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Caravans and motorhomes in demand

1st July 2013 Print

With reports suggesting that two out of three families will be holidaying in the UK this year as a result of financial pressures, BCA is reporting huge interest in the specialised caravan and motorhome sales staged twice monthly at the Measham auction centre.

The most recent sale in June attracted a large crowd of interested buyers, with some 250 attending the sale in person and a further 200 bidding via BCA’s Live Online service. A total of 111 vehicles were on offer and 109 were sold for a turnover of nearly £900,000.

This monthly sale featured a special entry of 51 caravans and motorhomes from Black Horse Finance, all of which sold on the day, generating a record turnover of more than £450,000.

The Black Horse entry included seven motorhomes with two ‘A Class’ vehicles emerging as the stars of the show. The 2008 Neisman Bischoff 74 CGB attracted a lot of attention from buyers, selling for £36,000. The 6-berth Knaus S-Liner Motorhome was finished to luxurious standards including fixed double bed and overhead bed, leather trim and integrated televisions. With a pre-sale estimate of £37,000, it soared past that figure to sell for £51,100. Three Elddis Autoquest 180 motorhomes were sold, with a 2010 60-registered example selling for £25,000, and a 2004-54 model realising £24,400.

Caravans also proved very popular and sold strongly. A 2011 Lunar Delta TI realised £12,200 and a 2008 Bailey Senator Wyoming 4 Berth sold for an above estimate £8,900. The top selling caravan on the day was a 2011 Swift Conqueror 645/4, which achieved £12,900.

Ross Taylor Lex Autolease Disposal Manager said “We have a superb selection of motor homes and caravans every month at this sale. We have worked very hard with the team at BCA Measham to ensure the marketing and presentation of these leisure sales is first class and we are delighted with the results we achieve.”

BCA spokesman Tim Naylor commented “With relatively limited opportunities to buy caravans and motorhomes at auction, these sales have always been popular, but the step up in interest this year has been exceptional. Buyers are competing very strongly across the board and values are routinely exceeding guide prices - often by a considerable margin.”

He added “This ties in with recent reports that many families are considering staying in the UK and taking short breaks this year. No doubt many see a caravan or motorhome as a good value investment for this year’s holiday and for the years ahead.”