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26-08-2015, 15:20   #1
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Questions about buying a car at Merlin Car Auctions

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26-08-2015, 22:50   #2
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Can I just come along to watch the 'action'?

I'd like to get a feel for it to see if it would suit me for my next car purchase.
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Can I just come along to watch the 'action'?

I'd like to get a feel for it to see if it would suit me for my next car purchase.

Absolutely! It's a great idea to come along and watch a couple of auctions before committing yourself to buying. Initially, it can be a bit daunting so it's a good idea!

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When buying a car at auction are there any hidden costs or do you just have to pay whatever the winning bid is? Does it always work out cheaper to buy at auction? I'm working for a small little 1 litre 2007 clio or something similar
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When buying a car at auction are there any hidden costs or do you just have to pay whatever the winning bid is? Does it always work out cheaper to buy at auction? I'm working for a small little 1 litre 2007 clio or something similar
Yes, with all motor auction houses they charge a commission rate with the average being 5%+vat of the hammer price, but some commercial reason (IMO a greedy reason) Merlin also unusually charge a €200 "indemnity fee" for cars >€1500.
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What solvent should I use to remove the adhesive that you use to attach the LOT number to the inside of the windscreen?

Also, why are there never handbooks, service books etc with the cars when they are sold?
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What solvent should I use to remove the adhesive that you use to attach the LOT number to the inside of the windscreen?

Also, why are there never handbooks, service books etc with the cars when they are sold?
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The Lot number is on the outside window and is made of removeable glue, it is easy to take off. But the report's are on the inside, which is what I think you mean, and if you use window cleaner, rub on and leave for a few minutes, it comes of easy then.

Anything that we get with the car, we pass on to the buyer, books, history etc. If it is not in the car, then that means we didn't get it in the first place.

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When buying a car at auction are there any hidden costs or do you just have to pay whatever the winning bid is? Does it always work out cheaper to buy at auction? I'm working for a small little 1 litre 2007 clio or something similar

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The buyers fee is 5% + VAT on the hammer price plus an indemnity fee. You can see a fee guide here

If you like to PM me your email address, I will send you a copy of Snapshot which lists all the cars, we've sold here over the last four months, along with the prices achieved which will give you a good idea.

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When buying a car at auction are there any hidden costs or do you just have to pay whatever the winning bid is? Does it always work out cheaper to buy at auction? I'm working for a small little 1 litre 2007 clio or something similar
Not from some of the crazy prices I've seen...far better off go private at this level. Look out for well maintained minters with a stamped service history. Ample opportunity to test drive, check for crash damage, quiz the owner etc. If not confident, bring a mechanic along before parting with cash.
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When you purchase a car from the auction what is the story with the logbook? Do you as the auctioneer have to register it in the name of the buyer or do you just hand over the logbook to them and let them do it?
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When you purchase a car from the auction what is the story with the logbook? Do you as the auctioneer have to register it in the name of the buyer or do you just hand over the logbook to them and let them do it?
We take care of the paperwork for you. When you buy a car, you must produce two forms of ID, a photo ID e.g. drivers licence and an address ID, utility bill. The paperword will be transferred to the name that the ID is produced for.

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I see the next auction says it is Joe Duffey direct. Does this mean that they would be selling off excess stock or trade sales.

Would there be any warranties etc if the car is coming from Joe Duffey Motors?

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I see the next auction says it is Joe Duffey direct. Does this mean that they would be selling off excess stock or trade sales.

Would there be any warranties etc if the car is coming from Joe Duffey Motors?

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Joe Duffy Direct are trade-ins that they have taken in against new car sales. All trade-ins from the Group are sold at Merlin Car Auctions

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I see the next auction says it is Joe Duffey direct. Does this mean that they would be selling off excess stock or trade sales.

Would there be any warranties etc if the car is coming from Joe Duffey Motors?

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Very unlikely you will be getting a warranty from Joe Duffy with auction stuff, otherwise they would be selling them on their forecourts and would not bother putting them through an auction. However there could still be some of the original manufacturer's warranty remaining on the car depending on it's age.
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The car I am looking at is 2010. How come Joe Duffy would put it through auction as opposed to selling it themselves?

Suppose I' m just curious how this particular car ended up for auction.
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