What Can I Do if I Have a Problem with the Car I Bought at an Auction?

Many people have reservations about purchasing at an auto auction because they fear buying a lemon. By understanding the process of purchasing from an auction, you can cover yourself against potential problems. The first thing you can do, if you have issues with a newly purchased car, is determine the status of its warranty. Some auctions will cover between 30-90 days from the time of original purchase, which can give you plenty of time to have the car thoroughly checked for hidden problems. If possible, seriously consider purchasing an extended warranty. If you are wise, you will investigate these possibilities before you even bid on a vehicle so that you are prepared for the worst.  Don’t wait for your purchase to be completed.

Secondly, in the face of newly discovered automobile issues, you may need to look into your city’s or state’s local lemon laws. For example, some states may require auto houses to sell the cars “as is,” ultimately covering the auction house against any future litigation. If a car is sold “as is,” your recourse against the seller or auction house is very slim. Keep that in mind before purchasing.  Of course, if you find evidence of fraud, a clear effort to hide know problems, that could be a different story, worth checking at your local police department.

Lastly, the most important thing you need to do is assess the overall condition of the car; before bidding is better than after! If a car purchased for $1500 needs $5000 in repairs, you probably should move on to another car. Overall, purchasing cars from the auction is not something recommended for the ill-informed. If your understanding of cars and their overall functionality is minimal, please take someone along with the knowledge to assist you with your purchase. It’s better to be proactive than reactive, especially when it involves spending hard earned money. Be smart upfront, and you’ll avoid heartache in the future.

Akron-Canton

Address:

Akron-Canton

2932 State Route 259 SE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Phone: 330-339-1995
Fax: 330-339-5773

Website

Since their founding in 1982, they have been one of the leaders in the salvage auto auction industry and worked to ensure the best value to Buyers and returns to Sellers.

There are over 3.5 million vehicles deemed total-losses each year in the United States. Since 1997, this number has grown significantly, mostly due to vehicle manufacturing changes and improvements including air bags.

Working in partnership with a variety of Sellers including insurance companies, dealerships, rental car companies, and fleet lease companies, IAA works to facilitate the efficient sale of total-loss vehicles. With their extensive network of auction facilities, and their hybrid auction model, vehicles are sold fast and for some of the best possible prices.

Affordable Auto Auction

thumb (2)Affordable Auto Auction

Address:
17880 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33157
Phone: 786-430-2000

Website:
http://www.affordableautoauction.us/

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

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

 

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

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

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

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.

Decatur Auto Auction

Decatur Auto Auction

Decatur Auto Auction

Address

1991 W Mound Rd
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 875-4220

 

Website: No Website

 

Sale Day:

Not listed

 

Hours:

None Listed

Charity Motors–Accepts Car Donations for Charity besides Auctioning Vehicles

Most people consider auto auctions as a place to purchase a decent car at an affordable or even an unusually low price. If you know what you’re doing, it is probably a good choice, and assuming you’re willing to do the necessary legwork.

Another benefit from some auto auctions is as a place to dispose of an unwanted car, as an alternative to attempting to sell it directly, especially if you are interested in giving to charity and gaining a tax benefit in the process.

Charity Motors in Detroit accepts donated vehicles, allows you to direct your donation to any church, school, or charity you choose, guarantees the full market value of your car at the time of you donation (no waiting for the car to sell), and provides the necessary tax record of your donation. If you do not have a particular charity you have chosen or favor, you can select on of Charity Motor’s favorites or simply let them decide for you. You also get the satisfaction of a secondary level of charity in your donation, as Charity Motors uses donated cars in their own special transportation assistance program to help the underprivileged with transportation.  So you make a donation to charity of the value of your car to your chosen charity, a comparable tax deduction, and the car in turn helps people who cannot afford their own, making Charity Motors the ideal place if you wish to donate a vehicle.

Charity Motors has donated more than 24 million dollars to over 2000 charities; some of their choices are listed here. Charity Motors also holds a weekly auction on Saturdays and direct retail sales from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. Their telephone number is 888.908.CARS .

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