The Three Pillars of a Successful Online Auction

It wasn’t long ago that salvage auto auctions were limited to those with auto dealer licenses, but this isn’t the case anymore. Auto auctions online for the public now provide an opportunity to everyone to buy their dream car, without having to break the bank. Online auctions help you to make an informed decision regarding the vehicle you are planning to buy, as you can read all the details about the vehicles before you place your bids. Here are the three most important aspects of an online auto auction for the public:


Gone are the days when you had to search magazines, local newspapers or ask family and friends for any reliable contacts to purchase an old vehicle. The hassles of making calls to dealers and making appointments to check out the vehicle are now things of the past. Online public auto auction sites such as AutoBidMaster provide multiple images of the vehicles for sale. Online auto auctions have streamlined processes, so that buyers don’t need to chase dealers and sellers.

No-Stress Process

Members can enjoy the shopping experience from the comfort of their home. No stress, no pushy salesperson to deal with, and no large crowds. You go through the online bidding process at our site while sitting in your slippers at home. There is absolutely no pressure from the auctioneer side to purchase a vehicle that doesn’t fulfill your needs.

Peace of Mind

Most online auction sites offer a vehicle inspection program where a professional automotive assessor inspects your vehicle. In addition, after you win the bid and own the vehicle, you have the option to choose among trusted transportation companies to deliver your vehicle to any place you want. In short, by buying a car through online auto auction, you can not only be sure that you are making a wise investment, but also ensure that your investment reaches its destination.

That’s Not All

Online public auto auctions are more comfortable than on-site auctions, as you only need to register yourself as a bidder. You get the benefit of flexibility as well. Although there are several online auction websites available, you should go for those who have years of experience and have built a reputation as a being customer-friendly. When you use those criteria, AutoBidMaster is the clear choice. Contact us now and let our experts guide you through the bidding process.

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Pick the Bidding Style That’s Right for You

AutoBidMaster Bidding Style

Bidding with AutoBidMaster couldn’t be easier and we have enough flexibility to fit any person. Here are some tips on how to use our auction system to fit your style.

Buy It Now

Certain cars have an option called “Buy It Now”. This option will have a price listed next to it. If you agree to pay that exact price (There are no negotiations on Buy It Now.) you are awarded the vehicle immediately!

Set and Forget

Just set your maximum bid limit during the Preliminary Bidding stage, and let our system bid automatically for you. We will place bids incrementally to keep you just one step ahead of the competition. At the close of Preliminary Bidding, if you are the high bidder, our system automatically enters you into the Live Auction.

In the Live Auction this incremental bidding continues without going over your limit. This method saves you time and does all the heavy lifting for you. When you win, we automatically notify you.

Manual Bidding

If you’re a hands-on type of person and want more control over how much you bid, you can update your bids in real-time directly on the website whenever you see fit. This way you know exactly how much is being bid at any time. This generally requires more of your effort but gives you more control.

You can use manual bidding in both Preliminary Bidding and in the Live Auction. We strongly recommend watching some live auctions before entering one to make live bids.

You can select whichever option fits your style. You are also able to select any of these for each vehicle you bid on; you aren’t locked into any one of these. Bid and win at AutoBidMaster!

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Why You Should Get A Vehicle History Report Before Bidding

When you’re on the search for a salvage car from AutoBidMaster, it’s important to do some research before placing your bid. An important step of the research process is to get a vehicle history report, also called a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Report. Here are some of the things you can expect to find in one of these reports.

Title History

Along with the insurance history, it’s important to know if a car has been slapped with a branding that may make it difficult to register in your state. A vehicle history report will let you know if it is a clear or salvage item, if it has ever been rebuilt, vandalized, or encountered any types of damage, along with any other sort of branding. After learning the branding of a car, contact your local DMV to find out what it will take to register this car, before making your purchase.

Insurance Records

Learn if an insurance company has previously declared the vehicle a total loss. If so, you will want to make sure it was later rebranded as a rebuilt or salvage car. This will also give you an indication if the vehicle has been involved in any accidents that may result in costly repairs down the line.

Lien Information

Discover if any banks or insurance companies hold a lien on a car before buying it. A lien indicates if there are any outstanding load balances on a car. If there are, it means the lien holder owns the car until the lien/loan is paid off. So make sure you’re aware of any liens before making a purchase. This will also impact you if you’re looking to export a vehicle out of the US, as many countries will not allow you to import items with a lien.

