Buying a car or truck at a public auto auction in Ohio is a lot easier and fun than one might think. Auction staff are trained to ease new auction bidders into the process for their first auction experience. Car auctions are a great place to find trade-ins, privately owned vehicles, title pawn and bank repos, tow and police impound cars and more.
For buyers that do not wish to attend the auction, many car auctions in Ohio allow you to buy a car before the auction starts. You can negotiate a price with office staff. You may also bring a mechanic with you to the auction to help you look over the cars that you are interested in.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Auto Auction Buyer Process
What do I need to take with me to the auction in order to be able to bid and purchase a car?
All you need is a current U.S. driver’s license and your form of payment. Most locations accept Visa and Mastercard and cash. Most auction locations will not accept a personal check. However, they will allow you to leave a deposit on a car so that you can go to the bank to withdraw cash. This is a convenient option for buyers that do not want to carry a large sum of cash with them to the auction.
When do I get to take the vehicle home? What do I do after I win the bid for a car?
Once winning the bid for a car, you will pay the total cost including any taxes and fees as soon as the bidding ends. The auction will provide you with a temporary tag to use until the title is processed. This takes from 1 to 4 weeks but you can drive the vehicle until your permanent tag is ready. Insurance is the responsibility of the driver, this is typically not verified by the auto auction.
Can I arrive early to the auction to look at the cars and trucks before the auto auction starts?
Yes – most locations allow public bidders to arrive early to inspect the cars, trucks, vans and SUVs up for auction. This policy varies by location so be sure to contact the auction before arriving. Most will allow buyers to arrive at least an hour prior to the start of the auction.
Where do the cars up for auction come from? Are they damaged? Are they safe to drive?
Auction cars typically come from local used car dealers and banks. These are trade-ins and repossessed cars that they bring to an auction for a quick, hassle-free sale. Buyers are welcome to run a vehicle’s VIN through a history service such as CarFAX to verify that the car has a clean title. If there is an issue with the title, it will be announced by the auctioneer and will also appear on the paperwork.
See Also: Tips for Buying a Used Car in Ohio