Car Auctions USA

Curated Collection of Both Local Public Car Auctions & Dealer Auto Auctions: Live Bidding On-site or Online Auctions

auction vehicle on display before the bidders

Bid on used cars at auto auctions from local dealer trades, bank repos, finance repos, consignments, fleet surplus vehicles, government vehicles, off-lease fleet vehicles, police auctions, tow auctions and more!

Car Auctions USA wants to help you experience the thrill and excitement of a car auction in person or online. Wholesale used car auctions offer a large selection of used auction cars and trucks at a single location. Do not miss the opportunities for car buyers as auction inventories are constantly changing.

You can learn about local auctions in our database of wholesale used car auctions in the United States for a location near you in your state.

Bid in online car auctions or live car auctions held onsite, it’s up to you. Buy a low priced used auction car or truck at a car auction open to the public.

Public Car Auctions

Wholesale used car auctions open to the public with live bidding and online bidding.

used mazda car

Dealer Only Car Auctions

Wholesale used car auctions for licensed car dealers.

used mercedes sedan

View All US Auctions on a Map

Both Dealer and Public Auto Auctions

used nissan truck

Sources of Auction Cars for Sale at Auto Auctions

Trade-Ins: Dealer auto auctions often feature vehicles from trade-ins. Dealerships send cars that don’t match their brand or older models to these auctions. This is one of the most most common sources of auction cars for sale, in our experience.

Off-Lease Vehicles: Dealer auto auctions frequently list off-lease returns. These cars, returned at the end of lease terms, are usually well-maintained with lower mileage, ideal for dealers replenishing their stock. We also suggest public bidders target this type of auction vehicle, but we most often only see them in dealer auto auctions.

Rental Returns: Rental agencies send older vehicles to dealer auto auctions as they update their fleets. Maintained by the rental company, these cars provide value for dealerships diversifying their inventory. These are not as commonly found at public car auctions.

Bank Repossessions: Dealer auto auctions include bank-repossessed cars. Financial institutions sell cars reclaimed from defaulting borrowers at these auctions, often using online car auction websites for dealers. We see bank repos for sale all the time at both dealer auto auctions and public car auctions.

Overstock and Unsold Inventory: Dealerships offload overstock or unsold cars from past seasons to dealer auto auctions, a process made efficient by online car auction platforms for dealers.

Damaged or Salvage Vehicles: Repairable cars with damage are available at dealer auto auctions. Dealers and body shops, typically needing a dealer license, buy, fix, and resell these vehicles for profit. We suggest first-timers stay away from these without more experience.

Local Wholesale Used Car Auctions in the US

Local wholesale car auctions in the United States are for dealers and the general public to buy and sell preowned vehicles at wholesale prices.

Dealer-only auto auctions are exclusive events where licensed dealers can acquire inventory in bulk, often at discounted prices. These are usually closed auctions, meaning only licensed auto dealers can participate. We suggest looking for car auction brokers to help you get access if you are not a licensed dealer.

Public car auctions are open to everyone and offer a wide range of vehicles, from used to salvage cars. These auctions often feature repossessed, government-owned, or surplus vehicles. We highly recommend these auctions to first timers here at Car Auctions USA.

Both types of auctions provide fast-paced, competitive bidding. Know the auction rules beforehand, whether you’re a dealer looking for wholesale vehicles to flip or a public bidder seeking a bargain at a public car auction.

Our main advice in any car auction is to act quickly, as high-quality auction cars tend to get snapped up fast.

public auction cars

How to Buy a Car at a Car Auction

Table of ContentsBuying Cars at Auction – Prepare Before Bidding in Auto AuctionsTake Preparation Seriously Before the AuctionCheck Out Car Auction Inventories BeforehandWhere Most Auction Cars For Sale at Used Car Auctions Come FromLook Over the Auction Cars CarefullySet a…

Read More
auction cars for sale

How to Sell a Car at Auction

Sell Your Car at an Auto AuctionFirst: Use Online Resources to Learn the Value of Your Used Car or TruckFind a Car Auction to Sell Your CarPrepare Your Car for SaleSet Your Reserve PriceVIDEO: How Do I Know What is…

Read More
vehicle hauling trucking company with a rig loaded with cars

Shipping an Auction Car to Another State

Understanding the Auction Car Shipping Process Buying a used car or truck from an auction can be exciting. Getting your purchased auction car from the auction site to your home, especially when it’s in another state, is a lot easier…

Read More
how to get into car auctions - used cars for sale at an auto auction

How To Get Into Car Auctions

Car auctions can be a great way to purchase a vehicle at an affordable price. However, they can also be a bit intimidating for those who are unfamiliar with the process. This article will provide step-by-step guidance on how to…

Read More

Are Car Auctions Cheaper?

Right off the bat, the short answer is that used cars are often much cheaper at car auctions; but that part is obvious. When wondering if car auctions are cheaper, it also begs the question: why are cars cheaper at…

Read More
how much do dealers markup used cars?

How Much Do Dealers Markup Used Cars

At Car Auctions USA, we are often asked about dealer markup on used car prices at car lots. This is one of the many reasons some buyers prefer to bid in auctions and buy where the dealers buy their vehicles….

Read More