This information is available in a vehicle history report and will help you make the right choice when bidding on a car from AutoBidMaster. We make it as easy as possible for you to get this information by partnering with one of the most reputable VIN report companies, ClearVin. Just look on our lot listing pages, and next to the VIN number you’ll see a link to ClearVin.

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Online Auto Auctions = The Best Selection & Value


An online auction is the place where you can select from the widest range of cars, trucks and other vehicles. You can select from over 100,000 cars here! (We have a very large garage.) Another advantage is that you can select from salvage vehicles; those are the best deals.

Salvaged cars can be repaired so that they are drivable, or even be parted out to make repairs on another vehicle. Of course, a salvage vehicle needs some level of repair to make it roadworthy. Yet, even after including the repair cost, it can be an amazing value.

We at AutoBidMaster make shopping for a salvage car as easy as it can be. Our website holds hundreds of auto auctions in one location. This allows members to place a bid on any vehicle that they wish to buy. Moreover, members can bid from the comfort of their home, at any time of day. With the help of AutoBidMaster, you can buy the car of your dreams.

Get started today at, and if you haven’t already, register for one of our three membership levels—two of them are free! Give yourself the chance to get the best selection at the best prices.

If you need help, our experienced support team can answer all of your questions. Email us at, or call 1(503)298-4300.

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Finding the Right Car at Auction

AutoBidMaster has thousands of cars listed for auction. With this much selection you want to make sure you bid on the car that best fits your needs. Making the right picks, however, can be tricky. That’s why we have put together this brief guide to help you find the best car for you.

If Possible, Inspect Before You Buy

We strongly recommend inspecting the vehicle before you make a decision to bid on a car. AutoBidMaster allows registered members to visit auction yards with a guest. You can use this service by paying a nominal fee. All lot listings include many pictures but your best bet is the take a look for yourself. This can help to eliminate any surprises after you win an auction. Since you can bring a guest you may want to ask your mechanic to come with you.

Learn the History

Even a visual inspection won’t tell you everything, only a Vehicle History Report can do that. All reports are based upon the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). When you buy a report make sure the data comes from The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), which is a program of the U.S. Department of Justice. This program protects you from fraud and unsafe vehicles. There is no more accurate and complete source for VIN data

The VIN number number appears on multiple places such as the driver-side doorpost and on the dashboard on the driver’s side next to the windshield. Once you have this number, visit websites that offer VIN reports to get all the information you need. One such trusted site is ClearVin.

Buy With Confidence

We believe in transparent dealing and giving you the most information to help you make a decision before you bid. Even with all of the information AutoBidMaster provides, there are additional resources to give you the confidence to know the car you are bidding on is the right one. We want to make sure you get the right car.

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How An Ordinary Guy Made Turned A Salvage Car Into Something Extraordinary

I still remember visiting an auto show in 1990. I was a kid back then and not that big a fan of cars. But my outlook regarding cars changed in an instant, as soon as I reached the Chevrolet stand.

The Chevrolet Camaro – radiant, colorful and gleaming in the stadium lights, left me speechless. I made a resolution that day—my first car will be Chevrolet Camaro and no other.

Ten years later when I turned 18, I asked my dad to buy me my dream car. Since I was a beginner, he didn’t want to make huge investment and so he procured a salvage car for me.

We logged into and sailed through the entire process smoothly. Honestly, the navigation was effortless and the pictures and other vehicle related details were so comprehensive that the entire process took just a little more than an hour. And, within the next couple of days I got the keys to my dream car, The Chevrolet Camaro. I strongly suggest buying salvage vehicle through AutoBidMaster, a registered Copart broker.

A few repairs and changes later, the car looked as good as new. I presented it for inspection and after completing the legalities got the title removed. I used this car for the next 5 years. Then I got a job in Buffalo and after saving for a year I decided to sell my old Camaro in order to buy a brand new one. I got in touch with my mechanic friend and we got to work to enhance the value of my car.

