Posts Tagged ‘buy a repossessed car’

Finding Repossessed Car Auctions UK

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

During these hard times brought about by the worldwide economic downturn, the virtue of the moment has to be frugality, something we seem to have lost way back during the middle ages or the great depression of the 1920s in the U.S.A. Since a car purchase has to be one of the major decisions in one’s economic life, it may be wise these days to consider purchasing repossessed cars and joining repossessed car auctions as a most practical and smart alternative.

What is a car repossession anyway? Whenever a car owner defaults or fails to make on-time loan or lease payments for whatever reason, the bank or finance company may opt to take back or repossess the vehicle, a standard clause or stipulation written into every financing contract. There will be some grace period allowed but eventually when it’s clear that the buyer cannot catch up on his installment payments, it’s repossession time – the bank or lending company’s repossession procedures take over. The rest, as they say, is history. The repossessed car is sold to recover the loan balance, including towing and storage charges,as well as professional fees for the repo company that recovered the vehicle. Where does the car end up next? More than likely in a repossessed cars auction.

Many who have taken the opportunity will swear that visiting auctions could mean savings of as much as 80% on one’s tight budget. What is more, with the convenience of online shopping nowadays, looking for repossessed cars and joining car auctions have given new meaning to the term “let your fingers do the walking.” Now, it’s more like your fingers doing the “clicking” on your computer mouse.

Where to find repossessed vehicles? There are of course any number of ways. Going online nowadays is the most convenient. If you are looking to buy repossessed cars on the internet we would highly recommend Government Auctions UK. This site has agreements with auctioneers and police services to sell repossessed cars. It is by far the best option on the web with legitimate deals being closed daily. Or, you could also simply contact your neighborhood bank, finance companies, credit unions in your area or even some local auction company and ask about auction locations, rules and schedules.

Another advantage of dealing with repossessed car auctions is that you will invariably be dealing with reputable banks and financing companies. Hence, you will be spared the proverbial “hard sell” that used-car dealers are notorious for. These finance institutions have a reputation to protect and are not likely to engage in cheap tricks just to turn in a fast buck.

It goes without saying of course that as with any major purchase, the buyer has to proceed with caution. Caveat emptor is as old as the Romans – let the buyer beware. Since you are buying a used item, a highly complex machine at that, you have to know a little bit about cars or consult with somebody knowledgeable. There will not be the usual dealer or manufacturer’s warranties that usually go with a brand-new purchase. It’s strictly an “as-is, where-is” deal or a take-it-or-leave-it affair. So do your homework on repossessed car auctions. Frugality does not mean getting a bargain for bargain’s sake. After all, you don’t want to go home being penny-wise and pound-foolish.

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Get Your Repossessed Car Back

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

People in America will have no fear about getting their car repossessed thanks to the Spike TV network. Vehicle owners who find themselves the victim of car repossession will be given the opportunity to win back their repossessed car courtesy of a brand new tv gameshow due to hit screens in April 2011.

“Repo Games” will provide car owners the chance to win back the car they had previously defaulted on and winners will get back their car outright! No more repayments and the repossession is cancelled.

The below article from CNN Money provides further info on the show, I for one will be interested to see the format, knowing Spike TV the process won’t be straightforward.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — “Repo Games,” a reality television show from Spike TV that allows debtors a chance to win back their repossessed cars, will hit the airwaves later this month.

“This is the only show that combines the game-show format with actual repos,” said producer Sally Ann Salsano, “On the show, we give them a chance to win their car back, clean and simple. No car payments ever again.”

She explained that debtors on the show are “not thrilled” when they discover their repossessed cars hooked up to a tow truck, as a video crew captures their reaction. But they brighten a bit, she says, when they realize they’ve got a fighting chance to get their car back, with all debts paid off, if they successfully answer three out of five trivia questions.

“This could be a terrible situation, but this could also be your lucky day,” she said.

The trivia questions, she said, range from food and drink to science, pop culture, movies, technology and other topics.
Salsano of 495 Productions will debut this show April 26, right on the heels of “Jersey Shore,” a reality show that recently wrapped up its third season on MTV, which owns Spike TV.

As one of the producers of “Jersey Shore,” Salsano lived in the show’s beach house where the crew filmed her ne’er-do-well roommates — the stars of the show — as they lounged around all day, got drunk in clubs, argued about trivialities and attempted to score with like-minded members of the opposite sex.

The stars of “Repo Games” are, as might be expected, actual repo men. Josh Lewis and Tom DeTone are real-life professionals who repossess cars for a living. They’re not actors, which sets them apart from Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton, who starred in the 1980s cult flick “Repo Man.”

Spike TV filmed Lewis and DeTone as they repossessed 80 cars in Los Angeles and Dallas.

