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Old 03-08-2005, 07:43 PM   #1
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Default Anyone buy cars from auctions?

I mean there is always a reason to be skeptical, but my cousin bought his 01 audi a6 from one for 13k, which is a pretty damn good deal. and i read about an 04 sti that sold for 20k which was practically new.
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Old 03-08-2005, 07:48 PM   #2
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i got my first rally beast from an auction

it was a repo

needed:
brakes
axles
water pump
oil pump reseal
rear main seal
rear cam seal
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but other than that it was perfect

yes there is always something up w/the auction cars
they are a buy at your own risk kind of thing

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Old 03-08-2005, 08:01 PM   #3
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hmm, i can understand repo cars that need work selling for decent prices, it's just that i wonder why these close to perfect cars are selling so low.
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:06 PM   #4
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Alot of those auctions only dealers go to so they will only bid so high. If they pay too much they wont make enough money off it to make it worth it.

I bought my first car, a 90 justy for $500 at one of those auctions Needed new brakes and that was it.
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:11 PM   #5
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what auctions are we talking about here?
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:20 PM   #6
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i dunno, i haven't been to one, but i wanna find out more about this so i can save some money. btw there are a lot over hear in Va/dc/md
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I went to one a few years ago in So Cal.

Don't go there expecting to find a car like the STi, Porsches, Caddy's, etc. at a cheap price. Everyone wants them because they can sell them usually or they bring people into their lots. That drives the price up.

The real deals were always family sedans and fleet trucks. Because they had auctions with in some cases 250 Toyota Camrys that all looked the same it kept the price low. Also the other deals can be the 'non running' vehicles. Sometimes it's as simple as one part to fix it. Other times it can mean you need a whole new drivetrain. Very much buyer beware in that situation.
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Old 03-09-2005, 03:14 PM   #8
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Ive been to many police impound and abandond vehicle auctions. Most of the cars were real junk. Some were on blocks and had been burned inside kind of junk. Majority would start and run though. Prices ranged from $50 to $1000 generally. On one instance there was an 04 Cadillac Escalade that went for $14,000. It was loaded with DVD players and pimped out pretty good. Aparently it was owned by an NBA player and was loaned out to a friend and was involved in some drug dealings.
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Old 03-09-2005, 03:26 PM   #9
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If you want a good deal on a "classic" car, go to the auctions held in Reno, NV. at the beginning of August. They hold auctions all week long. My wife went there one day and brought a 1968 Cougar home, great car. Some of the cars are overpriced, but not all of them.
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