How to buy a car at Hobbs Parker’s Car Auctions
We welcome the public and trade at our auctions. This page explains how you can view the cars, bid online and then pay for and collect your car.
We'll make it as simple as we can for you - just 3 simple steps Give us a call if we can help in any way on 01233 506266.
Step 1 - View cars for sale
View the cars for sale on our website and in person at our auction centre
Our auction calendar is published several week’s in advance on our website so you can see what sales are coming up and view the vehicles in the auctions as we build the catalogues in days leading up to an auction.
Viewing the cars in person
When you find a car you are interested in and if you would like to view it in person you may so by visiting our auction centre.
The cars will be on display throughout the auction. There is lots of free parking and a cafe on site.
Our auctioneers will be happy to answer any questions you might have too.
The best times to view and when most vehicles are on site are on Tuesdays from 9 am to 5 pm and on Wednesdays from 9 am to 1 pm.
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Step 2 - Bid for a car in our online auctions
Create an account for our online auctions by clicking ‘here’ or on any of the ‘online bidding’ buttons throughout our website.
How to register
If you would like to bid for a car or watch the online auction you will need to create an account on our online bidding platform.
Then keep an eye out for an email with a link in it to verify your email address.
If this does not arrive please check your spam or junk folder.
Once you have created your account you can then click the blue button “Click here to Register” for the auction you would like to take part in.
You will then be authorised to take part in the auction.
Please note for Classic Car auctions only a pre-authorisation deposit will be required before bidding.
Online bidding platform
You can bid from a laptop, tablet or smartphone from the comfort of your own home or office.
Not a fan of technology?
Don't worry. Give us a call and we help get things sorted out for you.
How to bid for a car
To bid on a car you have two options:
1 – Place individual bids
Click the Place Bid button which will place a bid for the amount displayed in the button.
You will now be the highest bidder. If any bidder outbids your bid you will receive a message and you may bid again if you wish to do so.
2 – Enter a Maximum Bid.
Type the maximum amount you are happy to pay for the car in the Enter Your Maximum box and then click Confirm.
Our automatic bidding technology will then place bids on your behalf. It will always place the lowest bid necessary and never go higher than your maximum bid.
When the countdown on the car ends, if you are the highest bidder you will see a message that you have won the car.
Most Lots in our auctions will state in the description:
“This lot is On Sale from the opening bid”
However, sometimes vendors ask us to submit the highest bid and therefore we start the bidding lower than the reserve. In this case the description will state:
“All bids on this lot will be Provisional and are subject to approval by the vendor”
When the countdown on one of these Lots finishes and if the price has not reached the reserve, the system will state:
“Your bid is not high enough”
This means that your bid is lower than the reserve price and we will submit your bid to the vendor to see if they are happy to accept it. Once we have an answer we will contact you. We are usually able to get back to you within an hour or two of the sale finishing, but on occasions this can take until the following day.
Please be aware if you place a maximum bid the system will automatically take the current bid up to either your maximum bid or the reserve, whichever is lower.
If you have a provisional bid on a car, you will be liable to pay for it as well as any other cars you may win, please bear this in mind when bidding on multiple cars.
If you need help with our online bidding platform just give us a call and we'll help you get set up - 01233 506266.
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Step 3 - Pay for and collect your car
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Your invoice will then be emailed to the address you registered with once all Lots in the auction have ended.
If you would like your invoice sooner, please phone us on 01233 506266 and we’ll be happy to send this to you straight away.
Invoices must be paid in full by 12:00 noon on the day after the auction finishes without exception please.
Payment can be made by bank transfer or by debit card in our office. Our bank details are included on the invoice. A maximum of £500 can be paid on a credit card.
We do not accept cash, cheques or American express. No credit card payments of more than £500 will be accepted.
Once you have paid your invoice in full you are able to come and collect your cars. Collections must be made within 5 days of the auction ending.
Opening hours for collections
Our office is open for collections 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Mondays to Fridays.
We do not open at weekends or on bank holidays.
Collections can be made within these hours without a prior booking. However, it is always advisable to let us know which day you plan to collect so we can ensure the cars are easily accessible.
If you have paid by bank transfer, please contact us to ensure the payment has arrived in our account before visiting our auction centre, as we will not release cars without cleared funds showing in our bank account.
Please bring a copy of your invoice with you so we can release the car to you.
If you are sending a collection driver please let us know beforehand so we can ensure a quick transaction.