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How to Buy a Used Car at a GSA Auction

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If you are in the market for a used car, you can find a cheap used car at a public car auction. The government auctions a wide variety of makes and models. GSA Fleet Vehicle Sales is a division of the U.S. government with a public car auction that is very user friendly.

Step 1

~Register~ To participate in a gsa public used car auction you need to register and get a bidder number. Registration is free

Step 2

~Inspect~ Check out prospective vehicles before the auction or you can check vehicles at the auction house's inspection day. Allow yourself several hours to inspect your selections.

Step 3

~Get Prepaired~ On the day of the government auction, GSA distributes an auction catalog. The catalog shows each used cars make, model, year, color, VIN, mileage, and special features. Get an idea of the used cars worth before bidding. You can check a vehicles worth by using Kelly Blue Book, NADA, and Edmunds online sites.

Step 4

~Bid~ After a quick vehicle description, the bidding will open. You need to be quick with bidding most vehicles finish in under a minute. After winning, you must immediately go to the auction staff and sign their contract

Check resources below and related articles for more information about public car auctions.


  • Review the GSA website.

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