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How to Find the Best Deals on Salvage Cars for Sale at Car Auctions?

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

Salvage cars are some of the most commonly sold vehicles at car auctions. You can find some excellent vehicles at great prices when you know what you are doing and what to look for with the vehicle. The following tips will help you to understand how to find salvage cars as best deal.

Know the Value of the Vehicle

Try your best to learn the value of the vehicle on which you will be bidding. You want to check the value for the salvaged version of the vehicle, based on the type of salvage it was. Then, you know the amount that you should not exceed when you are bidding.

For example, if the salvaged vehicle carries a real value of $3,000, you know that will be your limit in the auction. You don’t want to pay more for the vehicle than it is actually worth given its current condition.

Know the Reason It Carries a Salvaged Title

Also, learn as much about the car as possible. What problems or damage does it have and why does it received a salvage title in DMV? Was it in a flood? Was it vandalized or stolen and then recovered by the police?

These things will be helpful in finding a better idea of just how much the vehicle is worth, which is essential when you are trying to find the value.

Consider the Cost of Repairs and Exporting

When you buy a salvage car, you will usually have to do some repairs so you can get it on the road. Know the cost, or at least an estimate of the costs, before you buy it or put in a bid. You want to make sure that the price of the repairs is not so high that you would be better off buying a car through other means. Additionally, consider how much you will have to pay to have the vehicle shipped to your country.

Do Not Get Pulled into a Bidding War

No matter how much you love a vehicle that you find in car auction, do not fall into a bidding war. This will simply drive up the price to a level that you should not pay. Remember your budget and the actual value of the vehicle.

When you work with a third party dealer that can take care of the bidding for you, it is much easier to find and get a salvage car that is right for your needs. You want to see if they have a buy now option as well, which could be available for some of the vehicles they are offering. This way, you will not even have to bid, and you’ll know exactly what you are paying.

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