There has been a lot of buzz lately surrounding the growing popularity of Michigan government quality ex fleet used cars that are for at public auctions. A lot of people already know that the federal government, normally through the GSA, hold fleet auctions. However until recently, most people did pay much attention to state and local government auctions. There are currently a large number Michigan government quality, ex fleet used cars available as long as you know where to look.
Some states will break up their ex fleet vehicles into smaller packets of cars and then distribute them throughout a variety of county and local government auctions. By doing this, they will not only be able to auction off all of their ex fleet vehicles, but can also improve the turnout for the local auctions because the total number of available vehicles is considerably higher. Additionally, some localities do not turn over their fleet as often as others, which means that they may only hold an auction once a year. The additional of state fleet vehicles can then justify holding two or three auctions instead.
Michigan will normally not break up their state fleet into smaller groups, which means that there are normally a larger number of state auctions throughout the year. Every state treats their fleet vehicles a little differently, but it appears that Michigan is not only known for auctioning off quality vehicles, but also a larger number of vehicles. This is often because the State of Michigan has a much younger fleet than most other states.
Since they have a younger fleet, there are a number of benefits that are passed onto the public. The first is that instead of bidding on cars that are 7 to 10 years old, the can sometimes be as little as 3 years old. Moreover, they will more often than not have less than 100,000 miles and a growing number have less than 50,000 or even 30,000. This higher proportion of newer vehicles up for auction means that more people get to take advantage of Michigan government quality ex fleet used cars on a regular basis.
If you are interested in these types of vehicles, then you need to be prepared to compete in an auction setting. Unlike repossessions, ex fleet vehicles have a very small reserve. In fact, many have no reserve at all. This dramatically improves your chances of landing a great deal. The best way to check out what is currently available is to look online. Michigan is among the growing number of states who run an online auction to complement their live auctions.
The online auctions are designed to accomplish two goals. First, when the vehicles are listed online, they will have a pre-set opening bid with likely be very similar to the opening bid at the live auction, although it can be a little higher at times. Second, by posting all of the available vehicles online, the public has a chance to pre-bid so that they do not have to attend the live auction. Rather the online bids will carry over into the live bidding acting essentially like a proxy bid.
By taking a look at the online listings, not only can you place a proxy bid, but you can also get all of the important details about every car in the auction such as previous history, key numbers, current condition, and of course the VIN number. By getting access to all of this information a week or two in advance, it is much easier for you to show up prepared to the auction. This additional preparation time greatly improves the chances of landing a great deal on Michigan government quality ex fleet used cars.