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The Ultimate Guide To Public Auto Auctions (w/ Savings Examples)

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Public auto auctions: If you ever found yourself wondering how normal, working people you see all around you, afford almost brand new cars or pickup trucks, this post is for you. Let us reveal a well-kept secret: auto auctions are now open to not only those with dealer’s licenses but to everyone, you just don’t know about it!

You are in the right place, this is the only guide to public auto auctions you will ever need.

By the end of this public auction guide you will learn:

  • How much you can SAVE by buying at public auto auctions (up to 70%)
  • Just how EASY it is to buy a good car at an auction (Literally everyone can do it)
  • Why dealerships do NOT want you to know this (It’s their secret to big profits)
  • Where and how to GET ACCESS

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Auction savings examples by car brands

Before you dive deeper into getting access to these auctions, let’s talk about how much can you actually save on a car. That’s what we are here for and what we all want in the end, cheaper cars. Here are some examples from several auction database’s.

Mercedes-Benz Auctions

Click HERE for more Mercedes examples.

mercedes benz auctions

Toyota Auctions

Click HERE for more Toyota auction examples.

toyota auctions

BMW Auctions

Click HERE for more BMW auction examples.

bmw auctions

JDM Car Auctions

Click HERE for more JDM examples.

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Chevrolet Corvette Auctions

Click HERE for more Corvette examples.

corvette c7 auction

Subaru savings examples – database excerpt

By clicking on the links we provided at each car brand you can see more savings examples tables like this. We want to provide you with realistic expectations of the savings you can expect. This data is taken directly from the recently finished auctions.

subaru auctions

Everything you need to know about Public Auto Auctions (Frequently Asked Questions)

If you are new to this, we believe you have many questions. Here is our list of frequently asked questions that might relieve some of the confusion.

What Are Public auto auctions?

Public auto auctions are self-explanatory, they are car auctions open to the public. To access hundreds of repossessed or government vehicles you used to need a dealer’s license which is hard and complicated to get. This also explains why used car dealerships never run of “stock”. They grab the best deals at public auto auctions and resell the vehicles they bought for a low price. Just simple business really.

Well, those same public auto auctions aren’t only opened to dealers nowadays. By gaining access, you too can see the online catalogue of used, repossessed and government vehicles that are selling for one-third of their market price. It is only a matter of access, some of these auctions are free to join, while others require paying a small fee.

Why are the cars so cheap? How can this be true?

Every day, thousands of Americans fall behind on their car loans or lease payments. As a result, their new or nearly new cars are repossessed or seized by financial institutions and hastily auctioned off because the cost of storing the cars exceeds the banks’ ability to recover the lost money (same goes for police auctions, etc.).

Consequently, lucky people who have access to direct sources where these repo cars are being sold are getting slammed with dirt cheap deals that look unbelievable to the average car buyer. This is real and is being exploited by many car dealers as well as a very small number of members of the public.

Even the US government, due to its policies and general financial considerations, has to sell its own vehicles after a certain period of time. These vehicles have been put on the books and offered to the public.

So why wouldn’t everyone buy a car this way?

As you can imagine, this is a very protected revenue stream for most car dealerships and is not advertised to the public. However, we have gathered enough information and access rights to provide our members with a variety of direct sources where you can find your next vehicle at up to 90% savings off the book value price.

Are these cars serviced and in good condition?

Yes, government agencies not only place great emphasis on the care and maintenance of their vehicles, but it is also part of their organizational responsibility to comply with workplace safety regulations, etc. You will find that most vehicles have stamped logbooks, complete with service history. In addition, many are still under the manufacturer’s warranty. Most vehicles are only 2-3 years old and most have between 25,000 – 40,000 miles on them.

How can you find public auto auctions near your location?

We understand your worries, no one or nearly nobody wants to bid on a car, without seeing it in person. You’re in luck, most of the states and even bigger towns are regularly hosting these auctions. By gaining access to the entire catalogue of government and repossessed vehicles you can easily sort those vehicles by location and see where they are being auctioned off.

If you live in a big city or near a big city, you are in luck. These auctions happen quite regularly so finding the right deal for you is no issue. Public auto auctions of extremely cheap vehicles are a common thing in most states and cities, you just don’t know about them yet.

When gaining access to the auction database you receive immediate access to direct information about a large amount of Federal and Government related vehicle auctions including seized, surplus, foreclosed, repossessed or fleet vehicles at low prices. There are more than 3000+ auctions listed on a regular basis. Some of those auctions are live/in-person while others happen online.

Auctions look very complicated, are they really?

