The Truth About Damaged Car Auctions
The first thing to remember is that although they are called damaged car auctions it does not mean that the cars are damaged beyond repair nor that
they are non-drivable. Sometimes there are only a few minor problems and the vehicle can be easily fixed. When you are purchasing vehicles from
damaged car auctions you have the choice and indeed are allowed to inspect the vehicle prior to placing a bid. I would suggest that you do this to
prevent purchasing a problem that is larger than you expect or something that just can't be fixed. If you are not mechanically minded it's a good idea to
take along someone that knows a bit about cars to get a second opinion.
Most damaged car auctions are held by government approved auctioneers. The intention of the government is (believe it or not) to not make a profit on
these damaged vehicles. This means bidding is free to start at ridiculously low prices. This is good news for buyers and sometimes means that a
bidder can get these cars for 95% off the market value price.
The auction process is so easy and professional. You get reliable authentic documents, vehicle reports and you also have a chance to inspect the
vehicle throughly prior to bidding. The inspection periods can be the day before or a few hours before the auction starts. As I mentioned, the basic
recommendation is that you bring along someone like a mechanic to help you rule out major problems. No amount of saving (not even 95% off market
value) can help if the car is not what you expected and indeed is a lemon or damaged beyond reasonable repair. In addition rust can be one of those
silent but deadly traits of a damaged car that is why I recommend that you have the car throughly inspected yourself or have a professional on hand to
double check the condition of the whole vehicle, underneath the chassis, inside the guards and under the hood.
Damaged car auctions held over the Internet are a great convenience to many people. The best thing is you can choose the car from the picture