Originally Posted by Sunline Fan
I wouldn't be surprised if they have someone from their dealer there to start the bidding and get it up high.
This is illegal, and both the RV place and the auctioneer will lose thier lisence. If this happens, report them to state authorities.
However, I buy stuff at auctions all the time. Stuff usually does go cheaper. He can't hold it for you because he has already signed an agreement with thte auction co. Usually car dealers do this because they want to unload an item they do not want on thier lot (mabe he has had it for a while, or other folks are asking about the co. ?) I would think if anything, you would have to watch out for other dealers looking to resall, but you can always beat thier bid because they have to make money on the unit, whereas you do not have that overhead. Call the RV dealer, and ask if they have a reserve, or what thier starting bid will be.
I would DEFINATELY GO!!!! You will get a chance to see the unit, and auctions are WAY FUN
(I furnshed my college apartment for less than 150 bucks at auctions!! I am an auction JUNKIE!!!
Once you go to an auction, you will be bitten by the bug! ) Remember to call the auction house ahead of time to ask for payment terms, and remember you will pay a house fee on top of what you pay for the RV (usually 10% of the price). The fee goes to the auctioneer, and covers operating expenses. Also, you usually have a very short time period to get your stuff off of the lot, so you should ask that.
If you absolutely can't go you can leave a "Left Bid" at most auction houses. The house will bid on your behalf, up to your left bid amount. (Kind of like an e-bay proxy bid. I think you can trust most auction houses, as they know that people there will report them if they are not honest!
). you may also be able to bid by phone, but the ability to do this varies by auction house, so it may be worth asking.
If I were you, I would SO GO!!!! You very well may go and not get the unit. Or you get a STEAL!!!!! Either way, I promise you you will have fun. Gosh, I wanna go!