Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated February 21, 2009)
When people are out buying a new car they typically want the best possible deal for their money. While there are many different methods that someone can use that enables them to get a great deal at the negotiating table, there is one that many don't even think about using—probably because they don't even know that they can. This is the method of buying cars at wholesale.
If you have ever wondered how it is that car dealers are able to get great deals on the vehicles that they sell—and they have to be able to in order to make any money—then take a look at purchasing a car wholesale. This is not something that only car dealers can do, though there are still "dealer-only" events, but something that anyone can do. Utilizing this method typically entails that you are going to need to go to an auction.
Believe it or not, auctions are not a scary process that requires any really special preparations on your part prior to attending. There are a few things, though, that you can and should do prior to attending an auction. Use these simple preparations and you are going to be able to handle yourself like a dealer and get the deals like you would not imagine.
Before heading to the nearest auction, make sure that you know which class of car you want. This does not mean you need to know the exact model, though, since obtaining the exact model of car that you want at an auction can be pretty difficult at times. Have an overall idea of the class type, and you are going to have an overall idea of what the cost may run you. By having this in mind you are going to know what you need to take with you to the auction. It is always a good idea when going to an auction that you take the money that you are going to spend. Doing this allows you to make the purchase as easily as possible, not to mention helping to keep you within the budget that you have in mind.
Many times, auctions such do not allow you to check out vehicles prior to purchase. Considering that these are auctions that dealers go to, it may be a pretty safe bet that the vehicles are going to be in good working order. That being said, though, keep in mind that the overall general appearance can be a good indicator of the operation of the vehicle. Just to be on the safe side though, you want to make sure that you have some way to transport the vehicle from the auction site. One way of doing this is to make sure that you have a tow truck lined up for your use prior to purchase, that way you can make sure to transport the vehicle and avoid paying any extra storage fees.
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