Buying and Selling Muscle Cars at Auction – The January 2010 Guide

Since January is right here it isn’t solely the begin to a brand new 12 months – it is the begin to a brand new public sale season! January has historically been “public sale heaven” in terms of collector vehicles, and the final ten years have been unimaginable for muscle vehicles! Listed below are a number of little tricks to get perceive the method of an public sale……and the way when you can particiapte!

Promoting at public sale:

If you’re a fan of the public sale course of, promoting a automobile at public sale can present an unimaginable thrill. Why? Properly, the easiest way to get an excellent value when promoting a automobile is to drop your Reserve Value (the bottom value level you will promote the automobile for) at simply the precise time. You are taking a bet that the group is worked up and that the folks bidding on the automobile will cease at nothing to have it. They’re going to feed off of the group, be caught within the second, and purchase your automobile at a excessive value…..or will they? It could possibly simply as simply go the alternative approach, so it is all the time a bet! (Simply as a facet observe – if the automobile doesn’t promote it is fairly widespread for a deal to be labored after the actual fact between the vendor and an purchaser).

When you select to go the public sale route (and many individuals do) go in together with your eyes open to the method. Put together your automobile forward of time and produce as a lot documentation on it as doable. The potential patrons can have the chance to scout your automobile previous to the automobile going over the public sale block, and lots of occasions the actual “sale” is made then! When you have a minimal greenback value you will sell used car for, get that decided up entrance – do not guess on the final second when feelings are working excessive. Then all that is left to do is run the automobile throughout the block and cross your fingers! Go for it!

Shopping for at Public sale:

When shopping for a automobile at public sale it is best to go in ready with a number of issues:


  • Data of the vehicles coming throughout the block
  • Data of the shopping for/promoting costs within the business for that make/mannequin
  • A resolve to stroll away….with out the automobile

Data of the vehicles: 

As talked about above within the Promoting part, you should have the prospect to scout the vehicles forward of time. That is your huge probability to get the historical past on the automobile and discover out these little issues that you just’d by no means be capable of guess by solely seeing it cross the public sale block as soon as. Peek below the hood. Look beneath. If the proprietor has documentation on it, it will be there to overview – you may depend on it!

Data of the shopping for/promoting costs:

In simply the identical approach you would not purchase a used automobile with out wanting up it is Blue E book worth, you are able to do fairly a little bit of analysis on the public sale costs that vehicles have been purchased/bought for. There are various assets accessible for this, however one of many slickest accessible is Keith Martin’s Collector Automotive Value Tracker (which you may get a free one month subscription to by signing up for the e-newsletter on our web site). Use this service to see what the automobile of your desires has been going for lately… and remember to examine apples to apples when doing so (i.e. tough vehicles vs good ones, true vehicles vs clones, and so on.). Correct preparation forward of time will forestall you from paying an excessive amount of… which leads us to our subsequent subject!

Be ready to stroll away….with out the automobile:

It’s arduous to not change into caught up within the emotional second of an public sale… however attempt to suppose extra together with your head than your coronary heart when doing so, except you are actually rich and shopping for a muscle automobile to you is like shopping for a dozen eggs. That you must be ready to stroll away from the public sale with out the automobile you got here to purchase. Keep on with your set value level and do not deviate. When you do not you are nearly assured to spend an excessive amount of, and when you’re shopping for the automobile as an funding that may be the kiss of dying!

When you’re shopping for a automobile as a result of it is what you’ve got all the time wished (possibly that Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am you wished because you have been 15 years outdated), you continue to have to go in ready with a value level in thoughts. Now shouldn’t be the time to mortgage your home. If it is meant to be, it is meant to be. If not, there’s one other muscle automobile on the market someplace…..and that was the one you have been presupposed to be with anyway.

Not Promoting or Shopping for….simply there for the present?

All of that being stated, when you’re simply into the spectacle of auctions however have little interest in shopping for or promoting, they’re going to all allow you to in for a small ticket value… or higher but, you may watch them on TV! Barrett Jackson is often on the Velocity Channel, and Mecum is on HD Theatre. Both one will give you hours of watching lovely muscle vehicles within the full glory of Excessive Definition. Watch out although as watching these auctions is sort of a moth to a flame – you will not be capable of take your eyes off of it!

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