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How Government Vehicle Auctions Work
As explained in our article What Are Government Vehicle Auctions, government auctions are auctions used by the government to sell unwanted vehicles. These vehicles can come from two sources:
Step 1: Finding Government Vehicle Auctions
Government vehicle auctions are held in all 50 states of the United States. You can monitor the local press or contact government agencies to find such auctions, but the easiest way is to join a government auction members' site.
Members' sites are independently run sites which list government vehicle auctions, and often provide search facilities to make it easier to find auctions in your area. Usually there is a membership fee associated with joining one of these sites, but compared to the cost of a vehicle, the costs are modest.
Step 2: Registering for Auctions
Many auctions will require potential bidders to register prior to the auction taking place, so once you have located auctions that you are interested in, the usual next step is to register with the auction.
There may also be a fee associated with registering to be a bidder in a particular auction. You will of course only want to pay to register at those auctions which you are seriously interested in attending or bidding on.
Step 3: Checking the Vehicles
Before bidding on any vehicle it is a good idea to know as much as possible about the vehicle and its condition. That way you will know if it is really a vehicle that you wish to purchase, and how much you would be prepared to pay for it. You might also come across some vehicles which superficially look attractive, but turn out to be poor choices on closer examination.
If possible you should inspect the vehicle in person before bidding. If you are not especially knowledgeable about automobiles, then perhaps you could take a more knowledgeable friend with you to look at the vehicle? You may find a guide like How to Inspect A Used Car† to be helpful. Additionally, if seriously considering purchasing a vehicle - it's probably also worth checking on the vehicle's history using online services - VinAudit.com† provides vehicle history reports with over 60+ problem checks (based on access to a database of over 40 million records from state DMVs, junk yards, and insurance carriers)..
In some cases, vehicles may only be sold online, and it might not be possible to inspect the vehicle in person. In this event, you will need to read all the descriptive material as closely as possible, examine any photographs offered, check the vehicle history, and make a considered judgement about the risks of purchasing the vehicle.
Step 4: Preparing to Bid
One thing you need to know before bidding on any vehicle is how much you are prepared to spend. Set yourself a maximum figure before the auction and stick to it - that way you won't get carried away by the excitement on day!
Make sure that you take into account any other amounts that might apply (for example, sales tax), and choose your maximum bid accordingly.
Finally, before attending the auction, you should also take care to read the paperwork requirements for the winning bidder, so you don't have any problems with completing the purchase.
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