The Auto Auction: Here's What Really Happens! (A Tour of the Manheim Dealer Auction of San Diego)



Ever wonder how an auto auction really works? Do you, like many people, think that car auctions only offer junked cars with salvage titles, frame damage or repos? Think again! You’ll find everything at an auction from brand new, 0 mileage cars, solid reliable sellers, exotics, luxury cars, economy cars and even classics! And yes, you will find the occasional hunk o’ junk as well…Those cars gotta go somewhere, too! (Usually to parts vendors or salvage yards) Truth is, nearly every car on Earth makes its way through an auction at some point in its life, sometimes more than once. Follow me through a tour of the Manheim facility, San Diego County largest dealer-only auto auction. Together let’s discover how it all works, and hopefully we can demystify some of the stigma behind auction cars!

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21 comments

  1. Spent 30 years at auctions. Bought and sold thousands of cars. Watched hundreds of dealers come and go and auctions bought and sold. When I started auction fees were reasonable and then Manheim showed up. They bought out all the good auctions and raised fees so high that you cant make any money now. So I quit!

  2. I can help you get cheap and affordable cars.  Don't go to any car lot and pay full retail amount plus taxes and fees. Join my dealership program  and you buy at the auction yourself  any car 30-40 percent below  retail value . Yes I'm a licensed  used car dealer and I will allow  you to use my buying  privileges  at any dealer auction  near you. Waski44@yahoo.com

  3. Could negotiate 10K off a brand new 0 miles truck, and probably get better financing. I purchased a 2018, double cab, salvage with 342 miles, with light damage and no air bags deployed.
    I have 26.6K in including tax, title, spray bed liner, and undercoating. New truck are NOT worth the money!

  4. Thanks a lot, this is really useful and informative. This is the best video I have seen about car auctions and I have seen more than 10. Very good job.

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