I sold my wife's TT on BaT, and it took about a month to go live after they accepted it, and they pushed pretty hard for a "no-reserve" sale. I ended up getting exactly what my reserve would have been, anyway, so it went fine. A TT in far worse shape the next week went for more, which I think is their strategy - people missed out on mine, then jumped at the next one.I also would be curious about BaT's decision making. I tried last year to put up my immaculate Golf R manual (and probably the last year they will ever offer a manual again, at that) to make room for my 350 and didn't get accepted. I know it's only one data point, and not the most special car in the world, but considering the amount of late model cars they do accept I don't see the rhyme or reason for that. Just got me to thinking about how they make the decisions they do...
They do have capacity limits, probably partially due to the size of their staff, but mostly due to the nature of the platform - they want their buyers scrolling all the cars and seeing what's interesting. If you have 1,000 cars, no one will scroll them.The only thing I know about BAT is it’s an on line auction site. Why in the world would an on line auction site turn down a legit seller. I mean I can see someone wanting to put up a $300 car and getting turned down…but you?
I don’t get it.
It preys on nostalgia and a sense of urgency of "that car" getting away. It's not like Autotrader where you decide you want a specific car, then go search for that car. It's much more like window shopping, where you're going to walk into the store and buy the thing that catches your eye. Whatever the model is, it's working really well. For those of us who have been following the site for years, it has rapidly changed from a place to get a great deal on a quirky, old, probably European car that needs some work, to a place where you can routinely watch Ford GTs get auctioned off for high-six-figure and (with the newer cars) low-seven-figure sums. An occasional bargain sneaks through, but it's more common for there to be a BaT "tax," especially on Porsches and some higher-end stuff.
3 years ago I almost bit on a Ferrari 456 GT 6-speed that went for about $55K. I am SO kicking myself for not doing it. C'est la vie.