Specialist Commercial valuers and auctioneers


If you have not bought with us before, we suggest you carefully read the following guide to buying at BCVA inconjunction with our full Terms & Conditions. If you have any queries please contact us on 0117 953 3676 or e-mail us at info@thebcva.co.uk and we will be happy to assist you.

How to Buy

We operate a paddle bidding system. To register as a buyer with us, you must register online or in person and provide photo and address identification by way of a driving licence photo card or a passport/identity card and a utility bill/bank statement. This is a security measure which applies to new registrants only.

Lots are offered for sale in numerical order and we usually offer approximately 80-120 lots per hour. We recommend that you arrive in plenty of time before the lots you are wishing to bid on are up for sale. To bid, raise your paddle clearly and promptly, allowing sufficient time for the auctioneer to note your number upon the success of your bid.

If you cannot attend an auction in person, BCVA can bid on your behalf, acting upon your instructions to secure an item for you at the lowest possible price. You can leave bids on our website or by email or telephone, detailing your bids, giving your price limit for each lot and requesting BCVA, without legal obligation, to bid on your behalf. All bids must be received before the start of the sale (10am GMT) in order to ensure placement

Alternatively, you can register online and leave bids or bid live at www.i-bidder.com

Condition Reports

Condition reports are available on request via our email, our website, or i-bidder.com. We are unable to give verbal condition reports for any lot. All items in our auction are sold as second hand unless catalogued as ‘as new’ with no guarantees or warranties given, so if you are unable to view items please ask for further details prior to bidding. Requests for condition reports must be submitted by 4pm on the day prior to the auction. All electrical items are tested for safety only, not for whether they work.

Buyer’s Premium

All items in our auctions are subject to buyer’s premium of 20% plus VAT. As we are a commercial auction, most items have come from vatable companies so VAT of 20% will also be added onto the hammer price for these lots - marked with anasterisk * or as Vatable Lot in the catalogue. Buyer’s premium on vehicles is 20% plus VAT, however, vatable commercial vehicles will also incur VAT on the hammer price.

Methods of Payment

All items must be paid for and collected within 3 working days of the auction.
Acceptable payment methods are:

Pay online by PayPal, debit or credit card here.
Bank transfer - please quote your Invoice No.as a payment reference
HSBC Account No: 92462036
Sort Code: 40-16-11
IBAN: GB74MIDL40161192462036
Payment must be in sterling with all bank charges paid for, directly to our bank. 
Debit and credit cards issued by a UK bank registered to a UK billing address. We do not accept American Express or Diner's Club credit cards. All cards used for payment over the telephone must be registered at the invoiced address. 

We do not accept Diners Club Credit Cards.
Cash up to £9,000, we do not accept cheques.


All collections must be made within 3 working days from the date of the auction, however if you have not collected within 3 working days then storage charges of £5 per lot per day may be incurred.