Tow of War

Round 1
Welcome to the first round of Tow of War.

See the mighty British E-Type take on Italian’s finest Fiat 500.

Who will win and go on to face the awesome power of the Porsche 911?

Don’t worry, no clutches or badgers were harmed during this game of ToW!
 


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SELL YOUR CLASSIC

Hassle Free Service

  • We’ll visit the car and take all the images, videos and write the description.
  • In most cases we can get your car live within 4 days.

No Timewasters

  • Buyers financially commit to bidding meaning we have a 100% sale completion rate.
  • Our thoroughness means in most cases buyers don’t feel the need to visit the car.

Flexible Sale Options

  • We operate both auction and privately negotiated sale formats.
  • We target our own buyer community, networks and web advertising.

Get a Valuation

Fill out the form below to receive your free classic car valuation by one of our auction specialists.

We take your privacy seriously and only use this information to contact you in line with our GDPR compliant Privacy Policy

 

 
 

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Alternatively you can speak to a member of the Trade Classics valuation team.

Our office is open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm.


 

OUR SERVICE

No Seller Fees

Yes you heard correctly! We charge no listing or commission to sellers.

We charge just 5% + VAT buyer’s premium – compare us.

Achieve Market Price

We directly target buyers for your car and achieve at least market price.

We work with you to set a reserve and estimate range.

Full UK Coverage

We market to buyers all over the UK to get the best price for your car.

We advertise your car on eBay, Classic and Sports Car, Pistonheads and more.

Traditional Auction

Our auction automatically extends by 2 minutes if a bid is made near the end.

This means the car will achieve its true worth, like in a traditional auction.

Comprehensive Listing

We take over 200 images and videos and write a thorough description.

This builds trust between our buyers and sellers.

Virtual Reality

We take virtual reality videos of your car inside and outside.

Buyers use a VR headset to feel like they are really viewing your car – learn more.

 

HAPPY SELLERS

1975 Mercedes 280e W114

We sold Bob’s lovely 280e to Mark – both parties very pleased.
SOLD March: See Auction | See Review

1984 Porsche 911 Carrera

Simon’s car was down in Devon and we sold it to Sam from SJ Kingston Classics.
SOLD March: See Auction | See Review

1996 Ford Escort Cosworth

John owned this car for 14 years and we got over 11,000 views and top estimate for this rare RS.
SOLD March: See Auction | See Review

1959 MGA Roadster

This concours MGA sold on Pre-Auction and has found a new home in Spain…
SOLD April: See Auction | See Review

1987 Audi UR Quattro Homage

Sold this unique rally homage to a new owner in Ireland…
SOLD April: See Auction | See Review

1988 Escort RS Turbo

We sold Roy’s car from Plymouth for just over £9k – a lovely usable classic…
SOLD April: See Auction | See Review
SELLER FAQs
Do you really take care of everything at no cost to me?

Yes we really do - and we don't charge our sellers anything at all. There's no commissions / fees or hidden charges. We don't want any barriers to getting good quality cars from genuine sellers and the 5% + VAT we earn in buyer's commission is how we make our money.

Also, as enthusiasts ourselves, with our own car collections, we don't believe sellers should be charged; even for a premium service like ours.

You really have noting to lose as we manage everything for you including:
- *All professional photography of your vehicle with over 200+ images and 1hr of video.
- The car stays with you so there's no transportation to organise, or risk of your car getting damaged.
- We produce the most detailed & transparent listings in the industry.
- We market to buyers in the UK & mainland EU to get the very best price.
- We even speak to buyers on your behalf so you don’t have to.

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* for cars over £15,000 in estimated value - for cars under this figure we have designed an easy to use guide for you to capture the images and videos we need - see here.  Its very straightforward and will take about an hour of your time - we do everything else.

Does the car stay with me or do you collect it?

The car always stays with you - we come out and take all the professional photos of your vehicle with over 200+ images and 1hr of video.

We produce the most detailed & transparent listings in the industry - no one goes to the lengths we do.  This gives buyers confidence in the sale meaning 80% of cars we sell don’t have viewings.  So the cars don't need to be in one central location.

Can you really get me more money back than advertising privately or another auction?

Yes that's right - our service is all about trust and transparency backed up with the most thorough listings in the industry. This means buyer's trust our service and value the accurate / transparent way we photograph and describe the vehicles we sell. Ultimately, confident buyers bid higher.

Also, remember we just charge a 5% + VAT buyer's premium which is the lowest in the industry too.  So we take just 5% + VAT total share of the cost of the vehicle to the buyer. Other auctions services take up to 30% of the value of the vehicle - this means a lot less money back to you.

We've reviewed the top 10 classic car auctions in the UK and our service will return you up to 22% more money when compared to using those traditional auction houses. And it's a good deal for the buyer too as they don't pay any more money than they would by using a traditional auction - isn't that amazing.

Will you accept my car into your weekly auction?

Not necessarily - the first step is for you to submit your car for valuation via the form on this page. 

We will then review the car and provide you with an accurate market valuation - we may need to speak to you to discuss the condition and history of the vehicle. 

During the valuation process we may then offer to handle the sale of the vehicle on your behalf - we will talk you though this process to make sure it's the right decision for both of us.

Ultimately we are interested in consigning good quality and fresh-to-market vehicles from genuine sellers, that will appeal to our buyers and bidders at auction.

How do you value my vehicle and set the reserve price?

We take this process very seriously, to start off with we begin by understanding your vehicle, for example factory options, condition and mileage. Once we have this information we analyse the market to gauge your vehicle against recent sales and talk to our team of professionals to estimate any remedial work required.

