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My experience at a Car Auction - Driving the Auctioneer Nuts

Updated on March 12, 2012


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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    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from London, UK

      Hello DrPastorCarlotta

      Thanks for stopping by. Lovely to see you again. :)

    • drpastorcarlotta profile image

      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      lol, lol, lol, The look on their faces were Priceless, lol, lol, Funny Hub!!! lol, lol,...

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from London, UK


      Lol. I've noticed some people just bid and never dream the bidding would stop at that price. The looks on their faces: Priceless.

      So, its good you don't go. Lovely of you to drop by. :)

    • one2get2no profile image

      Philip Cooper 

      6 years ago from Olney

      Interesting and humorous hub. I wouldn't dare go to an auction as I would be afraid that I would unintentionally bid and land up with something I didn't

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Paul, Thanks for that piece of advice. Those company cars are usually brand new or just 2/3 years old. lol.

      Nice of you to stop by.

      Cheers. :)

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      6 years ago

      Hello Elena,

      Well done for finding a car that has lasted five years, you did well.

      Auctions are a great place to pick up a cheap motor but may i add another piece of advice to your readers...Avoid the ex company cars, they have a lot of miles on the clock and have probably been mistreated.My brother has never brought his own car (only ever had company cars)and he never looks after them, always thraping them etc.

      Excellent article, voted up and useful.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from London, UK

      @Always Exploring

      Lol Ruby. I thought Auctions were places to get cheap cars. That's why I bid lower. It was also my first time at an auction. Thanks for stopping. :-)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from London, UK


      Hello FGual

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm glad you got more use out of the Ford Escort Wagon and you really liked it too. So true about Hunch and luck.

      Lovely of you to stop by. :)

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have never been to a car auction. I giggled when you bid a lower amount, that's something i would probably do.Hee..Smiles..

    • FGual profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      Hello LadyE, Glad you enjoyed the Corolla, my brother likes his too. Bought 2 cars at the Salvation Army auction, held monthly here and in other Florida cities. First was a 4-door Dodge sedan, which soon had transmission and electrical problems and was junked.

      Second was high miles Ford Escort wagon now sorely missed, ran well for a few years until assorted problems appeared. Was top Escort model with comfy seats, great interior, and economical hauler. Your advice is right, but still hunch and luck go a long way. Don't buy on first visit, just learn and enjoy.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi TamCor

      Thanks for sharing your experience. It's a pity you have to stand in the snow. Here the cars are driven into a big sort of show room. In answer to your question, I paid by Credit Card - £1,050. Still remember. lol.

      About your son, I'm glad you still got some good years use out of the car.

      Nice of you to stop by. :)

    • TamCor profile image

      Tammy Cornett 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Boy, this brought back memories--We've been to a couple of car auctions in the past, but they were outside in the cold and snow, haha! We bought an old Dodge Shadow for $250, and had it for several years. We would've had it longer, but that's when our oldest son got his driver's permit--we found out how hard he was going to be on cars pretty quickly, lol.

      Was your auction cash only? These are here, which kinda stinks, but what can you do? :)

      I enjoyed this--and I'm glad you got a good car out of the experience!


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