Motorhome auctions will occur all across the country, but they are not always easy to find. Here are nine of the best ways to find them.
A web search engine is a quick and easy way to get information about a motorhome auction. The trick is to keep your search local. Your search radius should be less than 200 miles. You also want to be a little bit more cautious about online auctions and you never want to bid on a motorhome you cannot see in person.
You can also contact local auction agencies and ask if they handle motorhome auctions. If they do not, find out if they can direct you to a company that does. Once you find the right ones, get all the information about any upcoming auctions. Also try to get on their mailing/email list so you will be notified about future auctions.
Some auctions are advertised in local papers or motorhome magazines. Contact your local newspaper about where and when they run the auction ads, because often they will all appear in the same section and on a regular schedule. This saves you the hassle of looking through the entire paper every day.
Sometimes live auctions will also have an online component where you can competitively bid with those actually at the site via webcams and real-time connections. Since you will not be exactly sure when the motorhome you want will be up, you will need to keep an eye on how the bidding is going as soon as the auction starts so you do not miss the one you want. While this type of online bidding is still uncommon, it is becoming more widely available.
Classifieds and ad sites:
Online newspaper classifieds or websites like Craigslist let you search for ads featuring motorhomes. You can find both information about the auctions and online auctions this way.
Banks and Credit Unions
Lenders often auction off the motorhomes they repossess. They may sell them on their own, but typically they will hand them over to an auction house that will auction them off to the highest bidder at a large auction. Ask in the banks’ repossession/collections department to find out more about their auctions.
Since there are usually only a few places in any given area that a large vehicle auction can happen, they typically use the same sites over and over again. Once you have attended an auction somewhere, you can periodically check for new signs advertising an upcoming auction. Sometimes that is the only advertising an auction will do.
Motorhome Auction Information websites:
There are several sites that provide access to listings and information for auctions of motorhomes. The auctions may have repossessed, salvaged, government-seized or other types of motorhomes. One of the most useful things is the ability to search for a specific model, making it easier to find just what you are looking for. Since most require paid memberships, it is a good idea to read reviews and try out a trial membership to make sure the site is worth the money you will be paying before you sign up.
Online Motorhome Auctions:
You can find auctions being conducted online on auctions sites like eBay Motors as well as on sites devoted completely to motorhomes. Usually these are separate auctions for individual motorhomes that allow bidding over a period of time, with the majority of bids placed just minutes before it ends. Usually a last-second bid is the one that wins, so plan on being at your computer to bid right before the auction is over.