Copart opens car auctions to the public

Copart opens car auctions to the public

There are 10 comments on the East Bay Business Times story from Jun 30, 2008, titled Copart opens car auctions to the public. In it, East Bay Business Times reports that:

Copart Inc. is expanding its auction services beyond insurers to the public in a move that will increase its supply of resale vehicles as the company continues its rapid worldwide growth.

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Nick

Bronx, NY

#1 Jul 1, 2008
I have had used copart in the past and I think its a good way to buy/sell cars. The only problem that I had was to locate a dealer who is already a member of copart to purchase the car for me and then sell it to me. Now I wish to repeat history but I still can't find a dealer who could help me out. If you are reading this and is a member please contact me @ [email protected]
James

Waco, TX

#2 Aug 4, 2008
I do not know a dealer, but after encountering the same problem you did, i started looking for other options. I found IVACars, they have the same inventory that Copart has. The prices they eventually sell for are higher (but nor overly high) but they sell to the public. At the end I got my Camaro for a cheaper price than what other websites and dealers were selling for.
Slavik

Olivehurst, CA

#4 Jul 14, 2009
I would like to know, that we at DJW pleased to serve public with access to Copart inventory. Check our sites - SacUsedCars.com and GotParts.com - we provide public access to bid on Copart vehicles.
Jim Brown

Portland, OR

#5 Aug 25, 2009
I agree that buying or selling a car at an auction can be difficult or often leave you feeling "ripped off". I worked in the auto auction industry for many years, and have seen many people wind up in a bad deal. I started writing a book back in 1997, and have that information posted on my website at outbuying-not-outbidding.com . I don't want to violate any TOS by posting here, but the information there is free. I hope it helps!
Misiyuse

Citrus Heights, CA

#9 Aug 2, 2010
Usualy cars are more expensive if it's for public it's better to go for deallers only auctions.

if it helps here is a website http://www.autoauctionhelp.com/
they can give you access to dealers only auctions.

Just think public means anybody you and me can go there and bid, it rises the price. So use good old metod and buy from dealers's only auctions.

But if you need to sell a car you better go for publc auctions this way you can get more money.

Good luck
bill

United States

#10 Oct 20, 2010
Misiyuse wrote:
Usualy cars are more expensive if it's for public it's better to go for deallers only auctions.
if it helps here is a website http://www.autoauctionhelp.com/
they can give you access to dealers only auctions.
Just think public means anybody you and me can go there and bid, it rises the price. So use good old metod and buy from dealers's only auctions.
But if you need to sell a car you better go for publc auctions this way you can get more money.
Good luck
I was wondering If you could give me some more information on autoauctionhelp.com .How much does it cost is this site legitimate or a scam? Any informaton would be apprecitated contact me at [email protected]
Henry

Charleston, SC

#11 Nov 20, 2012
Nick wrote:
I have had used copart in the past and I think its a good way to buy/sell cars. The only problem that I had was to locate a dealer who is already a member of copart to purchase the car for me and then sell it to me. Now I wish to repeat history but I still can't find a dealer who could help me out. If you are reading this and is a member please contact me @ [email protected]
The truck driver is picking up my won item at this moment, and I already regret having done business with such a disreputable and dishonest company. The 2006 boat I purchased was listed as 'normal wear', yet the truck driver told me the motor was missing the power head as well as the prop and steering wheel. Ambder of copart told me they would help me ship it, a lie. She also told me they would help be load it when she couldn't find a shipper, so imagine my surprise when the driver shows up and they refused to help him load the damn boat.

They also charge storage after a week, but to them a week, is six days after you guy the item. ie. 11-13 to 11-19 is a week. Last I heard 19-13=6. You really canb't trust these dishonest people. Do yourself a favor, save your money and buy someplace legitimate.
mike

Puyallup, WA

#12 Oct 23, 2013
Today I went to the copart auto auction web site (portland) and bid on a pickup truck, there was no min. bid amount, I bid 375.00 and won the auction. when copart finally sent me an email, it was a counter offer? made by the owner of the vehicle he now wants 475.00 min. for the vehicle. I told them I would not raise my bid! Kind of sounds, smells and looks like a ripp-off!!! if they wanted 475.00 thats where they should have started the bidding. bate and switch! Be aware of these and other deceptive practices.
Ricardo

Seattle, WA

#13 May 29, 2017
mike wrote:
Today I went to the copart auto auction web site (portland) and bid on a pickup truck, there was no min. bid amount, I bid 375.00 and won the auction. when copart finally sent me an email, it was a counter offer? made by the owner of the vehicle he now wants 475.00 min. for the vehicle. I told them I would not raise my bid! Kind of sounds, smells and looks like a ripp-off!!! if they wanted 475.00 thats where they should have started the bidding. bate and switch! Be aware of these and other deceptive practices.
Let me guess.. you never considered the auction fee's? You thought that this was a service that they provide for free? All the auction fee's are listed in the service agreement. They even have easy to use charts that tell you what the fee will be according to the amount of the bid.

It isn't a buyer beware situation, just a matter of reading the terms of the auction. You can't be blind to the fact that ALL auctions charge fee's and copart's are in line with the industry norm.

If you aren't prepared to pay the fee's maybe you'll be happier paying dealer prep charges and document fees etc.
Ricardo

Council Bluffs, IA

#15 Jun 2, 2017
Ricardo wrote:
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I have bought many cars from Copart and come up a winner 90% of the time. Do your diligence and read everything you can about the item your bidding on.

Read the forums about the car or truck, check the blue book value. Remember to not get emotional over a bid, when you have reached your limit of comfort on a vehicle know when to stop and let go.

If that still doesn't ease your mind have it checked out. They offer an evaluation of the vehicle (for a fee of course). Get a Carfax report too if the vehicle is questionable. But most importantly remember that any auction including Barrett Jackson's has a risk factor.

Also remember that the auction game is for the big boys and sooner or later your going to take a loss.
If you aren't prepared to face that reality then you should be buying at the car lots.
I have a formula that I use to get the best deal with a reasonable safety margin.
1. Check the Kelly blue book value
2. Never bid more than the low trade in value
3. If it is a salvage title cut the low trade in value by
50%
4. Subtract the estimated repair costs from your
Bid.

I hope that this will help you to make smart decisions

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