said by nonymous:
You would need the cash but auto auctions can be a decent place to get a car if you know what you are doing. Know a few people who get cars at them for their kids. But they do have automotive experience and know what they are doing when they go to the auctions.
The auctions that are more designed to trade cars between all types of dealers and some private parties. Not those high dollar ones that you see selling million dollar cars.
repo/police auctions, you can find the most amusing things there.