbikes as well as cars. Sellers can download an auction entry form from their website. Cars are expected to be on site on the day of the auction or to have arrived the day beforehand.