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Terry Ward-Llewellyn

Dear Sir,

So here is my story, about six years ago I brought my beautiful 1934 MG PA to the auction. After talking for days talking to perspective buyers in the outside tents, I finally got to the auction block. It was Sunday morning around 11:00 AM, and I thought a perfect time. So with the spotlights blazing and the Auctioneer doing his thing, one of Jackson’s folks stuck his face in front of mine and said “We have people in the audience bidding on your car, tell me when to stop them!”. Quickly, knowing that if I stalled too long the bids would go beyond any reasonable amount, so I said to him “I did not come here to play games I came to sell my car”. Then before you could yell stop, the Auctioneer without even repeating the last amount and he yelled “Sold” without even saying going once, or twice.

So my car was sold for about 60% of what I was offered in the tents.

I should have been more knowledgeable before it was my time to play their game, but I was under the impression that they ran a respectable business.

If you know of anyone else interested in my story, I try and tell everyone wherever I am at car events about how they do things, and take advantage of honest people.

The real kicker when you just get off the auction block, and the “Lucky” new owner says “I paid you entirely too little for this wonderful car”.

Sincerely,

Terry Ward-Llewellyn

Cell (805) 844-6616

Pleas feel free to pass this on to anyone!

Terry Ward-Llewellyn

Dear Sir,

So here is my story, about six years ago I brought my beautiful 1934 MG PA to the auction. After talking for days talking to perspective buyers in the outside tents, I finally got to the auction block. It was Sunday morning around 11:00 AM, and I thought a perfect time. So with the spotlights blazing and the Auctioneer doing his thing, one of Jackson’s folks stuck his face in front of mine and said “We have people in the audience bidding on your car, tell me when to stop them!”. Quickly, knowing that if I stalled too long the bids would go beyond any reasonable amount, so I said to him “I did not come here to play games I came to sell my car”. Then before you could yell stop, the Auctioneer without even repeating the last amount and he yelled “Sold” without even saying going once, or twice.

So my car was sold for about 60% of what I was offered in the tents.

I should have been more knowledgeable before it was my time to play their game, but I was under the impression that they ran a respectable business.

If you know of anyone else interested in my story, I try and tell everyone wherever I am at car events about how they do things, and take advantage of honest people.

The real kicker when you just get off the auction block, and the “Lucky” new owner says “I paid you entirely too little for this wonderful car”.

Sincerely,

Terry Ward-Llewellyn

Cell (805) 844-6616

Pleas feel free to pass this on to anyone!

MIke

I own 5 collector vehicles and have been to many car auctions. Barrett Jackson is the most unprofessional and hyped. I've seen "Spanky" the auctioneer insult bidders to get more money out of them ("Are you a man or a mouse...you gonna bid or not?"). Amazing that a grown many called "Spanky" has the balls to insult anyone! Upper management talks about the ego's of the bidders and sellers, those egos are NOTHING compared with the Barrett Jackson people. I'll never attend another one of their auctions, and have discouraged upwards of 70 to 80 people from going to Barrett-Jackson as well.

Gus

Barrett Jackson auction is a scam!! There bidding on there own cars as well as stealing from unsuspecting sellers.

James Ryan

Just came across this internet posting........From my experience as a longtime collector who has done business with the Majority of the auction companies out there, I can safely tell you that there's only one true straight auction company in my opinion and that's Barrett-Jackson. Now I'm probably biased because I have bought and sold a lot at Barrett-Jackson, but the experience is unparalleled. As a seller I have found no other auction company can come close to matching the amount of exposure both in media and on-site bidders that Barrett provides. Now the downside to that is as a buyer I find myself having more competition than I would if I was at one of the lesser auctions, but with homework and patience I have always made some prudent buys.
As a patron I like the fact that I can go there and not have to worry about reserves and phony bidding that I find at other auctions.
This is just one persons opinion..........Also, I just read that the guy from Michigan who started all of the rumblings about questionable practices just publicly apologized and stated that he was incorrect. I think that many of us put to much of our egos into our cars, and when they sell for less than we value, we take it personally rather than just accepting the fact that maybe others might not value them as highly as we. I like the fact that Barrett was vindicated.
Anyway, I'm packing my bags and flying to Scottsdale tonight. Long live the King!!!!!!!!

James Ryan
Minneapolis Minnesota
email: profoundpanache@yahoo.com

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