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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New York City Offers Some Great Car Auctions

New York City, home of the bright lights of Broadway, and new home of Amare Stoudemire, is also home to some great auto auctions.  In fact, the Sheriff of New York City holds an auction every few weeks, and much to the delight of those  that attend, you can find yourself some good deals on everything from 2-Door Coupes to 4-Door Sedans, to Sports Cars, and even Luxury Cars.  These auctions are not the only auctions to be found in the greater New York City Metro Area.

The New York City Sherriff’s Office is not the only New York City Agency that holds auctions.  Various New York City Departments from Public Works to Administrative Services sell surplus vehicles.  Vehicles from heavy machinery such as bulldozers, to those small cars that meter-maids sometimes use, to hybrid vehicles used by various agencies.  The NYPD even holds their own auctions ranging from seized vehicles to abandoned and surplus vehicles.

These New York  City auctions are not the only ones.  You can also find great auctions just minutes from Midtown Manhattan.  Auctions that are run by private groups on behalf of the United States Customs Service, and U.S. Marshals.  These are the auctions where you will be more likely to find yourself some fancy cars.  That two-door sports car that normally retails for far north of what you would like to spend could be had for much less than that.  It is a matter of being wise with how you spend your money.

With all of these auctions it is important to know what you are looking for.  After all, there are your regular, good old reliable sedans that everybody always wants.  And then there are the ones that collectors are after.  And finally there are those that are better off being sold for scrap.  With auctions in New York City, it is simply a matter of finding the VIN, which is posted on their auction page.  Once you have the VIN, commonly known as the Vehicle Identification Number, you can find Car History Report.  With that in hand, you can set your bidding amount and know where you want to go.  Basically how much are you willing to spend.

On the topic of actual auctions, the US Marshal Service usually holds their auction once per quarter (or season).  These auctions will usually have around anywhere between Forty and One Hundred Vehicles.   They are not always limited to your sports cars, luxury cars, used Government cars, and fancy cars.  Sometimes you can find yourself a custom motorcycle, or just a really high end motorcycle.  Because of how these auctions work, you would be wise to monitor, and look for them to pop up in the government auction list, as the U.S. Marshal Service is very careful how they hold their Seized and Forfeited Car Auctions.

The same goes for the NYC Sheriff Auctions, and the regular auctions held throughout the greater metropolitan New York City area, as these lists are usually not published until a few weeks before the auction.  That is why it would be a wise idea to monitor the auctions before actually taking your chances.  That means doing your homework, researching cars, and attending an auction before actually entering the fray.

Once you are prepared, you can start monitoring auction dates, and have your notepad down, ready to write down VIN Codes, and spend the necessary time acquiring on a vehicle history report.  The best way to monitor these auctions?  Activate your free trial here. Once you are a member, monitoring and searching for those government auction deals will become much easier.  By keeping tabs on these auctions, doing your research, and being patient, you will be able to find some great deals, just by being able to look for the car you want.  After all, it is the New York City Metropolitan Area where hundreds of cars are seized and sold every year.


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Monday, July 5, 2010

Local Police Car Auctions

Are you looking for a cheap reliable mode of transportation, but don’t want to wait hours for a bus or train to show up?  There is a much better option – local police car auctions are the place to go for a great deal on used and seized vehicles.  Local police departments are filled with cars that they no longer need or have no intention of holding onto.  These cars are the ones that the public gets a chance to bid on, with the chance to own the car and drive away.  Want to be one of those lucky people; well you’ve come to the right place.

Local police car auctions come about for a variety of reasons.  The local police could be interested in selling off excess cars.  The local police can have an excess amount of cars because they have bought newer cars that are better built to handle the rigors of police driving.  That is not to say that buying a used police car means that you are buying a bad car.  Rather, police cars are built in a certain way to handle a much larger amount of stress – such as car chases, traffic stops and its associated stresses (sudden starts and stops), and transporting suspected criminals.  These used police cars will still be very useable and will probably be in much better shape than most other used cars, because of their added strength and durability.

