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Auction bidders look for trailers

31st January 2002
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• Trailers were the star turns at a recent sale held by Commercial Vehicle Auctions.

A pair of 2001-vintage Lawrence David 13.6m triaxle tall curtainsiders went for 215,500 apiece, while at the other end of the price scale a selection of elderly tippers all found buyers too.

"There were eight or nine of them dated between 1980 and 1988, and they went for from 23,000 to 25,000 each," reports OVA managing director, Chris Wright.

Rigids did well at a previous sale.

A selection of MAN 18.224 18-tonners equipped with Paflinger grabs and dropside bodies, all 1997 vintage and Pregistered, sold for 214,000 apiece.

"They'd come from a leasing company, and were fairly tidy," Wright remarks.

A 210hp Daf 65 rigid, 1998 on an R-plate, with a fridge body and a Thermo King fridge unit, sold for 213,500.

At the same sale a Daf 95XF 430 6x2 Space Cab tractor, 1999 on a T-plate, sold for ,231,500—"a nice truck, but mileagy"—while a number of 1998, S-plated Oaf 45 Series 7.5-tonners sold for 27,000-27,500 each. "They all had 16ft box bodies," says Wright.

Though delighted with the level of attendance and conversion rates at recent sales, he's concerned about the number of haulers who are contacting him because they wantto sell up.

"I'm doing a sale for one in February, and his brother-inlaw has asked me to put half of his own fleet into the same auction," he says. sure I'll be doing a lot more sales of this type this year because of the number of people who want to pack up."

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