At auto auctions you can be one of the lucky few that truly get a great deal. But it’s also possible that you could get a bad deal that might end up costing you more than you anticipated. Lets go over a few things to help increase your chances of becoming one of the lucky few.
First you should do a complete inspection of any vehicles before you bid on them. At auto auctions most vehicles will be sold as is. Which means they come with on warranty, so it’s in your best interest to spend some time checking out the vehicles. Most auction sites will have a preview time before the auction is to take place.
This might be day or maybe just a few hours before the car auction is to begin. If you feel your not qualified to do a thorough check of the vehicle, make sure you bring a friend or a mechanic along to help with this important step.
If time permits, you should get the vehicles VIN number. You can usually find it on the drivers side door or up by the windshield. Then take that number and do a car history check. This will allow you to get the complete history of the vehicle. You can see if this car was in a wreck or you can see if any major work has been done to the vehicle. This is one powerful tool that you should make sure you have.
There are many online sites, that offer this service for a small fee. Just do a search and I’m sure you will find a top notch company. So when attending auto auctions, make sure you check out any cars before you bid.