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Buying at Government Car Auctions

Aug 15, 2008
Are you thinking about buying at a government car auction? This article is designed to provide you with the details on how government seized auctions work and how they can get you the best deal on used car. Specifics may vary from auction to auction; however, the following information includes helpful and important guidelines from which everyone can benefit.

Government seized auctions are a great place to pick up high end luxury car at a fraction of its original retail price. Have you ever pulled up next to a fully loaded Mercedes at a stop light, glanced over and noticed that the driver is barely out of high school? How could they possibly afford the car payment on that kind of ride? Well, they probably purchased the vehicle at a government seized car auction and paid next to nothing for it.

If you have ever dreamed about owning a high-end luxury car or a customized vehicle loaded with aftermarket parts and accessories, you've probably done just that - dreamed about it. Paying retail price for a car like that can put a huge dent in your wallet or your savings account. However, you can get a car like that for much less.

Government car auctions get their supply from criminals. When someone is convicted of a crime, like drug trafficking, the government can seize their assets, including their vehicle. Bad for the criminals but good for you! Government seized automobiles are usually luxury vehicles - BMW, Cadillac, Mercedes, Infiniti, Lexus - and sometimes you may even come across and exotic import like an Aston Martin, Maserati, Ferrari or even a Lamborghini! Not many people can afford a car like this, but it's possible if you attend a government seized auto auction.

It costs a lot of money to store cars. That's why government agencies are quick to liquidate their surplus auto inventory as quickly as possible so that they can save money. Government car auctions may also feature their own surplus vehicles, or those no longer needed. These can be passenger vehicles, decoy cars, heavy equipment or even motorcycles, bicycles and ATVs. Other cars features at government auctions are retired police cars or fleet vehicles. These kinds of automobiles are replaced regularly by their respective agencies and are usually domestic cars with high mileage that have been meticulously maintained. You are much more likely to receive vehicle history with a government-owned and operated vehicle than you are a seized vehicle. Keep this in mind if vehicle history is important to you.

There are literally thousands of vehicles available at government seized car auctions. There could be an awesome bargain right around the corner from where you live and you may never know it if you're not looking. If you're in the market for a car, especially a high end luxury car, and you don't want to pay full retail price, government car auctions are the way to go! You will find some of the best values in the car auction market without sacrificing all of your money.
About the Author
Deb Weidenhamer is President of Auction Systems, the Southwest's most active auction and appraisal company. Check out our website for the next scheduled government seized car auction or call 800-801-8880 for more information.
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