Buying with T&S Plant

How to Buy with T&S Plant & Equipment

Following the original lockdown in March we decided to conduct all our auctions as Timed Online only, with no live bidding. 

With all the uncertainties over physical presence at auctions, we decided to stick to this format until we can be sure that it is safe for both our staff and our customers to re-introduce live sales.

For those who do not or cannot register to bid online or do not have the hardware to do so, we are happy to exercise commission bids on your behalf.

Bidding online


Timed Online Auctions

What is a timed online auction, and how do I take part?
Timed Online Auctions are auctions that are conducted only online – there is no ‘live’ auctioneer.

Registering for an auction:
Find the auction you are interested in by going to our Auctions page, and clicking on the sale you are interested in.  Then click on the ‘Create Account’ button and complete the registration process. When you have been approved you will receive a confirmatory email.
When your auction registration has been approved, you can start placing bids. Please register not less than 24 hours in advance of the closing time of the auction to ensure you are approved in time.

To register for an auction, please click here

There will be a Buyers’ Premium of 10% +VAT on rings 1 and 2 and 3% +VAT on ring 3 (subject to a minimum fee) added to the hammer price of all lots.

Bidding period:
Each sale has a start time, when it is published online, and an “ending from” time.  Bids can be placed on each lot over that period (typically just over 2 weeks).  Lot 1 will close at the advertised “ending from” time, with successive lots closing at intervals thereafter.  At the end time the highest bidder wins the lot.

Placing a bid:
You can search the catalogue by word, or by lot number.  Each lot will show either ‘current bid’, or ‘opening bid’ if no bids have yet been made on that lot.  When you have found a lot that you would like to bid on you can leave your maximum bid in the appropriate box and click ‘bid’.  If further bids are received your bid will be taken in increments to keep you in the lead, up to your maximum.  If that happens then you will receive an email from us to tell you that you are no longer in the lead on this lot, at which point you can decide if you want to go higher.
Alternatively, rather than placing a maximum bid, you can click on the lot to take you to a screen showing just the one lot, which allows you to place individual bids, as per the ‘next minimum bid’ button.

‘Sniping’ and lot closing time extensions
If a bid is made within the last 5 minutes of the lot closing time, the closing time of that lot will be extended for another 5 minutes.  This is done in order to prevent what is known as ‘sniping’, where a bidder deliberately places a bid as close as possible to the end time in an effort to stop other bidders being able to respond before the lot closes.
Please note that the extension of one lot’s closing time does not affect other lots’ closing times.  Only once the lot has said ‘lot closed’ bids will stop being able to be made.

How to keep track of multiple lots:
With some lots not closing in succession due to extended closing time, it can be difficult to keep an eye on all the lots you are bidding on.  However, by setting your screen view to display multiple lots and in order of lots closing soonest, it allows you to see bidding activity on multiple lots and bid quickly accordingly.
To keep track of lots closing, set your screen view to display lots in order of “End date (Soonest first)”

After the auction has closed
Please note, once the lot has closed, you will not see a message on screen to confirm whether you have won the lot or not, but you will have had a message to say if you were in the lead or not as the lot closed.  Once the auction has closed we will send an invoice to the email address which you registered with.  Where auctions finish late in the afternoon or evening, these emails will be sent out the following day.

To register for an auction, please click here


Our terms are strictly bank transfer. Bank details can be found on your invoice.
The Auctioneers will only accept payment from and permit removal of goods purchased by the successful purchaser or their duly appointed agent. No lots will be transferred to third party invoices after the auction.


Once paid for, arrangements must be made for your items to be collected within two weeks of the sale closing.
Please contact us on +44 (0) 118 950 8611 or email
Buyers must check the condition of a lot and that is complete before removal, as once it has left the Auctioneers’ premises it is not possible for such things to be verified and no responsibility can be accepted by the Auctioneers.
See our transport details for more information.


UKI Express Transport Ltd

We work alongside UKI Express which specialise in the transport of part and full loads of all goods ranging in vehicles from Transit vans to low-loaders.
For an instant quote for goods please click the link below for their online transport portal.

