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Our Favorite Used Car Auctions in Pennsylvania

We find that Pennsylvania auction cars are the decent way to buy a used car or truck while saving money. We often see car auctions in Pennsylvania have cars for sale as low as $2000 and will often include newer models up into the $20k+ price range so there is a car, truck, SUV, or van for everyone at an auto auction.

You do not need to pay for any membership or upfront fees at free public auto auctions. There is usually a auction buyer’s fee on top of what you bid on a car, but that is not unless you decide to bid on something in the auction.

There are also several options for online car auctions in Pennsylvania. Online bidding is much more popular now at Pennsylvania public auto auctions and offers a way to buy a car from an auction without the hassle of traveling to the auction.

Use the auction sites below for more specific information. Be sure to verify what days and hours they allow public bidders or car dealer bidders to view the cars for sale. Also, make sure to verify their accepted form of payment. Most auctions prefer cash, but will also accept other forms of payment depending on the location.

auction car lot with a row of used cars

There are several different types of car auctions in Pennsylvania:

  • Bank Repo Auctions– These are repossessed cars from banks and other finance institutions.
  • Car Dealer Trade-Ins – Cars that were traded in at local car dealers which are then brought to an auction and sold for low prices.
  • Police Seizures– Drug seizures and impound cars auctioned to the public in Pennsylvania.
  • Tow Lot Impounds – Abandoned vehicles sold at auction to the public.
  • Government Fleet Surplus Vehicles – These are cars, trucks, and vans from local municipalities and state governments.
  • Private For Sale by Owner Cars – Cars sold at auction from private individual sellers
  • Salvage Car Auctions – These are wrecked vehicles sold by insurance companies at auctions and will come with salvaged titles.

We always feel it is best to arrive at the auction early so that you may view the auction cars for sale before the auction bidding starts. Obviously, having some knowledge of auto mechanical and body work can help a lot when buying a used car.

Websites for Public Auto Auctions in Pennsylvania

These sites are open to the public and offer some form of internet bidding. At Car Auction Network, we highly recommend these auctions below in Penn because they are more user friendly than police auctions or tow auctions.

We think that all first-time bidders should not hesitate to ask as many questions as they have about the auction process.

Mason Dixon Auto Auction – Greencastle, PA

Northeast Pennsylvania Auto Auction – Scranton, PA

422 Public Auto Auction

Philadelphia Public Auto Auction

Lehigh Valley Auto Auction – Whitehall, PA

Capital Auto Auction – Philadelphia, PA

Aspite Auto Auction

Dealer Auto Auctions in Pennsylvania

Dealer auctions in PA require a dealer’s license in order to bid on cars.

Manheim Keystone Pennsylvania Auto Auction – Grantville, PA (Dealers-Only)

Bloomsburg Auto Auction (Dealers-Only)

Garden Spot Auto Auction – Ephrata, Pennsylvania (Dealers-Only)

Central Pennsylvania Auto Auction (Dealers-Only)

America’s Auto Auction Harrisburg

Tow and Police Auctions in Pennsylvania

Police auctions in Pennsylvania feature auction cars from police seizures, drug seizures, impounds, abandoned vehicles, and occasionally surplus police cruiser auctions / police car auctions.

Government Surplus Auctions – Plum, PA (Surplus and confiscated items auctioned to the public online)

Online Auction – Montgomery County, PA Sheriff Sales – Norristown, PA 19404

Surplus Auction – Berks County

Auto Auction – McGann and Chester Towing (Online public auto auction the last Wednesday of every month, regardless of the weather. Registration begins at 9 am & bidding starts at 10 am.)

Auctions – The Philadelphia Parking Authority (Vehicles will be open for bidding beginning at 8:00AM the day of the auction. Vehicles may be viewed on-line daily, and vehicles will be posted at least 2 days prior to the auction date. There will be no live preview. There will be a description of each vehicle accompanied by several pictures. No keys are available. Locksmiths are not permitted on the auction lot.)

Lebanon Auto Auction Lebanon, PA

Do not miss out on the fun and excitement of an auto auction in PA! Whether you prefer bidding in-person locally or in online car auctions, you can save money the next time you buy a vehicle. Trust us when we say to be patient at an auction and do not rush into buying one specific car.

It is very helpful to have a few picked out to bid on so that you can hopefully get the best price on it. Some people make the mistake of focusing on a single car in the auction and end up paying a lot more for it than they should have. Just make a short list of vehicles you are interested in buying and work off of that for the best deal you can get.

Last updated on April 14th, 2024 at 10:18 am

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