Buyer Tips

Checklist: Now You’ve Won A Car At The Auction, What Next? 

By Daisy Emah-Emah Posted: 10/18/2023

Congratulations on winning your dream car!

Winning an auction is a thrilling victory, but what happens next? How do you navigate the post-auction process smoothly? 

In this guide, we’ll delve into the post-auction process, covering essential steps and offering valuable tips to make your purchase experience as delightful as winning the auction itself.

What to Do After Winning a Car Auction

1. Pay For Your Car And Pick It Up From The Car Auction Lot 

This is usually done immediately after the auction. You may be able to pay with a variety of methods, including cash, credit card, or wire transfer. Be sure you are using the right method to avoid costly delays that could lead to late payment penalties or storage while waiting for payment to clear. 

Also, be sure to have pre-arranged the pickup or spoken to a trucker or shipper(if exporting) before buying to ensure timeline pickup and avoid sometimes steep daily storage fees. 

2. Get Your Car Inspected By A Mechanic 

Identifying any potential problems before you start driving your new car is important. You can take your car to any mechanic of your choice, but it is a good idea to choose one who is experienced with inspecting auction cars.

Again, avoid driving the vehicle or putting it to use before having a qualified mechanic look it over. You don’t want your engine to knock because the engine oil was short, or having to contend with an engine rebuild because of overheating that could have been avoided by checking that your coolant level is normal and the engine is being cooled properly. 

3. Transfer The Title Into Your Name 

You can usually do this at your local DMV. You will need to provide the auction house with your name, address, and contact information. They will then send you the title, which you must sign and return.

4. Purchase Insurance For Your Car

You are required to have car insurance before you can drive your new or used car. You can shop around for insurance quotes from different companies to find the best deal.

5. Register Your Car With The DMV 

This is the final step in getting your new car on the road. You will need to provide the DMV with the title, insurance information, and proof of payment.

Tips for a Seamless Car Auction Purchase Experience

– Stay Organized: Create a dedicated folder or digital space to keep all your auction-related documents in one place. This will help you stay organized and quickly access any necessary information.

– Clarify All Terms: If you’re uncertain about any aspect of the auction process, don’t hesitate to reach out to the auction house for clarification. It’s better to have a clear understanding of the terms before proceeding.

– Inspect Your Purchase: Upon receiving your item, inspect it thoroughly to ensure it matches the auction description and meets your expectations. If any discrepancies arise, contact the auction house promptly to resolve the issue.

– Communicate Effectively: Maintain open communication with the auction house. Timely and clear communication can significantly contribute to a smooth post-auction process.

– Plan for all Costs: Be mindful of potential additional costs such as taxes, shipping fees, or any other expenses associated with your purchase. Budget accordingly to avoid surprises.

Winning an auction is exciting, but successfully navigating the post-auction process is equally important. Following these steps and tips will guide you through the journey, ensuring a seamless transition from auction victory to ownership bliss.

How We Can Help

Auto Auction Mall can help you in a number of ways:

– Get Access to Dealer-Only Car Auctions

Auto Auction Mall is a Copart authorized partner and representative, which means that you can access the entire inventory of over 250,000 vehicles without requiring a membership fee or a dealer’s license. This gives you the opportunity to save money on your next car purchase, as dealers typically pay less than retail prices at auctions.

– Get Help From a Dedicated Auction Specialist. 

We assign each customer a dedicated auction specialist who can help you find the right car for your needs and budget. They can also answer your questions about the auction process and help you place bids.

– Bid and Purchase Cars Online 

We allow you to bid and purchase cars online from the comfort of your home. This is a convenient and easy way to buy a car, and it allows you to shop from a wider selection of vehicles than you might be able to find at a local dealership.

– Get your car Shipped to Your Location. 

We offer shipping services, so you can have your car delivered to your location after you purchase it. This is a great option if you live far from the auction, outside of the US, or if you don’t have a way to transport the car yourself.

Auto Auction Mall can help you save money and time on your next car purchase. we offer a wide range of services to make the process as easy and convenient as possible.

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