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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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Posted in Automobiles, Autos, Cars, Luxury Cars, Sports Cars
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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Friday, June 25, 2010

Police Auto Auctions

Those annoying police sirens at 2am aren’t always a bad thing.  Once in a while, it is the police seizing cars – cars that will end up at their next auto auction.  Police auto auctions are an interesting auction, because they can potentially involve hundreds of varying types of vehicles.  In the past few months, the police of a small municipality auctioned off a motorized recliner, after owner was spotted driving it while drunk.  Your chances of being able to buy a similar item at a police auto auction is probably very slim (read 1 in about 100 million), however, you can end up with a pretty nice used car.  At police auto auctions, the police are usually only seeking to recoup their expenses, which can potentially mean a steal of a deal for you.

Police auto auctions are filled with not only seized cars (both from criminals and from people who failed to pay parking tickets), but surplus police cars, and unclaimed stolen cars.  That means that there is a potential gold mine of cars just waiting for a new owner to come along and purchase them.  With the sheer amount of cars available for auction you are sure to find yourself the car you want at a police auto auction.  But before you head over to police auto auctions, it would be a good idea to do your research.  Much like you would before buying a new car, you should check out the type of car you want, and make sure it suits your need.  After all, you wouldn’t want to settle on a car your just don’t like.  And once you have chosen the type of car you want, you should do your research on the cars being auctioned.  Have they been in an accident, set on fire, been flooded, or are they in perfect condition?  All of this information can be obtained in a vehicle history report, which is why it would be a good idea to look up this information and know what you are getting yourself into.  You should also have a good idea of how much money you plan on spending at auction.  Going in to a police auto auction without having a ceiling, can leave you vulnerable and may leave you in the position of paying too much for a car you don’t really like.  So hold to your strategy and you will be in good shape for the auction.

All of this information is worthless, unless you know where to find police auto auctions.  You could have your car seized by the police, and chances are you would be able to track it through the system and find out where to purchase the car auction.  You could also look in your local newspapers, and even look online, but chances are you will end up spending hours looking for all of this information – making it more of a hassle than going to a used car dealership.  The best way to search is to go to www.GovernmentAuctions.org where you can activate your FREE three-day trial.  Once there, you can search for auctions across the country, and find the car of your dreams.


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