Auto Auction Bargains: 10 Guidelines for Smart Buying

Yes, you CAN save a bundle on a used car. If you shop the auctions, and shop smart.

There are plenty of opportunities, at government auctions, police auctions, repo auctions, and more. Lots of auctions, with inventories that change constantly.

Many prospective buyers don’t know there are auctions, or where they are, or how to participate. Smart buyers know where the good auctions are, and understand how to make the moves that lead to a successful bid. Here are a ten important guidelines every buyer should know.

1. Understand that for smart auction buyers, information is king. Don’t just walk in and start bidding. Do your homework. Know where the best auctions are. Know about the vehicle you’re bidding on. Ask questions. Know what’s the right price for the car you want.

2. Come to the auction site early. Give yourself time to look around carefully and identify the cars you’re interested in. Generlly, you’re not allowed to start the vehicles, or drive them.

3. You may want to consider traveling to auctions that are some distance from big cities or towns. They’re likely to be less crowded with bidders, and the cars may fetch lower prices.

4. Check the history of any car you intend to bid on, with CarFax or similar data base. Some buyers at an auction use their cell phones to send cars’ VINs (Vehicle Identification Numbers) to friends at home, who go on line to check vehicle service histories, then phone back the information before the bidding starts. Some auctions supply car histories to prospective bidders.

5. Check VINs on a car’s trunk, hood, doors, etc. If all the VIN markings on a car aren’t the same, the vehicle has been assembled from parts of other cars, and may have been stolen.

6. Look up the prevailing market value of the cars that interest you. Search for information in authoritative publications: Edmonds, nada (National Automobile Dealers’ Association), or kbb (the Kelley Blue Book). You may also want to check on line at AutoTrader.com.

7. Don’t catch “auction fever.” Set a limit on how much you’ll pay for a car you’re interested in, and don’t bid above that limit. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of bidding, and feel you must win the bid no matter how high it goes. Keep a cool head. There are a lot more cars to choose from.

8. Find out the auction’s buyer’s premium before you bid. Remember, you’ll actually pay more than your winning bid. You’ll also pay a buyer’s premium to the auction house, generally 10 percent of the bid. Also, some auctions charge an entrance fee to get the number that makes you eligible to bid.

9. Read the contract carefully. When you win a bid, you’ll be asked to sign a contract that sets down the details of the deal. Read the contract carefully, paying particular attention to how long you’ll have to wait for the car’s title, if the auction house doesn’t have it at the time of sale.

10. Be sure you have the money. You can’t finance an auction car. Know the auction’s payment requirements.

7 Tips On How To Select A Good Fundraising Auctioneer

Although it may sound cliche, it’s true. A good Fundraising Auctioneer does not cost you money. A good Fund Raising Auctioneer will make you money. As a matter of fact, a good Auctioneer can be worth his/her weight in gold because they can raise your entire year’s budget and more…in one single night.

When your group or organization is searching for a Fund Raising Auctioneer, here are seven important tips to help you select the best Auctioneer for you.

1) Auction Industry Experience: Auctioneers are not all the same. Just as Doctors and Lawyers have different levels of experience and different areas of specialty, so do Auctioneers. Some Auctioneers have considerable experience while others are fresh out of Auction School. Most Auctioneers are generalists; others are specialists. Some have excellent reputations, others do not. Some specialize in Fund Raising Auctions, others could care less about them. And if you select the wrong Auctioneer to handle your event, your decision could cost you dearly. Your objective should be to locate an Auctioneer with considerable experience, an impeccable reputation, and someone who understands the intricacies of running a highly successful Auction, from start to finish,

2) Fund Raising Auction Experience: Not all Auctioneers make good Fundraising Auctioneers. Automobile Auctioneers are often considered to be the best in the business because they talk fast, and sell fast, selling perhaps 150 cars per hour. That rapid fire approach works well with cars, and on television (can we say “Barrett-Jackson Auctions”). It does not necessarily work well with Fund Raising Auctions because most attendees at your event are not Auction-oriented. Some are uncomfortable with the Auction process because it’s new to them. Many have never attended an Auction before, and your Auctioneer needs to move somewhat slower to cater to their needs. An experienced Fundraising Auctioneer will understanding how to deal with your audience, how to read your crowd, and how to generate more money for your cause.

3) Reputation and Name Recognition: Your objective is to hire the best Fundraising Auctioneer available. Which one do you hire? Often the best approach is to find out who the other non-profit groups in your area are using. If the same name keeps popping up, it’s appearing for a reason. And that reason is because those groups are happy with that Auctioneer’s performance and the amount of money that Auctioneer is raising for their group. Some Auctioneers have wonderful reputations and are highly regarded in the community; others are not so highly respected. Be sure you find one who will represent you well.