“Tom is the big muscle guy, but he’s a total softie on the inside,” said Salsano. “Josh razzes with the people a little bit. They both have a heart of gold and they’ve both been repoing cars for years.”

In their off-camera repos, the debtors are out of luck. But in their on-camera repos, Lewis and DeTone are the ones who pose trivia questions to the winners and losers.

“They feel like they’re giving people a chance,” said Salsano.

View the full CNN Money article.


How To Stop Your Car From Being Repossessed

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

The right of owning a vehicle is available to anyone, but it also comes with responsibilities. If you purchase a car on finance, what’s important is that you make your repayments on time. If you don’t then the car repossession man will turn up and repossess your vehicle, which can result in extra costs as well as bad mark on your credit rating.

Many of the brand new cars these days are fitted with a GPS tracker system which is embedded in the hardware of the car so if you did end up not paying your outstanding repayments and then try and hide the car from the finance company, the repossession man will have the relevant GPS tracking software to enable him to find the vehicle and remove it from you.

When buying your vehicle, check the repayments and make sure they are within your budget. Remember that circumstances can change easily, particularly with today’s economic climate, so consider your purchase carefully before going ahead and with your loan agreement. Make sure you make your repayments in a timely fashion, in order to avoid repossession.

The best advice is to save up your money and outright buy your vehicle. Maybe you might have to consider buying a car which isn’t the one you wanted ideally but it means you can avoid car repossession.

Read our article on Avoiding Car Repossession or How to Dispute a Car Repossession.

Alternatively, visit our Repossessed Cars Homepage which will provide you a starting point on many articles regarding car repossession.

Finally, if you have arrived at our site and are looking to buy a repossessed car, then visit our Repossessed Cars Buying Guide.

Car Repossession Example Scenario

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Below is an example scenario which happens to many people when their car is repossessed.

A) Car value £25,000
B) Deposit £5,000

C) Loan Amount £20,000
D) Repayments £5,000

E) Still Owed £15,000
F) Car Auction £8,000

G) Deficiency £7,000

A) In this example, £25,000 is the sale price for a new car.

B) The buyer puts down £5,000 deposit.

C) The loan amount borrowed from the finance company is £20,000.

D) The buyer begins to make repayments, lets say for example they make £5,000 worth and then run into financial difficulty and are unable to make further payments. The lender goes ahead and repossesses the car.

E) The amount still owed to the finance company is 15,000 after the car is repossessed.

F) After repossession, the finance company opts for a quick sale through a car auction and sells the repossessed car for £8,000.

G) The Deficiency is the amount the loan company will look to recover after the car has been repossessed. In this case the deficiency amount will be £7,000.

If your car has been repossessed in this way, you can expect the loan company to chase you in order to recover the deficiency amount. you can also expect your credit rating to be affected if repayments are not made or even face bankruptcy.

Repossessed Cars Video – BCA

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Brief video illustrating what a car auction is actually like. Car auctions are the best place to buy repossessed cars at a cheap price. Read our auction guide for further information.

Repossessed Cars – Buying at British Car Auctions

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

This video from British Car Auctions, gives you an insight on what actually happens at an auction and how the bidding is done. Car Auctions are a great place to find repossessed cars and British Car Auctions are a nationwide auctioneer.
When attending an auction we would advise to always have a maximum bid in your mind and stick to this figure and don’t be tempted to go over it. There are plenty of other cars available don’t be sucked into overbidding on one. To find out more about auctions feel fere to read our free informational auction guide so you know which is the best repossessed car to buy.

Repossessed Cars: How to Avoid Buying A Stolen Car

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Last year, 350,000 cars were stolen in the UK. If you were to accidentally buy a stolen car, you may have no right to keep it even if you handed over your own money for the car. Below is a guide on avoiding how to buy a stolen car. Some of these tips can be used when trying to buy repossessed cars.

1) Telephone Numbers
Check the number on a car advert. Mobile numbers are almost impossible to trace, so try and get to speak to the owner on a landline. Be wary if you are asked to call at a specific time, this could be a phone box number.

2) Viewing
Arrange to view the car in the daytime at the address the car is registered to. Don’t agree to have the car driven to you or meet in a  public place like a lay-by or car park. If you are asked to do this you should be suspicious.

3) Check Documents
Ideally every car seller will provide a V5 log book which is its registration paper, MOT, Tax, Service history and receipts for maintenance work. Check the seller’s name is on the registration to make sure they have the right to sell the car. Ask them for ID to confirm this.
Check the VIN number on the vehicle registation papers. VIN stands for “Vehicle Identification Number”  and every car has a unique one.
Check the registration matches the car’s number plate. Hold the V5 log book up to the light and check that you can see the DVLA watermark on the paper. Never buya  car without a V5 log book, ewven iof the seller claims that he has sent it away to update the information to the DVLA.

