This is the traditional way of bidding. If you want to participate in a live auction, you need to show up at the auction venue at a specific time or send someone else to bid in place for you.
One of the biggest pros of a live auction is that you can see your used car in the flesh, so to speak. Although auctioneers also take photos and try to give an accurate picture of the vehicle, due to lighting or other issues, the pictures may look different than the actual product. Live auto auctions give you the opportunity to come and check out the car for yourself, so that you do not have any unpleasant surprises after you buy the car.
Auto auctions are usually split into categories which will help make you understand whether the car is just for show or if it can be driven safely on the road. Cars that don’t run and have more of a collector’s value are placed separately from cars that drive. It is important for you to bid on a car that is more suited to your lifestyle. If you are interested in a sedan that runs with a few problems, it may sound like a good deal for you, but if you are not familiar with the mechanics, you can be making an expensive mistake. However, if you are looking for salvage cars for components, an auto auction, no matter what kind, is the perfect place for that.
At a live auction, if you are lucky, you may even be given a chance to get a feel of the vehicle you are interested in. This can help you determine if a car works better than you first thought or if it would be in your best interest to look for another car.
However, one of the biggest drawbacks of a live auction is that it could be far away from your home. You may have to skive off work to attend the auction and that can be very inconvenient. Even if you send someone else in your place, you will need to school them properly on the types of things you are looking for in a car.