How do maximum bids work?

Car & Classic offers an automated service to make bidding easier.

Instead of manually bidding during the auction, you simply tell us the maximum amount you are prepared to pay and bids will be taken automatically until they reach that amount. 

If your maximum bid is below the reserve price, then you’ll bid that amount if you’re the highest bidder.

If your maximum bid is above the reserve price and you are the highest bidder, we will only auto-bid for you up to the reserve price.

Once the auction reserve has been met, Car & Classic will make sure you’re the highest bidder by using bidding increments to keep you in the lead until you hit your maximum bid. If the next bidding increment would take you above your agreed maximum bid, we will bid to just below your maximum.


The bidding increments are: 

Bid Amount


£0 to £9,999


£10,000 to £49,999


£50,000 to £99,999





If you place a maximum bid and are outbid immediately, that means another bidder has placed a maximum bid higher than yours. You can bid again and we will use our automatic bid system to try and make you the highest bidder.