My experience at a Car Auction - Driving the Auctioneer Nuts
It was over 7 years ago, I needed a car and decided to go to an auction. I went on two separate days in the same week.
First Day - Went with a female friend.
We arrived, they gave us a number. I remember the person doing the auctioning saying £700? £800? £900? Then, I shouted out £400. He looked at me and said:
“No Love, you bid higher.”
“Oh…” I replied looking surprised.
(In UK, the word “No Love” in those terms is like saying “No Dude” – if I were a man)
My friend laughed at me and we giggled through the rest of the auction. I’m surprised they didn’t throw us out. We whispered to each other, looked at some cars being driven in and went home with nothing.
Second Day - Went with a Male Friend.
Lovely friend, but no giggling about this time. He went to the back where all the cars were parked before the auction and checked them out. He opened some bonnets and checked engines. I was busy checking how nice and clean the interior was – I wasn't bothered about engines.
When the bidding started – a few times he got up to check the cars being driven in and he had his eyes on a Red Toyota Corolla Hatchback. I said it looked big and wanted a small car, but he talked me into it. We bid, paid and took the car home. It was about 7 years old and had only 1 previous owner. For the 5 years that I had that car, I never had problems with it. All I did was change the oil and plugs 3 times a year via a Mechanic.
A very good Purchase.
Tips for Car Auctions
1) If you don’t know anything about cars, take someone who does. They will know what to look out for. If you are already a car owner, consider taking your Mechanic.
2) It’s handy to have an idea about the car you want to buy.
3) Avoid any diesel with a particular filter as they can be very expensive, if they go wrong.
4) Take into consideration the real cost of the vehicle.
5) Also, consider how much fuel will cost and how much it will cost if there is engine failure.
6) Get there early and check out the cars closely before the auction.
Note: People can’t test drive cars at Auctions. You take it as you see it.
Any more Tips?
** Thanks to Hubber friends PlatinumOwl and Shazwellyn for sharing Auction tips in Q & A. :)
Also, read more useful tips shared in the comments box.
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