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Published May 17th 2011

Car auctions are a good way to find inexpensive but reliable transportation. Cars that are sold in these auctions come from repossession situations, overstock, and other areas. They can also include cars that were seized from people who have committed criminal acts, such as trafficking or smuggling offenses, as well as cars that were impounded for other reasons and were never claimed by the owner.

If you've never been to a car auction before, you may not know quite to expect. This article will provide information on the places that hold car auctions, as well as helpful tips on attending and bidding at car auctions.

New York City Government Car Auctions

Auctions held by the New York City Government include vehicles that were impounded or seized, as well as those that are being retired from vehicle fleets. You can find cars, trucks, and motor scooters to bid on. The auctions usually take place every other Wednesday, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 570 Kent Avenue. You can arrive at 8:30 AM to inspect the vehicles that are being auctioned, and the sale starts at 9:00 AM.

Government Auctions

This website provides you with more information on police auctions and seized car sales. It explains how the cars come into the possession of the New York City Police Department, as well as where they are stored until the auction time. This lets you know in advance the circumstances under which the car came into their possession and how it has been kept—in other words, you have a little bit of the car's "back story", which can sometimes be very interesting.

You can also find out about the types of cars that are available for auction (from luxury to very basic) as well as a little bit about the condition (excellent, needs work, or other information.) All of this helps you to be well-prepared when you attend police auctions and seized car sales.

Queens Auction at Queens Auto Mall, 134-01Atlantic Avenue, Queens

This is a "brick and mortar" auction site as well as an online one. You can bid for cars online or attend the live auctions that are held quite frequently. The physical location is easily accessible from different areas in and around New York City. The online auction site gives you pictures and descriptions of the available cars, as well as information on when bidding will end on a particular vehicle. At the live auction, you have two hours to inspect as many vehicles as you wish that are up for auction at that particular time.
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Why? Because who doesn't want to get a car for a cheap price?
When: Whenever auctions are scheduled
Where: All over New York City
Cost: Depends on the car
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