Car Auctions

It is becoming more and more popular to buy cars from car auctions these days. In search of the best deal you can get many people turn to auctions. Where do these vehicles come from? A lot of them are bank repossessions, off lease vehicles, insurance companies also write cars off if repair is too expensive. Whether it's theft recovery or simply too expensive to repair car accident.

So what are some of key things to look for when attending a car auction. Find out what day of the week the auction is on. Usually you will be allowed in the lot the day before the event to "look around". This is where you window shop for that dream car. Make sure to take lots of notes, including make, model, mileage, color, any defects, bidding starting price and all pluses and minuses about the car.

Some lots will also let you start the vehicle and take it for a short spin, usually this is on their property only and it is not a usual road test drive. It is only meant to give you an idea that the vehicle is fully operational. Although you will not be able to go on the highway and get the feeling of how the car runs be sure to ask the organizers of the auction what their policies are and if the vehicle is still covered under manufacturers warranty.

Also make sure you visit Ontario's Ministry of Transportation web site for vehicles to be auctioned by the government. Another great place to visit is Manheim's site, they offer car auctions all over the world. They also have locations in Lower Sackville (Nova Scotia), Bowmanville (Ontario) and Milton (Ontario).


  From: Paul, Mississauga (6/15/2006 9:37:06 PM)
  Comment: Looking for an auction around mississauga, Toronto is ok too.
  From: Slavek (6/18/2006 11:28:32 AM)
  Comment: Please post Vancouver and surrounding areas.
  From: Norbert (7/4/2006 2:18:31 PM)
  Comment: Are these auctions open to public or are these for dealers only?
  From: John, BC (7/8/2006 1:52:41 PM)
  Comment: What are the canadian laws and regulations for bringing cars from the us? I am thinking of attending car auctions in the us. Are there regulations for which vehicles I am allowed or dissallowed to bring in to Canada? Where can I get a list of cars that are allowed to bring to Canada?
  From: Chris, Vancouver (8/6/2006 1:41:16 PM)
  Comment: Norbert, some of these are open to public, however, most of them require that you have a dealer license if you wish to buy
  From: Mike (9/19/2006 10:27:03 AM)
  Comment: For the dealer 2 dealer auctions in Canada check out
  From: Cdnauto (1/19/2007 4:09:46 PM)
  Comment: John - Yes, there are certain limits to which car you can bring to Canada, please contact motor vehicle department for full listing.
  From: Abdul (5/19/2007 7:11:30 PM)
  Comment: When buying a car at the auction, what are my payments option? Can I get a lease, any kind of loan for monthly payments or is it a strict full payment only? Also, what kind of guarantee do I get from an auction that the car will work?
  From: Daisy (6/1/2007 5:50:10 AM)
  Comment: I would like to go to the ADESA Toronto Auction. What do I need to bring and do I need a dealer lincense???
  From: Dan (6/7/2007 5:12:44 PM)
  Comment: Give them a call at 905-790-7653 or 800-675-2886 and ask, I think you have to be a licensed dealer. I know of dealers who take public to auctions, you take a look around before the day of the auction and they buy the car for you.
  From: Ahsun (3/6/2008 1:32:49 PM)
  Comment: Do you know where I can find car auctions in Montreal and the phone number for it?? Thank you.
  From: Mo (4/3/2008 1:34:16 PM)
  Comment: Looking for public car auctions around Kitchener, Waterlo area
  From: Rob (4/4/2008 3:25:06 PM)
  Comment: Please be sure to see above post by Mike or visit Adesa site
  From: Victoria (12/19/2008 12:56:28 PM)
  Comment: There is a great car auction in Kitchener on Hayward Ave... you guys should check it out
  From: Kent Mercer (12/19/2008 12:58:53 PM)
  Comment: I bought a vehicle from Tricity Auctions in Kitchener, a 2003 Rendevous, although I had to do a little work on it I got it for less than half the price of regular car lots



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