If you are looking for an opportunity to buy cars at tremendously low prices, then the government car auctions are the best and apparently the
only ways through which you can fulfil such dreams of your, unless and until somebody selling a vehicle has a really big heart and is willing to sell you the vehicle at a massive discount. In Utah, there are several kind of government authorised auctions of vehicles which allow the people to buy the unclaimed vehicles, or the vehicles which have been impounded by the government, at such low prices, which is next to impossible to find in any other place.
The auto auctions that take place in Utah sell vehicles with almost 90-95% discount on their actual prices, something which makes those vehicles as simple takeaways. And the most fascinating thing about such auctions is that they are public auctions, i.e., open for everybody to participate. So it is just not the dealers or the businessmen who can participate, but it is everybody who is officially entitled.
These public auctions take place in the impound yards only where the vehicles are present. Utah’s law clearly prescribes provisions with respect to notifying the general public about such upcoming auctions, their date, time, location, nature, etc. at regular intervals as and when required. Such impounds of vehicles usually take place if the legal owner of the vehicles do not claim the same within 30 days of the seizure. This has been mentioned in the Utah Tax Code in very clear terms. The moment this happens, the appropriate authority becomes entitled to sell the car through such public auctions.
Within this segment of public auctions for vehicles, there are several kind of sub-categories as well, like Police auction, government car auction, seized car auctions, etc., which are conducted by the appropriate authorities as and when required. Most of the times, the cars that are available for sale in these public auctions are without keys, and pretty old as well, with sometime having junk over them. That is the main reason as to why in most of such auctions, people running junkyards will show more interest than the other people. The other category of people which regularly come to avail these opportunities is the artist community, in different capacities, which buy these old vehicles for the different purposes that they have related to their respective field.
However, there are a lot of things which one must keep into consideration before going to such public auctions for the purposes of buying old vehicles. Even though these auctions seem to be very lucrative in nature, which they are, it is important to think practically as well at the same time. For example, the fact that the Utah auto auctions provide massive discounts on the actual prices of the vehicles, it would be very ridiculous on the part of anybody interested to find a car like Audi for $100 or so. At the same time, the condition of those cars will vary drastically, as most of them will not be in a position to work/function, and very few will be there which will function. Hence, it is always advised to take along a mechanic with you whenever you go for such an auction, so that you can get the vehicle checked and verified there and then only.
Another great thing about Utah’s public auction is the fact that even though the Certificate of Sale is issued in the names of the impound yards
before the auction, as soon as someone buys the vehicle from the impound yard, the DMV, i.e., The Utah Division of Motor Vehicle issues the new Certificate of Sale in the name of the new owner there and then only. All the necessary registration formalities are done at that point of time only, including the collection of sales tax, etc. This sort of convenience prevents you from indulging into irrelevant administrative hassles after you are done with buying the vehicle.
In order to find as to when and where such public auctions are taking place, one can always refer to the government websites responsible for the same. For example, in Utah, the official website address for the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles is https://dmv.utah.gov/.
Through this website, the DMV does its entire job related to vehicles in Utah, including the announcements of upcoming auctions in this regard. You can even call the local police department and then enquire about the upcoming police auctions from the same. But while doing so, just ensure that you aren’t calling on the emergency helpline numbers, and are only calling on the non-emergency helpline numbers because of obvious reasons.
Just make sure that you have successfully registered yourself as a bidder before the auction starts, and have carefully scrutinized the items
listings, so that you are well-aware of which vehicle you actually want to bid for. Ensure that you have all the necessary documents required with yourself, including your identity cards, so that it becomes easier for you to get done with the administrative formalities. You might have to just pay the entire amount there and then only, if you are the one who has placed the winning bid. So it is necessary that you have the finances ready for such situations. Just make sure that you have successfully registered yourself as a bidder before the auction starts, and have carefully scrutinized the items
listings, so that you are well-aware of which vehicle you actually want to bid for. Ensure that you have all the necessary documents required with yourself, including your identity cards, so that it becomes easier for you to get done with the administrative formalities. You might have to just pay the entire amount there and then only, if you are the one who has placed the winning bid. So it is necessary that you have the finances ready for such situations.
The Utah DMV is very cooperative and responsible enough to announce the upcoming public auto auctions. Just make sure that you are diligent enough to strike when the iron is hot, and you might just end up with a really amazing deal for yourself.