Buying Your First Seized Vehicle

By: Van Whitsett

If your money's tight (and who's money isn't?), buying a seized vehicle may be the perfect choice for you.

Buying a seized vehicle has its pros and cons, same as when buying a brand new car. Take note of the following so that you know what to expect when you buy seized cars.

Cost - This is definitely the number 1 reason why people love to buy seized vehicles. And why not? It' possible to purchase a used car that's cheaper than its current resale value. This is possible because seized cars are different from regular secondhand cars. Seized cars are most of the time, repossessed cars from owners who were not able to pay for the car mortgage or loan from the government, banks, or other lending institutions. Since these vehicles take up lots of real property spaces, they will have to be sold and must be converted into liquid assets fast and cheap. When you buy seized vehicles, you can save as much as 90% from its current resale value.

Variety - You will be limited to the latest models if you buy from new car dealers.

Buying from seized vehicle dealers will give you the widest choices from the latest models to older models. This is certainly an advantage if you are looking for a vehicle of a particular year model.

Availability – Seized vehicles are being sold all across the country so you will not going to have difficulty finding one near you.

Quality - Some seized cars are a year old or less. Many so-called "almost new" cars are still in good condition. Knowing how to buy used car will help you find a good quality vehicle at cheap price.

Quality – This will also work to be a disadvantage with seized vehicles since previous owners may not able to take care and maintain their cars. If you were unsure of the vehicle you are about to buy, check it first, thoroughly. It is recommended if you bring an expert mechanic with you at the showroom. He will be able to help you inspect the car you want to buy.

Time consuming - It may take some time to go through all the necessary inspections and visiting different showrooms to find just the right vehicle. If you mind doing these, seized car hunting is definitely a work for you.

Extra cost on repairs – Although many seized vehicles are in good running condition, there are times where they require some "un-ignorable" repairs. So instead of buying and driving it straight home, you will have to bring it to a mechanic and pay extra for it to become safe to drive.

Hidden bad history – Auto dealers intentionally or unintentionally forget to tell you that the car has been involved in a car accident. Either way, a car with a bad history is less reliable than a car with a good one. To ensure that you get the right information about the car you want to buy, get the history report of the vehicle or get the VIN of the car and have it verified.

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