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Buying at a Live Online Auction

Buyers guide - The Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction

Our next live online auction will take place over two days (13th and 14th November), however, the auction room will be 'closed' to the public. This means that our auctioneer will be streamed online and you can watch via our website and bid in real time via three methods; on the telephone, via a commission bid (pre-bid) or online with our partners Proxibid and The Saleroom.

All bids are final and non-revocable.

Booking a viewing

You can view the car(s) of interest via a pre-booked appointment between 2nd - 12th November. Buyers are advised to inspect cars in person; this is an opportunity to satisfy the condition of each lot prior to the auction. Please contact us on 01926 691141 to reserve your appointment at our centrally located facility.

The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions will be given when making your appointment. 

Telephone bidding and commission bidding

A commission bid is the maximum amount you are willing to bid up to (excluding the buyers premium and VAT). We will execute your bid as low as possible on your behalf.

Telephone bidding will still allow you to bid live. On the day of the sale a member of the Silverstone Auctions team will contact you, usually a few lots prior to your selected lots, and will guide you through the process. You can also leave a commission bid in the event that we are unable to contact you by telephone.

To register a bid against a lot on the website, select the lot and using the Lot Tools on the right hand side of the page, select the "Bid on this lot" link. You will be able to select whether to leave a telephone bid or a commission bid.

All telephone and commission bids must be received by 5pm the day before the sale, to ensure they are registered in time.

Alternatively, please download the form below, complete it and send it back to bid@silverstoneauctions.com

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Telephone / Commission Bidder Form 


To complete your telephone and commission bidder registration and comply with money laundering legislation you will need to provide TWO forms of ID to our secure portal via the following link, bank details are not required for bidder registration.


Online Bidding

Silverstone Auctions has partnered with Proxibid and The Saleroom to allow you to bid live or leave a commission bid (or pre-bid) online.


To complete your online bidder registration and comply with money laundering legislation you will need to provide TWO forms of ID to our secure portal via the following link, bank details are not required for bidder registration.


Please note - online bidding incurs an additional fee of 1% plus VAT for motor vehicles and 1% plus VAT for automobillia.


Like all classic car auctioneers, Silverstone Auctions charge what is known as a buyer's premium. Our buyer's premium charge for live online auctions is 12.5% of the hammer price for motor vehicles and automobilia. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT at the prevailing rate on the day of the auction. 


All payments are due by 5pm the next working day following the sale.  

Payments must be made in GBP via bank transfer.

Bank transfers made over the weekend will not show in our bank account until the Monday morning.

Lots purchased can only be released upon receipt of funds. You should ensure that you have the necessary monies available and are able to pay before you bid.

We are unable to accept funds from countries on the Financial Action Task Force High Risk and Non-Cooperative Jurisdiction Lists.

Motor vehicle collection

Motor vehicles can be collected from our central location from the Monday following the sale. Buyers should satisfy themselves that they have all relevant spares, documents and keys relating to their lot(s) at time of collection. Motor vehicles not collected by 1pm on the Thursday following the auction will be taken by our transport partners to their storage facility in Northampton for a fee of £150 plus VAT. Storage will be charged at £10 plus VAT per day from the Friday.  

Our transport partners, EM Rogers, can assist with collection and delivery. Please contact them on 01604 755511 for a quote.

Written instruction from buyers must be provided if they wish their lot(s) to be collected by an agent.

The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority.  We will be operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines during collection and therefore you will need to book a collection slot with our team in advance.  

Terms and conditions

This guide should be read in conjunction with our full terms and conditions for live online auctions


For our live online auctions, we are not printing our catalogues. We are however producing high quality e-catalogues. If you would like to sign up to receive these, please email us: enquiries@silverstoneauctions.com

How fast will the auctioneer go?

The auctioneer will aim to sell approximately 25 vehicles per hour.

Provisional sales

Occasionally a car may be sold under a “provisional bid” if your final bid does not reach the reserve price. A provisional bid stands until 12pm the day following the auction. During this time we will contact the seller on your behalf to see if they will accept your bid or try to negotiate a sale on your behalf.


All lots are sold on an 'as seen' basis. You may wish to bring a competent mechanic with you to inspect any motor vehicles on your behalf. The catalogue will describe the lots to the best of our ability on information supplied. You should, however, satisfy yourself as to the condition, age, and integrity of any lot prior to bidding as no warranties whatsoever are given in relation to any lot.

Once the auctioneer drops the hammer a contract is formed, and you are obligated to proceed with the purchase. It is therefore vital that you are satisfied with the condition of the lot you intend to bid upon before doing so.


We operate the Auctioneers Margin scheme. VAT charged on the buyer's premium cannot be shown separately on the invoice and cannot be reclaimed by the buyer.


All purchases are at Buyers risk from the fall of the hammer.  You should therefore arrange insurance from this point.

Registration documentation

All V5c’s are taken back to the office and the change of ownership registered with the DVLA on your behalf by our admin team.

Please note that following a change to legislation in 2014, road tax no longer transfers to the new owner. You will need to tax the vehicle before driving it on the road.