How To Buy


How To Buy

01568 611122


All items may be viewed prior to the auction. Our main viewing day is on the day before the sale, when our opening time will be advertised on the sale page. All other viewing is by appointment only, which you may arrange by calling us on 01568 611122.


These are available to buy on site during sale week. A catalogue admits two people into the sale room on sale day in our Classic & Vintage Auctions.

Bidding registration

The auctioneers will operate a buyers bid number system and therefore prospective buyers must register beforehand and will be allocated a buyers number. Identification i.e. drivers licence will be required. You can complete a bidding registration form and bring it with you to the sale, by downloading it from the right hand side icons.

Documents and keys

Documents are available to view at the desk in the auction hall. Buyers will need to present their pass to obtain their documents. Keys will be released separately and only if the buyer is taking the vehicle away at the time of asking for the keys.

Absentee & telephone bids

These will be accepted up to close of business on the night before the sale. A deposit will be required in all cases and may be paid by debit card or other negotiable security. The lots will be purchased for the lowest possible price. 

For an absentee bid form, please click on the top right icon.

For a telephone bid form, please click on the top right icon.

The form must be completed and emailed to us at The deposit also must be lodged with us by close of business on the night before the sale. All deposits (10% of the lower estimate on each lot you wish to bid on) must be lodged in UK Sterling by 5pm on the day before the auction. Refunded deposits into other currencies may be subject to exchange rate fluctuations. For further information on this facility please email us at

Online Bidding

To use and register for online bidding, please go to the Classic Vehicles sale homepage and select the Online Bidding icon. Online bidding registration will be open from 9am on the Thursday prior to the auction day. We will ask you for a deposit in UK Sterling, in order to register to bid online (refundable on the day after the auction if you do not purchase). Please note - foreign exchange purchasers: the amount we receive in sterling is the amount we will refund in sterling. We are not responsible for foreign exchange fluctuations or bank charges, so the amount the amount you have sent in foreign currency to sterling may not be the amount you receive in refund. 

The sale will be live approximately 30 minutes before the auction. There will be audio, but we advise you to follow the speed of bids in the bidding box, rather than the auctioneer’s voice. Internet bids are accepted by the auctioneer (not the online bidding clerk), to avoid conflict with room, telephone or absentee bids. If your bid is not accepted and the bidding is still live, bid again. If you win a lot, an online bidding surcharge of 1% plus VAT will applied to the hammer price. The normal buyer’s premium of 12% plus VAT will also still be charged to the hammer price.

If you would like to view the sale live online without bidding, please go to the Classic Vehicles sale homepage at and select the Watch the Sale icon. This is a free service.


If you are sending your deposit by bank transfer, please use the following reference: 


If your bid is unsuccessful, we will need your full bank details and we will instruct our bank on the Friday morning after the sale day to send your deposit back to you. Please note this CAN take up to 5 working days to land back into your account.

For this, we will need your bank account number and sort code (and IBAN or similar details for accounts not held in the UK). Please send this information to us before the auction, along with the reference you are using for your bank transfer deposit.

Please note - foreign exchange purchasers: the amount we receive in sterling is the amount we will refund in sterling. We are not responsible for foreign exchange fluctuations or bank charges, so the amount the amount you have sent in foreign currency to sterling may not be the amount you receive in refund. 

Provisional sales

This is where the best bid is secured below reserve and sold subject to acceptance of the bid by the vendor. Please would all sellers and buyers go to the provisional office in the saleroom, as soon as the hammer comes down.


All lots are offered with the seller’s description. Any information you have seen on the web, in the catalogues or on the signs on the lots will be superseded by the auctioneer’s description. All prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves to condition before bidding on any lot. All vehicles are checked on the information registers of Experian for title problems, such as finance, theft or damage related insurance claims. We ask our vendors to check where possible as to whether registration numbers are transferable – we can not guarantee, however, that the registration number of a lot is transferable, unless the vendor has specified to us that it is, so please listen to the auctioneer’s description. Important – All the vehicles are sold AS SEEN, and entirely without warranty. This means there is no comeback and no rejection possibility whatsoever after purchase. It is your responsibility to ascertain the true condition of any lot before you make your bid. If you are in any doubt as to the condition, authenticity, identity or provenance of any vehicle, do not bid as there is no ‘cooling off’ period and no post-sale negotiations will be entered into.

Buyer’s premium & VAT

A buyer’s premium at the following rates will be added to the hammer price:

  • For Vehicles -  12%+VAT (minimum of £150) (e.g. on a hammer price of £10,000 you pay £1,200 premium + £240 VAT to give a total of £11,440, assuming a VAT rate of 20%)
  • For Automobilia and all other items 17.5%+VAT

*Items in this sale sold subject to VAT in addition to the hammer price are marked with an asterisk.

Methods of payment

Purchases will only be released when full payment (inclusive of all charges) has been made in cleared funds to Brightwells. We will accept payment in the following ways:

  • Cash up to the Sterling equivalent of 9,999 Euro’s (approx. £7,500) in cash or Travellers Cheques.
  • Sterling cheque drawn on a UK branch of any bank or building society –unless previously agreed with us all cheques must be cleared before removal of purchased lots.
  • Bank Transfer – our bank details are as follows: Barclays Bank plc, 1-3 Broad Street, Hereford, (Tel: 01432 682250) Sort Code: 20-39-72 Account number: 60776394 SWIFT NUMBER: BARCGB22. IBAN: GB30 BARC 2039 6470 2551 65.
  • Debit Cards drawn on a UK bank- no charge removal of purchased lots immediate.
  • Credit Cards – please note we do not accept credit cards.

Removal of Lots

Failure to remove lots by the close of business on the Monday after the sale day, will result in storage charges as follows:

Vehicles £10 per day
Motorcycles £5 per day
Automobilia £1 per lot per day

All the above charges are subject to VAT.

Transport and shipping

A representative of Brightwells preferred carrier will be available at the sale and can arrange transport and shipping as agent for buyer or seller (as the case may be).


Brightwells Insurance offer a special rate for vehicles purchased in our sales and you may enquire directly with the insurance department, by calling 01568 610018.

Conditions of sale

For a full copy of our conditions of sale, click here.