Frequently Asked Questions

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Here you will find a list of questions we have frequently come across from new and existing users of our service. If after browsing through this page you you still have a query, please visit the contact page for specific information on how to reach us.

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General web site questions

How secure are my personal and credit card details if I subscribe online?

Security Policy

Our Payment Service Provider is Sage Pay (formerly Protx) – the largest independent payment service provider (PSP) in the UK and Ireland. Sage Pay provides a secure payment gateway (Level 1 PCI DSS), processing payments for thousands of online businesses, including ours. It is Sage Pay’s utmost priority to ensure that transaction data is handled in a safe and secure way.

Sage Pay uses a range secure methods such as fraud screening, I.P address blocking and 3D secure. Once on the Sage Pay systems, all sensitive data is secured using the same internationally recognised 256-bit encryption standards.

Sage Pay is PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliant to the highest level and maintains regular security audits. They are also regularly audited by the banks and banking authorities to ensure that their systems are impenetrable. Sage Pay is an active member of the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) that defines card industry global regulation. In addition, you know that your session is in a secure encrypted environment when you see https:// in the web address, and/or when you see the locked padlock symbol alongside the URL.

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If I subscribe to ANS will my details be passed on to other companies?

No. Auction News Limited respects your privacy and will not pass on any personally identifiable information to third parties unless required by law. To help develop the site and ensure we are offering the best service to both you the customer and our advertisers, we do compile general data on site usage for analysis of trends and patterns. This has the sole purpose of helping us ensure we offer the best service possible. More information on this topic can be found in the Auction News Ltd privacy policy.

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How can I change my postal address, telephone, fax, or email?

Log in to your account and go to the "My Account" page. Under "Account Options" select "Update your personal details", make the changes then click "save", it's as simple as that. Alternatively you can email, telephone or write to us with your updated details.

Please click here to view our contact information.

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How do I obtain my Account information/retrieve lost Account information?

The account information needed to log in to the Auction News web site is your registered email address and password. This information was originally set when you first registered with the Auction News web site. If for any reason you no longer have this information, select 'forgotten password' from the log on screen and your login details will be emailed to you.

If you are still experiencing difficulties please contact us for help.

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What type of goods will I find for sale in the auctions?

Listing all the products Auction News advertises would be near impossible, but here is a selection of the type of goods we advertise on a regular basis:

  • Agricultural Implements and Machinery
  • Airport Lost and Found Property
  • Antique, Collectors and Miscellaneous Goods
  • Catering Equipment
  • Commercial and Private Motor Vehicles
  • Commercial, Residential, Investment Property and Land
  • Computers and Peripherals
  • Contractors Plant, Machinery, Equipment and Tools
  • Electrical Equipment and Spares
  • Engineering Machinery & Machine Tools
  • Fabric, Chemical, Woodworking and Plastics Machinery
  • Ferrous and Non Ferrous Metal
  • Garage Equipment & Spares
  • Hotel, Restaurant and Bar Fixtures/Fittings
  • Household Furniture and Effects
  • Office, Factory and Warehouse Equipment
  • Ministry of Defence Surplus Equipment, Machinery and Stocks
  • Plumbing and D.I.Y. Equipment
  • Police Lost and Recovered Property
  • Printing and Packaging Machinery
  • Retail & Wholesale Equipment and Stocks
  • Scrap Metal and Scrap Processing Machinery
  • Stock-in-Trade
  • Timber and Steel Stocks
  • Tools and Building Supplies

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How do I search for a sale?

You can search for sales by selecting 'search sales' along the top navigation bar of the web site. The home page displays all our  "Top Sales" i.e. those sales which are currently being advertised in "Auction News". You can narrow the search down by selecting a category if required.

If you select "Search Sales" from the navigation bar you can search for sales by type of goods, location, keyword and date range. Alternatively, you can search for an auctioneer then display their forthcoming sales by clicking the "View Sales" button.

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How do I search for an Auctioneer?

You can search for an Auctioneer by selecting 'find auctioneers' along the top navigation bar. You can search by name, location or specialisation. You can view upcoming sales for that auctioneer by clicking the "View Sales" button.

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How do I view and print the current issue of Auction News?

The weekly edition of "Auction News" is uploaded to the website each Friday evening. Once you have logged in and have a current subscription, you may view the publication online from the home page by clicking on the animated Ezine thumbnail in the right hand column of the home page. Alternatively, there is a "View Auction News" link available from the "My Account" page. In the bottom right hand corner you will see icons enabling you to print the whole publication or just selected pages, and another will allow you to download a pdf version of the publication to your computer. There is also a binocular icon which will enable you to search for all occurrences of a keyword and you can click on any website name to link to that website.

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How do I view back issues of Auction News?

View the current issue as described above, then hover over the folder icon to the bottom left of the page. When the words "Back Issues" appear, click the icon to see a list of the archive of available back issues. Simply click on the one you want to view.

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Where do the items to be auctioned originate?

The sales included in Auction News are typically instructed by:

  • Insolvency Practitioners - assets from liquidations, receiverships and bankruptcies
  • HM Customs and Excise - confiscated and impounded goods
  • Police, Post Office and Transport Operators - lost, stolen and unclaimed property
  • Finance Companies and Bailiffs - repossessed commercial and domestic goods
  • Government Departments - excess and unwanted equipment, machinery and stocks
  • Trustees and Executors - from the winding up of estates etc
  • Auctioneers - specialist collective sales held at the auctioneer's saleroom or at a dedicated outdoor site
  • Solvent companies still trading - surplus assets due to relocation, restructuring, overstocking. Also ex-demonstration and damaged items, catalogue returns, etc.
  • Building Societies and Banks - repossessed residential and commercial properties

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How do I get details of the 'Featured Sales'?

