Detroit Auctions


Detroit Auctions

This is a government auction, specifically a police auction. If you are in the market for a Crown Victoria or perhaps a newer retired police vehicle model like a Dodge Charger, there will also be plenty of other seized vehicles. But remember this isn't a movie or TV show, so it's highly unlikely you are going to uncover a hidden package of money or drugs, but it's still not a bad idea to if you buy one to look for something could be hidden that may have been missed, if for no other reason than not having a fear of getting pulled over and they try to pin it on you. But again this isn't Hollywood so your going to be fine, more likely will be putting many of the interior pieces like the headliner back together properly from their original search.

When attending auctions you will be only given the ability to give the vehicles visual inspections, so make sure you know tell tale signs of what to look for or bring someone with you who is more able to identify them on your behalf. Some easy checks are to look for any leaks under the car or if the car smells musty, that is generally a sign it was in a flood and that's not repair that you are likely going to want to deal with.

Know What A Good Deal Is

Get all the information you possibly can on any of the vehicles you are interested in. Get the Vehicle Identification Number and run a check on it to learn about the true history. You will also want to know what the blue book value of each model is valued at, and keep in mind you will likely be spending money for various repairs and other custom improvements. So make sure you set your maximum for each vehicle based on the VIN report then set some money set aside for repairs.

Don't Let Superficial Flaws Scare You Away

The professionals at the auctions certainly aren't, some damaged paint or a few dings and dents aren't big deal, it looks bad at first sight but in the grand scheme these are some of the easier fixes. You may be able to pull the dent out without even knowing it was there, worst case is you just need some Bondo work and either match the paint job or get a fresh one to your taste with the money you saved over the used car lot.

As Is Means AS IS

When you buy a vehicle sold as is, that means you have no warranties, no guarantees, and no legal recourse if the vehicle you selected has way more wrong with it than it first appears. If you don't have the stomach to gamble at this level it's best not to play the game in the first place. Stick to looking at the vehicles that have some sort of arbitration process, and know it well before placing a bid. This research ahead of time will help make sure your experience goes smoothly and hopefully you will end up with the dream vehicle you wanted.