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Frequently Asked Questions & Commission Rates

Q: Can Mathewson’s collect & deliver my Classic vehicle(s)?

A: Yes. We endeavour to collect & deliver wherever possible but occasionally we are unable to do this competitively to an area that we are not currently travelling to. In which case we work closely with a handful of outside contractors who provide an excellent service at favourable rates. 

Contractor details:

  • Ian Bridge Transport - 0777 0777 548
  • Mick Smith (North) - 07557 054902
  • Dan Mennell - 07368 547376
  • Mennell Motors - 01653 695880
  • E M Rogers (Overseas / Covered / Multiple) - 01604 755511
  • Lee Costello (Motorbikes) - 07811 353090
  • Andrew Richardson Transport (HGV Low Loader) - 01439 770097

Q: How long can I leave my new purchase at Mathewson’s before collection?

A: We offer free storage after each sale. Although we respectfully request that your new purchase is collected within 14 days. Longer only by agreement  NB: Please note. A deposit is required on sale day and balance is due within 48hrs of the auction close. This is to enable us to pay vendors within 7 days.

Q: What costs are involved for storage after this 14 day free period?

A: This depends on the individual circumstances. Please speak with a member of staff.


Q: When can I collect my purchase or drop off a vehicle entry?

A: Almost anytime! Although we do request you make contact with the office before travelling. Also vehicle collections and deliveries are NOT AVAILABLE on Auction weekends unless otherwise agreed with the office. PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL BEFORE MAKING A CALL.

Q: Is a deposit required for my purchase?

A: YES.  Payable on the fall of the hammer. Or on notification of a provisional bid acceptance.

Q: When is full payment required for my purchase?

A: Payment is required within 48hrs of the end of the Auction or before removal / collection. This is to enable us to pay vendors within 7 days.

Q: What are the charges for the purchase / sale of my vehicle(s)?

A: Up to £499 = £50.00 + Vat

£500 - £999 = £75.00 + Vat

£1,000 - £2,000 = £150.00 + Vat

£2,001 - £20,000 = 7.5% + Vat

£20,001 and above = 5% + Vat

Vehicle Registrations = 10% + Vat

Bicycles & Automobilia = 20% + Vat

(Minimum Charge £5+Vat on Bicycles and Automobilia)

e.g. Sale Value £25,000.  £20,000 @ 7.5%. £5000 @ 5.0%.

In all cases VAT is payable solely on the commission fee. Unless otherwise stated. NOT on the full amount.

Q: Accepted Payment methods?

A: The only accepted payment methods are:  Debit card / Bank Transfer / Cash (£5000 limit) Unfortunately we DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS.

Q: What time do the auctions start?

A: The vehicle auction starts at 10am. The auctioneer aims to sell approximately 35 to 45 lots per hour.

Q: We would like to attend an auction, where can we park?

A: We are fortunate to have a large car & coach park within the old walled garden in the village. This will be well sign posted on auction day. The car park is deceiving as many feel this is located far from us and the village centre. This is not the case. The village centre is only 100 yards from the car park and we are located only 300 yards from the car park. This car park is Pay & Display.

We have also been working with the village hub / cricket & football club to provide additional parking in the showfield adjacent to the main car park mentioned above. There is a £2 charge per car for this parking with ALL PROCEEDS going to the village. This can only open during dry periods due to the grass surface.


Q: When can we view auction entries?

A: The 'official' viewing days are the Thursday & Friday before each sale & the morning of the sale. We actually operate 7 days a week at Thornton Le-dale so within reason you can view almost anytime. A quick phone call or email is advised if you intend travelling to view a specific item. 

Viewing during to the lead up of each auction will require a purchase of a catalogue. These are priced at £10.00 and admit two. Catalogues purchased on Auction day will be valid for a FREE tea or coffee.

NB: The memorabilia section of the sale will continue to operate a strict accompanied viewing policy on either the Friday before each sale, or the morning of the sale.

Q: Can a 'un-sold' item be purchased after an Auction?

A: Yes. An offer can be placed on any item that fails to find a new home on Auction day.

This 'Buy Now Offer Period' is in place until Two weeks before a following sale, or unless otherwise instructed by the vendor. Any 'Buy Now'  price stated will be the total amount payable including all fees.(No item can we purchased within the Two week period leading up to a following sale. Our standard T&C's will apply.)

Q: Can an item be purchased before an Auction?

A: Yes & No! Only if the same item has been offered by ourselves through a previous Auction.

This question is touched on with the above Q&A.

Q. I cannot attend the sale. How else can I bid?

A. We offer both 'absentee' & 'telephone bids' to those that cannot attend an auction. These will both require a completed registration form and your debit card details.

Q. How does the 'Buy Now' option work?

A. With the vendors permission, we offer a 'Buy Now' option on any item which fails to find a new home at one of our auctions. Seeing as we own our premises and are open 7 days a week it seemed the obvious thing to do. But please note that no item can be purchased before being offered through an auction.


Q. Can I view past auction results?

A. Yes. All our vehicle results can be viewed on the Glenmarch website. Glenmarch are the largest online free-to-access resource for classic and collector car auction markets. Glenmarch provides information on worldwide classic car auctions, including collector cars, modern classics plus veteran and vintage car auctions. Glenmarch Database


Q. I am based overseas, can I participate in one of your auctions.

A. Yes. Providing you hold or have access to a UK registered debit card.

Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to drop us a phone call or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.