Reader Question There is one of those police seized car auctions coming up in my town, and I was just wondering if buying a used stolen or seized car from a police auction was a good idea or not?
I personally have never purchased a vehicle from a police car auction, but this is what I do know about them.
Police car auctions are conducted mostly by police agencies, county sheriffs and law enforcement agencies and the cars on options are generally those which are discarded or confiscated cars.
Usually the police department winds up collecting these cars owing to arrests and forfeitures. Police car auctions and government auto auctions are less likely to cause problems. If the dealer is legitimate they are bound by certain laws when running a car auto auction, but that is no reason for you to get lazy about doing your due diligence and researching the vehicle you are interested in before you make your bid.
In most cases you are not allowed to drive the vehicle before you bid…so make sure you know what you are doing and are prepared to take some risks. I have heard from a few website visitors that good deals CAN be made at these types of auctions if you are willing to take the risk.
Check to see if the car auction house offers an extended warranty. Use your best judgment. Check whether all the VIN# stickers in a car match. Otherwise, it was either stolen or repaired with the parts of another car, which is not good for resale.