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Why Hinter Auctions Are the Top Choice for Deceased Estate Clearances

Why Hinter Auctions Are the Top Choice for Deceased Estate Clearances

When it comes to managing the belongings and assets of a departed loved one, the process can be emotionally challenging and logistically complex. This is where Hinter Auctions step in as the top choice for deceased estate clearances. Combining professionalism, sensitivity, and efficiency, Hinter Auctions provides a comprehensive solution that ensures a smooth transition during a difficult time.

Professional Expertise

One of the key reasons why Hinter Auctions stands out is its professional expertise in handling estate clearances. With years of experience in the industry, we understand the nuances of managing estates of varying sizes and complexities. From valuable antiques, furniture, and vehicles to everyday household items, Hinter Auctions have the knowledge and skills to assess, categorise, and auction off items in a way that maximises value for the estate. Operating with a state-of-the-art bidding platform, and a dedicated team, Hinter Auctions is able to offer a choice of auction solutions and additional services to suit your needs.

Sensitive Approach

Dealing with a deceased loved one’s belongings requires a sensitive approach, and Hinter Auctions excels in this aspect. We recognise the emotional significance of these items to family members and work closely with them to ensure a respectful and compassionate clearance process. Whether it’s coordinating viewings, answering questions, or addressing concerns, Hinter Auctions prioritises clear communication and empathy throughout the entire process.

Efficient and Transparent Auctions

Auctioning off estate items requires efficiency and transparency, both of which are core principles of Hinter Auctions. We utilise a modern auction platform and engage in marketing strategies to reach a wide audience of potential buyers, thereby maximising the selling potential of each item. Moreover, our transparent approach includes detailed listings, and timely reporting, ensuring that estate executors and beneficiaries are kept informed at every stage of the auction process.

Comprehensive Services

Hinter Auctions offer a range of comprehensive services that cater to the diverse needs of estate clearances. Whether it’s handling logistics, organising collections, or getting the property cleared and cleaned ready for sale , they offer end-to-end solutions that simplify the estate clearance process for clients. This comprehensive approach not only saves time and effort but also ensures that the estate’s assets are managed professionally and efficiently.

Customer Satisfaction

Ultimately, what sets Hinter Auctions apart is our commitment to customer satisfaction. We prioritise the needs and preferences of our clients, going above and beyond to deliver results that exceed expectations. From start to finish, Hinter Auctions strive to make the estate clearance process as seamless and stress-free as possible, earning them a reputation as the number one choice for deceased estate clearances.


In conclusion, Hinter Auctions combines professional expertise, a sensitive approach, efficient auctions, comprehensive services, and customer satisfaction to emerge as the top choice for deceased estate clearances. Their dedication to excellence and empathy makes them a trusted partner for families navigating the challenging task of managing a loved one’s estate. If you have found yourself in the position of dealing with a deceased estate make sure and contact us today to take some of the stress away from a stressful situation

Call us on 07 5442 5610 or 0419 676 284 or email us via the contact form here…




Rare Excalibur Roadster Offered at Auction

Rare Excalibur Roadster Offered at Auction

This rare 1981 series Excalibur Roadstar automobile will be offered at auction on Sunday, January 14, 2024

On January 14, 2024, the team at Hinter Auctions has the distinct honor of offering this rare 1981 Series Excalibur Roadster automobile from our auction premises in Cooroy, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.


About The Automobile

This Excalibur Roadster Convertible was custom-built by the Excalibur Motor Corporation(USA) in 1981 for the legendary actor and television presenter William Fiore. The body shape of the vehicle is based on the Mercedes Benz SSK and like all of the Excalibur automobiles attention to detail was paramount before the delivery of this luxury convertible roadster.

The vehicle was imported into Australia in 2010 before going through a ground-up restoration by the current owner restoring it to its former glory and honoring this luxury roadster by keeping all of the original detail intact. This gorgeous award-winning Burgundy coloured convertible powered by the 305 Super Pursuit V8 Chevrolet engine is undoubtedly a head-turner as you cruise down the road with the wind in your hair, or in air-conditioned comfort. The choice is yours.