We will put together a Vehicle Valuation and Appraisal Form and personally talk you through. At this point we will mutually agree a reserve price for your vehicle.

Can your auction service really achieve the best price for my classic vehicle?

Absolutely, we are an established service since 2011 within the classic vehicle industry with 1,000's of visitors a month looking to buy their next classic.

Our service is all about trust and transparency backed up with the most thorough listings in the industry. This means buyer's trust our service and value the accurate / transparent way we photograph and describe the vehicles we sell. Ultimately, confident buyers bid higher.

However, the genius comes with how we market your car for sale.  We list details of your vehicle on all the top classified sites in the UK and mainland EU, linking back to the auction listing.  Serious buyers / collectors have alerts on these sites, so they will visit the auction listing and view your vehicle.

Importantly, we've developed auto-extending bidding that mimics traditional auction house bidding; it’s a key feature to make sure vehicles achieve their true worth.  Bids placed in the last one minute automatically extend the auction by a one further minute.

Why don't you charge a listing fee or seller commission?

It's traditional for auction houses to charge seller and buyer fees.  Our overheads are much lower and this means we can offer our premium service with just the 5%+ VAT Trade Classics Fee (Buyer Premium).

I've already advertised my car on a classified site - will you still accept it into your auctions?

Probably not - we only consign fresh to market cars that have not been widely advertised anywhere else.  This is because the price has already been set and makes achieving a higher price more difficult.

Also buyers may be put off seeing the car not sell by one process and then appear for sale within another.

It's likely we'll say no if you've advertised the car on eBay or a top classified site, however, if you've just listed locally or on a site like Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace then we may accept the car.

How to you make sure buyers are genuine?

The security and safety of our community is our top priority.

Before a person is allowed to bid they must submit a credit or debit card for us to validate.

During the bidding process the buyer's stored credit or debit card is used to authorise the 5%+ VAT Trade Classics Fee (Buyer Commission).  If this authorisation fails then the bid will not be made.  At the end of the auction this fee is charged to the stored card automatically.

We use a trusted payment provider called Stripe (to read more on their security click here) to manage the authorisations and charges we request on our bidder's stored cards.

Do you have anything buried in your T&Cs that I should know?

Our terms and conditions are very straightforward and what you'd expect for a typical auction company.

For example, the sale is between the buyer (winner at auction) and you (the seller).  It's on a 'Sold as Seen' basis with no warranties.  Essentially like a private sale - we are in the middle making sure it all goes through smoothly and take a 5% + VAT fee from the buyer.

Honesty and transparency are important to us so we don't have anything unusual in our terms and conditions - we do ask you to give us exclusivity during the sale period, i.e. you don't advertise it anywhere else.  This is to protect us as it takes a lot of time and money in advertising to complete a sale.  It also makes sure we get the most money back for you - duplicate sales can confuse buyers.

 

Can I accept a direct offer for my vehicle either during or after the auction closes?

Absolutely not - we have invested a lot of time and resources into the sale to bring the car to market and consider this a serious breach of our Terms and Conditions in Section 8.0.

During Auction Period (by this we refer to the time from when a listing becomes live until the auction subsequently closes - generally a 7 day period) - under no circumstances should private sales be requested or offered by any party during the auction period.  We take reasonable steps to monitor this process including but not limited to the communications sent between buyers and sellers via our auction service.

Post Auction Close (by this we refer to the period after the item sale is finalised) - under no circumstances should private sales be requested by registered Users of our service (Accounts active at anytime during the auction period) or their immediate families, networks and affiliates to any Seller against a vehicle that was not sold due to not making the reserve price set.   This clause is effective for 8 weeks after the auction end date.  We take reasonable steps to monitor this process including but not limited to the communications sent between Buyers and Sellers via our service.

Breach of Agreement; if we ascertain reasonable evidence that a breach to these terms above then the SELLER  will be charged 6% of the agreed reserve price or of the final bid, whichever is the greater sum. This is to cover our costs of consigning the vehicle during the auction preparation process, which includes but is not limited to our time invested to appraise the vehicle, consider its market position, cover any travel and subsistence costs to view the vehicle and incurred marketing costs.  If we believe there has been a breach of this agreement, and liability from the Seller has not been disclosed, then we will investigate and produce evidence for legal proceedings, for example to supply directly to the small claims court; more details on this process can be found on the UK Government website.

Can I advertise / sell my car elsewhere during the auction? 

No - we do ask you to refrain from doing so.

We have chosen your car as we believe an online auction route is the best process to achieve the highest possible price.

If in the unlikely event you wish to remove the car from sale then you will be charged 6% of either the starting bid or current bid at that time, whichever is greater.

This is to cover our costs of working with you during the auction preparation process.

What if the buyer doesn't complete the transaction?

The buyer is contractually bound to purchase the car from you within 7 days of the auction end.

We automatically deduct our non-refundable 5%+ VAT Trade Classics Fee (Buyer Commission) from the buyer's credit card at the end of the auction, so they are financially tied to the transaction.

If the buyer still doesn't complete then you can either choose to take no action, or issue legal proceedings to recover the money.  This is the same process as any other auction sale - traditional or online.

Do you offer a turnkey selling service?

Coming Soon - we are in the process of sourcing a trusted storage partner so we can manage the whole sale if required, e.g. collect the vehicle, valet service, take photos / videos, list and manage the auction including final payment. Some features may be available earlier and we shall advertise these at the time - we are in the process of sourcing a trusted storage partner so we can manage the whole sale if required, e.g. collect the vehicle, valet service, take photos / videos, list and manage the auction including final payment.