How to sell Classic Cars at Catawiki’s online auctions?

When you submit your classic car, this is your opportunity to get people interested in your lots and encourage them to bid. 

Submission Guidelines

Potential buyers are more likely to bid on cars with a good description, all relevant information displayed clearly and, of course, beautiful photos.

Car description

To help encourage potential buyers to bid on your car, you should include a detailed description of your car(s). This should be thorough and honest, and follow the guidelines on the next section.


If you are using our website to upload your lots, tips will appear to give you guidance about what information we need to know about your lot. The fields that you fill in help to present the information in a way that’s easy for the buyer to read.

The required lot information includes:

  • Valid MOT
  • Year
  • Papers
  • Mileage
  • Owners
  • Colour
  • Engine (capacity - horsepower)
  • General condition and maintenance
  • Condition of paint and bodywork
  • Condition of underbody
  • Issues/notes
  • Where can the car be picked up from

Please use the description field to further provide:

  • a professional and full description of all aspects of the car (paint and body, interior, frame/unibody, mechanical interior) also mentions all issues (like no paperwork, rust, work needed, etc.) and restoration work
  • any details about the history or special provenance of the car

If you wish to set a reserve price on your lot, please make sure it is suitable, considering the real market price and recent auction results.


Including strong photographs is key to catching buyers’ eyes and ensuring they bid on your car.

Of course, buying online means potential bidders do not get a chance to see your car in person, therefore detailed and high-quality pictures are so important.

To allow our experts, as well as our bidders, to get the right impression of an item, we require a minimum of 30 high-quality photos showing:

  • a 360 degree view of the car, with a neutral background
  • the inside, outside and all sides of the car
  • close-ups of important details (stated on the next section)
  • the engine and rear bonnet
  • the chassis
  • any significant details, damages or repairs
  • clearly readable close-ups of papers/certifications


How to take photographs of cars

Learning the art of good car photography is imperative for making a quick sale and giving you even better results. Use these tips to take photos for the perfect car presentation.

Tips and tricks:

  • Clean your car
  • Wait for the right time of day
  • Choose your location
  • Take test photos
  • Shoot from every angle and take a variety of photos
  • Watch the shadows and lights
  • Take a step (or two) closer to zoom in on certain details
  • Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes

Take photographs of the car from different angles and positions.

  • Front left - ¾ view
    Position the car to see the left side at an angle (as seen in picture)
  • Front right - ¾ view
    Position the car to see the right side at an angle (as seen in picture)
  • Front
    Straight down the line of the car
  • Side profile - left and right
    100% of the side of your car
  • Back right - ¾ view
    Position the car to see the left side at an angle (as seen in picture).  This can be reversed for the right side of the car as well.
  • Back
    Straight down the back line of the car

How to take photographs of cars

Outside the car...


Inside the car...


Now that you know exactly what you need in order to create a fantastic lot, it’s time to start selling your classic car. Start submitting your special objects for auction.

We look forward to receiving your lots soon - our experts can’t wait to see what you have to offer!