Car auctions: I’m not that keen really. I used to live within walking distance of Wembley Car Auctions, a fairly terrifying place to visit, which I did very often.
It taught me a lot, which was mainly to avoid buying from them. I’ve bid, bought and survived, but the experience isn’t especially enjoyable. You are in the hands of the auctioneer and, apart from kicking the tyres, there isn’t much you can do to check what you are buying. It is always a gamble. That’s probably why I don’t talk about auctions much in this space.
However, a reader called Nick got in touch, who experienced firsthand the ‘leftovers’, which went for hundreds and looked in a fairly shocking state. I think, like most of us, he was amazed that anyone would deliberately run their cars into the ground before seemingly part-exchanging them. According to Nick, there were hundreds of bread-and-butter motors that were filthy inside and out, with scratches, cracked bumpers and windows, poor tyres and wheels that often smoked their way into the hall.