Auction Car Check List

by Joe Ferguson on June 26, 2013


Are you clamoring to get in the driver’s seat of a new car, but you don’t have the cash to fund such a dream? Consider heading out to a local public auto auction and procuring a new-to-you car instead.

Friends and family members might have already told you about the great deals you can find at a public auto auction. That’s all fine and dandy, but when you finally find yourself on the auction lot, are you even going to know where to start? Well, Used Car Values is here to help with some quick tips on what to look for at a public auto auction.

Glass Check: Make sure that all of the car’s glass components are in acceptable shape. The windows aren’t the only pieces on the car that can crack. Be sure to check the headlights and taillights when you’re giving the window the old once-over.

Interior: Thoroughly investigate the car’s interior for scuffs, cracking, rips, or any sign of damage.

Lights: Ensure all of the car’s lights (headlights, taillights, hazards, interior lights, etc.) are all in working order. These are very important parts for the car; before you drive it off the lot, ensure that all of the lights function properly.

Bodywork: Any vehicles that have been damaged and are in need of repair may have some pretty obvious inconsistencies. Make sure that the spacing on any and all panels of the car is aligned properly and that the paint color around the car is the same.

Engine Noise: Inspect your prospective new car for any noises that are tell-tale signs of it being a lemon. A properly functioning engine won’t sound shaky, loud, or uneven.

This is by no means a comprehensive guide on what to look for in the perfect auction car, but it will at least get you started in the proper direction. If you take a smart approach, you can find the right car for the right price and be on your way in your new vehicle!

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