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The Barrett-Jackson Auction Guide for First-Timers

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The Barrett-Jackson Auction Guide for First-Timers

The Barrett-Jackson Auction Guide for First-Timers

If you love cars and have never been to a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, then it most definitely needs to go on your bucket list. It ranks up there as one of the most prestigious, exciting, and memorable automotive events in the U.S. Every auto enthusiast should experience the excitement and totally amazing cars at least once. Beware, though, once you go, you’ll be hooked. It gets in your blood and you will find yourself making your way to Scottsdale for the third week in January every year. But before you head out there, there are a few things you should know; things that will help make your experience as awesome as it can be.

It’s all about the plan.

Before you get to the auction; before you even step out your front door, you need to make a plan. There’s a lot to see and do there, and the better you plan the more you will be able to accomplish. If you take a fellow enthusiast, map out your plan together. If you take your family or spouse, tell them to just go on without you because even if you do plan to meet it is just too easy to lose yourself in the cars and excitement. Either that or the auction itself tampers with the space time continuum and you can’t be held accountable for missed dinners because of that.

It’s also about doing your homework.

If you think you are going to just look at all the cars and find a few to bid on when you get there, you’re dreaming. There’s too much to see, too much to do, and too much going on. The best thing you can do is do your homework well in advance. Look through the catalog and select the cars you are interested in checking out or bidding on.

And it’s about being prepared – way ahead of time.

Checking out the cars ahead of time goes hand in hand with fulfilling Barrett-Jackson’s requirements for bidders. There are certain things that bidders must do in order to be able to place bids on cars. There are financial requirements, identification verification, and fees that must be taken care of if you want to bid. Get it done ahead of time and it will save you headaches on auction day. Plus, you’ll have more time to enjoy those hot rides.

Strategize your bidding.

This is another instance where it pays to plan ahead. When you find cars you want to bid on, do a little research and set your bid limits. What is the highest price you will pay? Check out similar cars and see what they are going for so you can have an idea of what’s a good price and what’s not so great. Don’t get caught up in the bidding, stick to your guns and if you get outbid, just move on.

As Barrett-Jackson’s exclusive lender, Woodside Credit offers buyers low payments and easy terms. Check us out at before you hit the auction and see how easy it is to add one of these hot rides to your collection.


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