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What are some tips for buying cars from a government auction?

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Popular Mechanics recommends thoroughly examining all vehicles, being skeptical, checking the vehicle identification number and avoiding getting caught up in the bidding process when buying cars from a government auction. Since bidders cannot test drive the vehicles, it's best to be cautious.

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At government auctions, cars are usually given lots of polish and paint to make them look as presentable as possible. As a result, potential bidders should pay attention to things such as puddles under the vehicle, an uneven stance and musty smells or wet carpet in the interior for a better idea of the condition of the car. Popular Mechanics suggests going to a few auctions to learn how they work before actually bidding at one.

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