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Car Auction: Pros And Cons Of Purchasing An Auto At Auctions

Feb 11, 2008
Are you used to purchasing different items at auctions? If you are, perhaps you are considering buying a vehicle at car auctions.

You probably might know some people and investors who constantly buy repossessed and second-hand cars at car auctions. Then, you should know that auto purchase at such occasions would not just be practical but also could be a very wise move, investment wise.

In the United States and in almost all developed countries worldwide, regular car auctions are regularly held at cities, towns and communities. And certainly, there are always numerous car buyers who are lining up and bidding to purchase autos.

Through the years, there must be numerous perks and advantages to buying cars at auctions. And of course, there are several disadvantages as well. It would be helpful if you would ponder on the pros and cons of buying a car at car auctions. First, take a look at the following advantages.

1. Cars at auctions are usually very cheap compared to cars sold at conventional car dealerships and distributors. That is why people who are into a limited budget are always falling into queues just to get to almost every car auction in the community.

2. You would be able to secure and purchase the best and functionally reliable autos at car auctions. The organizers always make sure each vehicle they sell at auctions are of high quality and are very much in good condition for buyers to want to buy it.

3. The best car brands and models are sold at very reasonable prices.

4. There are many vintage cars that could almost pass as collectors' items that are sold at auctions. And of course, at very cheap and reasonable prices.

After the advantages, it would be wise to also take a look at the possible and usual setbacks of buying cars at auctions.

1. Cars are cheap because they are usually repossessed or confiscated cars. Second-hand cars sold can also not be second hand at all, but third-hand, fourth-hand and so on.

2. Many cars auctioned are not of good mechanical condition. Some of them are just refurbished and made to look good and functional during the auction but when the buyer finally use the cars, flaws and damages would start appearing.

3. Most or almost all cars sold at auctions do not have warranties and insurance coverage, not unlike their counterparts sold at traditional and formal dealers and distributors.

4. There is a possibility that you may be acquiring a 'hot' car or a vehicle that has been illegally smuggled into the country or has been stolen and then sold to the market. You may have troubles over the car's ownership in the future.

Car buyers are divided on their stand on whether it is advantageous or not to purchase autos at auctions. You would have to decide for yourself with regards to this. You may expand the given lists of pros and cons above so that you would come up with a more informed decision as you move to buy your own car.

When deciding on whether you would purchase an auto at auction, you can first take advice from experts or hear feedbacks from car buyers who have already acquired cars at such auctions.
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