Information on auction in all US states, members area, updated information.Cons
You pay for information only. Scant information from users of the site so difficult to judge quality.Verdict
May be useful if your time is at a premium.
Gov-Auctions.org REVIEW - Is it the Real Deal?
We all know that the car salesman at your average showroom is working on commission.
And we also know that there is a huge variation in the deals you can get.
But just as there is more than one way to skin a cat... there is more than one way to buy a car.
I'm not talking about small ads here, or even buying from eBay or another of thousands of internet sites.
No, this is about Government Auctions. Right across the US, every month thousands of vehicles are auctioned off to the public. The vehicles may be pre-owned by the Government (typically 2-3 years old and well-maintained, generally), or they may have been seized from individuals because of defaults on payments.
'It's easier than you think!' say Gov-Auctions.
And the prices are amazing - according to Gov-Auctions. Up to 95% off the original value and starting as low as $100.
It works like this. You become a member of Government Auctions (for $39.95) and this gives you access to information on 4,000+ Live US Auctions, plus online Federal Auctions. The package also includes advice on how to bid and buy at auctions, a 'complete auction guide', 'expert buying tips' and guaranteed listings in every state.
And it's not only cars: trucks, SUVs, boats, furniture, office equipment and even real estate auctions are listed on the site.
Plus a Member's Area, with reports on the locations and timings of the best Government auctions in your local area. 'Save hundreds of hours of research time,' they say.
By now I'm sure you have a list of questions; not least - why are the cars so cheap? And is it realistic to expect such huge savings?
Well according to Gov-Auctions the cars are cheap because financial institutions need to sell off re-possessed cars quickly to reduce storage costs and also need to make some money back.
They are reassuring, too, over the auction process. Live auctions are not complicated, they say, and you can arrive early to inspect vehicles.
And what about warranties? 'In general,' say Gov-Auctions, 'it's not a problem, since many repo cars are almost brand new and with documented service history.'
Any vehicle bought under a Federal or State government contract is eligible to be sold at a government auctions, including police vehicles, fire and emergency vehicle, and cars used by hospital and ambulance services and local councils.
Government Auctions are keen to stress that the vehicles are in good condition with log books, service history with many still under their original manufacturers warranty.
So is it worth paying for this information. What is the word on the highway?
Well firstly we must be clear that this website does not sell cars and is not a Government site.
'All these "services" do is sell you lists of places who sell cars,' said one commentator.
OK, given that, is it still worth using the site? Is it a reliable source of information?
The answer to that question seems to be yes.
'Its a trustworthy website,' said one forum user. 'All the listings are from government and school organizations.'
'By joining you just pay for the convenience of not having to look for the auctions yourself,' another added.
And one person rated them. 'Gov-auctions.org is a pretty good car auction site to use. They have a lot of listings in every state,' he said.
However this is not a universal judgement. Another said. 'I've used their site before and didn't like it. They don't have a lot of listings.'
Contradictory - so not very helpful. There are quite a few people throwing out questions about Gov-Auctions out there - asking for feedback on use of the site, recommendations or otherwise, but unfortunately not many people have responded and clear, independent information is scant.
So is it worth the $39.95 to join? I guess that depends on how valuable your time is. If you're happy to pay for information on Government Auctions, then check out the website.
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