They are not complicated at all, even if they seem complicated. Typically, you would arrive at your local auction early in the morning and view the cars in the lot that are for sale that day. Typically, many cars would start from just $100 and if there are a limited number of participants that day (and we have so many sources that it’s likely you’ll have almost no other bidders), then you’re likely to get the repo car you want for a ridiculously low amount when the actual bidding starts later in the day! Most auction houses also offer a “viewing day”, usually two days before the auction. All you need to bring to register as a potential buyer/bidder is a valid photo ID. In our member’s area, you will find comprehensive auction guides that will give you the information and confidence you need to buy at a live auction.

Are there any warranties available for the cars I buy?

Typically, an auction centre or online auction source will offer a free 3-month warranty or guarantee. Extended warranties may have a small fee, depending on the source. But generally, it’s not a problem as many repo cars are nearly brand new with documented service history.

Is there a way to check the VIN number of the car that I like?

Absolutely. Many auctions offer a free CARFAX VIN report before you bid so you can be sure. Or you can order a CARFAX report yourself for any vehicle (it only costs you a few dollars but it gives you the peace of mind worth 100s of dollars).

Is there a catch? Or are there any hidden fees to buy a car this way?

There are no hidden fees. Standard fees like title and registration still apply and are paid the same way as if you bought the car through a private transaction or from a dealer. However, the luxury tax is not required because it was already paid by the original owner when the car was registered.

Where do these vehicles come from?

Government vehicles come from a wide variety of places, but the general rule is as follows: If a vehicle was purchased under a federal or state government contract, it is eligible to be sold at a government auction. When you think of all the different departments and levels of government in the United States, you realize how many vehicles are up for auction. Some examples of where your new vehicle may have served are:

  • Federal Government
  • State Government
  • Local Councils organizations
  • Police Services/departments incl. Sheriffs/Marshalls Dep.
  • Fire & Emergency Services
  • Religious Groups & other Non-profit Organizations
  • Universities & other Educational Organizations
  • Hospitals & Ambulance Services
  • Also, there are 1000s of repossessed and seized vehicles that are auctioned off at these auctions.

Am I going to see the current stock of thousands of Government Auctions across the USA on the site?

Online auctions listed in the member’s area display their current vehicle listings online. Gov-Auctions.org does not provide direct access to the current inventory (listings) of all live government auction sites in the United States. Many live auctions do offer a website with current inventory. If they do, we have a link to it for you.

What about payments at the auctions?

If you are a successful bidder, you will be required to make a deposit of approximately $500 (may vary) in cash or cashier’s cheque at the time of bid acceptance and pay the balance within 24 hours in cash, cashier’s cheque, money order, EFT or through your finance company.

Will I have to pay any additional fees to bid in the auctions?

No.


Car Auctions Open To The Public: Gain Access Now

Back in the day, if you didn’t know someone with connections or if you did not have a dealer’s license, you could forget ever attending a government surplus or repossessed car auctions.

Well lucky for you, times have changed and gaining access to these open to public auctions has never been easier. Here is how and where:

Gov-Auctions.org

Gov-Auctions.org is the only official and audited source for government, police, and repo auctions all across the United States of America. For years on end, they have been and remain America’s most trusted and largest resource for Government & Police, live & online car auctions of Government pre-owned and seized cars, trucks, and SUV’s.

government auctions

Why choose Gov-Auctions.org?

  • Access to 10,000s of Government pre-owned quality vehicles at rock bottom prices. With thousands of new listings each week!
  • #1 Favorite Source for US Gov’t Auto Auctions, See Why!
  • Seized Cars, SUV’s & Trucks from $100
  • Immediate Access – Live and Online
  • 4,000+ Auctions US-Wide and the vehicle catalog is always updating.
  • Be Smart – Save Thousands! Don’t pay full price at a dealership.
  • One-time fee, no recurring bills, and other up-sell nonsense.
  • If you want to learn more details, click here.

Additional Savings Examples

It really depends on the auction and the desirability of the lot selling, but generally speaking, you always get at least a 50% discount if not more compared to the market price. Here is a few examples:

auction testimonial
auction auto sales

Don’t be scared of auctions! Literally anyone can do it.

Auctions are not complicated. Before the auction starts you have the right to inspect the vehicles on the auction grounds, the earlier you come, the more time you have. Some auctions also offer an “inspection” day which happens a day or two before the auction. Typically many cars would start selling from only $100. If there is a limited number of attendees that day (and we have so many sources that it is probable that you will have almost no other bidders) then you are likely to get the repo car you want for a ridiculously low amount when the actual bidding starts later that day!

All you need on the day of the auction is to register as a purchaser/bidder and bring with you a valid photo ID. Gov-Auctions.org also provide you with a comprehensive auction tutorial once you gain access to the member’s area.

Most auction centres or online auctions offer a 3-month warranty or guarantee free of charge. For extended warranties, a small fee would apply, depending on the auction. But in general, it’s not a problem, since many repo cars are almost brand new and with documented service history. The same goes for government vehicles which are regularly serviced to stay within the work-safety regulations.


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