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Auto Auction Guide
How to buy a car at a public auction like a pro!
Auto Auction Guide. 2010 Ed.
An auto auction is a business that acts as the middle-man between a buyer and a seller. They work
for the seller and not the buyer. There is two basic types of auto auctions, Public and Dealer.
Auto auction houses get their inventory from several sources, below are the main ones:
• Dealer consignment, these are vehicles car dealers own. Car dealers get these vehicles as
customer trade-ins or buy them from other dealers or auctions.
• Salvage, these are auctions held by a local salvage yard and impounds, the vehicles are sold
to collect past due towing and storage fees.
• Repo’s, these are vehicles repossessed by finance companies after a borrower stops making
• Off Lease, these vehicles are owned by leasing companies and are usually 2-4 years old.
Most of these vehicles are available to dealers only.
• Government, these are vehicles sold by the federal or local government. You can also find
IRS and border patrol seized vehicles.
• Fleet, these are vehicles owned by large companies and are sold after a few years.
• Rental, these are newer model vehicles and were used as daily rentals.
List of vehicles that will "run" at the next auction.
The area at which the vehicle is being auctioned.
List of all previous sales at the auction with the winning bid price.
Bid accepted from the auction floor or block on that unit.
Floor or reserve price:
A minimum amount that the seller will take for their vehicle.
Where the vehicle runs to be auctioned off. Every lane has an auctioneer assigned to it. Example,
Lane A, Lane 1 etc.
Run Number, Inventory Number or lot Number:
Location of vehicle in a particular run, example: A12.
These vehicles do not run. Inoperative.
No title defects. This does not mean the car does not have accidents, just that it wasn’t bad enough
to be salvage.
Car has previous salvage history and has been rebuilt and inspected by state and reinstated for
Title issued on a total loss vehicle due to an accident.
This is an amount charged by the auction house above and beyond the winning bid. It’s usually
proportional to the price of the vehicle.
Bid # or Bidder's #:
Issued at registration and used when purchasing a vehicle, every buyer has a number.
Vehicle that does not have a "floor" price, will sell for the highest bid.
"if" or "verified with seller purchased":
If seller isn't present or not sure, the sale will be pending his approval.
Vehicle sold "AS IS" “WHERE IS” which means they carry no warranty of any kind either expressed
Some kind of implied guarantee is attached to the vehicle. Listen for the Auctioneer’s remarks for
Ride and Drive:
The buyer has the right to drive and inspect the vehicle before paying for it and withdraw from the
sale if major items are discovered.
This is the auctioneer’s assistant, he collects bids from the auction floor.
This is actually confusing because it means exactly the opposite. Title is not present at the time of
Public Auto Auction Houses:
This guide does not include junkyard or impound auctions as we NEVER recommend them. You can get better
deals at regular public auto auctions 100% of the time.
Always call these auctions before visiting them and always pull a run list and highlight the vehicles you are
interested in the most and pull reports on them (see page 6).
ABC Red Top Atlanta
444 Joe Frank Harris Parkway
Cartersville, GA 30120
Public Auction Tuesdays @ 6:00PM
5055 Oakley Industrial Blvd.
Fairburn, GA 30213
Public Auction 3rd Thursday of the month @ 9:30AM.
Athens Auto Auction.
5050 Atlanta Hwy
Bogart, GA 30622
Public Auction every Tuesday @ 6:30PM.
Blue Ridge Auto Auction
107 Whitepath Road
Ellijay, GA 30540
Public Auction Tuesdays @ 6:00PM
Georgia-Carolina Auto Auction
884 East Ridgeway Road
Commerce, GA 30529
Public Auction Wednesday @ 7:00PM and Fridays @ 6:30PM
Manheim Metro Atlanta
2244 Metropolitan Pkwy SW
Atlanta , GA 30315
Public Auction 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 2:00PM
Oakwood's Arrow Auto Auction
4712 Flat Creek Rd.
Oakwood , GA 30566
Public Auction Thursdays @ 6:00PM
Peach State Auto Auction
2970 Highway 78 SW
Loganville, GA 30052
Public Auction Mondays & Wednesday @ 7:00PM
Southeastern Auto Auction
1712 Dean Forest Road
Savannah, GA 31408
Public Auction Every Thursday @ 7:00PM
Online Public Auto Auctions:
These are government websites.
Before you Bid:
1. Pull a vehicle history report, there is two main sources, www.carfax.com or www.autocheck.com ,
you get 1 free report with this guide. Additional reports are $5 each
2. You can also run a free vin check for salvage title at:
3. Inspect the vehicle, if you know nothing about cars then bring somebody with you.
4. Have an idea what the car is worth. www.kbb.com or www.edmunds.com or www.nadaguides.com
or you can text us the VIN# and miles and we will give you free Black Book Value which is the
5. Look up what others are selling their cars for www.autotrader.com or www.cars.com
6. Make sure the vehicle has GA emissions, you can do this using this website:
7. Don’t be the first to bid on the vehicle you want, but make sure you keep eye contact with the
You can text us any questions you have 9AM to 9PM. 678-404-0455.