Buy Your Car, Truck or Boat From Auctions

Online auction sites are gaining popularity as they provide a one-stop shop for your entire range of shopping requirements, ranging from books and beauty items to electronics and motor vehicles. Buying cars, trucks or boats, which was once a mammoth task, now takes only a few mouse clicks, provided you do all the homework required to decide on the make and model of the vehicle you need and locate the apt website.

CrankyApe.com and eBay are some of the popular auction websites that offer a wide range of cars, trucks and boats to suit any budget. The best thing is that these sites provide the best deals on used vehicles, saving a lot of money and effort. In fact, they offer a cost-effective means to experience the joy of a boat ride or the utility of cars and trucks without having to spend a fortune. The following paragraphs discuss all the knowhow associated with making a worthwhile purchase of these products on auction websites.

First of all, you must decide what you intend to buy. Assess everything possible about the model of the vehicle you are looking for. Learn its features, cost and utility. Knowing the details beforehand will help you browse through the listings on the auction site with more expertise. eBay has a section dedicated to vehicles -eBay Motors - providing a comprehensive and category-wise listing of a broad range of vehicles. A region-wise listing allows you to opt for a test drive before you decide on your purchase. In fact, a test drive is a wise option before you start bidding.

Your choices for buying a vehicle on an auction site are much higher than buying local. Moreover, these auction websites offer resources to guide you to the right vehicle. For example, you can order for independent inspections and request for vehicle history reports from the listing pages. It is also a good idea to have a detailed discussion with people who already own the kind of vehicles that you are looking for. This is particularly true for boats, as experienced owners can provide the best guidance. Boat purchases include additional things, such as trailer, safety equipment and insurance. Other considerations pertain to the size of the vehicle to make sure that you have a proper garage or storage area.

Among other precautions, it is always wise to contact the seller over phone or via email to make things clear. A keen observation will help assess the integrity and responsiveness of the seller, at least to some extent. Prepare your questions beforehand to understand all the expenditure involved in the purchase and the means of transport (for the boat) and other shipping options. In case you choose to buy from a seller outside your locality, the purchase will include additional shipping costs, meaning that the investment will be higher. Just as with offline dealerships, online purchase also calls for a thorough comparison analysis before you buy your vehicle. Such an analysis will prepare you to ask questions when you meet the seller. Apart from making a physical examination of the vehicle, verify documents, check for any salvage title and ascertain the VIN number.

Regardless of the auction website you choose, make sure that you are aware of the terms and conditions of the site. For example, eBay offers a "Buyer Protection" policy that provides insurance for purchases up to $20,000. In other words, if there is any misinterpretation on the part of the seller leading to losses for the buyer, eBay will cover the losses. eBay also offers financing for vehicle purchases.

It is in your best interest to study the feedback of the seller. It is not enough to just go through the item description and images to shortlist your choices. As items of higher value carry a higher risk, the seller's reputation is of utmost importance. A seller cannot keep on selling low value items and maintain a good feedback. Therefore, a high positive feedback can be one of the criteria for credibility. Once you have done all the homework, it becomes easy to complete the transaction and pick up your vehicle after you win the auction.