An interesting way to buy used vehicles at auction is a customs auction. But what is a customs auction? Historically, the authorities have offered several times a year, on set dates, auctions to which anyone could go and try to buy the items at auction. Meanwhile, the Federal Customs Administration offers a permanently running auction platform on the Internet. 

The auctions of this online platform are conducted and managed by the Main Customs Office Giessen. However, since customs does not only have vehicles on offer, one can find all kinds of movable items on this platform.

What is important to consider in a customs auction? The authorities offer in the auctions items that are previously evaluated by evaluators, so the possibility of a special bargain at a customs auction is low. In addition, it could happen that a vehicle comes from a seizure, if the previous owner redeems this vehicle before the Auktíon expires, the auction is stopped. 

As of 2018, an average of 1,750 auctions were held daily and there are 330,000 bidders registered. So is a customs auction worthwhile for buying a used car? If you're looking for a specific vehicle, especially a former fire truck or police car, you can certainly find it. Nevertheless, for the business purchase of used cars, one should resort to a platform designed for this purpose. CarOnSale offers simply and transparently the business purchase of used cars.

  • In the past, customs auctions took place on individual, fixed dates
  • Nowadays, customs auctions are held online on a daily basis
  • For exotic vehicles, customs auctions are still an option these days. However, car dealers should use platforms such as CarOnSale

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