Why choose PistonHeads auctions?
Exclusive stock access
We source cars from one of the UK's largest online motoring communities and some of the most trusted car dealers. Buy and sell with likeminded car enthusiasts.
The #1 premium and performance used car marketplace in the UK
We’ve been in the business of helping you buy and sell cars for more than 25 years. Find your dream car on the leading marketplace in the UK.
Trust and transparency
We carefully vet each of our sellers during the consignment process. Our listings are written by our in-house content team in conjunction with the Seller to enhance accuracy.
Frequently asked questions
We use an automated bidding system to make things easy for you! Simply enter the maximum amount you are willing to pay for a vehicle. If it’s higher than the other bids, you’ll become the highest bidder.
If the auction has a reserve, and your maximum bid is below the reserve amount, this amount will become the new highest bid. If the auction does not have a reserve, or the reserve has been met, our bidding platform will keep bidding on your behalf, in fixed increments, up to your maximum bid to ensure you stay in the lead. If someone outbids your maximum bid, you’ll receive an email to notify you, so that you can increase your maximum bid.
If you win the auction, you will be charged a 6% + VAT non-refundable buyer’s fee on top of the winning bid, up to a maximum of £5,000 + VAT. Keep in mind that all bids are binding and cannot be cancelled. If you fail to pay the Buyer's fee or complete the transaction, you will be in violation of the Auction Terms and Conditions and PistonHeads reserves the right to remove you from the site.
The non-refundable buyer’s fee is 6% of the selling price + VAT, up to a maximum of £5,000 + VAT. Keep in mind that all bids are binding and cannot be cancelled. If you fail to pay the Buyer's fee or complete the transaction, you will be in violation of the Auction Terms and Conditions and PistonHeads reserves the right to remove you from the site.
Concierge service is a premium service for sellers where we handle cleaning, viewings, storage and sale administration. Buyers can visit the relevant concierge partner for viewings instead of making arrangements with the seller.
As part of the consignment process, a member of the PistonHeads team will speak with each seller to get a description of the vehicle. Any seller that we have deemed to have misrepresented their vehicle is banned from the site. We take our reputation seriously and hold our buyers and sellers to high standards.
We strongly encourage you to view and inspect the vehicle in person before placing a bid.
To arrange a viewing with the seller, simply click on the Q&A section of the listing to be taken to the corresponding forum thread. You’ll then be able to click on the Seller’s profile and send them a direct message with your request. Bidders should aim to only use direct messages to arrange viewings.
If you are unable to view the vehicle during the auction, we encourage you to use the Q&A forum thread to ask for more information.
If the seller is using the concierge service, you can arrange a viewing by contacting our concierge service provider directly. If you are unable to visit the vehicle in person during the concierge service providers regular business hours, as indicated on the auction listing, you can view the walkaround video posted in the Q&A thread.
Our bidding platform is automated so that you don’t have to manually enter bids during the auction. When you are ready to place a bid, simply enter the maximum that you are willing to pay for this vehicle (your ‘max bid’).
If your max bid is lower than or equal to the reserve, our bidding platform will use your max bid amount as your first and only bid and won’t place any more bids on your behalf.
If your max bid is higher than the reserve, or if there’s no reserve, our bidding platform will automatically increase your bid to the reserve amount and then in fixed increments until you are either the highest bidder or your max bid has been reached.
Your maximum bid does not include the non-refundable buyer’s fee. If you win the auction, you will be charged a 6% + VAT non-refundable buyer’s fee on top of the winning bid, up to a maximum of £5,000 + VAT. If you fail to pay the Buyer's fee or complete the transaction, you will be in violation of the Auction Terms and Conditions and PistonHeads reserves the right to remove you from the site.
How do auctions work?
- Step 1
Register to bid
Create a free account quickly and easily. Add your card details to be able to place a bid.
- Step 2
View our auction listings
Take your time to conduct research, contact the seller, and arrange a viewing before bidding. But don’t take too much time – auctions last for only 7 days unless otherwise stated.
- Step 3
Place a bid and win the auction
When you’re ready, place a bid. Keep an eye on the listing, and increase your bid to ensure that you win!
- Step 4
Collect your new vehicle
After the auction ends, we will put you in touch with the seller to finalise the sale. You’ll coordinate with them directly to make payment and collect your new vehicle.