UKI Express logo
UKI Express Transport
Rogers Transport

From 3.5t vans to 44 tonne trucks with tail lifts and low loaders
01189 380 916

M & M Transport

Flatbed with crane
Tel: 07949 274685 or 07767 806338

Philip Mears

Crane lorries
Tel: 01256 850468 Mobile: 07788 913929


Shipping Agents
AP Shipping Ltd

01482 877078

Safina International Ltd

020 8756 0007

IML Marine Management Ltd

01948 667200

Baldan Ltd

020 7494 0969

Conditions of Sale for Online Auctions & Tenders

1. At the fall of the hammer, closing of the tender sale or the on-line lot closing time, the highest acceptable bid for each lot shall be the Purchaser and, in the event of any dispute, the Auctioneers shall have absolute discretion to settle such dispute.

2. No person may advance less as a bid than a sum to be named from time to time by the Auctioneer, nor shall any bidding be retracted. The Auctioneers may, without giving any reason therefor, refuse to accept the bidding of any person or persons.

3. All lots are put up for sale subject to any reserve price placed by the Vendors, who may withdraw any lot or lots also.

4. All intending bidders at on-line or tender sales must register with the Auctioneers prior to placing a bid. All intending bidders must make prior arrangements regarding method of payment before attending or participating in a sale.

5. No lot or lots shall be removed from the premises until paid for, but each and every lot shall immediately at the fall of the hammer be considered as delivered and be and remain in every respect at the absolute risk of the respective Purchaser or Purchasers thereof, and shall be removed at the Purchaser’s expense after the conclusion of the Sale and taken with all faults or errors of description.

6. The Auctioneers act only as agents for the Vendor(s) and are not responsible for any default by either Vendor(s) or Purchaser. In particular, they shall not be liable to pay the Vendor until payment is received from the Purchaser.

7. No undertaking of the Auctioneers or their employees to take charge of any lots after the sale or to forward them to their destination shall be held to impose upon the Auctioneers any legal obligation or vitiate any of the foregoing conditions.

8. In all cases of transfer the original Purchaser shall be held responsible for the purchase money.

9. The Auctioneers reserve the right to withdraw or divide any lot or to combine any two or more lots at their sole discretion and to sell in such order as they may think fit.

10. The Auctioneers have described the lots to the best of their ability and belief, but any statement made either in advertisements, catalogues, on-line description, photograph or other publicity are those of opinion only and are made without responsibility and shall not give rise to any action in law for damages or compensation or rescission of sale by a purchaser against the Vendor, the Auctioneers or their employees. All electrical or mechanical items are sold as un-tested, without warranties or any guarantees as to serviceability, working order or fit for purpose.

11. Many lots offered for sale on-line are by reason of age or nature, not in first class condition. Some descriptions may refer to damage or restoration but the omission of such a statement does not imply that a lot may be free of damage or has been restored. Therefore all purchasers must satisfy themselves by physical inspection prior to making a bid as to the origin, authenticity, quality, quantity, weight, size and general description of each lot as all lots are sold “as seen” with all faults whether declared or not.

12. The Auctioneers accept no responsibility in connection with the commissioning of their staff to bid for any lots. Reserves and commissions given verbally or by telephone are accepted at the sender’s risk and must be confirmed in writing before the Sale.

13. THIRD PARTY LIABILITY. All persons attending the sale whether it be at the Auctioneers’ premises or other place, before, during or after the Sale shall be deemed to be at their own risk and with notice of the condition of the premises and of the method of arranging lots and shall have no claim against the Auctioneers nor their principals in respect of any injury or accident which may occur from any cause whatsoever including postponement or cancellation of the sale.

14. If any Purchaser shall fail to comply with the above conditions or any of them, the Auctioneers shall be at liberty to recover in full the amount of the purchase money of the lot or lots bought by such Purchaser together with all interest, costs, charges and expenses, without reference to any delivery or acceptance of the lot or lots, other than the first delivery by the fall of the hammer, or to resell any lot or lots bought by such Purchasers, either by public or private sale, and the full amount of the purchase money at the present sale, or the deficiency (if any) arising from the second sale, together with all interest, costs, charges and expenses, shall be made good by the defaulter and be recoverable as and for liquidated damages.

