How to Bid

Bidding quick and simple, just sign up to bid on any lot, and you are ready to go. 

How to bid on our auction lots

General bidding requirements
  • Become an Engine Notes Member
  • Register for the lot you wish bid on
  • Credit Card (will be used for a pre-auction authorisation, age checks and to pay  buyer's charges)
  • If you have any questions about how to bid, or queries about the vehicles listed prior to bidding, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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Find your vehicle how to register to bid

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1. Start the registration process via the following link - Register to Bid

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2. Submit your details

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3. We authorise your bidding account via your credit/debit card

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4. All bidders are assigned an Auction Specialist in case you need any help

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5. Take part in the auction

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6. You are the winning bidder! Your Auction Specialist will assist you in finalising your sale.

Q. How much does it cost to registered to bid with Engine Notes?
A. It costs nothing to register with Engine Notes. We do charge a buyers premium (see T&C’s). In exchange for the buyers premium we do to make sure the vehicles listed are of good quality. We regularly inspect vehicles for their condition, typically live-streaming these inspections.
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Q. Do you consign everything that you are offered?
A. No. Not every vehicle will be consigned. We are known for quality of the vehicles we curate into our auctions. We choose which vehicles to list based on a number of factors including condition, and the track record of similar vehicles that have sold.
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Q. Do I need to make the vehicle available for viewings?
A. A high percentage of buyers will be willing to purchase an auction lot unseen, because the lot is described in such detail, they have confidence to do so. Others may request an inspection, and we ask you make the vehicle available if necessary. If there is significant interest in your lot, Engine Notes will contact you to arrange for a live-stream viewing, and possible a live-streamed auction.
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Q. What happens if the lot isn’t as expected and there are defects not mentioned in the listing?
A. As a bidder, you definitely should satisfy yourself you want to buy the vehicle before placing a bid. Though we do only consign vehicles we feel are of the right provenance, ultimately its your responsibility. All sales by traders made to consumers, whether sold by an individual or a business, do fall under the Consumer Rights Act 2015. The Act provides they must meet certain minimum standards (see our FAQ’s)
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Q. How much are your fees, and why is there a charge on my credit card?
A. When registering we approve you to bid, and in doing so you commit to paying the buyers premium (See T&C's; 4.5% capped at £6000, with a minimum of £550). Should you win the auction, you will be charged the buyers premium. If not, the ‘’hold’’ will be released immediately at auction end. It can sometimes take a few days for your bank to indicate this. If you have any problems please contact us immediately.
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Q. Can I bid on a car from another country?
A. Yes. For UK residents, please refer to www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk and www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk/paying-vat-and-duty. For buyers outside the UK, please check your country’s import laws and requirements for VAT, duties and taxes for imported cars prior to bidding.
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Q. Can I buy a car that didn’t meet reserve?
A. If a vehicle gets close to its reserve, in some cases Engine Notes at our own discretion, will to make up the difference between the your highest bid and the reserve, therefore selling the vehicle to the highest bidder. Where a vehicle doesn’t sell, and you would like to discuss it, please contact us immediately.
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Q. What happens after the auction, how do I settle with the Seller?
A. At the end of the auction the winning bidder and seller will receive each other’s contact information via email. While the law prevents Engine Notes being involved, we do very much care that sales are successful, and stress free, so if you have any issues, please contact you Auction Specialist.
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