I recently purchased a utility van at the auction. I had 48 hours to take it to a mechanic to have it checked out to make sure the transmission and engine were in good order, but had to put down 70% before I could take the van. I made the mistake of going to a mechanic they suggested which was close and he said everything looked good except for the tie rods.
I drove it home to clean it out and found small rocks and dirt in the back along under the floor mat. I soon realized that I had been sold a flooded vehicle. Does anyone know if there is anything I can do to get out of this commitment on the van before I pay the other 30%? Any advice would be great. Thanks.
By JD from UT
Contact your attorney general. Flooded autos are not supposed to be sold. Also, get a car fax report as quickly as possible. Go online to get it.
Has anyone ever bought a car from a car auction? If so, did it turn out to be a good car and did you save a lot of money?
Estate auctions, 2, a Toyota that 12 was years old and went another 100,000 miles, and a Pontiac Grand Prix that I didn't think was that great, but it was babied a long and changed color and sold and is still running and ugly. It has to be 20 years old.
A bad choice was a used cop car that was a money pit. Best thing is we parted it out and got some money for the parts, more than junk yard would have given.
Good advice: think about an estate auction where someone old had a car they didn't use a lot. On eBay, check feedback. Call them, email them, ask them about it. Read and reread the description. With all the water damage to cars in the south keep that in mind. (09/21/2005)
You stated a "car auction", you may want to call to see if they allow you to come in previous to do a better look at on the car. We used to have a place that held "car auctions", they'd have 2 days during the week before the auction you could come and look at the cars.
As with all auctions remember, "sold as is", "where is", "buyer beware". Auctioneers will be as honest as they can be, it's their reputation, they don't want to hide anything, but with anything used, one minute it works fine and the next it's broke. I can try to answer any other questions. (09/22/2005)