Taking a look inside you will notice luxury details including the electronically adjustable leather seats to the wooden dash panels. Head towards the rear of the vehicle and you will notice the rear dickie seat which is only one of the 48 Excaliburs offered worldwide with the electronically operated version adding to the rarity of this vehicle. The luxury features continue with power steering, power windows, and air-conditioning.

A Brief History of the Excalibur Motor Corporation (USA)

The Excalibur Motor Company, founded in 1964 by Brooks Stevens and associates, holds a revered place in the automotive industry. With a lineage deeply rooted in timeless design, the company introduced its inaugural car, the Excalibur Roadster, in 1965. Infused with meticulous craftsmanship and unwavering attention to detail, Excalibur proudly crafted approximately 3,500 captivating automobiles. Each masterpiece served as a testament to the enduring allure of automotive artistry, created specifically for discerning individuals who sought the perfect fusion of luxurious comfort and exhilarating performance.

As the late 1990s marked the end of Excalibur’s production, the brand’s rich history solidified its standing as a pioneer in revitalizing the spirit of iconic vintage automobiles.

Who Is William Fiore?

William (Bill) Fiore, a highly versatile American television, film, and voice actor with an enduring legacy that continues to captivate audiences. Fiore’s journey in the entertainment industry began with his remarkable debut in the iconic film “The Swimmer” (1968). Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he also showcased his talent in numerous television commercials, including the famous “Hi, guy!” Right Guard antiperspirant adverts alongside the talented Chuck McCann. Fiore’s voice talent shone through in the video game “Grand Theft Auto III” (2001), where he brought the character Darkel to life.

William (or Bill as he preferred) died on the 3rd of October 2014 and through his legacy continues to leave an indelible mark on the film, television, and advertising industry.

A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

This Excalibur Roadster is truly one-of-a-kind. Join us for the bidding action at our Sunshine Coast premises for the live auction on January 14, 2024, or bid online. Phone bidding options are also available. For further information on this stunning vehicle go to the catalogue listing here… or contact us at 07 5442 5610 or 0419 676 285 for more information or to book your phone bids.




Turn Your Assets Into Cash with The Auction Method of Marketing

Turn Your Assets Into Cash with The Auction Method of Marketing

In the dynamic world of buying and selling, individuals often find themselves in situations where they need to liquidate assets swiftly and efficiently. Enter the auction method, a time-tested approach that transforms the cumbersome process of selling assets into a seamless and lucrative experience. This blog post explores the benefits of the auction method, shedding light on how it can turn your assets into cash with remarkable ease.

Auctions provide a simple method of selling

One of the most significant advantages of opting for the auction method is the unparalleled ease it brings to the selling process. Traditional selling methods involve the laborious tasks of cataloging, publishing, and marketing, not to mention handling numerous inquiries from potential buyers. In contrast, the auction method simplifies these aspects. Sellers are relieved of the burdensome responsibilities associated with showcasing and advertising their items. Auctioneers take charge of these tasks, ensuring that the entire selling process is smooth and hassle-free for the seller. This means you can focus on other priorities while the professionals handle the intricate details of presenting your assets to the market.

Auctions bring buyers together

Auctioneers play a pivotal role in uniting potential buyers, creating a competitive environment that maximizes the value of your assets. By organizing auctions, these professionals draw in a diverse array of buyers who may be interested in your items. This competitive bidding atmosphere can lead to higher prices and increased returns for sellers. The auction method excels in bringing together a pool of motivated buyers, each vying to secure the items on offer. This not only facilitates a faster selling process but also ensures that your assets are exposed to a wider audience, increasing the likelihood of fetching premium prices.