4) VIN and Etching
A stolen car that has its VIN changed is a “ringer”. Some car models have the VIN etched on the windows or the headlamps of the car so its important to look for these. Be wary if there are stickers on windows as this may be an attempt to conceal numbers that don’t match the vehicle.

5) Inspect the Vehicle
Check the locks as thieves replace locks, also inspect the vehicle thoroughly to see if there is any damage. Check the paint in the boot by removing the carpet where the spare tyre is. The inside should be the same any different could indicate the car has been resprayed.

6) Car check
There are many companies offering car checks and HPI checks on vehicles for a small fee. This will tell you if the car has any outstanding finance, it has been written off or if it has been registered stolen. They will also tell if you if it is registered as SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification), this means the car has been registered as not road worthy. It is worth paying this and avoiding bigger headaches after purchasing a stolen car.

7) Instincts
Always trust your instincts. If the deal feels at all suspicious, you have the right to just walk away, there are plenty of other cars available.

Guide for Buying Repossessed Cars At Auction

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

When buying at a repossessed car auction, there is much more to do than just assessing the appearance of a car you are interested in. Further research is required before a purchase is made. Car auctions are widely regarded as being the best place to pick up second hand or repossessed cars at the best price, but it is also very important to note that people often end up paying over the odds or picking up a repossessed car which gives them mechanical problems.

For this reason we have put together a comprehensive guide to buying a repossessed car at a car auction near you. This will help to assist you especially if you are attending your first auction. If you are going to your first auction, we would recommend attending with someone who has been before and is familiar with the process or we would recommend only observing on the first occasion. Remember that casr are sold “as is” at auction, which means that the vehicles will be sold as they appear on the lot and once the highest bid has been made, it is binding.

Below is a guide to purchasing a repossessed car at an auction:

1. Take A Mechanic With You
It is advisable to take a car mechanic with you when attending an autcion, particularly if your knowledge on what’s under the bonnet is limited. The expertise of a mechanic could save you lots of money in the long run so even paying him a small amount could help you pick up a good deal. It is important to check the car from top to bottom especially the engine.  The majority of auctions do the utmost to make sure the repossessed cars on offer are at a high standard and are reliable. However, it is important to note that some vehicles which are below standard do make it through so it is important to make sure you avoid these kind of vehicles.

2. Study the Vehicle History
Before making a bid you should make sure you study the history of a vehicle. Auctions are often made up of cars which have previously been in accidents, and these are the cars which are usually being sold cheaper than the market rate for the specification of car. It is important to note that these cars may cause problems by not running properly especially if they have been in a major accidents and repaired. Slightly accident damaged motors can often prove to be a bargain so try to keep an eye out for these.

3. Have a Price in Mind and Stick to it
Do not bid too much for a car. It is very easy to go above market price when bidding so we would advise to calculate a price for a vehicle you are interested in and don’t go above this price. Repossessed cars often get overpriced when there is a bidding competition. In these cases we would advise to not get involved and let the winning bidder take it. If the price becomes too overinflated it may be better to look at other options.

4. Check the Pedals and Steering Wheel
A very simple tip when buying at auction or buying any used cars is to check the pedals. These are usually not replaced or changed so it can often be a giveaway when the exterior of a car has been modified or repaired to make it look almost new. If the pedals are worn and the outside of the car looks brand new then you know that something has been changed. It is recommended to check the paintwork thoroughly and also have check the steering wheel. Move it back and forth, any clunking noises and this is a car we would not recommend you buy.

5. Carefully Examine the Frame
If a car has a damaged frame, this would indicate that this is a vehicle which has been involved in a major accident at some point in its history.

6. Run A Finger Into The Edges
When examing the car we would advise to run your finger into the edges of the paintwork, rough spots indicate that the car has been fixed after being in a major accident. These rough spots appear when masking tape has been applied to the car bodywork during a paint job. Also look for changes in shades of colour. New resprays may have a slightly different shade of colour – another giveaway that a car has been repainted after a collission.

In summary its important to not rush into buying something you are not sure about. You should have a good feel about the car and make sure the price is right. If its something you are planning on driving for a while why push yourself into buying a car at the first auction you attend. Would it not be better to attend a few auctions, learn the process and wait for the right car at the best price to come along?

Video – What is Car Repossession?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Good information video explaining what is car repossession.

Car ReposessionAmazing videos are here

Video – Hip Hop Lil Kim’s Bentley Repossessed

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

New York Hip Hop Artist, Lil Kim has to deal with the car repossession bailiffs.