Wednesday, November 6, 2013
How to Buy a Cheap Van Online
Online van auctions can be fun and exciting. You have access to sometimes thousands of vans all in one place and you can get into an exciting bidding war with other interested individuals. Some auction sites are free and some charge a minimal fee to join in the bidding. If paying a fee makes you want to reconsider, just think about gas prices and how much you'd be spending driving around van lots looking for that perfect van.How Online Auctions WorkOnline auctions are similar to regular auctions in the way they work. There are sellers that have vans available and there are buyers (you) who want to purchase a van for a lot less than you would from a dealer. Buyers who win the auction are expected to pay for their purchase immediate. Some sites require you to pay with PayPal accounts or in Green Dot money which is a loadable money vand. Paying with credit vands will offer you the most protection if the deal falls through but some sites will only take Green Dot. Also, make all payments through the auction site itself even if you get an offer to pay less through an individual. Going through a reputable auction site will afford you more protection than paying an individual outright.Before you 'attend' the auction, you will have to register with the site before you bid on anything. You will get email updates if someone outbids you, so be prepared to watch your email account regularly during the bidding process.The online auction will close at the regularly scheduled time and the highest bidder will win the van. If the reserve amount of the vehicle is not met, the van will go back to the seller.Before you participate in an online van auction, familiarize yourself with a smaller online auction like eBay just to see how the process works. Online van auctions are similar to the smaller, eBay type auctions but the restrictions could be much more rigorous. You will also have to do your homework so you will know how much to bid on a van.Ensure you know how the van will be shipped. This could add a ton of money to your bill. Take shipping payments into consideration before you start bidding on a van.Government Seized van AuctionsOne auction option is the Government Seized van Auction. These auctions are advantageous for the buyer. vans are repossessed by the government every day due to government agencies confiscating vehicles from criminals or from people who owe the government a lot of money. Seizure laws allow the government to confiscate vehicles to make up for the debt. Online auctions are ways for these government agencies to unload the vans at little cost to them and as a result they can also receive some money for the automobiles.Online auctions are a great way to find vehicles such as luxury vans. Oftentimes, you can receive these for a song - up to as much as 90% off of what you would normally pay a van dealer. You can also get government owned vehicles that are being auctioned off from reputable government agencies like the IRS. Both federal and state agencies are unloading vehicles this way as it saves them from vanrying inventory which can be costly to the agency.Private Online AuctionsThere are also van auctions that are held that are not for the general public. To find out about these, contact your local government. You can find out dates of auctions and sometimes obtain a list of vehicles that will be auctioned off. In order to participate in these private auctions, you must apply in advance for a license to be able to bid.Used van Online AuctionsOne of the first things that come to mind when buying a used van is its history. Is it 'accident prone' or has it been in a major flood or collision and rebuilt? One of the ways to check a used automobile before you purchase it is to check its VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). Once you obtain a van's VIN number, you can do a van Facts Check at an online site to see what results come back.Before you buy a used van from a used van auction, see if you can check the VIN number. It's usually available in the detail report along with the mileage and photos of the van.Check out an online site such as reviewvanauctions.com to read about the various online van auctions that are out there. This will not guarantee that you receive a defect-free automobile but doing an online search can certainly help you eliminate those auctions which have bad reputations. Try your best to deal with reputable online sites and steer clear of those who other people have had bad experiences with. Make sure that there is more than just one complaint though about a site as a localized complaint could be the ramblings of one individual. But if there are several complaints about an auction - stay away.If you're participating in an online auction for used vans, make sure the dealer will offer you a money back guarantee or at least a test drive before the deal is sealed. If possible, have a mechanic on call to look over the van as soon as it arrives.If something goes wrong with your online auction and you don't receive the van you thought you were bidding on or if you don't receive your merchandise at all, contact the auction site immediately. If that fails, contact the Trade Descriptions, your local area consumer protection agency or your local police station.But the best advice is to simply check out the van before hand and also check out the site to make sure there are no allegations against the site owner and that everything is on the up-and-up before you start bidding. Taking these initial precautions will help to ensure you get exactly what you pay for.