SOLD – Cash in the bank

Perhaps the most appealing aspect of the auction method is the speed at which sellers can turn their assets into cash. Once the auction concludes, and all invoices are settled, funds are transferred to the nominated trust account. At this stage, the seller settlement process takes place. With auction platforms like Hinter Auctions, sellers can enjoy the convenience of having payments settled directly into their bank accounts within 14 days of the auction’s conclusion. This swift and straightforward payment process provides sellers with the financial liquidity they seek, making the auction method an attractive option for those in need of quick capital.


In the realm of asset liquidation, the auction method stands out as a reliable and efficient way to turn your possessions into cash. The ease of selling, the ability to bring buyers together, and the expedited payment process make auctions a compelling choice for individuals looking to maximize the value of their assets. Whether you’re downsizing, have sold (or selling) your property, facing financial challenges, or simply seeking a fast and effective selling method, the auction approach could be the key to unlocking the cash value of your assets.

Hinter Auctions are the leading chattel auctioneers servicing the Sunshine Coast and beyond utilizing a variety of auction methods onsite, in-house, or online.

Contact us to find out how to liquidate your assets via the auction method of marketing.

Call us on 07 5442 5610 or 0419 676 284 or email us via the contact form here…




3 Reasons to Consider Selling Your Assets by Auction

3 Reasons to Consider Selling Your Assets by Auction

Have you been faced with the proposition of needing to sell your valuable assets? Whether you are managing a deceased estate, downsizing, or selling your property the process can be daunting. With the myriad of options available to sell your valuable assets there are several reasons why you should consider selling by auction.

In this post we outline just 3 of the most compelling reasons to engage the services of professional auctioneers

1. True Price Discovery

In a traditional sales process, determining the true value of assets can be challenging. However, auctions offer a transparent environment where the market sets the price. By attracting multiple bidders, auctions encourage healthy competition, ensuring that your assets are sold at their highest possible value. Say goodbye to uncertainty and embrace the true price discovery offered by auctions.

2. Transparency and Fairness

With auctions, transparency is key. The bidding process is open to all, creating a level playing field for potential buyers. This transparency instills confidence in bidders, as they can see exactly what others are willing to pay. By removing any biases and promoting fairness, auctioning assets guarantees that everyone has an equal chance to participate and secure their desired items.

3. Speed and Efficiency

Time is of the essence, and auctions offer a swift way to sell your assets. Unlike traditional sales methods that can drag on for weeks or even months, auctions have a set timeline, ensuring a speedy process. From the moment the gavel falls, the transaction is completed, providing you with a quick turnaround and allowing you to move forward with your plans without delay. Experience the efficiency that auctions bring to your asset-selling journey.

At Hinter Auctions, Sunshine Coast’s leading auctioneers, we provide a seamless and efficient solution for selling your valuable assets. Discover the true potential of your asset-selling journey through our transparent and competitive auction process. Experience the confidence and level playing field offered by our transparent bidding process, ensuring the real value of your assets is determined and maximizing their worth. Bid farewell to lengthy sales methods and welcome a swift turnaround with Hinter Auctions.

Contact the auction team today on 07 5442 5610 or 0419 676 284




What Is Hammer Price?

What Is Hammer Price?

The “Hammer Price” is so named referring to the final amount bid and called by the auctioneer at the fall of the hammer.

Of course, a gavel or hammer is not always used by the auctioneer to call the final bid. The auctioneer may simply call sold or use other methods such as clapping hands, slapping the leg, using a stick, and so on. Whatever the method used by the auctioneer the final bid is still referred to as the hammer price.

In the world of online auctions, the final closing bid is also referred to as the hammer price.


In many auctions including those facilitated by Hinter Auctions, the hammer price does not include fees such as a buyer’s premium and taxes such as GST that may be applicable. These fees (if applicable) are usually added to the hammer price on invoicing. It is worth noting that any additional fees and taxes are added to the hammer price separately and not compounded on top of each other.

For example, if the hammer price is $100 and a 10% BP + 10% GST applies the final invoice amount will be $120.00.

