Our History

ECA now offers more benefits than ever before:
Online auction catalogues with detailed descriptions, inspection reports and photos
Twice weekly auction catalogue emails sent direct to your inbox
New for 2020 Timed Auctions and Buy it Now Sales
QR Codes scan with your smart phone for up-to-date information and services
LiveBid online bidding service for registered motor dealers (sign up here)
Television screens displaying vehicle information, hall and online bidding
Onsite valeting and wash bay
Collection and delivery service
Hi-Tech security system
Bramptons Cafe
Free customer parking including disabled space
3 minutes from local transport (bus/train)

July 2021

Your4Court launched……………………………..

June 2021

Due to the ever increasing numbers logging on online for our sales the Friday sale time was moved from 6pm to 4pm

December 2020

New Buying Platforms

Kingfisher add 'Timed On-line' & Buy it Now' auctions

September 2020

2 New DAF CF340 Car Transporters

To keep up with the demand of increased volumes of vehicles offered for sale, we have taken delivery of 2 brand new DAF CF340 6/7 Car Transporters. These are to compliment our fleet of transporters offering 'Nationwide Vehicle Transport Solutions'



April 2020


ECA hold stand alone on-line auctions during the Covid19 pandemic.

September 2019

Vehicle Transportation

ECA invest in multi-car vehicle transporters.

November 2018

Award Winners

ECA win 'Large Business the Year' award at the Eastbourne business awards.

August 2017

EyeTee Launch Mobile Version

November 2016

Introduction to Proxy Bidding


Kingfisher adds Proxy bidding, Nama graded vehicles Inspection reports vehicle imaging and live online bidding via Livebid to the website.
With the video, we made back in 2016 to explain all about the subject.

September 2016

Highly Commended

ECA is highly commended in the auction industry of the 'Dealer Power Awards.
During this period ECA has focused on local main agent business adding Bartlett’s Seat, Bexhill Honda, Birchwood Group, Caffyns Plc, City Motor Holdings, Eastbourne Motoring Centre, Geo Collins Honda, Kap Motor Group, Lifestyle, Richmond Motor Group, Shelly Motors, St Leonards Motors, The Tates Group and Yeomans all as vendors

September 2012

Eastbourne MP Steven Lloyd opens the new 3.5 acre facility

November 2011

Relocate to Brampton Road

During this period Eastbourne Car Auctions added leasing companies such as, Dial Contracts, Camden Motors, Lease Plan and Motability as sellers

November 2007

EyeTee launch industry leading interactive website

February 2004

Eastbourne Car Auctions appoints Kingfisher Systems as their auction software providers

January 2003

Eastbourne Car Auctions rebrand as ECA

Jon Mitchell appointed as Managing Director

April 2002

A new website. www.ebca.co.uk is launched featuring vehicle images.

February 2001

Eastbourne Car Auctions supported by IT partners EyeTee Autovids and Corporate Presentations launched into the 21st century with investment in both hardware and software.

May 1995

Jon Mitchell appointed as Managing Director

Jon Mitchell appointed as Managing Director

June 1978

Eastbourne Car Auction recognised as an auction house to use with confidence by the AA in their nationwide survey

May 1990

During this period Eastbourne Car Auction specialised in selling ex company and fleet vehicles for such companies as The BBC, J.Sainsburys, Birdseye foods, Safeway’s, East Sussex Fire Brigade, Southern Water, The Environment agency, The Post office, British Telcom, Seaboard, British Gas amongst others

Relocated to Arkwright Road, a 1.5 acre site

July 1967

Orginal Wheel & Hammer Logo

Eastbourne Car Auctions held its first sale at the original quarter acre town centre site in West Street, Eastbourne
It could be a classic car auction, with Triumph Heralds, Morris Oxfords, Ford Anglias and Zodiacs which were the typical of the cars of that era.
The black and white photos from our archive were shot by Peter Ekin-Wood, a local press photographer at that time.
Click on the 'First Sale' image to take a leap back in time to see photographs from the first sale at West Street.