Useful tips for buying from vehicle auctions

В рубриках: Automobile | Автор: admin 28.10.2011

Useful Tips for Buying From Vehicle Auctions

Auctions are a rich source of cheap pre-owned vehicles. And these vehicles come from a variety of sources: private owners looking to dispose of their cars by selling them at online auctions; insurance companies attempting to recoup their losses by selling vehicles at salvage auctions; and government auctions selling seized or forfeited vehicles.

Whether you choose to buy from an online vehicle auction or a traditional auction, the basics are the same. However, it is always a good idea to be prepared even before attempting that first bid.
Here a few tips that might prove to be useful when buying from vehicle auctions:  
1. Do your homework. Know what you want to buy. You should also have a good idea of what the car is worth. If you are not familiar with cars, bring someone with you who does.
2. Don’t rush.
When you arrive at the auction, immediately take a look around. Get a catalogue, walk around, and examine the vehicles. Take time to choose the vehicle that interests you, and if possible, select a couple of back-ups should you unfortunately lose the first bid.

3. Check the car.
Remember to check the car’s overall exterior condition (paintwork, trim, tires) as well as its interior condition (seats and carpets) prior to buying. Most auction vehicles are sold “as is”, so take every opportunity to examine them thoroughly before fishing out your wallet.
4. Set a budget.
It is important to set a limit on what you are prepared to pay. Also remember that for older cars, you should set aside some extra funds for minor repairs.
5. Be flexible.
In other words, don’t be a compulsive buyer. Don’t overlook some obvious faults just because you like a vehicle’s color or you like a particular model. Larger auctions have more than 1,000 vehicles available so if you miss your first choice you have a lot more to choose from. 
Purchasing vehicles from auctions is definitely a bargain especially if you know what you are looking for. But it is also a huge risk and there are a lot of scammers out there who are looking for a quick buck. It is important to take all the necessary precautions to minimize the risk of losing your money.

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