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Q: When is your auction?
A: The OC Public Auto Auction will be held this Sunday and this Wednesday Night, RAIN OR SHINE! Gates Opens at 9 AM on Sunday and 4 PM on Wednesday for SILENT BIDDING and FINANCING on a first-come, first-served basis. The LIVE AUCTION begins at 12 NOON Sharp on Sunday and 7 PM on Wednesday Night! This is a live, public auction with open bidding that is fun and profitable for the whole family.

Q: Where do your cars come from?
A: These vehicles are previously owned lease returns, bank forfeitures, seizures and consignments that are available for immediate liquidation.

Q: Are there warranties available?
A: All vehicles come are sold As Is.  Silent bid vehicles include a 3-month, 3,000 mile limited warranty.  For an additional cost, a longer extended warranty / service contract may be purchased, for 12 months to 5 years. Warranty Solutions and Portfolio are the warranty / service contract providers. We have negotiated agreements with these vendors to be able to provide these Optional Services to our Auction customers at a much lower rate than traditional plans.

Q: What are my advantages in buying a pre-owned vehicle at the Orange County Public Auto Auction?
A: The OC Public Auto Auction offers you quality cars, trucks, SUVs and vans, that have been safety inspected and smog certified. Our vehicles are carefully detailed before sale. Pre-owned vehicles from the OC Public Auto Auction sell for substantially less than from other sources.

Q: How long does the live auction usually last?
A: It takes about 1 minute per vehicle to auction. The bidding lasts for approximately 2 hours.

Q: How do I know what is going to be sold at your next auction?
A: A free list of the vehicles is available on-line and at the sale.

Q: Can we look at the cars before the auction?
A: All vehicles being auctioned are available for inspection on Sunday morning, from 9 AM to 12 NOON and Wednesday afternoon, from 4 PM to 7PM.

Q: Is there a fee to participate in the auction?
A: No. Registration and parking is free.

Q: How long do I have to pay the balance of my purchase?
A: You have 48 hours from the time and date of the sale to pay the balance.

Q: Do you finance purchases?
A: We offer financing during our silent bidding beginning at 9 AM Sunday morning and 4 PM Wednesday afternoon.

Q: How do I register for the auction? A: You must register at the auction facility on the day of the sale and obtain a bidders card before inspection.

Q: Who is eligible to purchase a car at the auction?
A: Any member of the public with a valid driver's license at least 18 years of age is eligible to bid at the auction.

Q: How do I register my vehicle?
A: For your convenience, Public Motors completes all necessary paper work, including DMV registration and transfer forms. Title and Registration will be mailed in 60-90 days directly from DMV to the purchaser. Buyers receive a temporary registration, which is valid for 180 days. A physical address is needed for DMV registration. No P.O BOXES will be accepted.

Q: How can I pay for my vehicle?
A: An $850 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of the sale. You must pay for items awarded to you in full within 24 hours from the time and date of the sale. You must take delivery within 24 hours otherwise a $25.00 per day storage fee will be assessed, unless otherwise specified in the contract. The OC Public Auction accepts U.S. currency; bank cashier's check; cashier's check issued by Federal or State chartered credit unions; U.S. Postal Service or commercial money order; traveler's checks, MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express. Personal checks and Company checks are not accepted. For more information please review the Terms and Conditions.


Monday  9 AM - 9 PM
Tuesday  9 AM - 9 PM
Wednesday  9 AM - 9 PM
Thursday  9 AM - 9 PM
Friday  9 AM - 9 PM
Saturday  9 AM - 9 PM
Sunday  9 AM - 9 PM
Monday  9 AM - 9 PM
Tuesday  9 AM - 9 PM
Wednesday  9 AM - 9 PM
Thursday  9 AM - 9 PM
Friday  9 AM - 9 PM
Saturday  9 AM - 9 PM
Sunday  9 AM - 9 PM
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