Don't do it, lots of $h1te gets put through the auction and it's full of traders selling their rubbish that they wouldn't put on the forecourt. If you still want to do it take someone who knows a ringer from a pearler. Decide which cars you are interested in and make sure you are stood next to the car when they start it up to bring it in for auction, you can even ask the driver to pop the hood and have a quick look under to make sure everything is in order. Listen for knocks, taps, rattles, smoke and poor starting, if they have to use a battery pack to start the car then walk away, it may be that someone left the lights on and flattened the battery, but you won't know that until it's too late.You have little time from engine start to hammer drop to make a decision whether the car is worth buying, make as informed a decision as you can.
Decide the maximum you want to pay for the car and don't go over that figure, it's all to easy to get caught up in the bidding and end up paying what you know is too much, there are also little scams that go on at the auction where the owner may even bid on the car in an attempt to raise the price, don't look over anxious or eager, you could spend a lot more than necessary.
There is lots more that goes on at an auction than you may not notice, absolutely do not go alone, you could get a financial mugging.
Hope this helps, and yes I have bought from an auction, but anything I have sold is sold there because I know it's a piece of $h1t.
post edited by northern35s - 2006/07/06 23:11:42