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Bidding at Auto Auctions

Aug 20, 2008
Online auction sites are the best way to buy new or used autos. It saves time and you need not have to visit the auction zone to buy the desired vehicle. Thus, if you are contemplating to buy auto through online auction site, you need to be aware of the entire procedure that takes in an online auto auction.

When you log on to auction websites, you will have to register at a particular website. To participate in the auction, you need to be above 18 years of age. To register, you will have to enter your personal details such as name, contact number, address and e-mail address in an online application form. Check out the terms and conditions of the website before filling the registration or application form.

After submitting the registration form, a message appears on the screen giving you the instructions to check the details before submitting the form. Later, the authorities of auction site will verify your details, and will then send a bid number, password to you through e-mail. You need to use this password and bid number, while bidding. Moreover, you can use the same details, if you wish to participate in future auctions too.

How to Place a Bid?

On the main portal, you need to choose the auction that is likely to enter. As the bidding process begins, you have to place your bid. Place the maximum bid for autos, so that you stand better opportunity to win the bid. To participate in the bid, enter password as well as bidding number in the box, present on the screen and hit the submit button.

While placing the bid you will come across several technical terms. For instance, in an online auction, you need to enter the maximum bid. Maximum bid is the utmost dollar sum that you wish to pay for the autos. For instance, as you enter your maximum bid, the online system will start bidding for you.

If you have entered the maximum bid amount as $400 and regular bid amount as $200 and no one has placed bid on that auto, you win the bid at $200. Let us consider that a bidder places $225 bid on a car then also, you will win the bid with $225 and one increment level, which means your bid becomes $225 + $25. Although, other bidders can see your regular bids, but they cannot see your maximum bid, as authorities keep maximum bids confidential.

To see the present bidding scenario, you need to refresh the bidding page after every few minutes.

How to Know Whether You Have Won the Bid?

If you have placed a high bid on autos, online auction authorities will send you an e-mail at the end of that auction. The e-mail will contain details regarding the payment and car ownership procedure.

You can opt to pay through credit card, money order, cashiers check, check or through other form of online money transfer. Thus, online auctions are a convenient way to purchase autos.
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