Ford FocusIn these modern times there are now a variety of ways that you can choose to buy a car. It used to only be the case that you could buy from a car dealership, or perhaps from someone that you knew, but now, with the internet fully at our disposal, the options have changed.

A popular way to buy a car is an auction. Now, this could be a physical car auction, or, it could be an online car auction. It really does depend on your which you prefer and which is going to be better for you. 

So, how do you buy a car from an auction? Where do you start and what are the kinds of things that you need to make sure that you look out for?

Always find the right auction for you
One of the first things that you should do is make sure that you choose the right auction in the right format for you. An online car auction works really well for most people as this means that they can look at, and then bid on the car of their choice as and when it works for them. A popular car auction website is Car.co.uk, whereby you can find a variety of great cars at the right price.

Think about what you want to bid on
The next step is to think about what you are going to bid. You need to take the time to consider what it is that you are looking for and then search for cars that match this. As you cannot see the car physically in an online auction, you are relying on the description of the car that is provided. This should include any things that you need to know before you buy, as well as giving the car a grading which shows its quality.

Do your homework
It is no secret that when you bid on a car at auction, you are going to be trying to achieve the best price possible. However, this does mean that you are going to need to do some background work. Find out how much this particular car, or at the very least one that is similar, is being sold for elsewhere. This will help you to have a budget in mind, which will assist you in your bidding.

Know what they mean when they say it
No-one can become an expert in car auctions right from the start and it can take time to learn all the lingo and key phrases that you are going to hear. Some of the things that you will often see written down on an online auction guide include:

• Specified faults- which is when the auctioneer has detailed a list of faults that you need to keep in mind. An especially important part of the process.

• Sold with a warranted mileage- when a car is sold with this particular phrase against it, this means that the vehicle has been verified and checked during an inspection, which is fully independent. Whatever is found during this inspection, then forms a report.

As you can see, there is plenty to think about when planning to buy a car on auction. So, take your time, weigh up your options and do your research. You may find that in no time at all you not only feel comfortable bidding on cars, but you also get yourself a bargain too.

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