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How To Get A Good Car At A Police Auto Auction


You probably visited various used car lots and the people there told you that some of the cars came from the “auction”. You need to know that these auctions that they were talking about were police organized impound auctions. If you want to buy one from these auctions you will have to do a little bit of research as most of these impound lots list the cars that will be put on sale a week or two before the actual sale is organized.

From some of these lots you will be able to find out why the cars were towed. To make things a little bit easier for you, it is recommended that you research locally to find out where the closest impound lots are and when will the auctions be organized. To find this out, you should call the sheriff’s office or the police department.

Before heading down to the auction, it would be wise to check KBB or Nada to find out what would be the potential value of these cars so that you will know how much money you should bid for a certain vehicle auctioned.

When auction day arrives and you head down to where it will be held, you will obtain a bidding number from the office. The process of knowing how to get a good car at a police auto auction involves having some mechanical skills in order to do a thorough inspection of the vehicles before these are auctioned. On most of these lots you will be allowed to come two hours earlier to take a closer look at the cars. It is advisable to pull the engine oil dipstick and check the level and the color. If there isn’t any oil in there, it means that the car has some mechanical issues so you should look under it to check and see if there is a hole in the bottom of the transmission or the engine.

In addition, you should check out the car’s radiator to find out if it is full of antifreeze. If the color of the coolant is green or orange, it means that everything is all right. Next, you might want to grab the belts of the front pulley and verify if you can turn the power unit. Using a wrench might help you see if the engine rotates. Don’t forget about the interior cabin of the car which will tell you if the previous owner(s) took good care of the vehicle.

When the bidding process starts, always remember to don’t get caught up in the excitement and bid more than you can afford or more than the car is worth. For this reason, you should figure out the maximum budget that you are willing to spend at this auction and stick to it at all times. When bidding time comes, you will have to take into consideration not only how much money you will be spending for the car, but also for the necessary repairs.

If you do buy a car from these auctions, it might be necessary to get insurance before starting to use it so keep this in mind in order to avoid any legal punishments.


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