We Took the Following Steps:

  • We cleaned the car thoroughly, changed the oil and serviced the parts.
  • Next step was to create an impressive sales pitch, which didn’t prove too difficult. We created an effective storyboard and a slogan to attract buyers.
  • Then we decided the selling price. I must say that my friend played a major role here. At first I was not that impressed with the price he suggested. But he insisted that, when selling a salvage car, being realistic is the key to finding prospective buyers. I finally saw the wisdom in his words and agreed to the price he had suggested.
  • Next, we posted the pictures and all the relevant details online. Given the huge user base that the Internet reaches to, it was the obvious choice for advertising.
  • The next few days were quite hectic. I was busy taking calls from interested buyers. Finally, I zeroed on a couple who were interested in buying the car. They seemed genuine and after a series of negotiations we decided to draft the sale deed. I used my earnings towards a brand new Camaro.

Today, I proudly move around in a new car. But the first love and first car, as they say, are special.

Thanks AutoBidMaster!

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The Buyer’s Guide to Inspection of Vehicles Purchased Online

It’s no secret that you can purchase a vehicle online and have it delivered to your doorstep. But the question is, how can you fully understand the vehicle you are buying beforehand? How can you be confident that you are getting the vehicle you paid for?

These are very good questions … One customer describes his story:

“Thanks I bet on a classic 1974 Cadillac Eldorado and wanted to have a look at the vehicle. As I am already a member with and I happen to live in Portland, OR, I asked for a list on copart auction yards with information and details on facility visiting hours. And I got it.

I visited this link and found some interesting information on where to check a lot of the details about the vehicle.


“I visited the car in person, and I also got the car inspected by a mechanic. Especially if the les that cater to your needs. Look for better models yet keeping affordability factor in mind.

List the best: After you have researched a fair bit, list the best. Make sure you have read the reviews, if you are purchasing a vehicle online. Also, get some extra information on delivery and payment methods.

Inspect the Vehicle: To the best of your ability, understand the working and cosmetic condition of the vehicle. As mentioned above, even if you cannot visit the vehicle in person, you can always hire a mechanic to perform the inspection for you. The $25 you spend on this service can save you time, money and heartache when you receive the vehicle and begin work on restoring it to top condition.

Written Warranty or Guarantee:  Make sure you have a written agreement on warranty or guarantee of the product. Ask for a proper bill if you are purchasing a product from an online auction site.

Happy Purchasing!

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Online Auto Auctions, A Smart Way to Your Own Car

Online Auto AuctionsEveryone loves those swanky new cars in the showroom window. As we move past those sparkling cars, many of us fantasize about owning one of our own! However, before you give in to the temptation and spend your every dollar on a new car, just take a moment to think of buying a used automobile.

For all we know, a new car may be an expensive choice, partly because of depreciation. A new vehicle loses a lot of its attraction and value in the first 2-4 years. On the other hand, if you buy a used vehicle, you do not have to bear the cost of depreciation. One great misconception with used cars is that people assume that buying one is equal to buying someone else’s troubles! However, the truth is that one just needs to do some good research to find a great deal.

In fact, one can find very affordable vehicles that can run well after some repairs, at salvage vehicle auctions. Salvage auctions list all types of vehicles for sale. Vehicles may be listed as per their make, model and by the type of damage that they have suffered. Most of the salvage vehicles need moderate to heavy restoration. However, with some research, one may also find police impounded, bank repossessed, or theft recovered vehicles that do not have much physical damage.

Most of the used vehicles listed are damaged, but their affordable price tag leaves enough room for repairs; making them a great purchase at times. Look for salvage auto auctions in your area. For example, you can search for salvage vehicle auctions in Long Island, NY. This way you can plan a visit to the auction lot and inspect the vehicle yourself. With the option of online salvage auto auctions, you can access thousands of cars on sale from various locations across America!

The important thing is to remember is that when you buy a salvage vehicle, it could need a great deal of repairs. Hence, one must factor in the repair costs and then decide if they are worth their price tag. Some online auction websites also offer vehicle inspection services on behalf of the online bidders. Most auction websites display information about the listed vehicles, including clear images from various angles, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a few other details.

One can register for free on an auto auction website; however, a security deposit has to be paid online before one can bid on a listed vehicle. All transactions take place online and some websites even help with shipping the vehicle to the bid winners as per their terms and conditions.

One can learn a lot more about such auto auctions on the internet. With ample research and logical actions, one may find a great used vehicle online.

