If you've never been to a car auction before, you might not know what to expect. But don't let your fear of the unknown keep you from getting a great deal at you local car auction. Usually the car auction site will open 2-3 hours before the beginning of the auction. This is to give you time to look around and inspect the cars up for bid. You will be able to start the cars up, rev the engine, and check under the hood. It's best to take advantage of this because most cars are sold as is, without a warranty. It always a good idea to take a mechanic with you to check under the hood to be on the safe side.
The time before the auction starts is also used to register to for bidding. After registering you will be given a number on a piece of paper or card to use during the auction. During the auction they will state the year, make and model of the car, bring the car out in front of everybody and begin accepting bids. All you have to do is raise your number card to place a bid on a car. The bidding goes back and forth amongst bidders, unless you're lucky and nobody else is interested in the car you're bidding on. If you are the highest bidder, congratulations: you've won the auction! You then fill out paperwork for your registration and to get your pink slip. Then you just pay for you car and drive it home knowing you got a great deal.
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