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Old 21 June 2008, 20:32   #1
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Default Has anyone been to Southampton car auctions?

As title, just my friend said that apparently there is a car auction down there that deal in Jap imports. Just wondering if anyone has had any experience of the place? If so do you need a deposit for entry etc?
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Old 22 June 2008, 19:27   #2
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Default Southampton auction

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Yeah, it's called Motorway car auctions on gate 4 Southampton docks

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I live about half an hour away and have been there loads of times. It used to be a dealer only auction but anyone can go and bid now.

There are pro's and cons but IMO buying from there is a bit of a mine field. You can sometimes get a decent car if you know what you are looking for but a lot of the time it is full of the **** that didn't/wouldn't sell at auction in Japan. I suppose 1 good thing is that if you get there early you can at least get to have a good look around the car with your own eyes and that could better than buying from a Jap auction house online.

You can certainly pick up a cheap motor but a lot of them are dogs and with what I now now I wouldn't recommend buying a car from there unless you go into with your eyes WIDE open. Saying that, some people are bound to disagree with me and they may be right. I know that a lot of people also slate Motorway. Best bet is go and have a look for yourself without bidding, see what you think.
I know of dealers who it give all the billy big bollocks about having a buying connection in Japan or say that they go on a buying trip over there every 6 months but I always see them them down the auctions buying grade 3 motors.

In my opinion it's risky

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Id advise you to avoid docks auctions; the cars are sh*te.
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I have seen a couple of fresh imports and i have to say some dog of cars are being imported in currently.

Either Britain gets the junk or japs don't take care of their cars well.
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All of the low grade crap from the domestic auctions ends up here in docks auctions. Its spammed up to the fullest, given a haircut and sold to the gullible or traders who simply do not care.
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Yep, thats pretty much it.
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what so they would make a good donour car?
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No. Not unless you are donating steel to Chinas economic growth...
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