Car auctions are a great way to get the vehicle that you want for really low prices. However, for the uninitiated, car auctions are a minefield that can hurt them, especially their pockets. To prevent the same thing from happening to you, we have come up with a list of tips that you should keep in mind when bidding in auto auctions.
1. Keep tabs of the current price of the car that you want. This is important if you don’t want to bid too much on a particular car. You can find price guides in several publications and websites and they would help you determine the average price of the car that you want.
2. Make sure that the papers of the car are clean. By clean, it means that the car has been sourced legally. One way you can do a background check of the particular car being sold is by opening an account at websites like Carfax. It is a website that provides you with a history of the vehicle by entering its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the search tab of the site. Aside from checking possible problems with the car’s registration, Carfax also checks if it has been salvaged, flooded, among other things.
3. The vehicles being auctioned are sold ‘as is’. If the vehicle is sold as is, it means that if you win the auction, you will win the car, warts and all. So if the car has problems or if you find out later that it had a previous damage, you cannot go after the auction house because it was sold as it is. To keep yourself from having problems later on, it would be good to check the car first. Or if you don’t know how to check a car, bring along a friend with you who knows cars well. This can be different, though, in the case of online car auctions. In the case of online auctions, you have to be extra careful because you are not given the chance to check out the car yourself.
4. You’ll always end up paying for more than the selling price. This is especially the case with cars that are sold ‘as is’. More often than not, they have problems that you will have to get fixed later on. Factor that in too, when buying a car at an auction. If you can save more money buying a new car, buy a new one rather than winning one at an auction with hidden flaws.
Cedric S. is a writer for www.articles-r-us.net
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