Please note – Under QLD Office of Fair Trading rules any additional fees must be declared prior to the auction or the lot offered. It is the buyer’s responsibility to account for any additional fees when bidding at auction.


A commission is usually charged to the seller and at times additional fees such as listing fees, PPSR checks etc. These fees are deducted from the hammer price.

For example, if the seller’s commission is charged at 10% and a listing fee of $1 applies the settlement amount payable to the seller would equal $89.00.


The fees and commissions used in this post are examples only and do not necessarily reflect the actual fees used at individual auctions. When bidding at auction please refer to the terms and conditions for the actual fees. Sellers fees/commissions are outlined in the consignment agreement.





A Partial Change of Ownership for Hinter Auctions

A Partial Change of Ownership for Hinter Auctions

 A Partial Change of Ownership for Hinter Auctions?

Following the launching and running a successful auction business through the partnership of Richard Hansen and Andy & Nova Flitter the time has come for a partial change of ownership. After some serious deliberation, Andy and Nova have made the decision to exit the auction business to concentrate on other business interests and their plans for overseas travel. The transfer of ownership is effective January 1, 2023.

A Brief Look From Launch to Today

Richard and Andy planning the launch of Hinter Auction

Richard still recalls the time when Andy approached him with the concept of starting an auction business. Whilst Richard had experience with auctions he never thought he would be selling antiques and collectables under the hammer. It soon became apparent that this was a partnership that would work, with Andy’s background in antique and collectables and Richard’s experience behind the microphone. Not only that, they both possessed skills that would truly complement each other.

One thing they both had was the desire for continual improvement and hence many changes were made to facilitate the improvements along the way. One of the biggest changes was the decision to invest in an auction management and online bidding platform. Whilst it was a costly exercise, it was also one that would pay dividends to the auction business. The bidder base immediately grew from the very first auction the new platform was launched.

Richard and Andy launch Hinter Auctions

As the business continued to grow it soon became apparent they had outgrown the premises in which the business was launched hence the move into 13 Jarrah Street, Cooroy where the auction house operates today. Of course, having more room meant more lots being sold each month either through bigger or more auctions. From April 1 until December 31 Hinter Auctions have offered just over 14,800 lots with an average 97% clearance rate.

Of course, some good things must come to an end as Andy and Nova set off to pursue other interests

The Future

With Richard Hansen at the helm as the sole director, he will continue with, and build upon the foundations already laid. The regular “Antique, Vintage and Collectables” auctions will continue on a monthly basis. In the planning stages at the time of writing are some specialty auctions including a Motorcycles and Memorabilia auction and others that are too early to reveal at this time.

Richard sincerely values his friendship and the successful partnership with Andy and Nova and wish them the very best with their future pursuits.

Bidding Increments Explained

Bidding Increments Explained

 What are bidding increments and how do I know what they are?

There are various methods by which auctioneers will accept bids at auction. Most chattel auctioneers will accept bids at certain increments and possibly update the amounts as the auction progresses. This post explains the incremental bidding process used by the auctioneers at Hinter Auctions.

What are bidding increments?

Bidding increments are simply the amount the auctioneer will increase the bids during the auction.

As a general rule, the bidding increment will be approximately 10% of what the current bid is. For example, if the bid is currently $200 you may expect the bids to be increased by $20. The auctioneers at Hinter Auctions (and most auction houses) have a set base of increments to work with. These are called number brackets.

Whilst the auction house does have these number brackets to work with they are a guide only and the auctioneer does have full discrepancy as to what the bidding increments should be. The auctioneer may increase or decrease the bidding increments during the auction for various reasons to maintain flow and efficiency.

Below is an example of the Hinter Auctions number brackets.

How do the bidders know what the increment is?

There are 2 answers to this. One for on-site bidders and another for online bidders. As Hinter Auctions often run simulcast auctions (on-site and online) I will answer them both.