Notice to Purchasers

Road: From M4 junction 11 follow A33 relief road to Reading centre. See location plan on outside back cover.
Rail: Reading Station is within 5 minutes walking distance of the sale yard. Great Western (or Thames Trains) from London Paddington.
Air: Heathrow via Rail Air link to Reading Station. Connection departs half hourly.

Crowne Plaza 0871 423 4876;
Holiday Inn, Reading South, 0871 423 4876;
Pentahotel 0118 958 6222;
Premier Inn, Reading Caversham Bridge 0870 111 2932, Reading Central 0870 850 6318

Please check the specific auction details for viewing times

Would clients kindly note that the Auctioneers have no control over the market car park. This is owned and operated by NCP
who alone are responsible for the charges levied. Space may be restricted on busy sale days.

All buyers must register at the auction office prior to sale when they will be given a bidding number. New customers will be required to provide satisfactory proof of identity ie driving licence/passport together with business card/letter heading. In addition a £500 cash or card deposit if purchasing small tools (£1,000 in the case of all overseas customers) will be required. If purchasing large plant the deposit is £2,000.

Our terms are strictly bank transfer. Bank details can be found on your invoice.
The Auctioneers will only accept payment from and permit removal of goods purchased by the successful purchaser or their duly appointed agent. No lots will be transferred to third party invoices after the auction.

To all export buyers (both EC & non-EC customers)

VAT will be charged in full
This will only be refunded on receipt of valid proof of exportation (bill of lading) in compliance with H. M. Customs and Excise Notice 703 paragraph 3.5. To be valid the goods must be exported within three months of the date of sale and valid proof thereof must be provided within the same time limit

All lots remain at the risk of the buyer from the fall of the hammer and it is strongly advised to effect insurance at once.

Removal of goods
All lots remain at the risk of the purchaser from the fall of the hammer. Payment should be made immediately and goods removed as soon as possible, however, we will be operating an appointment system in order to maintain social distancing. Please call to arrange a mutually convenient time slot. We will have staff available from 8am until 4pm on the day following the auction and on weekdays thereafter.

All lots have been described from information supplied. No liability whatsoever is undertaken in respect of faults, deficiencies and errors of description either oral or printed. ALL LOTS ARE SOLD AS SEEN WITHOUT WARRANTY and are available for inspection prior to sale, all lots are sold on the understanding that they may be suitable for spares or repair only. We strongly recommend that you view before bidding.

Please note that bidding at auction constitutes an irrevocable and binding agreement to purchase. We recommend that you carefully examine any items you intend to bid on as refunds will not be given for Buyer’s Remorse

Hire purchase
We would respectfully remind buyers wishing to purchase goods on finance that they should make such arrangements before they make their purchases as payment is due at the fall of the hammer in accordance with our terms of business and conditions of sale.

Buyers Premium
A buyer’s premium +VAT will be added to all lots subject to a minimum fee.

Health & Safety
It shall be the purchasers responsibility to ensure safe use of any lots purchased and comply with all relevant legislation regarding the safe use of such lots.

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 equipment 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 of any particular “one off” lot before setting out.

Overseas purchasers
We will do our utmost to assist with the new post Brexit export regulations. We are aware that the new requirement for customs declarations when purchasing goods from our UK sales and exporting to the EU is complex. All export buyers must contact us prior to purchasing to clarify what extra information you will require. We will prove our EORI number on all export invoices and can arrange customs declarations at cost. We are signed up with Customs Clearance Agents who will assist us with relevant declarations to enable equipment to leave England. The purchaser is responsible for all transportation from there onwards.

Should ensure that the country of destination has no import or currency restrictions on the goods you wish to purchase. Our normal terms of business otherwise apply and payment is due in full on the day of sale. Please note that all new overseas customers will be required to pay a VAT deposit.

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