Other cars find their way into the auction through police seizures.  The local police will usually seize items such as jewelry, entertainment equipment, and cars in addition to any narcotic seizures.  They do this because of these items are usually obtained through ill-gotten gains.  Other cars are seized because of moving violations, failure to pay parking tickets, and because they have gone unclaimed after being stolen.  These cars can sometimes be had at a great discount.  Depending on the type of seizure, the starting bid may be really low, because the local police are just trying to cover their expenses as it relates to the car.  Just think of the opportunities available to you with these auctions.  You will end up spending less time and money doing the research and going to an auction than you will if you go to a dealership and spend hours looking and haggling over prices.

When attending an auction it is best to spend the time doing your research prior to the auction.  That means looking up the cars available at auction, and inspecting the cars (if possible).  The time you spend doing this will be no different than the time you spend at a used car lot.  However, unlike a used car lot, once the auction starts, it will be over rather quickly.  You will also, more than likely, be getting the car for cheaper than at a used car lot.  Used car salesmen will attend these auctions in order to add cars to their inventory.  These cars will be sold for a profit on their lots.  By going to the auction you will be cutting out the middleman (used car salesperson) and be getting a used car for cheaper.

So, how do you find local police car auctions?  You can scour your local newspaper, or search online.  Or you can activate your free trial here.  With thousands of listings, you will be able to find anything you want from cars, to phones, to homes.


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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Government Auto Auctions

Government auto auctions happen all the time.  And unlike your typical car auction where car builders will spend hundreds of hours, and thousands of dollars to restore classic cars, only to sell them for a lot of money, government auto auctions sell cars that the rest of us can enjoy.  And with GovernmentAuctions.org, you can search for government auctions on cars, saving you time from having to scour your Sunday classifieds trying to find a deal on an old Ford.

Of course you are probably asking yourself, why does the government hold auto auctions?  Quite simply, the government sells cars that they no longer have a need for.  Cars they use to transport officials, cars for inspectors, cars for traffic agents and just general use cars.  And after just a few years and a few thousand miles, they will get a new car.  Especially nowadays with most local governments trying to save money, they are purchasing more up-to-date hybrid and electric cars to replace their current fleet of vehicles.  This means that your local government may be auctioning off cars that are no more than a two or three years old, for a fraction of their actual value.  Government auto auctions are great for picking up great deals.

Did you ever wonder what happened to the cars seized by the government?  They too get become part of government auto auctions.  Fail to pay the proper taxes, and your brand new import car may end up on the auction block.  That means you can get a practically new car for much less than had you gone to the new car dealership.  You can always just go back to the car dealer and try to negotiate a new rate, but the reality is that you can’t be sure how much they are overselling you.  Just stop for a second and think, a new luxury car at a deep discount can be all yours, all because somebody decided against paying taxes – seems like a good deal, right?  Thought so.  All you need to do is find yourself a government car auction.

Don’t forget about police cars.  The police, just like other parts of government, need new vehicles.  After a few years, they will need new, smarter vehicles that can do more than just chase down bad guys.  With terrorist threats and the need for newer technology, police cars will need to be replaced with more advanced cars.  That doesn’t mean their current cars are bad, just that they need to have a car that can accept this technology.  For you, this means you can get a used police car for a significant discount.  And these cars are no slouches, they are built to last, and go fast.  A car of the same quality bought at a dealership may cost you much more money.

How do you find these deals?  Well, you can call up your local government and speak with the people in charge of handling auctions.  You can also check out your local newspaper, which will usually have listing of special government auto auctions.  You could also search online, and find other auctions outside of your immediate area.  However, all of these options can end up taking hours.  There is one other option though, and that is to activate your free trial, you can search through thousands of listings to find exactly what you are looking for.


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