How local auctions work
Participating at local auctions is the best way for you to find the car that you want at very reasonable prices. However, if you haven’t been to a local car auction yet, then below are some things that you can expect during auctions of that type. Keep in mind, though, that auctioneers might have different ways of conducting their auctions so simply keep this as a general guide.
First of all, auctioned vehicles come from a variety of sources. They usually are repossessed cars that are being sold by the institutions that loaned them. Others were seized by the government, especially the police.
The institutions usually sell the vehicles at a very low price because the money that they’ll get is only used to cover administrative costs and the costs in handling them. And since they are being sold for very low prices, it is therefore not surprising that people often fight tooth and nail just to get the car that they want.
If you wish to join in auto auctions, auctioneers usually require buyers to pre-register first. Only when they have registered will they be allowed to bid on any car being auctioned off.
Before you bid, you should inquire if you can check out your desired car first. This will help you check not only if you like the car or not but also if the car indeed is in its advertised condition. Otherwise, don’t bid on the car.
When the bidding process has begun, the buyer will then signal to the auctioneer the value of his bid. This should be done carefully in order to avoid confusion between the auctioneer and the buyer.
The bidding is over when a buyer outbids everyone. The winning buyer will then proceed to the clerk to pay for the car that he won. There are usually several payment options available to buyers. But to be on the safe side, it is always better to pay in cash. Once the account is settled, the buyer can now go home with his ‘new’ second-hand car.
That’s how auto auctions work in general. Again, there may be variations among auctioneers so you should always check out with them first about the actual auction process.
Cedric S. is a writer for www.articles-r-us.net