Move your mouse pointer over one of the sale images on the right-hand side of the page. A text box will appear providing brief details of the sale. Click on the image to access the full sale details.

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How do I obtain a catalogue for a sale?

Refer to the catalogue information on the sale details page, as each auctioneer has different arrangements. Most catalogues are downloadable from the auctioneer's web site, whilst for others there is a dedicated catalogue hotline number to ring. Otherwise email, telephone or fax the auctioneer and request one.

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What are 'Featured Sales' and "Sale of the Week"?

These sales appear in the right hand column of the Auction News web site. The details are available to all registered users whether they have a subscription or not. These sales give you a taster of the information you will have access to once you have subscribed. The sale details are updated weekly on a Friday evening, so even if you do not wish to subscribe right now, it is worth coming back often to check if there is a sale that interests you.

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How do I search for an Insolvency?

You can search for an Insolvency by selecting 'insolvencies' along the top navigation pane of the web site. Please note that the level of access to the insolvency area will be restricted by a number of factors including if you have registered with Auction News and the level of subscription purchased.

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How do I search for a Practitioner?

You can search for a Practitioner by name or location by selecting 'Find practitioners' along the top navigation bar of the web site. You can also search for "active" practitioners by clicking "Use activedate". Only practitioners who have handled an insolvency since the date you specify will be shown in the list.

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What is meant by an 'Insolvency Practitioner'?

An Insolvency Practitioner (or IP) is an individual who is authorised by the Secretary of State or one of seven recognised professional bodies to act in respect of a company as:

  • Liquidator
  • Provisional Liquidator
  • Administrator
  • Administrative Receiver
  • Supervisor of a Voluntary Arrangement

In respect of an individual, he is authorised to act as:

  • Trustee of a bankrupt
  • Interim receiver of a bankrupt
  • Supervisor of a voluntary arrangement
  • Trustee under a deed of arrangement
  • As a trustee in a sequestration or under a trust deed (in Scotland)

Acting as such an office holder without being authorised is an offence under the Insolvency Act 1986.

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How can I use the insolvency information for liquidations?

By no means all-insolvent company assets end up being sold by auctioneers. For instance, in cases that involve the winding-up of smaller companies, the liquidator may feel it not practical to appoint an auctioneer or specialist agent. Instead, he or she may dispose of the assets by private negotiation.

Through years of working in the insolvency business, most practitioners have assembled lists of contacts which they use to find a likely buyer in these circumstances, and it is these lists which you need to make sure you have your name on.

Upon appointment to an insolvency, the practitioner has a mandatory legal obligation to notify certain details into public record within a stipulated period of time (14 days for a liquidation or administration, 28 days for an administrative receivership).

However, from our own experience, by the time the practitioner has fulfilled this legal obligation, the destination of any surplus assets has, in many cases, already been decided. So why is this information of any value, and what can you gain from it?

Look at it this way. If a practitioner has become active and experienced in a particular field of business, then chances are, he will be conducting similar business again in the not too distant future. If you have recently expressed an interest in the purchase of certain types of goods, and particularly if you have convinced him of your seriousness and sincerity, then you have a good chance of being contacted as and when a requirement for disposal arises.

The Insolvency Report service provides you with the data which gives you the opportunity to contact the practitioner, find out if any assets are for sale, by which method they are being sold and register your interest as a serious asset buyer for any future insolvencies they may handle.

We provide you with the name of the company, the area of its' registered office, the date of appointment and the principal nature of the business they were involved in. Also the name, address, telephone and fax numbers for the acting practitioners and where applicable a link to their website.

When searching for insolvencies via the website, you can search for all those practitioners who have been active (i.e. have handled an insolvency) since a date which you specify - very useful if you are planning a bulk mail shot to practitioners to register your interest.

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How can I use the insolvency information for administrations and receiverships?

These are companies, which for whatever reason are unable to meet their financial commitments and have been placed in the hands of a receiver or administrative receiver.

Instead of closing down the business and selling off the assets (which may indeed be the eventual outcome) the administrator may decide that the company would be worth more if sold as a going concern. The company will continue to trade under the control of the administrator until such time that a buyer is found, or it becomes clear that no one wants to buy it. For companies or individuals looking to expand by buying up competitors or branching out into new fields, this can present a golden opportunity to acquire a business with ready-made premises, trained employees and an established client base.

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How can I use the insolvency information for wind-ups?

Use this information for checking on the credit-worthiness of customers, suppliers, prospects and competitors. Be wary of supplying goods or services to any company with a winding up petition pending as many are eventually forced into liquidation, administration or receivership. On the web you can search for companies by name, registered office location or hearing date. In the "Insolvency Report" publication, the companies are listed alphabetically by company name, making it easy to scan through for those you suspect may be in trouble.

We give you the name of the company, the area of the registered office (though this may not be where they were trading from), the date of the hearing and the court where the petition is to be heard (HCJ for High Court of Justice). The wind-up notices also include the name and address of the petitioners' solicitor, to whom anyone wishing to attend the court hearing must give notice of their intention to do so.

A company with a winding-up petition pending is not necessarily insolvent, although it often implies that the company is in financial difficulty. Basically, the company has defaulted on a debt and a creditor (the petitioner) is asking the courts to wind them up in order to get paid.

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What is 'My Favourites'?

'My Favourites' is a useful feature which allows you to store details of sales or insolvencies as you view them on the site, allowing you to quickly return to that information at a later date.

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How do I receive email alerts of Auctions or Insolvencies?

Daily Email alerts can be activated by logging into the Auction News web site and selecting "Manage your email preferences" from the "My Account" page. You may select up to 3 catgories of interest for each service you are subscribed to (i.e. Auction News and/or Insolvency Report)

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