On-site Auction Bidders

In a live auction format, the auctioneers will state what the increment is to be. With the fast pace of the usual chattel auction, it is important to listen to what the auctioneer is saying. Auctioneers often have their own unique style of stating the increments. You may hear the auctioneer say something as simple as “$10 bids” or another way of asking for the same increment may be “taking teners”. Another way of stating increments may be in percentages for example the auctioneer may say “1/4 bids now”. The increment in this case would depend on where the bidding is at eg. if bidding is in the hundreds then a 1/4 bid would be $25. If it is in the thousands a 1/4 bid would be $250 and so on.

This may seem a little daunting but if you listen to the auctioneer call a few lots you will soon understand the general bidding increments and how they are called.

Online Auction bidding.

Whether you are bidding online in a live or a timed format the answer is simple and basically the same. On the screen, you will see what the asking bis is, rather than the increment. For example, if the current bid is $50 and the current increment is $10, then displayed on the screen will be the asking bid of $60.

Can a bidder ask the auctioneer to accept a bid out of increment?

A bidder can ask the auctioneer to accept a bid that is out of increment. For example, there is the so-called “killer bid” where a bidder may call for a high bid in an attempt to put off other bidders. The opposite is also true where a bidder may call for a lower increment in an attempt to hopefully secure the item at a lower price.

It is totally up to the auctioneer what bids are accepted. In order to maintain control of the auction the auctioneer may not accept bids that are out of the increment stated.

Keep it fun and flowing

The main reason Hinter Auctions auctioneers use set number brackets is to keep the process fun and flowing. Most of our auctions contain between 300 – 400 lots and so it is imperative that the sales are conducted in a smooth, flowing, and fun manner. We love to see new bidders learn about the auction process and get amongst the bidding action.

If you would like to learn more about increments or the auction process feel free to contact us any time.






Navigating The Auction Online Catalogue

Navigating The Auction Online Catalogue

 Navigating The Hinter Auctions Catalogue 

Here at Hinter Auctions, we have worked towards presenting the best online catalogue and bidding platform out there. The online platform provides numerous options for the viewer and potential auction bidder.

Auction Info

Once you have clicked into the auction you are interested in we recommend that firstly you go to the “AUCTION INFO” section. This will give you all the information regarding the auction including:

  • Address details
  • Viewing times
  • Contact details
  • Shipping and collection details
  • Terms and Conditions

Auction Catalogue Search Features

The Hinter Auctions online catalogue gives the ability to search by a number of methods including:

  • Keyword
  • Category
  • Price range
  • Lot number (you can go directly to the lot if you know the lot number)

Taking A Closer Look

If a lot or item attracts your attention there is a lot more to discover. Click into the lot and scroll down to find more information in the description. Further details could include measurements, blemishes/faults, background information, additional terms and more.


The team at Hinter Auctions endeavours to capture as much detail as possible with images. There are usually several images taken of each lot detailing various aspects of the item/s. We encourage you to take the time to look at the detail in the images. If you are on a computer there is the magnifier feature and of course, if you are perusing on a smartphone or tablet simply zoom by expanding with your fingers.

Add The Lot To Your Watchlist or Ask For More Info

If after looking at the description and photographs there is the ability to add to a watch list (if you have created an account and are logged in) and/or ask for further information on the lot. To add to your watchlist simply click on “Add to Watchlist”.

If you want to know more about the lot click on “Ask a Question” enter the question in the text box and it will be directed to support for a response.

We hope you enjoy using the platform whether you are bidding in-house or online. We hope to see you at our future auctions and we are always on hand to answer any questions. Feel free to reach out at any time here…




Presenting The Blacksmith’s Anvil For Auction

Presenting The Blacksmith’s Anvil For Auction

How To Present A Blacksmith’s Anvil For Auction

Why go to the effort to present the blacksmith’s anvil for auction?

Simply put, by going to the effort to present your blacksmith’s anvil you will attract more bidder interest and potentially more dollars. At Hinter Auctions, we believe that presentation is key not only for a blacksmith’s anvil but for any item submitted for auction. Well presented items also photograph well against a clean backdrop (we use a photo booth at the auction house) which will attract the attention of catalogue visitors also.

