Can you really get a good car at Government Auctions?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by madrox99, Feb 3, 2006.

  1. madrox99

    madrox99 Guest

    Is an Auction worth it for buying a car? There's info on Google yes,
    but I'm curious for current first hand experience. Any experiences
    good or bad? I already know the basics of not to buy if title isn't
    available, to not pay more than bluebook (duh) and to do a search on
    the VIN. Otherwise, can you *really* get a good deal at an auction?

    I do not want to buy a new car until I have the cash to buy it up-front
    and/or lease for no more than 1 year MAXIMUM. Maximum.

    There are a lot of scams out there, and my gut instinct is to say it's
    too good to be true, why doesn't everyone do it? But then again, not
    everybody runs and lifts weights. These are two websites I browsed a
    little:

    http://www.topsitereviews.info/auctions.html
    http://www.cheaporfreecars.com/preview.html
     
    madrox99, Feb 3, 2006
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    yahmed Guest

    Actually I am interested in this answer too.

    Here in Ontario, I was told that they have "dealer auctions" where only
    dealer can go and bid on lease returned vehicles. Almost all the small
    independent dealers get their vehicles from there. Some dealers here
    even make customers by showing them vehicles before the auction and set
    the maximum price they can bid on customer behalf. If they win it in
    auction, dealer charge $500 as commission.

    The auctions have three categoris red, orange and green. red means some
    problem with the car and will be sold as is. orange means no major
    mechanical or body work and green means its a good car with a few days
    of warrenty.

    Is it worth buying from there?
     
    yahmed, Feb 3, 2006
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    GregoryD Guest

    Yes, you can, but it's probably not going to be as great a deal as you
    think. There are usually no lack of used car dealers at these car auctions
    who will knock the price of the cars up quite a bit. Still, every once in a
    while, you'll get an excellent value. My ex-gf got a less than 1 year old
    fully loaded Jeep Grand Cherokee for about 16K, but her dad is a car dealer
    and she has asked the guy who goes to the auctions for him to keep an eye
    out for that particular model.
     
    GregoryD, Feb 3, 2006
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    Scott Blair Guest

    If you go to a police or sheriffs auction you might be able to find some
    nice riced out Honda or Toyota that they seized in a drug bust.

    Scott
     
    Scott Blair, Feb 3, 2006
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    notbob Guest

    WTF is "riced out"? How is an Asian car hotrodded with American speed
    parts "riced out"?

    nb
     
    notbob, Feb 3, 2006
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  6. You might, but I have heard that most of the cars sold at government
    auctions are used up government fleet cars, usually the base trim
    version of whatever model was the lowest bid for that year.
     
    Gordon McGrew, Feb 3, 2006
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    SoCalMike Guest

    i went to an impound auction, and all the cars were abandoned beaters.
    almost all were under $1000, and looked it.
     
    SoCalMike, Feb 4, 2006
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    longlivetheZ Guest

    Dude...those are the fun ones! Wish I could find a car that runs ok
    for a couple hundred bucks! Buddy of mine had a Cutlass that he bought
    from some old lady for $75. It ran fine. Oooooooooooooooh the shit we
    did to that car...lol
     
    longlivetheZ, Feb 4, 2006
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    jmattis Guest

    WTF is "riced out"? How is an Asian car hotrodded with American speed

    It simply refers to the practice of taking a small Asian car, and doing
    the modifications to make it either look or go fast. It is not
    considered to be a racial term at all, although it is used as a
    perjoritive one by people opposed to the practice.

    Some people think it is just stupid to put a 5-inch exhaust on a Civic
    that can be heard for four blocks, but doesn't go any faster. If this
    nonsense is getting anybody laid, I will start supporting it. Just let
    me know.
     
    jmattis, Feb 4, 2006
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    the Bede Guest

    uh-huh.
     
    the Bede, Feb 4, 2006
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    Ralph Snart Guest

    kinda like any japanese bike is a 'rice burner'.
     
    Ralph Snart, Feb 4, 2006
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