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December 23, 2013

How Do I Find The Right Car in the Auction?

A step even before entering into an auction is to figure out what kind of car you want to buy. With a huge, irresistible variety of shinny cars parked in front of you, it’s hard to keep your needs in perspective. You have to narrow down your choices to a few cars which are more attuned to your lifestyle. Before you start fixating on certain group of cars, you have to take a pause and ask yourself some questions which will help you prioritize your needs.

Do you have a big family; need space for both groceries and car seat? Do you prioritize MPG over power or vice versa? Do you want your car to be more catchy or convenient?  The time you spend on answering these questions will help you figure out exactly what to look for in an auction. Moreover, it will prevent you from buying a car which seems like a lovely ride but later turns out to be unnecessary luxury or not fulfilling.

The next thing you have to consider is the budget you can spare comfortably for the car. Try looking for a car which has benefits that outweighs the cost you are supposed to spend. e.g. you have a job which has an absolute requirement of a car which can take long routes and saves on mileage. It is wise to invest even a bigger sum of money in such situation because it will save you much more in future. Also keep in mind that a vehicle loses 15-20% of its value in first year. So, avoid borrowing money to pay for something flashy which is significantly going to lose its value in the following years.

June 11, 2013

How Do I Buy or Sell a Car at an eBay Auction without Being Scammed?

EBay can be a great place to purchase a great used car. It’s also known to be a place where scammers feast on novice buyers, day in and day out. The question has arisen: How do I protect myself from scammers on eBay? I’ll provide a few suggestions to help answer this question. No plan is 100% full proof, but these steps will help you sleep at night after spending large amounts of money on a new car.

A) Assure you have shipping arranged before your purchase: Before you even buy your car, know how you’ll get it from the seller’s site to your home. More than likely, your purchase will be thousands of miles away, and you must prearrange transport. Because most auctions require you to retrieve your vehicle within a limited time frame, be sure you read the fine print on the auction page.

B) Be sure to complete a Carfax before you purchase: It’s absolutely imperative that you complete a Carfax report before purchasing your vehicle. You have no idea if a car has been in a wreck, flood, fire, or other major event. While a Carfax does cost, you’re assured that you have done everything possible to protect your investment.

C) Make your payments through PayPal only: PayPal is the most secure method of payment for any online transaction you make. This company verifies banking information and insures that all parties receive a fair deal. PayPal is the suggested method of payment for eBay and other auction sites.

With these steps, you should be protected against most scammers on auction sites. Before you purchase, just be sure you complete the necessary research and follow the steps above to improve your chances of making a wise and safe purchase.  If you have had experience or  have other suggestions to avoid getting ripped off through an online auction, please feel free to comment.

April 18, 2013

Philadelphia Public Auto Auction

Philadelphia Public Auto Auction

Philadelphia Public Auto Auction

Information:

Free admission and two auctions held every week. If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the moment, you can register your vehicle requirements with them and they will notify you when something matching your requirements becomes available.

Address:
5618 Woodland Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Website:

http://www.phpaa.com/directions.php

Sale Days:
Wednesdays at 7:00pm
Saturdays at 12:00pm

 

April 18, 2013

IAAI Insurance Auto Auction/Philadelphia

IAAI Insurance Auto Auction/Philadelphia

IAAI Insurance Auto Auction/Philadelphia

 

Address:
100 Industrial Way
Conshohocken, PA 19428-1058
Phone: 610-277-0894
Fax: 610-277-9276

Website:

https://www.iaai.com/auctions/branchlistingview.aspx?branchcode=622

Sale Day:

Fridays at 9:00am

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

April 17, 2013

IAAI Insurance Auto Auctions/Pittsburg

IAAI Insurance Auto Auctions/Pittsburg

IAAI Insurance Auto Auctions

 

Information:
Vehicles must be picked up by the Monday following the sale or storage will start accruing. If you are using a GPS to find our location, please utilize the # 4 Woodlawn Rd instead of the # 57.

Address:
57 Woodlawn Road
Aliquippa, PA 15001

Phone: (724) 375-6130
Fax (724) 375-6975

Website:

https://www.iaai.com/auctions/branchlistingview.aspx?branchcode=649

Sale Day:

Tuesdays at 9:00am

Hours of Operation:
Monday- Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM

Saturday and Sunday – Closed

April 17, 2013

Copart Auto Auction

Copart Auto Auction

Copart Auto Auction

 

Information:
If you are registered with Copart, you can visit Copart Auto Auctions to inspect any vehicle(s) in person. To do so please log in using one of the yard’s bidding kiosks and complete the self-check in, selecting option #4, “Broker Bidder Check-in,”. Upon successfully logging in, you will be asked to enter the number of visitors so that Copart Auto Auctions can print the correct number of check-in forms at the counter, where you will sign in and pay $25 per person. The bidder/guest form grants you access to preview vehicles only until the Valid Through date on the receipt listed on the bottom right of the form.

Address:
526 Thompson Run Rd

West Mifflin, PA 15122

Phone: (412) 464-4340

Website:

http://www.easyexport.us/vehicle-finder/copart/pittsburgh-south-pa

Sale Day:

Tuesdays at 10:00am

Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

April 17, 2013

Manheim Auto Auction

Manheim Auto Auction

Manheim Auto Auction

 

Information:
Consignment Sales are Fridays at 9:00 AM and exotic sales are held monthly on a Thursday (not specified) at 10:00 AM.

Address:
1190 Lancaster Road
Manheim, PA 17545-9789

Phone: (717) 665-3571 or (800) 822-2886
Fax: (717) 665-2181
E-Mail: deni.hostetter@cox.com

Website:
http://www.dealergoodies.com/manheim.html

Sale Days:

Consignment Sales are Fridays at 9:00 AM and exotic sales are held monthly on a Thursday (not specified) at 10:00 AM.