Helpful Tips To Consider When Buying Vehicles From Used Car Auctions

Though not many people recommend buying used cars from auctions, there are many benefits of choosing this option. One of the advantages of buying from used car auctions is that the prices are more affordable, as compared to the ones that are on sale on pre-owned vehicle dealers. In addition, you and the other bidders can control the final price of the automobile you are interested to get. Lastly, there are more options to be found in auctions. You will be able to find used luxury and sports cars and other types of vehicles that are sometimes hard to find or just can be found in other countries.

When it comes to used car auctions, you can either go to an actual one or bid in an online auction site. But you need to remember that buying a used car from an auction can be more complicated and less straightforward than getting one from a dealer. And if it is your first time to join an auction, you also need to be a bit careful and on your guard. To help you have a hassle-free experience when joining a pre-owned car for the first time and to make sure that you don’t get one that is not worthy of your investment, below are some tips you should keep in mind:

• If you are attending a physical auction, make sure to arrive early and check out all the vehicles up for bid. This way, you will have an idea about what vehicles are up for sale and you will be able to avoid the crowd of other people who will also be closely inspecting the autos up for bid.

• In addition, make sure you open the doors and hood, check the engine, the lights, the air conditioning system, the seats, flooring and windows. Check the car for damages and issues and make sure you take note of these so that you can decide whether you still want to bid on this vehicle. This will also help you in setting the limit for your bidding price.

• In online auctions, don’t bid on a car unless it is the one that you really want and that you are certain that it is a good buy. With online auctions, you are contractually obligated to buy the car if you are the winning bidder. You can’t back out if you suddenly found out that something is wrong with the vehicle after you won the bidding war.

• Go online to check the VIN number of any car you are interested to bid on to avoid getting a car that may have come from a “chop shop” or one that turns out to be a “lemon”.

• Check that the contract states how many days before you finally get the title. You can get your money back if it takes longer since this can be considered a breach of contract.

• Request for an independent mechanic’s report about the car. This will also help you decide whether you want to invest in the car. This report can also help you negotiate for a lower price for the vehicle.

Safer Cars Does Not Mean Safer Roads

These days, it is pretty standard for cars to include top of the line safety features. These range from rear-view cameras, lane departure warnings, traction control and even blind spot detection.

Driving a safe vehicle can also mean more money in your pocket as drivers can save on car insurance cost. A car insurance company is generally able to provide more affordable car insurance if your vehicle has safety features. However, safer cars do not necessarily mean safer roads across the country.

From January to June, approximately 18,720 people have died on U.S. roads. As a result of a growing economy, people are driving more miles compared to recession level data. Less unemployment means more cars are on the road getting people to and from work and more money for leisure activities. In 2017, Americans traveled 3.22 trillion miles according to the Federal Highway Administration.

Factor in more miles driven along with speeding, drug and alcohol impaired driving and distracted driving and the fatality rate is at an all-time high.

South Carolina leads the nation in traffic fatality rates per miles traveled. In 2017, the state had 1.88 deaths per 100 million miles traveled, which is almost two times the national average. Illinois reported 1,090 traffic deaths.

This trend prompted Governor Rauner to declare August 17 as Traffic Fatality Awareness Day at the Illinois State Fair through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Health, Illinois Secretary of State and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

States across the country have launched similar awareness efforts like Vision Zero. Vision Zero’s goal is to strategically eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries while increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility for everyone.

Reducing speed is perhaps the most effective way to reduce the fatalities. Speed increases the distance it takes a car to come to a complete stop. The speed of impact is also directly correlated to the risk of death. The higher the speed of impact, the higher the probability of a passenger dying becomes.

Even with lower speeds, it is hard for police officers to enforce these lower limits. Automated cameras are already unpopular and adding more would also be costly.

Every year, an estimated 40,000 Americans die on the road. With effective legislation and commitment, we can all work together to reduce that statistic.

According to research by the Overseas Development Institute and the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, one way to make progress is to treat traffic fatalities and road safety as a public health issue. The public has to stop blaming drivers for collisions and look to policymakers for ways to help prevent them.