Posts Tagged ‘repossed 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.

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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.

Repossessed Cars: Types of Cars

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009



Many buyers of cars rave about the amazing deal they picked up. Not only can they buy repossessed cars at knockdown prices but there is also access to a wide range of ex-demonstration, company, fleet and ex-rental cars. You too can reap the benefits of buying a bargain used car if you follow the tips which are laid out below.

Most important when buying any prospective car is to try and establish how well the car had been taken care of previously.

Questions to Ask?
Was the oil changed on time?
– Was the car given routine services and maintenance?
– Were repairs made immediately when required?
– Was the car ever involved in an accident?

As a buyer of repossessed cars, being able to find the answer to these questions can help you find the bargain repossessed car that you have been looking for at a superb price. It’s important to be extra careful and following the correct steps can ensure you pick up a bargain repossessed car.

Types of Used Cars
Cars which are available in auction, are often classed as repossessed but can go by a variety of names. It’s important to learn the terms so that you get a better idea of what type of car you are buying and what to look for whne inspecting a vehicle.

1. Company Car
Company cars are usually bought by a company or organisation as new and then driven by an executive of the company for a period of time. Company cars are often
sold on in auction after a few years use but have often accumulated many miles during that time.

2. Demonstration / Demo / Ex-Demo Cars
Demo or ex-demo cars are usually used by a dealership for customer test drives. They have often been driven by the sales staff, dealership staff or customers. These cars aften nearly new and are fairly low mileage.

3. Rental Cars
Rental cars end up at auctions after 2 or 3 years use by a rental company. Again these can be high mileage vehicles but many experts insist ex-rental vehicles are good value if in good condition.

4. Repossessed Cars
When an owner is struggling to keep up with car repayments, the car can be repossessed and sold on in auction. Repossessed cars can be a great option as they have often been looked after well and are only repossessed once the owner suddenly falls into financial difficulty.

5. Salvage Cars
Salvage cars are damaged vehicles which have not been repaired due to the expense in fixing them so they are sold to salvage companies or auctions for parts. Some salvage cars can prove to be a bargain, as they have been written off as non-roadworthy when in reality they have only little damage and can be repaired.
It’s recommended that you have a good knowledge about cars before attempting to try and buy a salvage car. If you don’t know what you are doing, they can be a risky proposition.

When buying any car, particularly repossessed cars it’s important to check the following:
– Age of vehicle
– Maintenance Records / Service History
– HPI Check / Car History Report
– Number of Previous Owners
– Mechanic Opinion
– Price

Read our guide for buying repossessed cars for further free information.

MJ Kid Kicks Repo Man In The Ass

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009



Funny video from reality TV show, Operation Repo. The US programme shows “real-life” car repossessions. In this episode, the team go to repossess a young man’s car and find themselves on the end of a Michael Jackson superkick.

How to Buy Repossessed Cars

Sunday, July 5th, 2009



With so many cars being repossessed nowadays, buying one can save you a lot of money. But where can you find repossessed cars and how do you buy them?

Car repossession occurs when finance companies repossess a vehicle from an owner for non payment. For further details on the actual car repossession process, read Why Is A Car Repossessed. Once the vehicle is repossessed, the lender will look to sell the car as quickly as possible, which can mean that the price will often be lower than the going rate – excellent news for any prospective buyer.

Often people who cannot afford to buy from a conventional car dealer will look to buy a repossessed car. Repossessed cars are often cheap and in mint condition. Our step by step guide for knowing how and where to buy them will help you if buying a repossed car is something you are interested in.

1. Where are Repossessed Cars Sold?
There are various methods for selling repossessed cars, depending on where you live. The best place to start looking for one is in a car auction. The majority of repossessed cars are sold in car auctions. On the bottom right of our homepage there are links to local car auctions in your area.

Read our guide on Buying Repossessed Cars At Auction for further advice on buying at a car auction.

As well as auctions, it’s also a good idea to get in touch with local car bugatti.veyrondealers. A good local car dealer will often be attending these auctions and picking up bargains himself. Speaking to them for advice can be helpful and often they may have purchased repo cars themselves and are looking to sell them – this means you won’t have to attend a car auction yourself and go through the bidding process. Their experience can help you.

If you are planning on attending an auction make sure you know what you are doing. Reading our guide on Bidding For Repossessed Cars At Auction will help.

