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    As a retired individual my time commitments are flexible and I have taken up BaT watching (Bring a Trailer). It's interesting to watch the last minute bidding along with the commentary, sometimes more like the "peanut gallery".
    So, any particular car/truck/motorcycle have anyone sold that they wish they still had to sell now and really cash in?
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    No, but I can think of a few that I wish I had sold faster (my Fiat 128, purchased new in 1969, comes to mind). It broke down leaving the showroom.
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    I listed my frame off restored 72 Lotus Europa a couple of weeks ago and it didn’t make the reserve. Kind of surprising as 2 weeks prior another Europa sold for over $41K and mine was nicer. Oh well......it will sell in spring when the sports car fever hits.

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    If you look at historical data for prior auctions, pricing is all over the chart for certain vehicles (Miatas, for example) No rhyme or reason. But it does get interesting in the last two minutes for some auctions.
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    Not just Miatas, look at M3s or Porker 911s. Even Caterhams are all over the shop. You will struggle to sell good condition crossflow S3s for low 20s on this forum yet on BaT they get to almost $30k.
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    There are some cars for sale that are not in the states. What type of documentation is required to get a car in for road use? Other requirements or bonds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcarguy View Post
    If you look at historical data for prior auctions, pricing is all over the chart for certain vehicles (Miatas, for example) No rhyme or reason. But it does get interesting in the last two minutes for some auctions.
    Miata buyers, at least those looking for low mileage cars, are a finicky bunch. Something as simple as surface corrosion on a few bolts can turn someone from a serious buyer, to a armchair quarterback at the drop of a hat. As someone who traveled in the sub 5K mileage Miata circle in my past, I can tell you it gets worse the more that gets listed on BAT with higher and higher mileage, or less than stellar history or condition. Typical BAT buyers want perfection......That, or a project selling so cheap, it is too good to be true, an item no longer seen on BAT in our lifetime.

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    It used to be a good site for finding diamonds in the rough for auction but sadly too many people are there hiking up values.

    The good news is if you want to sell a Caterham or Birkin there are now better odds of achieving an abovemarket sale price in a shorter timeframe than trying other sales channels or this forum.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    I watch BaT daily. I've bought two cars and tried to list two other's for sale. Both of those were rejected by BaT. The first one was a '16 BMW M2 with 1,600 miles. They said it was too new, then two weeks later another '16 M2 with less miles was accepted. The other one was a '14 Volvo turbo with the folding hard top with 6k miles. They said they only listed the older Volvos.

    On Monday I sold my '17 Shelby GT350 to a company called givemethevin.com. I had tried the local CL and also got offers from some of the local Ford dealers. Give Me the Vin offered more that any of the others including offers that came in on the CL ad.

    Pictures and paperwork went back and forth via email and I dropped the car off at one of the dealer auction places in Denver. The final paperwork was signed there and I gave them the signed title and they gave me a check for the agreed amount. They also arranged a prepaid Uber trip home.

    Then Give Me The Vin ran the car through the dealer auction yesterday. The lady I worked with at the dealer auction has promised to let me know what it sold for but I haven't heard back from her as yet. I hope one of the dealers that low balled me bought it for significantly more that I got.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scannon View Post
    . . . I hope one of the dealers that low balled me bought it for significantly more that I got.
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