How To Buy

General Information

How To Buy

01568 611325

With over 160 years of auction experience, Brightwells is privately owned and run with integrity.

We have warm and welcoming staff, with excellent product and market knowledge. We make every effort to take our time with our buyers and if you have any questions, we will endaevour to answer them all to the best of our ability.

Motor Trade Buyers Account

If you are a motor trader and would like to set up an account, which has advantages such as preferential indemnity rates, call 01568 611325 for more information.

Buyer Registration

All of our auctions are currently online, for more information on how to register and the bidding process please click HERE

New Society of Motor Auctions Ruling (live auction)

All New Buyers Must Provide photographic driving licence ID. Following information received from the SMA and to help in the ongoing efforts of the Police to combat fraud, Brightwells are encouraging all new buyers to produce their photographic driving licence at the point of buyer registration. Failure to produce this form of ID at buyer registration will result in the buyer paying an extra 1% + vat on the usual indemnity rate (this applies to both trade, fleet and private buyers). All buyers must register prior to buying—this is a condition of sale.

Telephone and Absentee Bidding for Brightwells Registered Motor Trade Buyers

If you are a Brightwells registered motor trade buyer and would like to complete a telephone bid or commission bid please download and fill in the form available on this page and email it to

Indemnity Scheme and V5C/V5 New Keeper Administration

To protect buyers, we charge an indemnity fee on top of the sale price. This covers you against mis-description of clean title, such as theft or hidden finance agreements. The details of the scheme can be found by clicking here.

We will also charge you for sending the new keeper copy of the V5C or V5 to DVLA, when purchasing a vehicle. This principally applies to vehicles sold to buyers who are not in the motor trade. The fee is £20 plus VAT 

Indemnity Fee

Upon satisfactory proof of I.D. an indemnity fee of 7.5% (minimum of £120) is charged on each lot purchased. Some vehicles have minimum Indemnity Fee rates shown in the windscreen and these replace your standard rates. Trade rates can be applied for. To apply for Gold Rate Charges, please complete an application form (available from the office) and submit all the necessary paperwork detailed on that form, together with the application fee of £99+VAT

V5 Transfer Fee £20

Vehicle Storage: Items can be stored with us free of charge for 3 days from the sale date, after which we will charge £15 plus VAT per item per day.

Please click here for the buying process at our auctions. If you can't find the answer you need, please call us on 01568 611325