James Ruppert: going as soon as, going twice or not going in any respect…

Some auctions main on classics, others on bangers What am I bidding for this knackered, trouble-prone part-ex? Automotive auctions: I’m not that eager actually. I used to dwell inside strolling distance of Wembley Automotive Auctions, a reasonably terrifying place to go to, which I did fairly often.  It taught me quite a bit, which was primarily to keep away from shopping for from them. I’ve bid, purchased and survived, however the expertise isn’t particularly pleasurable. You might be within the fingers of the auctioneer and, other than kicking the tyres, there isn’t a lot you are able to do to test what you're shopping for. It's at all times of venture. That’s in all probability why I don’t discuss auctions a lot on this area.  Nonetheless, a reader referred to as Nick received in contact, who skilled firsthand the ‘leftovers’, which went for lots of and seemed in a reasonably surprising state. I believe, like most of us, he was amazed that anybody would intentionally run their automobiles into the bottom earlier than seemingly part-exchanging them. In line with Nick, there have been lots of of bread-and-butter motors that had been filthy in and out, with scratches, cracked bumpers and home windows, poor tyres and wheels that usually smoked their manner into the corridor.  That is nothing uncommon and, for the needs of analysis, I popped right into a bitterly chilly night occasion, post-work at 6.30pm, the place the emphasis actually is on what has been left on the backside of the part-exchange barrel. There weren’t too many merchants current, however there could nicely have been individuals who commerce.  Fairly worryingly, there have been households with buggies in search of a people-carrier or a stopgap hatch. All they had been going to seek out was some hassle. Thoughts you, a ferociously ugly 2004 Fiat Doblo 1.2 Lively with not quite a lot of miles relative to the yr, 50ok, has colossal quantities of room for a rising household keen to bid £350 for it. A £600 bid for a 2006 Chrysler Voyager, even with what appeared to be a low, 80ok mileage, would possibly go well with somebody after seven seats.  A budget tiny consumers had been the fear, as they're in demand. These automobiles maintain their worth and go upwards because the undesirable bigengined executives go the opposite manner. So a 2007 Citroën C1 Vibe with over 100ok miles and many apparent points – tyres, brief MOT and a blowing exhaust – went for £250.  A 2004 Alfa Romeo 156 TS Veloce at £200 prime bid is at the very least going to be price extra in components. Any buy through the public sale route is dangerous, however a Honda is at all times going to be a reasonably protected wager. So a 2002 100k-mile Civic in Government trim at a prime bid of £190, regardless of the scruffy bodywork, would possibly last more than the final bid at 9.45pm. Watch out on the market. What we virtually purchased this week Lada Niva 1.6 Cossack: We may purchase a brand new, left-hand drive Niva for £10,799 from Mark Key (markkey.co.uk) or this tidy, right-hand-drive 1990 G-reg one with 28ok miles priced at £5995 from, of all issues, a repossessions firm. Some poor soul will need to have fallen on arduous instances, then, however given the Niva’s brilliance off street, their loss might be our achieve.  Tales from Ruppert’s storage Volkswagen Golf, mileage - 46,457: You would possibly keep in mind that Gordon the outdated Golf was headbutted by a pheasant a month again. This dislodged the radar and broke the holding bracket. That was changed – the bracket, anyway. Nonetheless, the cruise management isn’t blissful in any respect. There's a warning on the dashboard and, regardless that we fiddled with the bracket and the little sensor, nothing appeared to repair it.  It appears to be like like we're going to want somebody with some correct diagnostic equipment to inform us that we want a brand-new sensor. The nice factor is that this will wait a bit. Don’t maintain your breath, or publish me a brand new sensor… Reader’s journey Volkswagen Caddy: Roderick Ramage has been right here earlier than and returns: “My 1986 Land Rover 90 pick-up suffered a loss of life knell MOT failure. I offered it for £1k as a undertaking. It value me £2950 in 2002 so its annual depreciation was £122.  “After experiments with a tiny trailer, I've scaled all the way down to a 1997 Volkswagen Caddy for £4600. (By coincidence, the £2950 I paid in 2002 is £4645 in at the moment’s cash.) It has a much bigger load bay than the Land Rover and comfier seats however no exterior cleats for roping the load down, solely floor-level rings.” Readers’ questions Query: I heard that in Sweden there’s a compound filled with over 1000 unregistered Saab 9-3s and 9-5s. Is it true? Ian Panting, through e mail Reply: We don’t suppose so. A former Saab exec, now a supplier, who labored on the manufacturing facility at Trollhättan within the firm’s dying weeks advised us he recollects a compound crammed with automobiles. Saab invited sellers to gather them as a result of it couldn’t ship them. He believes any that remained had been dismantled by the government-owned components enterprise that also features. Final December, it was reported that the final 9-Three had simply been offered by an Italian supplier who’d been storing the unregistered automotive since 2011. John Evans Query: I’m pondering of going electrical however I do drives of at the very least 200 miles. Which electrical automotive has the longest vary however doesn’t break the bank? Donald Brock, Shipston-on-Stour  Reply: Two automobiles fit your necessities. First up is the £32,995 Kia e-Niro 64kWh with a WLTP vary of 282 miles and a real-world vary, in keeping with our sister journal What Automotive?, of 253 miles. Or take a look at its shut relative, the £32,845 Hyundai Kona Electrical 64kWh with a WLTP vary of 279 miles and a real-world one in every of 259 miles. Costs quoted embrace the £3500 authorities grant. John Evans Learn extra Hyundai's electrical automobiles supply greatest real-world vary Shopping for a automotive at an public sale - six prime ideas​ Kia e-Niro assessment