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Want to Own a Ferrari? Here’s a Smart Way Out

FerrariDid you know that a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, with a price tag of $52 million, is one of the most expensive cars ever sold? This was one of the 39 250 GTOs that were produced by the Ferrari factory! Every one of these hand-built cars carries a sense of uniqueness; so it’s no surprise that just one of them sells for millions of dollars.

When it comes to a Ferrari, almost every car enthusiast would love to own one! Driving a car by the brand is a matter of great pride for most people! The Ferrari cars are a perfect mix of style, power and class. In case you have always wanted to own one, you may not be too far away from your dream!

Have you considered buying a used Ferrari? You probably have; with a harsh economy, the sparkle of a new car is no longer easy to afford! In any case, even some of the most expensive cars lose much of their value (as much as 20%) in the first 2-3 years after purchase. Why not look for a pre-owned vehicle that can serve your purpose well and not pinch your pocket at the same time?

When I suggested to my dad to buy his car online, he thought that I had overdone it with my internet addiction! However, once he took interest, he realized that there are in fact amazing vehicles available online. On a Sunday afternoon, we searched for a good online auto auction site and registered so he could take part in the next auction. Next, we started looking for a car by his favorite brand, of course, a Ferrari! Now, after placing a security deposit, we were good to start bidding. From the huge inventory of cars listed on the website, he finally selected a 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB. The clear images of the black beauty did show some superficial damage on the right rear side, but nothing too bad. Further, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) indicated that the car was damaged by flood. We even asked for the vehicle to be inspected on our behalf, and the inspection report did not indicate any massive damage.

Well, after some research, we realized that it is actually a smart move to buy a used Ferrari rather than a new one. The estimated market value of the car we choose was a whopping $240,000! The $18,000 that dad shelled out was the best bargain out there! Not only did he bid on and win a 2009 Ferrari, but he got it at a fraction of the price of a new one!

We simply placed our bid and were lucky to be the highest online bidders for that particular car. Our bid was taken to a live auction by a representative of the auction website where he represented us. As we waited for the live auction results, we were pleasantly surprised to receive an email telling us that we had won the bid! The email also listed the payment instructions and other details. We decided to take the help from the auction website to get the vehicle shipped to us.

The whole process was so fast, easy and thrilling that even dad loved it! The best part is that now dad drives a car that he has always dreamed of owning. It did take a lot of restoration to get it back on the road, but it was all worth every effort in the end.

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New or Used Volkswagen Passat, The Midsize Family Sedan is an Affordable Luxury

New or Used Volkswagen Passat, The Midsize Family Sedan is an Affordable Luxury

The Volkswagen Passat was launched way back in 1973 and the company has sold over 15 million of these cars since. This is a testimony to the fact that this model is a favorite of those who look for a middle path between a usual family car and a high end luxurious one. It is classy yet not opulent and has a refined character to its drive. All versions of the Passat model from VW give a distinct impression of simple elegance and high quality. If you want to buy a car with quality interiors, competent handling and an engine that gives a smooth ride, the Volkswagen Passat fits the bill.

The latest Volkswagen Passat models are becoming more affordable

The Passat has undergone several alterations to suit the changing demands. As the model was launched to compete with affordable family cars, the latest models are priced much lower than the previous ones. Thus, buying a brand new one is always an option. However, if your budget is restricted, even a salvaged one is a good bargain. Of course, you will need to spend a considerable amount on its repairs, but that can be easily counterbalanced by the low price of a salvage VW Passat. In fact, you may end up owning a car with a luxury feel at a fraction of the cost of buying it brand new.

Used VW Passat can be more appealing

The price of the 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan is $20,845 while that of the diesel model is more than $26,000. Thus, it is in the budget range of car owners who cannot afford luxury cars as they are financially out-of-reach. However, for those who hold a desire to own a luxury car from the prestigious European car brand, previous versions of the Passat are more appealing than the latest ones. The earlier versions had much more of a premium feel about their styling.

You can buy the Volkswagen Passat with a clean salvage title simply by logging on to a reputable online salvage auto auction. After paying security deposit, you can place an online bid on any salvage vehicle listed on the site. If your bid is the highest, the representatives of the auction site try to win the vehicle for you at the live auction.

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