How to Buy an Auction Car at Hills Motors

Buying an Auction Car at Hills Motors

Our Auction Site

Front Page of Auction Site

Our live auctions feature thousands of cars every single week of the year. So how can you be a part of our auction site and bid on an auction car? 

How do I Register for an Account?

  • 1. Click the ‘Register’ link displayed on most pages on the site.
  • 2. Complete all sections of the Application Form
  • 3. Pay the Registration fee online via Debit / Credit card
  • 4. Email or post a copy of your photo-card driving licence to us
  • 5. You will receive an activation email once your ID & Payment have been received

If you do not have a Debit / Credit card you can pay at our premises after you have completed the online Registration form and saved your details on the site.

  • We require additional ID listed below if you don’t have a driving licence or it has the wrong address or you’re registering a business or you are not resident in the UK:
    • 1. If the address on your driving licence is different to the address you registered with you will need to send a copy of your licence plus one of the following documents:

      • A Utility bill (Gas / Electric / Telephone)
      • Current community charge bill
      • Bank statement or credit card statement
      • Inland Revenue statement or bill
    • 2. If you don’t have a driving licence you will need to send a copy of your passport photo page plus one of the following documents:

      • A Utility bill (Gas / Electric / Telephone)
      • Current community charge bill
      • Bank statement or credit card statement
      • An Inland Revenue statement or bill
    • 3. If you have registered a Business name you will need to send a copy of your driving licence and one of the following confirming your business details:

      • A bank statement
      • VAT registration certificate
      • Certificate of incorporation (if a Limited Company)
      • Company letter head with Director or Partner details
    • 4. If you are not resident in the UK you will need to send a copy of your driving licence and passport photo page and one of the following documents confirming your address:

      • A Utility bill (Gas / Electric / Telephone)
      • Bank statement or credit card statement
      • Tax Bill or Government Letter
    • Also send one of the following if you registered as a Business:

      • A bank statement
      • VAT registration certificate
      • Certificate of incorporation (if a Limited Company)
      • Company letter head with Director or Partner details

Note: All utility bills / bank statements / credit card bills / letters must be in your name and with your address and be from the last three months. All documents you provide must be a true photocopy of the original. Do not send original documents because we cannot return them, only send a photocopy or photograph to us.

How can I Find Salvage I Wish to Purchase?

  • There are a number of ways you can search for Salvage on the web site:
    • Click the Search our Stock ‘Magnifying Glass’ or the ‘Closing Soon’ link
    • Click the Top Marques link
      This link will display a list of salvage that our Sellers have categorised as being specialist or premium brand vehicles (please note our Sellers may also place premium brand vehicles within their normal auctions).
    • Click the CarsBikesCommercials or HGV & Plant links on the Homepage
    • Click the Auction Times link
      This link displays a 2 week calendar of auctions our Sellers have coming up. You can view all the lots a Seller has listed by clicking their link on this page. If the search page shows ‘No Results’ then the Seller hasn’t uploaded any vehicles to this particular auction as yet.
  • At the top of the Search Results page there are a number of boxes you can use to help you search for salvage you are interested in purchasing. You can display only vehicles of a certain make or those from a Seller in a particular Region etc or you can type keywords such as ‘Corsa’ or ‘Megane’ to narrow down your search results.
  • You can also use a drop down box to list the salvage lots in a particular order ie ‘Closing Time’, ‘Manufacturer’, ‘Year of Registration’.

How do I Bid on an Item I Wish to Purchase?

  • Salvage Market operates a Proxy Bidding Auction with the highest bidder winning the item providing the Auction Reserve has been met. Placing a proxy bid means that you are stating the amount that you are willing to pay up to for the item. If the single bid you place is outbid, that you want an automatic bid to be placed on your behalf up to the amount you have stated and in £10 increments.
  • For Example: A Lot you are interested in shows a ‘Highest Bid’ of £1200, you decide that you are willing to pay up to £1500 for the salvage lot. When you place your bid of £1500 the ‘Highest Bid’ may go up to £1260. This would tell you that the previous Highest Bidder had placed a Proxy Bid of £1250 for the Lot.

What happens if I win?

  • If you win the auction, the price you pay will be the current highest bid and not the proxy bid limit you placed (unless you are bid up to that amount by another bidder). Please note if the auction you bid on has a Reserve. The Proxy Bid you place will automatically increase up to your limit or the Reserve price whichever is the smaller. For Example: You bid £1500 on a lot you are interested in that displays the ‘Reserve Not Met’ Icon even though there are no other bids the Highest Bid displayed may go from a starting bid of £100 straight to £1300 this would tell you that the reserve price was £1300. The Reserve Met Icon will be displayed and the only way you will lose this auction is when another buyer bids £1510 or more. Reserve prices are not available to view. If the Highest bid goes straight to £1500 and still displays the Reserve Not Met Icon you will need to bid a higher amount to win the auction as the Reserve must be higher than your Proxy Bid.

 

For more information on using our auction site be sure to check out our help page.

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