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The world famous Reading Carriage Sales have been in operation for over 40 years. There are now four sales annually in Reading with an additional one each summer in the North of England.
Over the years, carriages, sets of harness, sundry accoutrements and anything related to the art of carriage driving have been bought and sold by clients around the globe. The sales provide an important meeting place for driving and equestrian enthusiasts, as well as for those looking to buy and sell their items.
DIRECTIONS: the auction will be held at the Richmond Equestrian Arena, Breckenbrough Farm, Brough Park, Richmond DL10 7PL. From A1 (M) south/north bound, exit the A1(M) at the Catterick A6136/Richmond sign. Follow the brown tourist traffic signs for REC which will direct you to the centre.
HOTELS: There are a number B&Bs/Hotels in the area, to name a few: Premier Inn Catterick Garrison, Catterick DL9 3BA Tel. 0871 527 9222. Farmers Arms, Brompton on Swale DL10 7HZ Tel. 01748 818062 and The Frenchgate Restaurant and Hotel, Richmond DL10 7AE Tel. 01748 822087
VIEWING ARRANGEMENTS: All lots will be on view up to and during the auction on the day of sale. Horse-drawn carriages should be on site prior to sale day, but smaller items can be delivered 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WITHDRAWN OR NOT FORWARD LOTS: Despite our best endeavours to ensure that all lots catalogued come forward for sale we are at the mercy of individual vendors some of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.
A BUYERS’ PREMIUM of 9% (incl. VAT at the standard rate) will be added to the purchase price of all lots at this sale.
BUYERS’ NUMBERS: 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.
MONEY LAUNDERING : 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 license 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.
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.
CLEARANCE: All lots including vehicles must be cleared on the day of sale. REC have given permission for purchasers of vehicles who have not come with transportation to store their vehicle overnight, at the owner’s risk, but must be collected no later than Thursday 29th June.
COMMISSION BIDS on behalf of buyers will be executed with care and judgment 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.
PRIVATE SALES: 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.
THE CONSUMER PROTECTION FROM UNFAIR TRADING REGULATIONS 2008: All goods at this auction are second hand unless otherwise stated.
REFRESHMENTS: There is a Café on site selling home-made produce
CONDITIONS OF SALE: Can be found at the back of the catalogue