Used Cars and Going Green
There is a big concern these days about going green; caring for the environment. One of the biggest forms of pollution is cars simply because there are so many of them. Hundreds of millions of cars are running all day long, every day of the year. Some cars are newer and have better controls built in so they run cleaner and get better millage. However a lot of cars are still very old and run poorly.
I’m sure many people would love to get a new car but a lot of times they are not affordable. Newer cars can be expensive. Newer ‘green’ cars such as hybrids and natural gas cars tend to be even more expensive than your average base model car. So what can a person do to drive a newer car, get better millage, help reduce pollution, and save money?
One answer, believe it or not, is to get a used car from an auction. Government auctions happen all the time and are a great place to find used vehicles. These used cars for auction are not your run down old junkers. No, they instead tend to be newer cars usually from within the past 10 years or less.
You might think that’s still a bit old. Not all old cars are that bad. Within the last 10 years or so regulations have been put in place to control emissions and get better gas millage. Some car companies like Toyota or Honda have been doing this all along regardless of laws. For example I drive a year 2000 honda civic. Its not the pinnacle of ‘green’ technology but think on this I get around 25-30mpg. This car is now 9 years old. Many cars today can just match that, and some can’t even reach that high of millage.
It also has always passed California smog check and emission checks. California is notorious for its strict emission control standards. So if it can pass those tests it’s a good, clean running car. And since the car is quite a few years old it’s not going to be all that expensive, especially if its found at an auction where you say how much you’re willing to buy it for.
The available types of cars at an auction will very. No particular car is guaranteed to be there because depending on the auction, the cars will come from various places. Government agencies, like police or FBI, auctions will get their cars from law enforcement related deals like impounds or seizures, or other places. Government auctions sometimes come from selling old government vehicles.
Bank related auctions get their properties from repossessions. So the places the property comes from will vary and thus the selection will vary. However thanks to websites like the one promoted here you can sign up and research what auctions are available, where and when they will take place, and you can browse the available stock to see what types of cars there are. Then you pick a few, go to the auction and check them out, then bid your price on them.
The beauty of buying at an auction is the prices. Often times cars are sold for half their blue book value, or even less. The process to buy from an auction is a bit more involved, but to save that much money is worth the time and effort. So buying an older car can be economic saving you money in both costs and gas, and it can help the environment at the same time. Good luck with your auction pursuits!