3 Reasons to Browse at an Online Auto Auction

If you have never browsed a South Florida auto auction, you may be missing out on the car of your dreams. With online auctions, you don’t even need to live in South Florida to take advantage of the fantastic deals and opportunities to buy. Auto auctions allow people to check out vehicles online and then bid against other potential buyers.

The goal of the auto auction gets the vehicle you want well below market value. This will allow you to score a great deal on a personal vehicle or invest in a vehicle you can flip and make a profit. Regardless of your goal in buying, auto auctions provide an incredible opportunity for people who have the cash in the bank and who aren’t afraid to take risks.

Here are three reasons to check out online auto auctions: 

1. You can score a great deal

Auto auctions come with a certain degree of risk, which prevents many people from looking into them as a means of buying a new vehicle. The risk comes from not being able to test drive the vehicle or have it checked out by your mechanic before buying. Additionally, once you win the vehicle, you are stuck with it, so you cannot decide later that it isn’t worth what you paid for it. The auction company will provide all of the information they have available on the vehicle, but it may not be everything you need. There is a chance you will end up with a vehicle that doesn’t run and will take an investment to get running again. For all of those reasons, a lot of people won’t try to buy through auctions, which means you can score a great deal on a perfectly good car. 

2. You can experience the adrenaline rush of bidding on something you want. 

Bidding in an auction can be very exciting, especially if you want what you are bidding on. All of the risk involved in online auto auctions makes it even more exciting for those that enjoy risk. However, you need to be careful about how far you go. Sometimes people get so into the process of bidding against another buyer, that they end up paying more than they should have for the vehicle they wanted. Auto auctions are only a great deal if you stick to a budget appropriate for the vehicle you are bidding on. 

3. You can find vehicles you wouldn’t find at used car lots. 

These auctions aren’t just for cars. You can find trucks, buses, retired emergency vehicles, boats, recreation vehicles, and more. You may start out looking for a car and find the RV of your dreams, or a school bus you can retrofit into an RV. 

When buying through an auction, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, research the vehicle you are going to bid on. While you won’t be able to inspect the exact vehicle, you can study the overall value of the vehicle, common problems and recalls for that make and model online. 

After you have done your research, choose a maximum price you are willing to pay for the vehicle taking into account the possibility for repairs needs that you do not know about. It is easy to get caught up in the bidding, but you need to go into the auction knowing exactly what you are willing to spend on the vehicle you want.

Last but certainly not least, stick to your budget. Whatever your max amount is for a vehicle, do not go a dollar over it. It is tempting to bid just a little higher hoping your competition will back out but don’t do it.