Posts Tagged with ‘Seized’

Monday, April 30, 2012

Grab Yourself a Bus from a South Carolina Auto Auction!

bluebird busAmerica’s first battle during the Civil War occurred in South Carolina at Fort Sumter. But finding a great deal on vehicle won’t be a war for you once you take advantage of an Auto Auction in South Carolina!

Auto auctions are a great way to find a reasonably priced vehicle for yourself or your family. For example, this auction in South Carolina is for a 2001 Bluebird Bus! This is perfect if you are looking to take your entire extended family and friends on a road trip!

Car auctions are the place to go for a great deal on used and seized vehicles.  A lot of these auctions occur at local police departments, which 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.

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.

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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Posted in Automobiles, Autos, Cars, Trailers
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
Friday, July 2, 2010

Government Auctions Repossessed Cars

2005 bentley continental gt or 31,023 frontDid you ever watch the TV show COPS and wonder what happens to the cars after the police chase is over (And no, I am not talking about the cars that end up plowing into everything on the road – I am talking about the peaceful chases that end with no real damage to the car, other than maybe a flat tire)?  Depending on the nature of the crime, the car will be repossessed and will eventually find its way to the auction block.  Once at the auction block, this once quasi-famous car will be joined by some of its other four-wheeled brethren where a government auction on repossessed cars will take place.

Not all cars come to the auction block with a televised resume.  Some cars are repossessed because the owner failed to pay taxes on the car leading to the IRS or another government agency seizing the car.  Other cars have more of an international flair – having been seized by customs when the proper tariffs weren’t paid.  And of course, there are the aforementioned seizures by police.  Not all of those seizures come about because of a car chase.  Some of the cars are repossessed because they were used to commit a criminal act, while others cars are repossessed because they were obtained through illegal means, such as being stolen then resold, or with illegally obtained funds.  The end result of all of the government having these repossessed cars is that the government auctions repossessed cars, and you can purchase one of these cars at auction.  When you are purchasing these cars you will be able to buy them at a discount.

Purchasing these cars at auction will save you the hassle of trudging down to the used-car dealership and dealing with a pushy salesperson, who will try to sell you on a car that you do not want.  Then you have to deal with finding out the real history of the car, and wondering whether the dealership is telling you the truth about the car not having water damage – despite the discolored flooring and rusty body.  With a government auction you don’t have to worry about that.  No pushy salesman will be trying to get you to buy a questionable car.  You will be able to inspect the car on your own, read the vehicle history report, and not have to worry about some random salesperson questioning your motives.  Well, not exactly.  You may actually bump into a few used car salesman at a government repossessed cars auction.  After all, they have to get their used cars somehow.  They will usually be the early bidders on a car, and will drop out when the price gets too high.  However, the best way to get yourself a deal with a Government Auction on Repossessed Cars is to do your research and know what car(s) you want to find.  After all, with the right amount of research you may end up finding a great deal on a sports car, or luxury sedan.

So now that we know what kind of deals you can get with government auctions on repossessed cars you have to know where to find these deals.  You can search for hours online, or reading through newspapers.  Or you can go and activate your free trial here, and search through the thousands of listings to find exactly what you are looking for.


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