We’re continuing our series on finding credible car auctions and how to differentiate the good ones from scams. Auction cars can be a great way to save big on new and used cars, but knowing where to go for the deals is the first step.
In the first few parts of our series, we discussed how money and the cars up for sale can help validate a car auction company. It’s recommended you go back and read those articles, but here’s a quick synopsis:
- All-cash dealers shouldn’t be an immediate red flag, but it could mean that car auction company is doing deals “under the table.” Do your research while looking at a company for other ways to pay and make sure you get a good vibe from the company.
- Any reputable car auction should have their inventory online with VIN numbers posted so you can research the cars ahead of time. If they’re trying to hide the VIN numbers, it could mean those cars are stolen or complete junkers. (If you want to inspect our inventory, click here.)
Now it’s time to look at the company itself.
The Car Auction Company
So far what we’ve looked at to avoid car scams has been parts of the auction process, but now we need to take a look at the car company itself.
Like any other store or business, look into ratings and reviews. Google has its reviews on business location pages, Yelp ranks businesses on customer comments, and businesses themselves most often have testimonials from previous customers on their website. All of these point to a legitimate business that people have worked with in the past.
Side note, companies aren’t against using reviews to fight their competitor. If you see a negative review for a company that otherwise looks good to you, see if another product or car dealer is being promoted in the review. If you see something like that, it’s probably another business attacking an otherwise good company.
You can also look at company accreditation. Things like Better Business Bureau (BBB) licenses and other state or county permits means that business is honest with its customers and trying to comply with local laws (if applicable).
Stay away from auction businesses that make you pay for a membership to their information. In addition to costing you a monthly fee, this plays into the fact that reputable car auction businesses should show you their inventory ahead of time. Putting their inventory behind a pay barrier could mean they have a lousy inventory.
Doing business with anyone is always a “leap of faith,” but you can do your research ahead of time to make sure you’re only working with the best. And if you’re looking for the best car auction dealership in Jacksonville or Saint Augustine, Florida, look no further than ASAP Towing where we hold 72 car auctions a year.
Give us a call at 904-771-0790 today or go online here to find out more.
ASAP Towing – Top Rated Car Auction Company
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