Auto Auction Answers
While finding a reliable used
car at an auto auction might seem like a pipe
dream to some, educated consumers who use
a few best practices and some good old fashioned
common sense usually drive away with a genuine
a reliable used car at auction isn't rocket
science," said Alameda County (CA) Auction
CEO Adel Saadeh. "It's the same as buying
a used car anywhere else-except at a much
more than 12 years, Saadeh has operated one
of the most successful car auction houses
on the West coast, and at this point has dozens
of repeat customers that come to him first
when they want a reliable used car. "I've
gotten to know a lot of good people through
my business," he said. "People that
bought their first car here liked the savings
and kept coming back."
to Saadeh, first-time auction goers can benefit
from a few simple tips that will help them
feel better about their purchases, including:
Know where the auctioned vehicles come from.
Some auction vehicles come from lease returns,
bank repossessions and a few trade in. "The
more vehicles that come from more traditional
channels, the better, " he said.
Check leading consumer publications and resale
value books to educate yourself about reliability
records and values of any particular make
and model you're interested in.
Make sure the car auction house does a basic
safety check and state emissions test, where
applicable, on cars they offer.
Attend any preview days offered. That will
give you a chance to check out any vehicles
you're interested in at your own pace and
before the heat of bidding begins.
Check to see if the car auction house offers
an extended warranty. Alameda County Auction
not only offers an extended warranty on vehicles
sold, but also on-the-spot financing.
Use your best judgment. If a vehicle is
out of your price range to begin with, don't
get caught up in the excitement and end up
with a car you can't afford.
the end, it's possible to find a great car
for a great value at any auto auction, provided
you plan ahead and know your product.
more information on Alameda County Auctions,
and for directions, interested parties should
or contact Alameda County Auction at (925) 829-5999.
(Souce: Alameda County Auctions)