How can I bid for a classic car at auction?


If you are thinking of bidding in one of our classic car auctions, here you will find all of the information you need to know. SWVA offers an enjoyable and simple purchasing process with multiple ways to bid, whether you’re in the hall or on the other side of the planet! Everyone is welcome to bid in our classic car auctions, whether you are a trader or a private buyer.


To bid in our hall all you need to do is to come to our auction premises on the day of the auction and register when you arrive. (There is no need to register in advance.) When you arrive, just report to the cash desk and register your details to collect your bidding number. There is a £5 fee for each bidding number.

2. LIVEBID – Online Bidding *No Online Fee!*

Our online auction system has been up and running for nearly 10 years now and is a fantastic way to bid remotely. Not only can you view the cars live as they come through the hall, you can also hear our auctioneers as they take bidding. Registration requires a £1000 fully refundable deposit.

To register for online bidding click here.

*Registration for Livebid closes at 10pm the day before the auction.

3. Telephone Bidding

PLEASE NOTE: Telephone bidding is limited to 8 slots per car, if this has been exceeded you will need to register for commission bidding or livebid instead. It is therefore advised you register for this method early to avoid disappointment.
Telephone bidding is a great way to bid by proxy during the auction. We will call you several lots before the one you want to bid on, then we will talk you through the auction, updating you on the current bid and bidding for you when you tell us to. Phone bidding costs £10.00 and we require a refundable deposit of £1000 per car. To register for phone bidding you will need to fill out our online form, you will then be redirected to the Worldpay website where you will be asked to pay your deposit(s).

To register for telephone bidding click here.

*Registration for telephone bidding closes at 4:30pm the day before the auction.

4. Commission Bidding

If you cannot attend the auction and are unable to bid remotely, you can leave a commission bid on a lot before the start of the auction. Just tell us the lot you want to bid on and the maximum amount you would like to bid. We will then bid for you during the auction, up until either you win the lot or we reach your maximum bid. Commission bidding requires a deposit of £1000 per car. To register for commission bidding you will need to fill out our online form, you will then be redirected to the Worldpay website where you will be asked to pay your deposit(s).

To register for commission bidding click here.

*Registration for commission bidding closes at 4:30pm the day before the auction.

Buyer’s Premium:

8% +VAT with a minimum fee of £150 +VAT

Vehicle Descriptions:

If you are unable to view the car of your choice before the auction, give us a call on one of the viewing days and one of our staff will be pleased to give you a “walk around” description of the car. Please note this is not a detailed description, only an opinion.

Sold as Seen:

All lots are sold as seen with no warranties implied or given. It is advised that you inspect the vehicle, and its paperwork, prior to bidding on one of our allocated viewing days. Vehicles cannot be started on these days and keys will not be given out however you will have a chance to hear and see the vehicle running as it is driven through our auction hall on the day of the sale.

Viewing Days:

Our viewing days for the October auction are as follows, all viewing is by appointment only and can be booked by calling our office on 01202 745466. Masks and gloves are mandatory. When booking you will need to provide the lot number(s) of the car(s) you wish to look at.

Monday 26th October – 12pm-4pm
Tuesday 27th October – 9am – 12:30pm
Wednesday 28th October – 9am-5pm
Thursday 29th October – 9am-6pm


If you are not local and are planning on staying in a hotel then please click here for a list of local hotels and contact details


All vehicles must be paid for within 48 hours or by the following Monday noon. Payment can be made by debit card, bank transfer or credit card. Alternatively cash will be subject to a surcharge of 1.25%. (please note we are currently not taking cash)


Once paid for, unlike most other auctions, we are happy to provide 3 weeks FREE undercover storage while you arrange your collection.*
*Please note that after 3 weeks a fee will incur.

If you have any questions about bidding on our auctions, or any of the cars entered into our sale, please get in touch. Remember that our classic car auctions get very busy so if you are thinking of registering for any of the remote bidding options please don’t leave it until the last minute!
Contact us: Tel: 01202 745466

1:Bid in the Hall?
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2: Bid Online?
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3: Bid By Phone?
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4: Bid By Commission?
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