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February 21 09:46 AM

Customers agree auctions are perfect for great bargains, a positive experience


Auctions attract a variety of people, and many come away with a positive attitude about the experience, with some people coming back for return visits.

Michael Player is one of those who has bought things at Lawler Auctions before. What is the attraction?

“I think it’s the pursuit of the hunt,” he said. “Really, the bargains that you get, I mean, you can’t go nowhere else and get the bargains that you get there.”

Player bought two vehicles recently, a Ford Taurus and a Mercury Tracer.

Tina Perritt of Keithville, La., purchased a 1994 Honda Accord LX for her daughter, who just turned 16.

“It’s a great experience, it really was, and the price was good, too,” she said.

Are there advantages to buying at an auction as opposed to a dealership?

“Absolutely,” Perritt said. “You get the vehicles cheaper, especially the cars that are repossessed from the druggers. But some of the cars are absolutely beautiful.”

Player said, “Price-wise, there’s no comparison. A lot of people have never experienced an auction. When I started, it was a learning curve. but I was really excited about learning the ins and outs of it.

Jason Graham is another auction veteran and recently bought a Ford pickup. “They’ve usually got the best prices, I’ve found around here. They’ve usually got pretty good vehicles. And then I like the people there,” he said.

“I’ve been satisfied with everything I’ve bought.”

Perritt said she was “100 percent” satisfied with the experience and would recommend going to an auction to anyone.

“I tell people all the time, ‘Oh, you’ve got to go to this auction.’ I do that all the time,” she said. “If I had a bigger paycheck, I’d be there writing checks constantly.”

Graham said he, too, was “totally satisfied” with his auction experiences. “I’ve sold a few and I’ve bought a few down there, and I’ve been treated right every time.”

Would he recommend going to an auction to others? “Oh, yeah,” he said.

Player said he was “very satisfied. I can’t wait till the next one.”

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