Buying a cheap used car or truck in New York is easy if you are willing to visit a car auction. There are several local governments around the state of NY that sell fleet surplus, impound vehicles, and police drug seizure cars at auctions to the public in NYC and other areas. These include NYC car auctions and other police auctions around NY state. Most allow for online bidding and also post photos of the cars for sale online. Check back often because they will occasionally add for cars for sale. It is also not uncommon to find used police cars for sale at these NYC police auctions.
You can find a good used car under $3000 and some used cars are as low as $1000 in New York at an auction. There are no upfront fees to bid on a vehicle, these are free public car auctions.
Surplus Fleet, Impound Auctions, and Police Auctions in New York
Traditional Used Car Auctions in New York (Wholesale Auto Auctions)
Rochester’s Central Auto Auction (Dealers-Only)
CNY Auto Auction – LaFayette, New York (Dealers-Only)
If you find an auction that you are interested in bidding on a car in, be sure to contact them first to verify their accepted forms of payment and what identification documentation is required in order to bid.
You can also read our auction FAQ here.
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