We all use traditional methods -- and now increasingly digital methods, such as Craigslist, Cars.com, and Autos.com -- to scout for used cars. Getting the best results can be a challenge, especially in today's economy: it takes consistent monitoring and persistent effort to find quality used vehicles.
Are any of you leveraging alternative methods to add used cars to your inventory? Most auto auction houses have evolved to now offer online auctions, and during a recent search for a used car, we discovered public and live auctions outside of the scope of the auto industry that offered some great values on vehicles. As an example, we came across an upcoming auction presented by Gallivan Auctioneers & Appraisers, a respected auctioneer who uses a targeted marketing approach to attract ideal buyers and get best prices for sold goods. The auction is being held on behalf of Oberle & Associates, a company that specializes in general and industrial construction. While a large portion of the offerings are for items such as cranes and contractor equipment, there is also a great selection of used cars up for grabs, including Sport Utility Vehicles, Navigators, Ford Trucks, and Mini Vans. Online bids are being offered through bidspotter.com, another good option for dealers who cannot make it to the auction in person. If you have interest in checking out the inventory - visit the photo gallery of all auction items on N.J. Gallivan's site here.
Has anyone had success with securing autos through auction (either live or in person) outside of the scope of the traditional auto-centric industry? Any other tips to share related to online auctions? Fan or skeptic? Any other sources for used vehicles you’d like to share?