Another option would be to contact the bank themselves. They often have lists of repossessed homes as well as repossessed cars. These lists are made up of repossessed properties and vehicles which are due to go to auction, sometimes you can get access to a car before it goes to auction.

2. Payment
When purchasing from a car auction, its usually preferable to have cash available. Many auctions nowadays accept other forms of payment so it’s worthwhile contacting the auctioneers prior to attending and finding out.

When purchasing from a bank, they may be interested in setting up a new finance plan with you for the vehicle. Make sure you stick to manageable payments – otherwise it could be you facing car repossession.

3. Check The Car
When buying from an auction, it’s very important to remember that cars are sold “as seen”. this means that there won’t be a refund available in the majority of cases, so it’s important to check the car before you buy.

Our Avoid Buying a Stolen Car article will help as well as our guide on buying repossessed cars at auction.

4. Buy The Car
When buying at an auction, it’s very important to understandthe bidding process. When bidding it’s very easy to end up paying over the odds, make sure you have a maximum price in mind for any car and stick to it. Being patient is the key, your car will come but don’t rush it and end up buying a clunker.  Remember there are no refunds.

Read our guide on bidding for repossessed cars at auction.

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

Explanation
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.

Bidding For Repossessed Cars At Auction

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009



When attending a car auction, there are certain techniques which can be implemented to ensure you get the bargain repossessed car that you have been looking for:

1. Take a Trial Run
Bidding at auction is not necessarily straightforward for a first timer. We advise going on a trial run by attending the auction to observe and see how it works. This will give you an idea of how much time you have to view the cars, regsitereing and getting the catalogue and most importantly how the bidding process is carried out.

2. Look for Quiet Auctions
Auctions attended by a large number of people are often the hardest to pick up a bargain. It doesn’t take a genius to see a bargain and the more experienced car traders will be looking to snap up those cars too. British Car Auctions and Manheim Car Auctions are both well known auctions all over the UK selling repossessed cars,  so attending these would be the best option for the inexperienced. We would advise to check the auction times and go for a weekday which will tend to be quieter. Buying right at the end of the year is also recommended as car dealers tend to slow down on their buying during this period, so the auctions tend to be quieter.

3. Check the Car
We advise taking a mechanic with you or someone who knows about cars. Check the car you are interested in properly but remember that time is limited and you probably won’t get as good a chance to check the car as thoroughly as possible. Look for any signs that the car has been in an accident, our guide for buying repossessed cars at auction will help you. When they bring the car forward look for any signs of smoke when the engine is started, or listen for any abnormal noises.

4. Look Like a Car Dealer
This may sound trivial but always remember that genuine car dealers are extremely experienced and attend auctions regularly. They see the same faces and so can recognise a new one. Often they can use tactics of bidding with no intention of buying in order to get newcomers to keep increasing bids and end up paying more. There is no need to attend dressed up looking like Del Boy but then its always important to know that its rare to see a car dealer in an expensive suit either so try and find some middle ground.

5. Bidding
This is the most important part of the process. We would advise standing in the trough with the other car dealers, rather than the stand seats where the private buyers usually sit. When bidding, raise your catalogue for your first bid to get the auctioneers attention, a nod will be sufficient for further bids. If you attend the auction with someone else, make sure you don’t accidentally start bidding against each other, this happens more often than you would imagine, so its best to decide on one person for bidding.

6. Have a Maximum Price and Stick to it
When attending auctions, it is very easy to become interested in other cars and forget the one you went for. Make sure you stick to the car you like and also stick to the maximum price you set yourself. Anyone can win an auction, you just have to keep bidding, the secret is knowing when to stop, after all there will be more auctions so don’t feel upset if you are outbid, the nxt auction is only a few days away.

7. Fees
Remember that when you buy any repossession car, auctioneer fees will also need to be added to the price. These are usually set at 3% of the sale value and are payable upon purchase. Car auctioneers usually don’t accept credit cards but debit cards are allowed. Inform your bank beforehand that a large payment may be leaving your account on that particular day. This will save you hassle while the bank authorises the transaction.  Cash is the preferred method of payment but there is usually a cash limit of around £10,000 due to money laundering laws.

8. Remember There Are No Refunds
Its important to remember when buying repossessed cars at auction, that there are no comebacks if there is a problem, so although you may be able to pick up a bargain, its important to follow these steps and not end up buying a lemon.

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.