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How to Find Cheap Salvage Cars in Online Auctions?

By Mike Richards Updated: 05/22/2019 Posted: 10/21/2015

Salvage cars, or vehicles that have been “totaled” in an accident, can sometimes be hard to find without a little work. The best option for this is to visit an online auction website.

Why Choose an Online Auction?

Some people may be reticent or even uncomfortable with using the Internet to find a cheap salvage car, as you’re not going to get a chance to visually inspect the vehicle on the lot of an auction in person before bidding on it. To many this seems foolish, as one or two images displayed on an auction website are a poor substitute for examining the car personally.

However, the truth is that choosing an online auction can provide a prospective salvage car buyer with just as much information, if not more – and this makes it much easier to make an informed decision as to which vehicle you’re going to bid on and how much money you’re willing to invest in purchasing it.

Consider this: you already know that the salvage vehicles at an in-person used car auction are likely to have sustained at least some damage. While you’re at the auction, you’ll have limited time to investigate what kind of accident occurred and the extent of the damage besides the obvious.

However, many online auction sites provide detailed information for each salvage car such as odometer readings and Vehicle Identification Numbers. With the time afforded you by bidding online, you can easily run the car’s VIN through one of many online reporting services to get a clear image of the vehicle’s past.

This way, you don’t end up buying a car that looks to be in relatively good shape, only to discover that it had suffered the kind of damage that would be prohibitive to repair.

De-Stress with the Best

One of the other major benefits of an online auction over an in-person auction that it is much less stressful. If you’ve never been to a car auction before, you need to know that these events are often intense and chaotic, filled with noise and distractions that can make it difficult to concentrate at best and downright stressful at worst.

Even if you’re experienced at car auctions, the physical and mental exertion required to travel to an auction and then engage in the bidding process can be exhausting.

In comparison, the online bidding process is only as stressful as you make it. It’s a completely solitary experience, as the only things you need are a computer and an Internet connection, which means you control the environment when it comes the time to bid.

All you have to do in an online car auction, if you do place the winning bid on a salvage vehicle, is make arrangements for the auction to transport the car directly to your address. The most stressful thing you’re going to have to do is take the keys on delivery and get to work on reconditioning the vehicle for the road once more.

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