A (Mostly) Pictorial Guide To Auto Auctions


I was really at the auction to see what my old Crown Vic, which I sold about a year and  a half ago and then learned it had been abandoned by the new owners, was going to sell for at the auction. (That whole saga is going to be chronicled in a future article.)

This was the second auction I had ever been to, and the first where I wasn’t peaking over a fence to watch it, but I would imagine that my experience there was probably pretty typical of what you should expect to see at any auto auction you go to.

Should you decide to go to a car auction and are wondering what to expect, here is a list of my random thoughts from that morning, followed by some pictures I took. I hope you find it educational, or something.

  • 7AM
  • Hot
  • Free water bottles,we think, there’s a cooler of water bottles and they don’t say anything to you if you walk up to it and start taking them
  • $750 GTP (running, seriously, meanwhile 80’s imports are going for like $1,500+)
  • A Grand Marquis and a Deville that nobody even bothered to bid on and never sold
  • Weird canopy truck
  • Interesting headlight repair
  • $150 for a complete motorcycle
  • What’s in the case?
  • An SNES
  • Clapped-out Accords and Corollas getting all the big bucks while American stuff is totally ignored
  • XJS!
  • Bullet holes
  • 2000’s era Crown Vics for $1,300 all day long
  • Those portable jump starting things seem to last forever
  • CD Players
  • CD Players
  • CD Players
  • Mostly just a bunch of boring bullshit
  • Very much looking forward to a shower afterwards
  • Faux ostrich skin sub box with double lighted flames
  • That poor Impala SS
  • The exhaust from that canopy truck blowing right into my mouth no matter where I stood
  • Nobody here knows what the fuck an MG is
  • Balls Deep

This entry was posted in Curiosities and tagged , , , , , , by Mike Ross. Bookmark the permalink.

About Mike Ross

I love anything you can drive. But I love it even more if it has a small block Chevy or Ford motor, a turbo, four wheel drive, is a hatchback, or was made in the 80s. My ideal car would be a combination of all of these things, and I'm working on building a time machine so I can go back to the 80's and convince Chevy and Ford to collaborate on a twin-engine, single turbo 4x4 XR4Ti/Fox Mustang/Third Gen F-body and hide one in a mineshaft for me to recover in brand new condition. Look for a blog post about it just as soon as it happens. Or maybe it already did, and I've already posted about it in the future and the internet just needs to catch up with it. Okay, my head hurts, never mind.