By Gregory Ashton
Car auctions are a good place to get good a bargain on cars.
But buying cars from auctions can be very complicated. This is
particularly true for the uninitiated. Of course the cars in
auctions are generally cheaper. But they are cheap because
lack the guarantees that come with cars bought from dealers.
rules in auctions are simple, you bid an item, you pay for it,
and you own it.
It is therefore not advisable for persons without much
experience in motor vehicles to just go to an auction and buy
What you’ll need if you’re planning to buy a car in an auction
is a good eye, good observation skills and a willingness to
learn the car auction process.
You can even make it a business by buying cars at auction and
then selling them at a profit. There are several people who
have made huge profits by buying and selling cars at auction.
There are basically two kinds of car auctions, local car
auctions and online car auctions. Each of the auctions works
differently. Each has a different set of rules so you must
study them very carefully if you are planning to buy a car
either kind of auction.
If you want to buy a vehicle in a car auction you must first
pre-register with the local auction you want to join. The
pre-registration process won’t take much of your time and will
provide you all the essential information that you will need
order to buy a car. An auction site will often have an auction
staff who will explain to you the rules of their auction site
and the procedures and instruction on how to participate and
bid on the cars.
It is wise to inspect the cars before the actual bidding
begins. Ask the auction organizer or staff if they can allow
you to take a closer look at the cars before the start of the
actual auction. Another wise decision is to set your payment
limit before the actual sale. This way, you won’t fall victim
to the trap of overbidding.
As in other auctions, it is very important that you signal
bids carefully to the car auctioneer to avoid confusion.
your transaction as soon as the auction ends. Look for the
block clerk and settle your accounts with him. A car auction
staff will usually be available to assist you when you are
ready to pay for the vehicle you have won. He should also be
able to guarantee you a good title for the vehicle.
You must also check the vehicle after you have won and
your account. Take the vehicle for a test drive and make sure
that it conforms to the guarantee and representation made
during the auction.
Most auction sites would accept check or credit card if you
cannot pay the car with cash. An auction staff will also
usually give you a third party financing offer. It is
though to have your own finances ready before entering a car
auction. Outside financing is usually cheaper than most
in-house financing of auction sites.
Ask for an invoice copy from the auction staff. This will
enable you to drive or ship your newly bought car to your
location. Most car auction managers will give you good deals
shipping arrangements so inquire about this.
There really are no significant differences between a local
auction and an online auction. Online car auctions work more
less the same way as local ones. The only disadvantage of
auction sites is that you won’t be able to inspect the car as
you would in an actual car auction. In participating in online
car auctions be sure that you will be provided with all the
necessary information about the car upfront and that there is
an actual photograph of the vehicle.
Cars bought from an online auction are usually shipped to the
buyer for a minimal fee. Inspect the car immediately upon
arrival at your location to minimize risks.
You are now ready for your first car auction. Happy bidding!
About The Author: Gregory Ashton, your resident automobile
enthusiast, bringing to you over 20 years of vehicular
and expertise; presents for your approval his insider secrets
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