Off Road Podcast Episode 195 - Buying From A Vehicle Auction

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Welcome to the Off Road Podcast. I'm your host, Ben. Today we will be exploring the off road world-- whether you like crawling up rock ledges or enjoy exploring the backroads with your family. Stay with us to find out events in your area, off road news, and topics to interest every guy & girl who craves the outdoors as seen through the windshield. I am here with my co-hosts Jeremy and Steve! How’s everyone doing?

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Main Topic -

So you want to buy a car from an auction.

  • You need to find an auction that's close to you. And will sell to a private party.

  • Rules for buying at an auction. What are their guidelines and bidding rules.  

  • Fees and taxes.  What fees will be due at time of sale, what taxes will you need to pay.  Out of state taxes.

  • Pick up procedures.  How long do you have to pick up the car before they start charging you storage fees?

  • Salvage title or a clean title?  What's it take to legally get a salvage title car back on the road?  Are you buying it to flip it? Or drive it. Be aware of bank requirements when borrowing money against a car with salvage title. What about you're insurance? What do they insure with a salvage title?

  • What kind of vehicle do you want/need.  Do as much research as possible on your particular vehicle before buying.  How many years do the major parts interchange? This is important, because the fewer the years for interchange on major parts, the more desirable, or expensive the vehicle will likely be, and the parts will be more expensive.

  • Spend some time checking your local buy sell ads to make sure you really understand the fair market value of the vehicle in good condition.

  • Get some estimates on worst case scenario repairs. What's the most it will cost to get the care into the condition you want.  This is very important. You don't want to overspend at the auction. You need to know what the repairs will cost and what the fair market value will be so you know how much to spend.  Don't forget auction fees, taxes, and delivery.

  • If you can't physically go look at it, and you need it to have a good motor or tranny, have it inspected.  Make sure your inspector will pay close attention to the details that concern you. If you go to inspect it make sure you take everything with you that you might need.  Extra oil, jump pack, fuel, and anything else you think you will need. They likely won't let you drive in their yard, so be prepared to pack your stuff.

  • Watch a couple auctions before your auction comes up. Get a feel for how if works. You don't want to lose because you were not prepared.

  •  When your auction is scheduled, block out that time so you can devote that time just to the auction.

  •  Don't get caught up in the bidding. It's really hard not to, but if you have a budget and a plan, it will be easy to walk away from it if the bidding goes to high. Realize that there will be another one sooner or later, don't get emotionally involved or attached.

  • Reserve vs pure sale vs buy it now.

  • Insurance vs private seller.  Is there a little know vehicle that has what you need, but is cheaper because its it's not as popular?  

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Closing Statements

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