Why does the world need another collector car auction site, you ask? Because Canadian collectors deserve and merit a site dedicated to their home market, where they can buy and sell in their own currency. Below is how the idea came about.
In 2020, one of our people in Ontario, a car nut like the rest of us, bought a couple of beauties – one was in Atlanta, Georgia (purchased through a well-established U.S. auction site, we might add) and another in Small Town Saskatchewan. Both were “fly-and-drives” – I.E. the buyer bought intending to fly to the car and drive it home and “straight deals”, private sales where the seller produced exactly what he represented. Although Georgia was a lot closer and the American interstate highway system offered superior roads for the drive back, the Canadian deal was oh, so much easier.
For the Georgia deal, our buyer had to pay his buyer premium in U.S. dollars using his Canadian-dollar credit card, had to arrange for US currency payment by wire before he laid eyes on his car and, excited about his new ride, though he wanted to depart as soon as the auction was over, he had to give the normal 72-hour notice to the US border where he planned to export the car. Then, being that he bought a car built in Europe, he faced dealing with paying duties and taxes when importing the vehicle to comply with the Registrar of Imported Vehicles rules when he got home in order to get licence plates.
Although he had done his homework and both processes went smoothly, flying to Saskatchewan and picking up a bank draft from the local branch of his usual big Canadian bank after his flight landed was a lot easier. And, after the long drive (he insists that his new-to-him 34-year-old car wanted to keep rolling after the 36-hour journey), there was no registering for the program with the Registrar of Imported Vehicles, as required for U.S. market vehicles coming into Canada – just the normal provincial safety inspection and registering at his local licence bureau, the same as if he had bought the car across town. (Of course, then he would have missed out on the adventure and experience in Canadiana of the return journey on the Trans-Canada Highway.)
As coincidence would have it, he stood in the Saskatchewan seller’s garage as he “made room for his new treasure”. He used the same U.S. auction site to sell one of his existing cars. He figured that he should approach the big U.S. market and its U.S. dollars, paying little attention to the home market. As the auction week progressed, he realized that most of the action on his car up for bids was from his own hometown. This is the same market on which he had turned his back – online, there is always someone who will find you, of course, so there were some in his hometown who saw his listing – he thus unintentionally and unwisely limited his reach in the market where there was the most interest in his car, then paid for this mistake with a low selling price. The buyer could not believe his luck and said as much when he happily paid for his new-to-him premium sports car in wonderful condition.
All food for thought for we Canadian enthusiasts.
Of course, we welcome buyers and sellers from around the world – the car culture knows no boundaries.
— 2022 Season —
Hello Fellow Canadian (and Worldwide) Car Buffs.
Good news: Live auctions resumed April 27 – we have a Canadian-only option in the collector vehicle auction world, Collector Car Canada.
Our bidding system is in place – we have a few fun, not-before-seen and disruptive-to-the-industry features designed to help listings sell, because no one likes a “Reserve Not Met” outcome. Take a look at our innovative bidding process on our How it Works page and let us know what you think! Again, our 2022 season goes live April 27, car season is nearing full-swing. We have even started attending car shows! (Find out which ones by getting CCC updates directly to your inbox.)
We offer collectibles, classics, customs, special interest, tuner, niche and vintage – to name a few. If you are thinking of selling and have a vehicle – or high-value, specialty/hard-to-find part – we are now accepting submissions for our carefully curated collection of auction offerings. Have a look at “Sellers”, below, where you will also find a ni¢e di$count on the listing fee for sellers. Featured external listings are also running – though our auction items are supplemented by a gallery of many more photos and there is more about the item being auctioned, less about the history of each marque. Updates go out daily in-season, these also keep everyone in the loop with the auction items and featured external listings. We have basic members, our basic members can comment and like others’ comments with their usernames; fully-registered members, who have submitted credit card information so that they are ready to bid; and zero membership fees.
Submit your listing details now to get your spot locked in – and your discount, of course. We’ll do the writing, design the listing page and be in touch about details to get you your best listing. To get a sense of the look of our listings, please see our 2021 – A Look Back page. By using paragraph form and lots of photos, we make the listings more engaging than a typical newspaper classified ad hinting at a few features. Submit lots of photos – we aim to feature in the neighbourhood of between 100 and 400 for each of our auction listings.
Register now for updates. Do it now to ensure your preferred user name. (Think of the disappointment in finding your great idea for a personalized licence plate has already been scooped up by someone quicker on the draw.)