The title, CrankyApe Auction, is quite amusing if you happen to come by it while searching online for a bank repo auction for cars and other vehicles. When it first pops up in the search results you can’t help but think it’s a joke of some kind. All you can picture in your head is an angry chimp in the process of being auctioned off, which is kind of funny because the concept is so random and bizarre. But if you click on it out of curiosity you will be brought to a quite legitimate site for online auctions featuring bank repo and insurance repairable vehicles.
If you are familiar with online auction sites (and who isn’t?), the CrankyApe Auction website, crankyape.com, will be easy for you to navigate and understand. On the Home page you are presented with the “featured auction” of one of their available vehicles which is in the midst of active bidding. There is a search box at the top so you can locate an offered vehicle by Unit Number. It appears you have to know the Unit # you’re looking for because that’s all it accepts. So it is most likely a tool for repeat visitors who have looked at a particular vehicle before. And on the left side of the page is a list of links to all the different items to be auctioned. It’s not just automotive, either. Here’s the category list:
•Lawn & Garden
To participate in a CrankyApe Auction you must first register. This includes your name and address particulars, plus your credit card information. You are charged a $25 registration fee that is applied to the credit card you submitted. After that,, the card information is used to secure your bids, pay for a winning auction, or any defaulted bids. The CrankyApe gets cranky when you default. Every entered bid is a binding contract, and he will hold you to it.
To place a bid, you first enter your screen name and password you created upon registering. Then you must initial that you have read the Terms and Conditions. You can then check a box indicating that bids can be automatically placed for you up to your maximum amount. Lastly you click the Submit Bid button, but remember that each bid you make is a binding contract and you are obligated to complete the transaction if you win the auction. Items are allowed to have a reserve amount which is the minimum accepted bid. Does all this sound familiar? Thought so. Just like the big online auctions.
Now here is the tough part: picking up the item if you are the winner. The problem is there are CrankyApe facilities in only seven cities in six states: Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Depending on where you live, you could have a long haul on your hands in order to claim your prize. In light of that, this is why using CarAuctionInc to locate an auto auction close by is to your advantage.