What’s the one item that every storage auction hunter hopes to win at auction?
If you guessed mattresses, you’re incorrect. But nobody goes home empty handed, so you’re departing with this lovely parting gift: a year’s supply of turtle wax! If you guessed a car, congratulations!!! You get to leave with the satisfaction that you guessed correctly… and a year’s supply of turtle wax! Everybody’s a winner at StorageUnitAuctionList.
But in all seriousness, finding a car in storage unit auctions is part of why many people start attending storage auctions and it keeps people attending auctions for years. However, I’ve heard many people complain that this is uncommon and that things like that only happen on television; But it’s not as rare as you may think.
In the last three years alone, there have been several rare and valuable cars won in storage unit auctions! Let’s take a look and learn a bit more about three of these storage auction wins.
1957 Bel Air
This original car was found in a storage unit in 2012. For the age of the car, and the estimated time that it may have been in storage, the car is in fairly good condition. For a car enthusiast, this is a dream restoration project. Even for someone with little car knowledge, it is clear just how cool this car is.
1966 Shelby Mustang
1966 Shelby Mustang is both vintage and rare. In 2011, inside a double-long storage unit, an auctioneer discovered this vehicle buried under what he called “the debris of life.” Fewer than 1,100 of the cars were ever made, making the discovery potentially worth as much as 2 million dollars. As you can see, the car cleaned up quite nicely.
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
This car sat in storage for four decades in Greenwich before being discovered!
Do Your Research To Hunt Down Cars Inside Storage Units
How can you be one of the lucky storage auction hunters who finds a car? Well, in some instances, it may fall to Lady Luck, but you can do research ahead of time to try to find out more about the previous tenant-what their hobbies and interests were, what profession they worked in and other information that may help give your information on what you’ll find inside the unit on the day of the auction. To get this information, you can start by asking the facility manager about the tenant, and running with any information that they are willing to give out. You can also use the public notice information to get the tenant’s name and last known address. This information will allow you to begin searching online to find out what you can. When possible, use social media to get to know more and use this information to your advantage. Like in cards, you never want to show your hands, whatever information you find out, you’ll want to play close to the vest at the auction. Bragging about information may psyche out the competition, but it could also back fire and generate excitement on the unit and you could unintentionally create a bidding war.
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