How to Find Car Auctions

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If you're anything like me, finding a car auction open to the public in your city can make you want to just head on over to the dealership and call it a day. But, there are a couple of easy ways you can find an auto auction near you while keeping your sanity intact. Some of them will make you say duh!

1. Look in the newspaper: This is a good place to start. Depending on your city, different car auction houses list upcoming sales in the "announcements" section throughout the year. The only downside is that they are only advertised every couple of month and everybody and their mom knows about them, meaning more competition and less savings.

2. Surf the web: Taking your search online is the next best thing to do when you have no luck with the newspaper strategy. If you're a computer geek, you'll be able to find a couple of car auction sites. Sometimes they'll be near you, sometimes they'll be as far as 150 miles away and I doubt you want to go that far.

3. Ask a friend: Hey, you never know what type of things you can find out just by asking.

4. Join a car auction site: If you're lazy, want more than just one car auction location to choose from or just plain don't have time to do the first three things, your easiest way out is to join a car auction site. Once you're a member, you'll have hundreds of auctions at your fingertips to choose from. They do charge a fee of course, but you won't be able to find that many auctions on your own, as most of them are private and not advertised to the general public. That means better deals for you. At first I was like forget that! But after having no luck with the newspaper, online or with friends I finally gave in and kicked myself for being so cheap after I learned about at least a dozen more listings in my city alone I could've been going to. I recommend


  • check there are some links to the best sites on the web on Where to find car auctions.
  • check You won't find the best deals at well known Auctions like Ebay, simply because they are advertised to widely. The good deals are the auctions that fewer people know about, like Wayne Evans Auction Company in the South Eastern U.S.


  • close Always make sure the car has a clear title prior to bidding!
  • close Be sure and find out if the seller is collecting sales tax or a buyer's premium on top of the highest bid.

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