When you are in the market for a inexpensive car, you need to make sure you aren't being taken for a ride. Hidden mechanical problems, high mileage and overpricing are all issues when you look to private sellers. Dealerships usually don't provide very low prices on vehicles – new or used. So, what's the answer when you are looking for a cheap, but quality car? Cheap car auctions can provide you with exactly what you are looking for.

Cheap car auctions are usually supplied by cars that have been seized – whether it's by the police, banks or even the government. In order to get your ideal car at cheap car auctions, here are some tips to make sure you drive away with a cherry of a deal – and not a lemon:

 Get to the cheap car auction early. This allows you to get a first look at the available cars and beat the crowd. This way, you have time to thoroughly look your choice cars over – without distractions.
 Get book smart. Make sure you bring the right information with you to the cheap car auction. These include Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds Book, Black Book or a NADA guide.
 Give it the “once-over.” When you spot a car at the cheap car auction you may be interested in buying, make sure you check all the doors, the trunk and look under the hood. Also look for the vehicle identification number (VIN) stickers to make sure they all match. This can be done by verifying the sticker on the vehicle against the number on the Auto Check Vehicle History Report available online.
 It's all in the title. At cheap car auctions, make sure the contract you sign states the amount of time it will take to get the title – or make sure the title is available at the time of purchase.
 Red, yellow or green light. At cheap car auctions, there is a traffic light located next to the auctioneer that defines the status of any car's title. A red light indicates that there are definite problems with the car's title and it's been rebuilt. A yellow light indicates that there has been some frame damage and the title is not presently there. A green light means that everything is up-and-up with the car and the title.

Most bidding at cheap car auctions start at around $100. If you really want the car, you've looked it over carefully, and it's something you definitely need – you can't beat the price – even if the bidding goes higher.

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