THE SALE WILL BE HELD under the usual Conditions of Sale, which are to be found at the end of the catalogue. In particular, descriptions made verbally or in the catalogue are not guaranteed, including sizes of harness and vehicles.
Lots will be on view from 8.00am on the day of the sale. The majority of horse-drawn vehicles should be in the market prior to sale day, but most vendors bring smaller items early on the morning of the auction. Tuesday is not officially a viewing day but prospective purchasers are welcome to inspect vehicles, although we cannot guarantee the time of their arrival.
WITHDRAWN OR NOT FORWARD LOTS
Despite our best endeavours to ensure that all lots catalogued come forward for sale we are at the mercy of individual vendors some of whom regrettably do not always send the lots entered. This inevitably causes frustration and annoyance to prospective customers who may have travelled long distances for a particular lot. To avoid such
disappointment we recommend that you make a phone call to check the availability for any particular “one off” lot before setting out.
All prospective purchasers are requested to register with the Auctioneers prior to the sale when they will be given a Buyer’s Number to enable bidding and assist the cashiering arrangements. The Auctioneers reserve the right to request a deposit of £500 from customers not known to them upon registration.
In order to comply with money laundering regulations we will not accept payments in cash exceeding £9,000. Cash payments of over £4,000 must be accompanied by valid proof of identity ie passport/driving licence supported by 2 utility bills, bank statement or equivalent.
PAYMENT for all lots must be made on the day of sale and methods of payment are:
(1) CASH (see above)
(2) DIRECT DEBIT CARDS such as Switch, Delta or Connect with PIN number
(3) CREDIT CARDS with PIN number, which are subject to a 2% + VAT surcharge.
Payments can also be made by BACS/CHAPS – bank details as follows: NATIONAL WESTMINSTER BANK PLC., 13 Market Place, Reading RG1 2EP; Clients’ Auction Account number 95544070 and sort code: 60:17:21. (IBAN NO GB66 NWBK 601721 95 5440 70, BIC Code No. NWBK GB 2L). Tel: 0845 6013399. No clearance of purchases will be allowed
until satisfactory payment has been received.
A BUYERS’ PREMIUM of 9% (incl. VAT) will be added to the purchase price of all lots at this sale.
VALUE ADDED TAX
All items consigned by VAT registered vendors are indicated by a ‘V’ before the lot numbers, and VAT at the standard rate will be added to purchasers’ accounts in respect of these lots. No VAT will be payable upon items consigned by unregistered vendors. Any known variation in the VAT status of vendors will be announced by the Auctioneers when selling.
All lots should be cleared on the day of sale, unless alternative arrangements are made, and are at the risk of the purchaser from the fall of the hammer.
INSTRUCTIONS TO BID will be executed with care and judgement by the Auctioneers. Clients who are interested in lots which are due to be offered in more than one section of the sale at the same time are reminded of this free service.
All lots are accepted on the understanding that they must not be sold prior to being auctioned, and any private transactions resulting from the exposure for sale of any items must be conducted through the Auctioneers.
Carriage House Insurance Services and the National Farmers Union can effect transit and longer term insurances, which have been devised for carriage owners and drivers.
EXPORT PURCHASERS should ensure in advance that the country of destination has no import restrictions on the goods they wish to purchase, as our normal terms of business apply and payment in full is due on the day of sale. VAT will be charged in the normal way and refunded on proof of exportation. In addition, it is the responsibility of the Buyer to comply with export regulations and to obtain any relevant export licence, which is issued by the Arts Council England. Without prejudice and purely as a guide, it appears that for horse-drawn vehicles over 50 years old the value limit for export within the EU is £65,000 and outside the EU for vehicles over 75 years it is £39,219. Vehicles with values in excess of these limits may require an export licence.
THE CONSUMER PROTECTION FROM UNFAIR TRADING REGULATIONS 2008: All goods at this auction are second hand unless otherwise stated.
Reading’s hotels are often fully booked so it’s recommended that you make arrangements well in advance of arriving at the sale. A list of hotels can be found at the back of the Catalogue.
REFRESHMENTS are available from the Market Café and onsite.
There is limited space for car parking within the Market. There is a Pay & Display car park behind the Market which is operated by NCP. Please arrive in good time, particularly with lorries and trailers, to secure a place. Alternatively, there are a number of other Pay & Display car parks located around Reading town centre. Park & Ride off M4, junctions 10 & 11 to station.
Please see www.reading-travelinfo.co.uk for fares and times.