It is important to review the buying terms when buying a vehicle at auction. It is advisable for you to familiarise yourself with the environment and the fast pace at which sales progress at auction. At Merlin, we auction a vehicle every 40 seconds!
We hope the following ‘pointers' will help you to get the best out of our car auctions, but if you have any question whatsoever, our friendly staff will be pleased to answer them for you.
At Merlin Car Auctions, every vehicle will have a window report displayed on the window, giving you a description of the vehicle together with its ‘lot' number.
All our vehicles are ‘Sold As Seen', which means that it is sold with all its faults and carries no guarantee whatsoever, and cannot be replaced under any circumstances. But don't let this put you off! Many large companies, finance houses, local authorities and franchised dealers will only sell their vehicle in this way.
Before the auction starts you'll need to get a bidding number. A deposit of €500 will be required for this but all deposits are fully refundable if no purchase is made. If you buy a vehicle, make sure the auctioneer sees your bidding number. Immediately after the fall of the hammer you must go to the Sales Office to make arrangements for payment.
You can pay the balance in a variety of methods. We accept banker's draft, all major credit cards (2% credit card charge) or electronic transfer. All vehicles purchased must be paid for in full within 48 hours of the sale.
PLEASE NOTE: 2 forms of identification must be given (Driving Licence and Utility Bill) and you must provide your own insurance cover for all vehicles purchased at Merlin Car Auctions.
If you bid on a vehicle, but the bidding does not reach the reserve price set by the vendor, it is called a provisional sale. All provisional sales require a deposit, as above, and the auction's ‘provisional staff' will negotiate between the buyer and seller to see if an acceptable price can be agreed.
All auctions will charge the purchaser a buyer's premium. You can enquire at the auction about the current scale of charges. The lowest fee around will be in the region of €50.
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