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Buy a Car at Auction and Save Big 

By Mike Richards Updated: 08/18/2022 Posted: 10/21/2015

Are you thinking of buying a vehicle? But you are afraid of spending too much on buying from a traditional dealer. One of the options you might want to consider is an auction. You can often buy a car at auction for far less than you could through any other means. This is quickly becoming a popular way for the frugally minded to get the vehicle they want.


Great Prices and Great Selection, When You Know What to Look For

People are attracted to auctions because they like the idea of saving money. They know that there is the potential to save a lot of money when they are buying through an auction. Also, many auctions have a wide range of vehicles to choose from. In fact, you can even find some wholesale auctions that have new vehicles available. These are typically dealer auctions. Though, so you will need to work with a dealer that can help you bid on those vehicles. This may be worth it since you can get some high-quality vehicles at wholesale prices.

You should also be careful when it comes to choosing the auction house you are going to buy your vehicle. Ideally, they should be in business for a number of years and have a good reputation. This will increase the likelihood that they are forthcoming about the vehicles they are offering. So you can find out more about them.

Searching for your vehicle can be overwhelming, as there are many options available. Just as you would when buying a car from a dealer, take your time to think about what you actually need and how much you can spend. You will find that this makes sorting through the choices at auction much easier. You can focus on the ones that are within your price range and then consider whether they are good choices based on their condition.


Is It Always a Good Deal?

Of course, when you buy a car through an auction, you have to take just as many precautions as you would when you buy elsewhere. This means you need to consider carefully the cars you want to bid on and research them as much as possible before you place your bid. It’s always a good idea to look up the vehicle history to determine more about what might be wrong with it and why it is at auction.

Many of the vehicles at auction have salvage titles. This is not necessarily a bad thing, though, as it generally means you are able to save far more on the cost of your vehicle. Even when you factor in the cost of the repairs, you still have the potential to save a lot of money.

When you are buying a car from an auction, especially an online auction, you should also consider how you will get the vehicle to your location.

When you buy in person, if the vehicle has a salvage title, you still need to make sure you can tow it to your home or to a mechanic so it can be repaired, as these vehicles are not allowed on the road. If you are buying from an online auction, the vehicle could be thousands of miles from where you are.

If you buy a car from overseas, this problem becomes even greater. You have to consider the shipping costs of the vehicle, as well as any export and import duties you will have to pay if you are out of the country.

When you are creating your budget for the auction, make sure you account for these additional expenses. It is easy to be tempted by the low bidding prices and fail to take into account all the additional expenses. You can still find some phenomenal deals, but make sure you know all of your expenses first.


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