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Buying at Auction Guide
1 - View the cars
At Merlin Car Auctions you can view all the cars online or alternatively visit our premises in Naas, Co. Kildare.
Every car will have a window report giving you a description of the car along with its lot number. All our cars 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 cars in this way.
2 - Get Your Bidding Number
On the day of auction, you will need to give a deposit of €500 for your bidding number. You cannot bid without a bidding number. This deposit is fully refundable if you do not buy a car or it will be deducted from the price if you purchase a car.
3 - Bid On The Car
When a car passes through the auction hall, the auctioneer will start the bidding, if you would like to bid on the car you simply raise your bidding number in the air to catch the auctioneer’s attention. The auctioneer will then look back to you every time the bids are raised to see if you are still interested. As soon as the hammer falls, ownership legally passes to the successful bidder.
4 - Proceed To The Sales Office
As soon as the hammer falls and if you are the successful bidder, you must proceed to the sales office to arrange payment and collection. Payment is accepted in cash, debit / credit card or by electronic funds transfer. You will have 2 working days to pay for and collect your car.
Click here to view the buyers fees that are to be added to the hammer price.
5 - Collect Your Car
You have two working days to arrange collection of your car. There is a daily charge of €10 for every day the car is not collected after the initial time. Merlin Car Auctions can give details of vehicle transport companies that can arrange to have the car delivered to you.
You must provide two forms of ID when buying a car, a photo ID e.g. passport or drivers licence and a recent proof of address e.g. utility bill or bank statement.
You must organise your own insurance cover for all cars purchased at Merlin Car Auctions.
If a bid does not reach the reserve price set by the seller, this is called a Provisional Sale. All provisional sales require a deposit, as above, and the sales team will negotiate between the buyer and seller to see if an acceptable price can be agreed.
For details of our Terms & Conditions please click here
Contact Merlin today and join thousands of buyers who bought their car at Merlin Car Auctions, a SIMI registered auction