4) Pre-Event Ideas and Innovation: An experienced Fund Raising Auctioneer will usually have a better understanding of how to run these events than your entire committee combined. Most non-profit Fund Raising Committees have one or two paid staff members and the rest are volunteers, often having little or no Auction experience. Committee turnover usually means that experienced volunteers will be replaced with inexperienced volunteers, which further compounds the problem. A good Fund Raising Auctioneer will get you through this. They will meet with your committee prior to the event. They will help you understand what sells best, what doesn’t sell well, how and where to acquire sellable merchandise, and how to run a smooth and successful event. We are aware of instances where the auction revenue more than doubled in just one year as a result of the recommendations made by the Auctioneer. This service alone is worth any fee that you pay to your Auctioneer.

5) Enthusiasm For Your Cause & Event: You can find the best Auctioneer in the world, but if they are not enthusiastic about your event, find another Auctioneer. Enthusiasm is contagious and your crowd will clearly sense if your Auctioneer believes in what you are doing, or is simply going through the motions and doesn’t really want to be there. Your Auctioneer represents your organization at the podium, so be certain to hire someone who projects the best possible image for your group.

6) Salesmanship. The Ability to Work a Room: This is what separates the professional Auctioneer from the inexperienced volunteer. All too many groups have the mistaken belief that if they secure the services of an unpaid volunteer to call the Auction, they will be saving themselves money. But the truth is that this decision costs them money. A “Volunteer Auctioneer” is usually someone known to the group, e.g. a board member, a parent, a local politician or a local celebrity. That individual may feel comfortable in front of a group, but they don’t know how to squeeze money out of the room. A good Auctioneer can work the room, they can sense when the bidding is done, they will move the Auction along quickly, and will always solicit more bids from the room than any volunteer Auctioneer.

7) Special Pledge Appeals: A Special Pledge Appeal can often double or triple the amount of money raised at a Fund Raising Auction…in only a matter of minutes. But far too few groups take advantage of this Fund Raising tool. If you find an Auctioneer who satisfies Tips #1 – #6, and who is also effective at implementing a Special Pledge Appeal…look no further. That Auctioneer is an experienced Fund Raising Auctioneer, they understand the true power of Fund Raising Auctions, and will be able to raise considerable amounts of money for your group…year after year.

In summary, don’t judge the Auctioneer by the fee that they charge. Rather, consider all of the pre-event support, innovative fund raising ideas, auction-day bid calling, the increased revenue stream they bring, and the overall success of your event. When all is considered, if you selected the right Auctioneer, at the end of the night your crowd will be saying “Thank You for letting us spend our money with you. We will be back next year…with our friends”. That is the ultimate sign of a successful Fund Raising Auction.

Info Product Creation – Strategies For Product Creation And Branding

Think of someone like Cesar Milano, and you instantly think “The Dog Whisperer”. Whenever you think of home decorating, what name jumps into your head? Chances are pretty good that it’s Martha Stewart.

Once you’re recognized for making a great product, people will come back to see what else you’ve got accessible, and when you create a list of pleased clients and inform them that you’ve got something new, in case you have established a brand for yourself, they are much more likely to want to buy it. You can, of course, prefer to design just one product or a number of unrelated products, however you’re missing a fantastic opportunity to build up hype and repeatedly sell to the identical clients if you do that. To make a brand identity it helps to have a consistent visual theme for your internet endeavors – an identical design and color scheme for your web site, your eBooks, your short reports, and so on.

If you don’t have any kind of design skills, no issue. You may go somewhere like elance.com, guru.com, rentacoder.com, or some other freelance internet site, and find a graphics designer to make a logo as well as website header for you which will represent your company. You don’t need to get any fancier than that. Individuals aren’t searching for elaborate web site design when they land in your internet site. They would like to know that they’ve reached the right place – and is going to be immediately reassured whenever they see your familiar looking banner. Then, they want the data which they came here to find – the best way to save cash with coupons while shopping at supermarkets, how to litter train their own cat, the way to flatten their abs, and so on. And they want the website to be simple to get around – they don’t desire to hunt around to find what they’re trying to find.

All you need to help establish your brand identity will be a custom-designed banner as well as logo that successfully conveys to the client instantly what you as well as your items are about. You may adapt that logo and banner and utilize some type of it for all your products. Say you are an expert fisherman and hunter and you want to create a number of information products which will teach people to fish and hunt. You may create a brand identity such as “The Good Ole Boy’s guide to Bass Fishing.” This could spinoff an entire selection of eBooks, instructional videos, product endorsements and so on.