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Insight into the Auto Auction Industry: Cash for Cars San Diego

Did you ever wonder about the amazing number of companies that really want to offer “cash for cars” – and fast?

You can find them in auto trade publications, online advertisements, sometimes over the airwaves.

Do they really want to buy your used car that badly?

Where do they get all the cash?

The services rarely ask about the condition of your used car. Cracked windshield? Front bumper dent? Headlight out? No problem!

Some are very professional; and some can come across as rather desperate.

Take, for example, one online-based company that you can find by browser searching “cash for cars San Diego.” “We’ll buy your car paid for or not,” the site states.

They added trucks and SUVs to the end of the statement, to make sure in this fuel efficiency-is-king era that they give fast cash for all vehicles, even gas guzzlers.

The site is clear to state they want vehicles model year 1995 or newer. Then again, the site also states, “running or not.”

Give me cash for cars San Diego even if it’s been sitting on a street in Poway for a decade? Certainly!

Type “cash for cars” into any browser search and learn that these businesses flourish. Often you run across a Yellowpages.com site that lists more of them than you’ll have time to research.

Cash for Cars San Diego as an Example

What’s fascinating is the cash for cars industry remains while sales of new and used cars have been falling precipitously due to high gas prices and shaky consumer confidence.

Perhaps car sale figures are not as bad as the media portrays. It’s just how you go about it.

Take, for example, the case in Escondido near San Diego, where a land owner decided against a condominium project in favor of a CarMax used-car lot. The city mayor’s response was telling.

“It must mean that the housing market is even worse off than the car market,” the mayor told the North County Times.

The CarMax would be the largest used car dealership in Escondido, with an 8,150-square-foot showroom, 3,350-square-foot service building and 900-square-foot car wash. Cash for cars, San Diego, appears to be growing.

Cities often desire such proposals because it reduces the amount of homes (and therefore traffic, real or perceived) in an area, while boosting sales tax revenues.

Municipal planning aside, back to the question at hand. How does the cash for cars (and cash for cars San Diego for that matter) industry thrive? How precisely do the companies come up with the cash so quickly, and how do they make a profit?

Auto Auctions Distribute Cash for Cars, San Diego and Beyond

Having the cash for cars is simple: capital, or a loan, to invest to start; and sell as many cars for the best profit as fast as possible to build your base.

Continue buying used cars to ultimately get into a position where you can sell cars fast and promise quick cash for cars on an ongoing basis.

It’s hard to accurately (and legally) promise fast cash for cars if you cannot deliver. So you can bet those you see out there promising a quick transaction are pretty well established.

From there it’s all about buying low and selling high, and, probably most importantly, volume. For volume, think auto auctions.

According to the National Auto Auction Association, the industry sells about 10 million vehicles annually, with 16 auto auctions in California. Manheim Consulting Inc. is a leading wholesale auction house with about half the market share – and of its 87 locations, its San Diego operation is the only in that region.

So if you’re involved with getting cash for cars, San Diego, odds are strong that your used vehicle eventually ends up with Manheim. Probably your cash for cars San Diego mother lode.

The Association states, “The auction industry is an elaborate network of businesses and individuals who work together to facilitate the exchange of used vehicles and used vehicle information.”

Hundreds of sellers and buyers exchange information about hundreds of cars to help each other meet needs and desires.

As the Association states, many benefits are provided to participants including:

  • Fast sales. Called “market liquidity,” meaning converting your cars (unsold inventory) fast for cash.
  • Price protection. Auctions can move large volumes of vehicles without depressing prices. Critical mass. Auctions have become ultra efficient to match vehicles and buyers quickly and effectively.
  • The Internet. Auctions have embraced the online world to increase efficiencies and offer additional services. Much of the bureaucracy involved with selling a car can be handled before auction day.
  • Reconditioning. Here is the answer to the question above, about how used car buyers will take almost any car without seeing it in person. Most auctions have high-tech reconditioning facilities so sellers can fix ‘em up fast right there to maximize return on investment.

Auction sales are successful when they match many buyers and sellers with mutual interests. They do this by marketing, whether by having telemarketers call dealers to promote sales; fax or direct mail flyers to targeted buyers with specific needs; advertising in automotive trade publications; online advertising; and more.

When this happens, cars – perhaps your used car – can sell fast for a pretty good price. Oftentimes better than the payment you received. But hey, you got cash fast.

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