Internet has changed the way we shop. Who would have thought that people will buy cars on the net? Now, popular websites offer a chance to bid online and get most things done, still sitting in your Pajamas. The online car auction industry is still in its infancy and is riddled with scammers. In order to fight the spam, websites have countered by deploying effective tactics. Whatever the hype be, let us look at some of the tricks of this trade...
Pictures, pictures and more pictures. Remember that a good seller will be confident that their car is mostly devoid of major defects and is in a good condition. Therefore, they will not hesitate to put as many pictures as they can. From a seller's perspective, if you know that your car is in a good condition and you are selling it online, you will definitely want to put pictures of your car to show the public that your car asks a premium price. Therefore, the buyers should bid more. Buyers have the same mentality. If there are lots of pictures, you can be sure that the car you are bidding for is in a reasonably well preserved condition.
Always ask the seller if they are willing to set up an inspection time. A good seller will be happy to do so. Your job is to take a trusted mechanic with you to the inspection and have them check, before you pay. Before bidding, you must also take the VIN number of the vehicle. Most popular websites make it mandatory for sellers to list the VIN number. It is like a social security number of the car. Its entire history can easily be traced by this one number. You may check the previous history of the car by going to any website that offers such a service. There are many on the net. You can check for car's ownership, accidents and previous inspections.
Remember! You should have a maximum amount that you are willing to dispose. It is very easy for the bidders to get tangled in the bidding fury and pay extra. Control your emotions. Even if you really love a car, don't pay above the maximum. Let the others win. Buying car is not a small decision. Wait and your time will come. Know the reputation of the seller. Websites always provide a service to check on the feedback of the sellers. Good sellers always have positive feedbacks form their clients. A few of them will even post a reply to any negative comments made by a customer. If it is a private seller without a feedback rating, make sure that you talk to them on the phone.
In an online auction, try to gather as much data as you can. The greatest advantage of an online auction is that there is no tempting salesman and no obligations, whatsoever. You have the time in your hands. Take your time. You will not regret and cherish what you get.