MOBILE, AL – The staff at Dealer’s Auto Auctions – Murfreesboro hosted an inaugural Government Services Administration sale to a strong crowd of dealers and public buyers of GSA vehicles. Employees (or their agents) of the Department of General Services (DGS) and members of their families are prohibited from purchasing any vehicles at Commonwealth used vehicle auctions conducted by or on the behalf of DGS. GSA vehicles are one of the best buys in the marketplace today because of good maintenance, relatively low age and mileage, and desired features like automatic transmission, air conditioning, power steering and power brakes. The buyer of property from the U.S. Government purchased through a contracted Auction House may be subject to state and/or local use tax. Doug, who started in the auto auction business with the Manheim Corporation in 1993, has over 20 years of industry experience. One car dealer I know of would buy filthy cars at car auctions and then simply take them to the car wash.
Most official government auctions are regularly announced in national newspapers (such as USA Today) or local newspapers as part of the legal requirements for conducting the auction. While purchasing a car at a government auto auction can be an excellent way to take advantage a great deal on a used car, buyers will want to prepare themselves in advance to ensure the best possible GSA auto auction experience. I’ve already learned that what the GSA says isn’t necessarily what will happen.
The GSA 15-passenger van we purchased was a maroon 2002 Chevy with 46,000 miles on it. It was in tip-top condition, and only cost us $8900 total, fees included. GSA nor the Auction Contractor guarantee functionality, compatibility, or availability of concurrent bidding systems. Second is a Search for Auctions,” which allows a user to locate specific GSA auction houses by state. It is evidence of title only and is to be used by the purchaser to obtain a proper state motor vehicle registration. NOTE attending the GSA sale online requires that you register with and pay for any transactions via credit or debit card.
Really good to see the new faces from our communities coming to our auctions for the first time,” said DAA Owner David Andrews, who attended both sale events. Fees vary but average about $40, usually a one-time charge for unlimited online access to listings of auctions.
If you get to an auction early, you can jot down the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of any car you are interested in and use your laptop to quickly run a check with Carfax () to find out whether there is anything unusual in the car’s past – such as evidence of odometer fraud, flood damage, major accidents, and so on. With online auctions such as eBay, this is much easier as the auctions typically run for several days at least, giving you ample time to check the VIN.