Buy with confidence


We hold regular online auctions on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence, with a variation of platforms on offer.

To find what you want, we post catalogues on our website, in the weeks prior to each auction.

The lists are promoted from the Brightwells Home Page and contain all the information you require to buy this way.

We promote the items with details of the following, if available:

  • Type, Age and Hours/Mileage - our online database sources the information you need to help determine what the vehicle is, how old it is and what the hours or mileage shows (we do not guarantee clock readings, of course)
  • Paperwork - Date In Service Certificates, service history, MoT dates, V5C info and other documents
  • Photographs - we take pictures of the vehicles from all angles, to include images of extra equipment and any significant damage you need to know about
  • Videos - we often promote videos showing the vehicles running
  • VAT & Buyer Fees - each lot shows what rate of Buyers Premium is added to the hammer price on your invoice, plus any VAT attributable to the hammer price and the buyer fees.


Prospective buyers are welcome to view what we have on site, by booking an appointment in advance and in the knowledge that our paramount objective is to conduct safe viewing in light of the current circumstances.

Viewing is allowed on the days of the week of the sale, between 9am - 4pm.

Terms apply for viewing, which we would be delighted to discuss with you, when you book by calling us on 01981 250642.

On the days before an auction, we can also walk around a vehicle for prospective buyers who choose to ring in and ask for our phone inspection service. Again, please register your interest by calling us on 01981 250642.


All our auctions are online, where the time counts down and you place your bids before the clock runs out. Once the clock gets to the end, that is it, there is no extension if someone bids in the last few seconds.

You will need to create a bidding account on our site by visiting here. Once you have an account, you can register for an auction, by going to a catalogue listing and clicking on the REGISTER FOR AUCTION button.

A deposit is usually payable for joining the auction. If you do not buy anything, then you will get the deposit back. If you buy, we will use your deposit as funds against your invoice. The amount for the deposit is shown at the point of sale registration. 

To bid, go to the lots you are interested in and click on their image to open their bidding page. You will find a box where you can enter a bid, information of what the current bid is and what the next lowest amount to bid can be.

If your bid has the value up to or at the reserve, the bid will be taken at it's maximum to the reserve.

If the lot has no reserve or if your bid is forced above the reserve by other bidders, then our increment system comes into play and you will see what the next minimum bid can be on the bid page. If your maximum bid is above the increment, the bid will go to the increment, unless someone thereafter forces the bid up to your maximum. Bidders cannot place a bid with the same maximum that someone else has already placed, so a warning will tell you if your bid is the same. You may pay less than your maximum bid if you win, therefore, depending on other bidders.

Bids cannot be withdrawn at any time. All bids are contractually binding. The highest bidder to be the Purchaser and no bidding shall be retracted after the hammer has fallen. The Auctioneers reserve the right to refuse any bidding and in the event of any dispute the Lot may be up again at the Auctioneers’ discretion.

Further tips on bidding in this auction can be found in our Guide To Timed Auctions HERE.


Once the auction is complete, provisional sales have been negotiated and our systems have been updated, all winning buyers will then be sent by email their invoices.

Our terms are that all items must be paid for within 48 hours of invoicing, after which collection/delivery will be arranged to suit your requirements.

We would just remind bidders that you cannot retract a bid, so your deposit will be lost if you fail to pay for a lot.

We only accept payment by bank transfer, terms will be sent with the email invoice. So, please don't send a cheque and don't bring cash. Payment must be settled before you collect your goods, of course.


Our auction centre is based at Stoney Street, Madley, Herefordshire HR2 9NH. We own this site, so you can collect your vehicle anytime during our normal daylight working hours (9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday), except for Bank Holidays and in between Christmas and New Year.

Our storage compound are fully alarmed and insured, with 24-hour security monitoring. Our forty-acre site has strongly secured access.

No matter where you live or what you want to have transported, we know someone who can do it. Transportation is all about timing, safety, storage and price, and we have been involved with companies who do the job for over thirty years, through various parts of our business. We can arrange delivery for international sellers from most parts of the globe, let alone the UK.

Of course, the alternative is that you are more than welcome to pick up your purchases from our site yourself. We have loading facilities and operate to the strictest Health & Safety conditions.

One thing we do ask is that purchases are not left with us for days on end after the sale. We expect them to be collected within 10 working days of the invoice date, after which we will charge storage at £15 plus VAT per day per item.

Please remember that when your purchases are taken away from Brightwells, you must check you have all the paperwork we have given you or your agent/driver. 


Once you have bought, paid for and collected your items, we will notify DVLA if you have purchased any road registered vehicles or plant. We have to do this by law. This is usually done by us sending to them the small transfer slip on the V5C.

If you have bought a vehicle sold to you with a Date In Service Certificate Official (DISCO), you may register your vehicle in the UK with this and use it on the road. Please check before buying of the correct process for the type of item you are interested in, but usually DVLA will also need to MoT and Tax the vehicle.

If you are going to export your vehicle, you will need to obtain a Standard Individual Export License (SIEL) from the UK Government. The sale of the item you have bought is not conditional on you getting a SIEL, so we will not cancel the transaction if you cannot get one. More information on SIELs can be found here.