Buying a Used Car? Want to Save Money?

By: Ryan Hooper

In the following article we will show you how to find and buy cheap used vehicles. Many people are not familiar that besides buying a used car from private sellers or through used car dealers, there is another opportunity to find great deals - public car auctions. Public or seized car auctions can provide you with excellent opportunities to buy a good second-hand car without spending too much money.

What is a public car auction?

To be brief, various federal, state, and local government agencies regularly auction off surplus, unclaimed, and seized property, including cars. Banks also repossess vehicles from non-paying customers, and sell them through public auctions.

Since there are always so many cars and the costs for storage are enormous, the government agencies and banks are all interested in selling these cars fast and cheap! Therefore, they auction them all off.

Public car auctions are commonly used by many car dealers and resellers who buy up loads of seized cars and soon afterwards resell them for a huge profit. These auctions are real and take place almost every day in various parts of the country. All vehicle types, makes, and models are sold there - SUVs, coupes, sedans, vans, minivans, even convertibles.

But it's not only car dealers that can take advantage of low auction prices. You can, too. Everyone is eligible to take part in these auctions - no license is required. Whether you want to buy a car to resell, or you are looking for a car for yourself or a family member, a public car auction is the best place to look for an affordable used vehicle.

How to find public car auctions in your area?

Public car auctions of all types and sizes are held all over the country virtually every day.

You have two ways for locating these auctions in your area:

  • You can find auctions announced in national and local papers or try going to the Government office or local banks and request information about the auctions that they hold.


  • The second and by far the easiest way of finding public car auctions is through an online auction directory service that does the research for you - for a small fee, off course. Fees vary but average around $25, usually a one-time charge for unlimited online access to listings of auctions.


When buying a used car, public car auctions can be a great way to save money. Whether you need a car for yourself and don't want to spend a lot, or you have a teenager with a new license, car auctions offer some of the best values in the used car market.

Before attending any car auctions, be sure to preform a simple search to find if your dream car is available: Car auction search

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