How to simply clean the blacksmith’s anvil

For the most part, the simple use of a soft brass brush will be sufficient to clean up the blacksmith’s anvil. The use of a brush on a drill or grinder will speed up the process but a hand brush will also do the trick. During the cleaning process, the brass brush will also lay down some colour to really emphasize the clean and shiny black steel look that is pleasing to the eye. Note – be careful not to overdo it with the brass brush as to bring out an overly golden look.

Oiling or coating the blacksmith’s anvil

Oiling or coating the blacksmith’s anvil is definitely NOT RECOMMENDED. For the blacksmith to use the anvil effectively the oil or coating must be burned or cleaned off. For presentation in the auction house, it presents a real problem as firstly the lot number will not stick and as viewers will naturally want to touch the anvil there is the potential for the oil or coating to tarnish other lots.

Not just for the blacksmith’s anvil

Whilst I have demonstrated how to present the blacksmith’s anvil, this technique can be used on almost any stell item that the nice black steel look will present best. For finer items definitely opt for the handheld brass brush. For heavily rusted items it may be necessary to use a steel brush prior to the use of the brass brush.

Whatever the product is remember that presentation is key to attracting bidder interest and the best dollars at auction.




Hinter Auctions Are On The Move

Hinter Auctions Are On The Move

Hinter Auctions will now be conducting in-house auctions from new premises

Why move to a new auction house?

Whilst our previous auction house served its purpose enabling us to hold some amazing auctions it became apparent that we would grow out of it quickly. One of the main drawbacks was that the same room acted as an intake and auction room meaning that we could not take goods until the previous auction had completely cleared. Along with the need for a separate intake room extra space was required for the auction itself allowing for a better layout of lots and more room for bidders. So the hunt began to facilitate our requirements.

Where is the new auction house?

Our new auction house is situated in the industrial area of Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast.

Front Entrance

The address is:

13 Jarrah Street
Cooroy, 4563
Queensland, Australia

When will the new auction house be open?

Renovations are currently underway and we will be conducting the first in-house auction of 2022 on Sunday, February 13, 2022. The intake room (yes a separate intake room) will be open in mid-January once we have cleared the room and installed security cameras.

Benefiting auction bidders

There are several benefits to bidders attending the in-house auctions.

  • Parking – As the auction house is situated in the industrial area of Cooroy and due to the fact that a majority of auctions are held outside of normal business hours plenty of street parking is available. Limited onsite parking will be available for our disabled guests)
  • Generous auction room area – Having a larger area will allow for better viewing and easier movement around the auction room.
  • Separate registration area – As you walk in the front doors you will be greeted with a generous reception and bidder registration area. This area is separate from the auction room allowing for less disturbance during the auction.
  • Disabled access – All areas in the auction house are on level ground allowing for easy wheelchair access. One of the bathrooms has also been specially fitted with handrails.

Benefiting auction vendors

There are several benefits for vendors selling through the new auction house

Auction Intake Entrance


  • Separate and spacious intake room – The intake room is spacious and well laid out allowing for an easier view of consigned goods.
  • Flexible intake days – Whilst we will still require vendors to book for intake there will be more booking options available to enter consigned items.
  • Security – The intake room is being fitted with security cameras and will be closed off during auctions
  • Easy access – Intake is through the double doors at the back entrance. Vehicles can enter the premises through the front entrance and accessing the back entrance via the side road. Exit is via the back gate allowing for larger vehicles and trailers.

Please come and join us for our opening auction

Here at Hinter Auctions we still believe in the live auction concept despite the fact that demand requires us to add online bidding. Having bidders in the room adds to the auction atmosphere and we would love to see you at our opening auction at the new premises on Sunday, February 13, 2022.

We will keep you updated as renovations progress.

Please note that the images used on this post are for basic illustration only and the finished premises may look different