Buying Auto Salvage in Denver
How do salvage yards get so many wrecked vehicles?
By Ben Silver - June 24, 2015
One of the first questions people ask me about the auto salvage business is usually something about where we find auto salvage in Denver. Most folks don’t realize that Colorado is home to multiple auto salvage auctions where salvage yards like ours can acquire vehicles. Most states have at least one or two salvage auctions where insurance companies can sell their total loss vehicles to salvage yards and even the public in some cases.
So, here’s how auto salvage auctions operate. Insurance companies will acquire auto salvage from their policyholders after accidents. These insurance companies will generally have a contract with a specific auto salvage auction in Denver or Colorado. At times, there will be auto salvage brought into Denver or Colorado from surrounding states (We’re not sure if this is because the Denver market will pay more for this auto salvage? Maybe it’s because the auto salvage yards in Denver will pay more?) We haven’t figured out exactly why, but we’re still sure to see vehicles titled in other states at our auctions on a regular basis). Anyway, the insurance company will tow all the wrecked vehicles and auto salvage they acquire into the auction.
At this point, the vehicle is analyzed and a report on the salvage vehicle is built by the auction. The report will be complete with a damage assessment, images, VIN information, etc. The more inclusive the auto salvage report is, the better the salvage yards can assess the value of the wrecked vehicle. It is vital to know which used auto parts will be useable and which parts were damaged in the accident. Now that the salvage vehicles have been properly analyzed and used parts information is available, the wrecked vehicles are posted with there “Lot #” on the auctions website.
Now the bidding begins. Some salvage yards in Denver will calculate there bid amount and enter it as a “proxy bid”. A “proxy bid” allows you to enter your bid and not participate in the live salvage auction. If your “proxy bid” is the highest after the live bids have been placed, then you’ll win the auto salvage vehicle. One of Colorado’s auto salvage auctions still has an individual verbally call the auction, which is kind of cool. The other two auto salvage auctions in Colorado have computer operated auction calls. Once you win the auto salvage vehicle, you can opt to either have the auction house tow it to your salvage yard or you can hire a tow company to retrieve the salvage vehicle for you. This is of course if you can’t pickup the auto salvage yourself in a company tow truck.
This is the true story of how auto salvage yards in Denver keep the vehicles coming. It’s important for us to have good avenues for acquiring auto salvage and the auctions in Colorado have been providing that for many years. Hope that this blog was informative and answers any questions about how salvage yards get so many wrecked vehicles.