When most people pay to get damage to their cars repaired, there are some who spend their money to buy damaged cars. There is one simple reason for this: nothing is as cheap to buy as a damaged car; it may be available at a fraction of the cost of the equivalent new or even second had car. If you have the time and the interest to restore a car bought from a damaged auto auction, it can be the cheapest car you can buy. Unlike general car auctions where people go to look for the best cars at prices they can afford, in a damaged auto auction the buyer is looking to balance the amount of damage with the time and money he will need to spend to get himself a good and reliable set of wheels.
If you are one of those no knowledge of automobile mechanics, stay away from damaged auto auctions: while you may be able to buy a damaged car very cheap, without being able to understand the nature of repairs, you will not be able to control the restoration costs and this will make the whole exercise futile because the end result will be a car that costs more than you expected it to. If you have decided to proceed in buying from a damaged auto auction, you need to begin by making a shortlist of possibilities. It is important to check on the price and availability of spare parts as this can be a problem for some makes of cars. Once you have your short list ready, get an expert to do a second inspection of the cars with you and confirm you findings about the nature of the damage and the estimated repair costs. Once these estimates are ready check to see if buying the same car in an undamaged condition would not be cheaper and if so, drop the damaged auto auction and go in for the undamaged car.
But if you are sure that buying from a damaged auto auction is the best option for you keep you budgets in mind while bidding and never allow yourself to bid more than you had planned: the success of buying from a damaged auto auction is based on not exceeding you budget. If you are willing to take all the time and trouble needed to restore a damaged car, you should be able to have a safe reliable car that will give you years of reliable service.