Jan 202008

BCA BirminghamBrave the winter chill and get a great used car bargain at BCA Birmingham

The latest figures from leading local motor auction centre, BCA Birmingham, show that January could be a good time to get a great deal on a quality used car or van.

Seasonal trends in supply and demand mean that there are more used cars available at auction and this means prices are very competitive.  Buyers can take their pick from a wide choice of ex-fleet and lease vehicles and a great selection of other pre-owned cars.

“Ex-fleet and business cars at BCA Birmingham represent excellent value for money for used car buyers, typically being around three-years-old and well-serviced during their working life” confirmed David Ross, General Manager, BCA Birmingham. “More motorists than ever are turning to the used car market to bag a bargain and auction offers a great choice whatever their budget.”

“There’s a wide choice to be had at car auctions” confirmed David Ross.  “The huge majority of sales are open to private buyers.  With cars of every age and description and with a price range to suit every budget, there will be something for everyone.  Car buyers can check online at http://www.bca-europe.com/ for the latest details of the sales programme.”

BCA’s top 10 tips for buying a car at auction:

· Don’t buy on your first visit – sample the atmosphere and get used to the pace.

· Do your homework – know what you want before you go to an auction and have an idea what the car you are after is worth.

· Terms and conditions – each auction house has its own terms and conditions explaining how you can buy, what the fees are etc.  Familiarise yourself with these so that you don’t get surprised later on.

· Don’t rush – arrive early and take time to examine the vehicle that interests you.

· Do ask questions – ask auction staff, they will be happy to help.

· Check the car – it’s up to you to check the car’s condition, so examine it prior to entering the auction hall. And listen to the engine running as it is driven into the auction hall.

· Budget – set a limit and stick to it. Save some funds for a post sale service and any minor repairs that might be needed.

· Be flexible – if you miss your first choice, don’t give up and don’t throw the budget out the window just because you like the colour of the car you’re bidding on!

· Auctioneer’s description – this is legally binding, so listen carefully. The terms and conditions will explain all the terminology used.

· Bid clearly – don’t wink or tap your nose, simply raise your hand or the catalogue.

Sep 202006

MiniThe iconic MINI is officially Britain’s best all-round used car package, according to a new survey involving the nation’s motoring media.

Automotive warranty company, Warranty Direct, canvassed the judgement of journalists on a shortlist of the forty most reliable models in the market. The poll looked at eight categories in all – Supermini, Small Family, Family Car, Compact Executive, Executive, MPV, 4×4 and Roadsters – using data from over 56,000 policies.

Such a majority concurred that MINI was ‘best in class’ that it not only topped its respective category, but also raced away with the title of Britain’s Best Used Car Buy by gaining more votes than any other model considered.

Following the MINI closely the finish, Mazda’s MX-5 won the Roadsters category with a resounding 61 percent of votes, while BMW’s 5-Series took the final place on the winner’s rostrum with 58 percent of votes in the Executive sector.

Over half of the journalists interviewed agreed the honour of best Small Family Car should go to Ford’s Focus. The Honda Accord – which recently topped a Warranty Direct poll of the Top 100 most reliable used cars over the past decade – won the accolade of best Family Car with 45 percent of the votes.

Less unanimity was reached in the Compact Executive, MPV and 4×4 categories, with BMW’s 3-Series, the Vauxhall Zafira and the BMW X5 motoring away with the honours respectively.

“Reliability continues to be a key factor for any used car buyer,” says Duncan McClure Fisher, spokesman for Warranty Direct, “but clearly there are many other factors which affect a car’s overall desirability.”

“The specialist, informed knowledge of our respondents means this survey can safely offer sound advice to anyone looking to buy in the current used car market”.

Warranty Direct’s unique www.reliabilityindex.co.uk website lifts the lid on the reliability and associated repair costs for hundreds of vehicles.

Winners and Spinners of each category


The Categories

The Winners

Percentage of Votes for Winners

The Competition




Nissan   Micra (23%)

Rover   25 (6%)

Vauxhall   Corsa (0%)

Fiat   Punto (6%)

Small Family

Ford   Focus


Honda   Civic (13%)

Citroen   Xsara (0%)

Skoda   Octavia (35%)

Fiat   Brava (0%)

Family Car

Honda   Accord


Volvo   V/S40 (10%)

Toyota   Avensis (6%)

Ford   Mondeo (33%)

Vauxhall   Vectra (6%)

Compact Executive

BMW   3-Series


Jaguar   X-Type (3%)

Lexus   IS 200 (35%)

Audi   A4 (10%)

Mercedes   C-Class (10%)


BMW   5-Series


Mercedes   E-Class (14%)

Volvo   S80 (6%)

Jaguar   S-Type (3%)

Audi   A6 (19%)


Vauxhall   Zafira


Ford   Galaxy (10%)

Fiat   Multipla (13%)

Volkswagen   Sharan (6%)

Renault   Espace (32%)


BMW   X-5


Toyota   RAV4 (22%)

Mitsubishi   Shogun (10%)

Mercedes   M-Class (10%)

Honda   CR-V (26%)


Mazda   Mx-5


Mercedes   SLK (3%)

MG   TF (3%)

BMW   Z3 (3%)

Porsche   Boxster (29%)