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Buying at auction with H&H Classics

Buyer Information


With the rapid-fire patter of the auctioneer, the subtle nods, raised hands or waived catalogues of the bidders and the echo of the hammer falling, a live auction is an exciting place to be. Even if you're following and bidding online on our website or by phone there’s still the thrill of the chase, the chance you could grab a bargain or beat another bidder to your prize.

Our Classic Auctions take place at The Imperial War Museum, Duxford, the National Motorcycle Museum, West Midlands and the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton. Bidding at our Classic Auctions is available live in person at the venue, online on this website, by telephone or via commission bids. To register to bid at one of our Classic Auctions simply click Register To Bid/Sign In at the top of the page. 

Our Online Auctions are conducted to the same high standards as our Classic Auctions and your dream classic car or motorcycle could be just a click or phone call away. To register to bid in one of our Online Auctions simply click Register To Bid/Sign In at the top of the page. 
Buying a classic at auction may be a little daunting at first, but H&H Classics’ specialist team are always on hand to help whether in person, via email or telephone. To find out more read the guide below or get in touch today on 01925 210035 or 


Before the auction

When you arrive at the auction you will need to register as a bidder and provide photo identification. Online bidders can register for an account at any time prior to the auction commencing by clicking Register To Bid/Sign In at the top of the page. 

You’ll probably already have an idea of what you’re interested in, but our auction catalogue and online listings will give you lots of valuable information about the classic motorcar or motorbike that takes your fancy. For Online Auctions, there are of course photographs and video footage to study and you can always ask our specialists questions before the bidding starts.

If you’re attending one of our Classic Auctions in person then you will be able to inspect every lot that’s for sale and take a look at any supporting paperwork in the Documents Office. If you can’t make it to the venue then you can request Condition Reports and additional photographs.


At the auction

Now comes the fun part – bidding. If you’re bidding online via our website then just watch and click, if you’re on the telephone then simply tell your representative when to bid and if you’re in the crowd then you’ll need to make sure the auctioneer can spot you. Usually, a little wave should do the trick. Once the auctioneer has taken your bid then they will always come back to you to increase it if you've been outbid. Don’t worry you won’t be forgotten! 

Another way to bid if you can’t attend the auction is to place a Commission Bid, which is essentially the highest price you’re willing to pay. If your Commission Bid is higher than the last bid at the auction then the lot is yours to keep. To place a commission bid simply call us prior to the auction commencing on 01925 210035 or via email


Telephone Bidding 


To bid by telephone please fill in the form here and send it to or if you prefer call us on 01925 210035


After the auction

If you’re lucky enough to have been the highest bidder then you’ll have to pay for your prize in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest. You can pay by bank transfer, debit card and credit card. You’ll also have until 1pm the following day to drive away your new pride and joy or we can arrange safe transportation for you if you prefer.

Payment can be made using the below bank account details:

NatWest, 23 Sankey Street, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 1XH
Account Name: H&H Classics Client Account
Account No: 58868984
Sort Code: 01-09-17
IBAN: GB20NWBK01091758868984


You’ll also need to think about insuring your new vehicle. At H&H we aim to make every aspect of buying a classic vehicle as straightforward as possible which is why we’re delighted to be able to introduce a new insurance quote and comparison service. Click the button below for more information



Buyer's Commission


Buyer's commission for our physical venue auctions are as follows:
12.5% - Motorcars (subject to minimum of £250)
15% - Motorcycles, Scooters, Registration Plates & Automobilia (subject to minimum of £100)
All fees are subject to VAT



If you require further assistance or would like to speak to one of our Classic Car or Bike specialists please call +44 (0)1925 210035 or email

Selling & Buying a Classic with H&H