If you are looking for great deals on auction, attend a Burchmore auction in Cape Town. Birchmore’s Cars started in 1911 as JC Burchmore’s as one of the first auction companies in South Africa letting people around the country buy and sell a great variety of cars on auction. At the first auction, 10 cars were sold but today over 50 000 vehicles are sold per year. Burchmore’s has a R1 billion annual turnover and is the largest vehicle remarketing company in South Africa.
In 1998, Burchmore’s was acquired by McCarthy Motor Holdings, and have since auctioned over 900 000 vehicles. The company is known for having a large selection of vehicles at its countrywide branches, selling repossessed vehicles, fleet disposal vehicles, and trade-in vehicles.
What does Burchmore’s do?
As one of the largest auction houses in South Africa, Burchmore’s take on the sale of vehicles on behalf of vendors and sell these vehicles to buyers on auction. Most customers are businesses such as manufacturers, fleet operators, leasing houses, finance houses, national authorizes and rental companies.
At any time, Burchmore’s usually have over 2000 vehicles available (South Africa’s biggest selection), ranging from salvage vehicles to cars that are nearly new, offered at very competitive prices with warranties and financing also available.
Auction sales are held bi-weekly at all auction centres (with bank repo auctions every Saturday) and each of the three branches is open every day of the week. Burchmore’s branches can be found in Sandton, Durban, and Cape Town.
A guide to buying on auction
To buy on auction, you need to go through an Auction Registration Process.
What do I need to register as a buyer?
- A refundable bank guaranteed cheque or credit card deposit of R5000, 00. No cash or personal cheques are accepted.
- Proof of identity: Identity Document or Driver’s License.
- Completion of a registration form.
After you have completed the registration form, you will be given a buyer’s number which will allow you to take part as an auction bidder. Your R5000, 00 will be refunded if you chose not to buy anything on auction once the auction has concluded. The deposit will be forfeited is you fail to take up items on which you have bid.
- Burchmore’s are the only auction centre that has a drive through auction viewing, with each vehicle driven through the podium. This means the process goes a lot faster and allows you to see and hear the running engine of the vehicle.
- There are a large number of vehicles at all three Burchmore’s outlets, so each store has an internet café facility that allows you to search for specific vehicles on site. You can relax and enjoy a free cup of coffee while you search through the cars on offer.
- Auctions are open to the public for viewing.
- All centres are open 7 days a week, with Saturdays being the busiest trading day.
- Burchmore’s also sell off the floor, not only on auction. The department dealing with off the floor sales has more than 2000 cars on offer.
- Trade-ins are welcome for off the floor sales.
- As part of McCarthy, Burchmore’s are able to offer clients a range of insurance and other financial products backed by McCarthy.
- Burchmore’s is the only British Car Auctions (Europe’s premier vehicle remarketing company) license holder in Africa.
- The company is an African Institute of Auctioneers. (S.A.I.A.) member.
Cape Town branch
To attend a Burchmore auction in Cape Town: Based in Montague Gardens, this modern remarketing complex is sited only 20 minutes from the Cape Town city centre. Auctions are held every Wednesday evening at 18:30, and every Saturday morning at 11:00.
Contact Burchmore’s Cape Town
Physical address: Unit 9B Phumelela Park, Montague Drive, Montague Gardens (GPS coordinates: 33S52.286 18E30.832)
Telephone Number: 021 525 2700
To get to the Cape Town branch from Bosmansdam drive turn into Montague Drive and after the first traffic light you will see Phumelela park on the left. Go through the Phumelela Park boom gates and turn right, then your first left. You will see Unit 9B is on the left hand side.