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What to Know Before Buying a Salvage Car at an Auction 

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

Buying auction cars online can be a great way to find a second vehicle, a first vehicle, or an everyday work vehicle for many people. People living in the United States, as well as many other countries around the world, are taking advantage of car auctions as a means to get into a vehicle at a reduced price.

However, those who are new to the idea of an online car auction need to know a few things before they start their first bid.

Some Auctions Are for Dealers Only

One of the things that few people actually realize is that there are more than just public and government auctions. In fact, some of the best vehicles are only available through dealer auctions, and these auctions are only accessible by other dealers.

Since you aren’t a dealer, you need to work with a third party dealer that can provide you access to the vehicles in these auctions. They can take care of the bidding for you, purchase the vehicle, and even have it shipped to you.

Beauty Is Skin Deep

Another thing that you should know before buying through online car auctions is that the photos of the vehicle do not always tell the entire story. The vehicles have likely gone through some refurbishment to the exterior. The photos may be taken at certain angles that help to hide the extent of the damage.

You can’t only go by what the photos tell you about a vehicle. You should always take the time to learn more about the vehicle. What caused it to be a salvage title? What kind of damage does it have and what repairs have already been made to the vehicle?

By learning more about the vehicle, it will help you to come up with a bid that actually makes sense. After all, you do not want to overspend on a vehicle that you will then have to repair extensively.

Bidding Wars Could Get You into Trouble

The idea of getting a new vehicle can be very exciting. In fact, it can be so exciting that some people forget all about their budget and they keep bidding even though the price is getting out of their range. Getting into bidding wars with other buyers is a bad idea, as you could overspend on the vehicle and then not have enough money to cover the cost of shipping and exporting.

You Don’t Have to Be in the US

You can go through online car auctions to find vehicles if you live in other countries. Again, working with a third party dealer can make it easier to find quality salvage vehicles that are right for you.

Now that you know more about car auctions and what you can expect, start looking for your next vehicle. It’s a great way to save some substantial money.

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