Auto Auctions: What to Look Out For

20th Mar 2017

Anyone who has purchased a car, civil equipment, or a truck at auction can tell you there are some incredible deals if you know what to look for. Finding a bargain at a WA auto auction is a little bit art, and a little bit science. For starters, you should know what factors contribute to the vehicle’s value and what things can give you a high return on investment.

The age of the vehicle

There are some cars and 4WDs which are famous for running smoothly for years, but what about trucks and civil equipment? Before you head in to a Gregsons auto auction make sure you consult the catalogue so you know exactly what you are looking at. If you are bidding online we are just a phone call away to answer any questions about vehicle specifics.

Know what the vehicle is worth depending on the model and age. There are plenty of price guides online and remember to consult reviews – it could be worth spending slightly more on a newer model if you know it will keep you rolling for years.

Registered or unregistered?

Buying an unregistered car or truck might save you cash upfront but you should know exactly what needs to be done to get the vehicle registered again. Unregistered vehicles in WA need to be examined by the Department of Transport so if you are thinking of picking up a cheap deal at a car auction or truck auction it pays to know why the registration lapsed.

Make and model

We all have our favourite cars, but that vintage Ferrari you like may not be easy to come by in Perth vehicle auctions (and unless you have $1 million to spend, we suggest refining your search). If you are not picky about the make and model of your car, 4WD, or truck then consult the catalogue and you will probably find a range of vehicles you hadn’t considered.


With cars, four wheel drives, trucks, and civil equipment the exterior can be a sign of how the vehicle was treated in its previous life. Look for obvious signs of damage in photos or inspect the vehicle in person. Just remember that minor scratches and dents can be repaired, and if they don’t affect performance you could save serious money by looking past the surface and learning to love what’s inside.

Price comparison

Since the early days of Gregsons auctions we have been known for auto auctions where you can often find a reliable vehicle for a steal. That hasn’t changed but you should know what the market is doing and what kind of prices to expect. Auto auctions can be a great place to snag a bargain if you budget accordingly.

Over the years we have seen uncountable fantastic deals on quality cars, trucks, four wheel drives, and civil equipment. In all those cases the buyer knew what vehicle they wanted and exactly how much they were willing to pay for it. You don’t have to be a mechanic to spot a good deal from a lemon but doing your background on what to look for at Gregsons’ vehicle auctions in Perth and online will mean you drive away a very happy bidder.