Why Online Auctions Aren’t Just for Car Dealers? 

By Mike Richards Updated: 07/30/2018 Posted: 10/21/2015

The world of online auctions has been the exclusive purview of car dealers for years. While it’s true that there have always been ways to bid on vehicles on some auction sites such as eBay or the occasional used car auction open to the public, when it comes to brand new cars being offered at wholesale prices, the average car shopper was barred entry. These new car auctions – both online and in person – were only available to individuals or companies with a dealer license.

However, today this is no longer the case. Thanks to companies that maintain their own dealer licenses that have been set up to provide third-party access to individuals that aren’t a member of the car dealer community, some of these formerly off-limits dealer auctions are now open to anyone and everyone – and the benefits are many.

Here’s how these third-party proxy bidding companies can make your life easier while providing you with access to the elite world of online dealer auctions.

Access is Easier than Anything

In the past, the only way to truly gain access to a dealer auction for someone not in the community was to have a personal connection to someone who did have a dealer license. This usually took the form of being friends with or being related to someone who had their own car dealership or who owned an auto body shop that refurbished old, broken-down salvage cars into working condition for resale to the general public.

It also meant that if you did have someone you knew that was willing to bid on new cars on your behalf, you had to accompany them on trips to dealer auctions under the pretense of being an employee who would drive a vehicle won at auction back to the dealership or garage.

However, this is obviously unnecessary with online dealer auctions. Not only do these third party companies do all the proxy bidding for you, you never have to leave the comfort of your own home in order to place bids on new cars.

You simply tell the company which car you want to bid on and how much you want to bid and they’ll do the actual bidding for you. You just need to pay for the vehicle out of your own funds. It’s a much more elegant and streamlined system that makes the entire process as stress-free as possible.

In fact, if you’re the type of person who has a hard time in chaotic environments, it’s almost a requirement to purchase your new car from an online auction instead of being present at a live auction.

Most dealer auctions are massive, all-day affairs that involve large crowds and multi-lane auctions with cars constantly being driven in, bid on, and driven out. Combined with the rapid-fire speech of not just one auctioneer but one for every active lane, being present at a dealer auction in person can be a harrowing experience that is better avoided if at all possible.

Online Auctions Mean Never Lifting a Finger

Meanwhile, if you do win a bid through a third-party dealer online, you’re not going to have to do anything else if you don’t want to. Since these companies have their own employees who can transport purchased vehicles off the auction lot, you won’t be stuck driving for hours in a brand-new car that you’re completely unfamiliar with. Your third-party proxy company will have their own staff load the vehicle onto a transport truck or simply drive it themselves to your address.

This will cost you extra of course, but these companies charge reasonable and competitive rates. Additionally, since new cars sold at dealer auction are close to wholesale price, you’re still saving a bundle on the price of a new car compared to buying the same vehicle at a traditional car lot.

In many cases, a third party bidder will even be able to offer vehicle transport to foreign countries. If you’re emigrating to somewhere off American soil or if you’re already an expat living there, you can ask the company to make the necessary arrangements for getting the car through customs, loading it onto a container ship or a roll on/roll off transport, and having it shipped overseas.

All you’ll have to do – besides paying for the cost of transport and any import duty taxes or fees at your destination port – is to simply show up when the cargo gets there and take possession of your new vehicle.

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