Whether shopping for a car online or visiting an auction in person, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular sites and locations for auto auctions currently available.
- Auto Auction Mall
This is the largest database of salvage, pre-owned, and used cars. No other site allows such customizable options, allowing you to find virtually any car you want.
Their support staff is also very knowledgeable and will walk you through the bidding process, account setup and financing. Everything you need is right here!
While Abetter.bid doesn’t have the inventory (approx. 100,000) as its competitors, it does offer a new inventory of vehicles daily; including electrics, hybrids, sedans, ATV’s, and motorcycles. And the best part: no dealer license is required to bid!
- America’s Auto Auction
Sure you can bid online, but when it comes to vehicles, wouldn’t you rather see it in person?
With over 20 locations throughout the US, America’s Auto Auction creates an atmosphere for buying and selling vehicles you just can’t get online. Their on-site detail and mechanical shop helps get your vehicle at its best before sale and inspection team is ready after you buy. With their online inventory, you can search for exactly what you need before, so you know what to expect after.
Exclusivity does have its perks! Some auction sites, like OVE.com, are for members only and those dues can pay for huge savings when it comes to bidding on a vehicle. With annual sales like the $10K & Under Sale (exclusive to members only) it’s worth spending a little to gain a lot!
- Ebay Motors
Ebay Motors runs very similarly as the world’s largest auction site, and the same rules and strategy do apply. Ebay Motors offers 2 different seller types: Dealership and private sellers. They do not, however, offer the same types of deals you’d find at other auctions, but they do offer more variety such as specific car parts or accessories.
Signing up for an account with Dashub will open you up to an inventory of approximately 200,000 selections, exclusive for members. Most of these vehicles are sold at a fraction of the cost. The only downside is that sales are open to bidders all over the world, allowing most dealerships to auction off and win most bids.
Have you just purchased a car you need to ship home? Finding the right carrier for your shipping needs is essential—but there are thousands to choose from with varying degrees of quality and price. Work with a broker to find the RIGHT one so you don’t have to. Contact us today for a free quote!
Michael starting working in car shipping over 20 years ago, in 2002; back in the days when fax machines ruled the roost, being the first name listed in the yellow pages was King and google wasn’t yet a verb. Sometimes he foolishly thinks he’s seen every situation imaginable when it comes to shipping a car, but about once a year he’s proven wrong.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.