Buying from Copart & IAAI

Adam

Administrator
Staff member
#1
Links to informative posts about buying from Copart and IAAI:

Choosing a donor

Paying for a donor

Copart.com

ABetter.Bid
ABetter.Bid is an online broker that will handle the bidding on Copart or IAAI for you (for a fee of course). Some vehicles being auctioned online require a license to buy. This is where ABetter.Bid is useful since they can bid on any car.
 
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JSATX

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#2
Search the laws before paying for the broker. Many states (Texas and Arkansas for sure) do not require any kind of license to bid on salvage titled vehicles.
 

David

Well-Known Member
#4
I have a quick question for anyone that has bought a car from copart, I was wondering if my brother would buy the car in texas would I be able to ship it to nj straight from the lot
 

ctuinstra

Well-Known Member
#5
I have a quick question for anyone that has bought a car from copart, I was wondering if my brother would buy the car in texas would I be able to ship it to nj straight from the lot
There are shippers available. Copart themselves doesn't do the shipping but third party companies do and are usually available on site.
 

JSATX

Well-Known Member
#7
While that's correct Copart doesn't actually ship the cars they will handle the shipping if bought though Copart.

My guess is TX to NJ will be over $1000. Might be better to keep your search a little more local.
 
#8
Greetings,
Looking at CoPart for a donor SS/TC. Can anyone dealing with them in Arizona and Texas please chime in and let me know if a broker is required or can private party bid?
Thanks.
 
#11
Next question, if I am from outside Texas do you know if there are buying restrictions, taxes, fees or other that would prevent someone from Arizona to purchase a salvage vehicle in Texas. I've read that Texas has been changing around a lot of vehicle laws of late and was wondering if there would any hang ups?
 

JSATX

Well-Known Member
#12
Typically no. For example I live in Texas. Arkansas also does not require a license. I bought my car in Arkansas and had it shipped in. It was not an issue at all. There is a list of states and what they require on the copart site I think
 

JSATX

Well-Known Member
#13
There are also cars on websites like Govdeals and LSO auctions that are even cheaper than copart. There’s 3 or 4 cobalts on LSO right now for under $500
 

RichRich

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#15
I bought mine from copart out of El Paso, didn't have any issues. The DMV game me a bit of hassle just because the name on the front didn't match the signature on the back because it was signed off by Copart but just a call and they supplied me with the proper papers that the DMV wanted. Fee's were pretty expensive through Copart though. A $1,200 bid turned out to be $2000 after fees. Some states require a dealers license but Arizona and Texas arent one of them. You can find it easily on Coparts website or just click the box "No License Required" when searching and you will be fine
 

JeffsGoblin

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#16
I bought mine from copart out of El Paso, didn't have any issues. The DMV game me a bit of hassle just because the name on the front didn't match the signature on the back because it was signed off by Copart but just a call and they supplied me with the proper papers that the DMV wanted. Fee's were pretty expensive through Copart though. A $1,200 bid turned out to be $2000 after fees. Some states require a dealers license but Arizona and Texas arent one of them. You can find it easily on Coparts website or just click the box "No License Required" when searching and you will be fine
Those TX fees are steep! I bought a 2007 SS/SC in Ohio for $1,200 and with copart fees paid $1,680.
 

Adam

Administrator
Staff member
#17
Texas requires a license if the car has a clean title. Salvage titles are fair game. From what I've seen, this is common in many states but there are some that require a license no matter what type of title the car has.

One thing I've noticed recently is that the bulk of the Cobalts seem to be going to IAAI.com instead of Copart. Here's data from some quick searches on both sites.

Nationwide search results for Copart and IAA on 2-7-2019
  • All Cobalts
    • Copart = 680
    • IAA = 1721
  • Supercharged
    • Copart = 6
    • IAA = 15
  • Turbocharged
    • Copart = 5
    • IAA = 7
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#18
Adam,
Got your email. Thanks for the information about Copart and IAAI. IAAI has only one TC car listed currently, in Ohio. I would prefer a non-rust belt car if I can locate one, much less hassle to work on and far less chance of rust in the wrong places. I lived near Chicago years ago and know what havoc just one winter with salted roads can have on a vehicle.
I've got time on my side and will be looking for the right donor to purchase when it becomes available, but I do appreciate the input from everyone to help in my search.
Regards, Tim
 

IDRVSLO

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#19
Look for blown engine cars on FB groups......Cobalt SS For Sale, Cobalt Nation For Sale......they are on there all the time.