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A Government Or Police Auction Is The Best Place To Buy A Car

Jun 24, 2008
Check out a government or police auction the next time you buy a new/used car. It doesn't matter if you're looking for a car, truck, or SUV, you can find them all there at super discounted prices.

Previously, it has been very hard for the general public to be able to take part in these auctions. Today though, you can gain admittance to public car auctions fairly easily, although the "dealer only" auctions are still closed to us. You can also use one of the online public auctions as surprisingly it really doesn't cost too much to ship a car - especially if you have saved a lot on the car purchase.

If you are wondering if people are going to these auctions in droves you might be surprised by the answer. A common misconception by the public is that all you will find there are old, delapidated cars which is definitely not true. Also, people still haven't got used to the idea of these auctions now be readily found instead of some closely guarded secret.

Are you wondering just where all these vehicles being auctioned off came from? Well, some of the vehicles are seized by government agencies such as local and state police, the FBI, IRS, DEA and ATF for various offenses. Still others come from government agencies that are trading their vehicles in for newer ones. Even though these are top quality cars, trucks and SUVs, they still need to get rid of them.

Car auctions can save you a ton of money. The regular retail price can't even come close to the price you can get in public car auctions. If you know what you are looking for, you can find a car in extremely good condition for a fraction of the retail value.

If you are considering purchasing a vehicle at one of these government or police auctions, make sure to give it a mechanical inspection before bidding on it. If you're buying a later model vehicle, it should come with whatever Manufacturer's Warranty still remains on the vehicle. Regardless, even if the vehicle is still under warranty you are still wise to check it out.

There are a few simple tests that you can perform yourself and if the prospective vehicle doesn't pass these tests with flying colors, find another car! Start by placing your foot on the brake, and then putting the car in drive and reverse several times. Make sure the car doesn't lunge at all or make a clunking sound when you shift into another gear. Take a moment to check for any leaking, spots, or stains under the car, and take a pass on any car where the oil is thick to the point of being pasty.

To get the most from a government or police auction, make sure you know what type of car/truck/SUV you're looking for and its' current market price so you can determine if you really are making a good purchase. Don't forget to either do a mechanical once-over yourself, or have a qualified professional check under the hood. Remember, various government agencies or police departments are not in the used car biz - they simply want to get rid of these cars fast, and because of that you can be pretty sure you will be getting a great price. Welcome to the age of no haggling, no negotiating car purchasing.
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Before you buy your next new or used vehicle, visit a government or police auction in your area. You can get the vehicle of your dreams for a heavily discounted price. Find out how how to save thousands at a government or police auction .
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