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California Car Auctions – Used Cars Sold to the Public

Auto auctions in California are a great way to buy a used truck or car and save a lot of money in the process. These cars are from local banks and car dealers around California – as well as a few from local sellers. Occasionally, we see vehicles from government surplus fleet sales and also impound police auctions.

These are not flood damaged or salvage vehicles. Many of the auction cars have clean titles and are a good value if you can find the one that suits your needs. Be sure to contact the auction before visiting to preview vehicles to make sure that they allow public buyers during those hours.

We advise all of our customers to perform due diligence when buying a used car at car auctions open to public buyers. Look over all the photos if buying online and inspect as much as you can if you are there in person.

We also suggest you use the internet to search for the vehicle’s history and to learn about any issues it may have with its title or if was previously a rental, wrecked, or other important things to consider.

Locations listed as “Dealers-Only” require a dealers auction license to attend and bid on auction vehicles. These are auction sites car dealers use for their own inventory.

You can also check out online wholesale used car auctions — many of which are open to the public for online bidding. You can buy an auction car from another state and use auto transport brokers California to ship it to you.

Wholesale Auto Auctions in Cali

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Orland Public Auto Auction
3825 County Road 99W, Orland, CA ‎
(530) 865-3900 ‎ ·

North of Sacramento off interstate I-5

Express Auto Auction
8407 Airway Rd, San Diego, CA ‎
(619) 661-1918 ‎ ·
Auctions are on Wednesdays in the Otay Mesa area

Express Car Auction also has a location in Vista:

1069 South Santa Fe Avenue
Vista, CA 92083

South Bay Auto Auction (Dealers Only)
13210 Normandie Ave, Gardena, CA ‎
(310) 719-2000 ‎ ·

Contra Costa County Public Auto Auction
2691 East Leland Road
Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 432-8900 ·
Auctions are on Saturdays

Johnny Cash Auto Auction
1704 Cactus Road
San Diego, California 92154
(619) 883-4600 ·
Auctions are on Thursdays

Johnny Cash Car Auctions are also in the Los Angeles Area:

9101 Somerset Blvd
Bellflower, CA 90706
(424) 785-7619

Both Johnny Cash auction locations in California are open to the public with online bidding available.

905 Auto Auction
8205 Saint Andrews Ave
San Diego 92154
(619) 710-0905 ·

Public car auctions at 905 Auction are on Fridays at 10:30am. We recommend arriving early to look over the auction cars for sale.

Socal Auto Auctions
1304 South Mildred Ave
Ontario, CA 91761
(909) 930-1887 ·
Auctions are on Saturdays and Sundays

Otay Auto Auction
8955 Siempre Viva Rd
San Diego, CA 92154
(619) 661-0808 ·
Auctions are every Saturday

A public car auction in Otay with bank repos, surplus vehicles, seized cars and more.

Brownfield Auto Auction
San Diego:
940 Dennery Rd #102
San Diego, Ca 92154

768 46th Ave
Oakland, Ca 94601

3990 N Wilson Way
Stockton, Ca 95205
(619) 374-1221

All three Brownfield Car Auction locations are open to the public.

Desert View Auctions – Sacramento
8687 Weyand Ave
Sacramento, CA 95828

Desert View Auctions – Rancho Cucamonga, California
12167 Arrow Route
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

Desert View Auctions – Hayward, California
2348 Industrial Parkway West
Hayward, CA 94545

Desert View Auctions – Santa Paula, California
918 Mission rock Rd B-1
Santa Paula, CA 93060

California Auto Auctions
6540 University Avenue
San Diego, California 92115


Bid on Auction Cars in California at Dealer Auto Auctions and Car Auctions Open to the Public

Most of these car auctions are open to the public with auctions in San Diego, Los Angeles area, Oakland, and more around the state of California. However, be sure to contact the auction first to verify when they allow people to view their inventories.

We notice that auction cars arrive frequently at auctions so be sure to check back to view the newest arrivals. Be sure to reader our seller’s guide if you are interested in selling your car or truck at a car auction in Cali.

You may also view foreclosure auctions in California at Housing Auctions USA.