Auto Auction of San Diego in San Diego, CA

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Great affordable cars at auction low prices!

Auto Auction of San Diego hosts PUBLIC auto auctions every Saturday at 11AM. Come on in to start up and inspect over 100 cars and trucks during the week or before the auction starts on Saturday. Gates open at 9AM.

AutoCheck History reports are provided free of charge and no cars have salvaged titles. Visit our website to view the inventory. Come in and Bid!


Established in 2013.

Auto Auction of San Diego hosts PUBLIC auctions every Saturday at 11AM held by European Sports Cars. Since 1981, European Sports Cars (Dealer Number #8183) has bought and sold cars and trucks of all types, makes, models, both foreign and domestic in the Greater San Diego area. They take the best of the affordable cars they come across from DEALER ONLY auctions to the PUBLIC auctions at Auto Auction of San Diego. By cutting out the costs of having a balloon filled "used car lot" they are able to pass the savings on to the public. Win-Win!

Auto Auction of San Diego

Dealer Info:

Phone(s):(619) 281-3333
Address:5801 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA, 92120
  • Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Reviews on Auto Auction of San Diego

Monique C. | 2015-02-20

My husband I bought a car here and we had a good experience:  We got to test drive the car, we made an offer that they accepted instead of going through the auction, they informed us of the DMV back registration and seemed to do business openly and honestly.  When we noticed an issue with the car after getting it home, we called and they fixed it.  I don't think you can ask much more when buying a used car.

John K. | 2015-01-21

I had a very positive experience here. I ended up purchasing a 1999 Ford Explorer which was in spectacular condition.  They explained the fees upfront and hid nothing prior to me bidding on the vehicle.  They hand out leaflets with all of the fees clearly posted.  You have the option to come on site prior to the bid and test drive any of the vehicles and even have your mechanic look at them.  I may have gotten very lucky with my vehicle but I am not going to complain.  Good luck with your purchase and do your homework prior to bidding!

Paul S. | 2014-10-30

This place is a joke.  I have always used yelp but never left a review, but after today i felt compelled to do so. I went there after searching craigslist and local auto auction websites looking for a very specific year and model of car.  This place just happened to be the only place listing one for an up coming auction. I attended a REAL auto auction years ago, and i have been talking alot with a coworker who has a dealer license and frequents otay area auctions quite often, so i was expecting something totally different.  I headed in on a thursday to check the car out prior to the auction and looking back I should have known something was fishy when the car i was looking at was on the website as up for auction before LAST saturday, meaning it didnt sell and was being auctioned again this upcoming saturday. I asked the SALESMAN why it didnt sell last saturday......They have a RESERVE price.....what?  The reserve price at a real auto auction is the opening bid. I'll get to the point, the SALESMAN offered to sell it to me right then and there, two days prior to the auction, for 2500, yes that was easily 1000 over what it was worth (via kbb and months of craigslist) not to mention, dealer fee, auction fee, dead registration, taxes, extremely bald tires and most likely a problem passing smog.  What a bunch of crooks. THIS IS NOT AN AUCTION, it is a extremely low end dealership pretending to be an auction. I will not be attending the "auction" this saturday. Beware.

Enrique Z. | 2014-08-14

Beware of this place.     I purchased vehicle #238 on the 8/9/2014 auction,   stock number 20322.     Paid the amount agreed,  to find out that the car had a history of dues at the DMV.    Owner Bill said, "I'm sorry but you have to pay all the unpaid registration for the past years that the previous car owners owe."    I paid Auto Auction of San Diego the money, and Bill said - "You are screwed, there's nothing we can do" in a polite way.     He said that the buyer has the option of checking that there are no previous dues before buying from them.    They will hear from me -  legally, as this is not a fair sale.  8/14/2014.    For them,  the $300-$400 dlls of DMV dues are worth more than unhappy customers.    

Is this the kind of business that you would want to buy from?

Juan D. | 2014-08-05

I've bought 4 cars from this auction. 3 of the cars where great and had no problems. One of the cars wouldn't start. when I went to put gas. I called auction they sent a worker to help me with car. Thanks for the great service!

Timothy R. | 2014-07-26

LOL! These guys are such scammers. They raise the price of the bid even if no one is bidding against you to attempt to make you bid higher.

The auctioneer spends more time trying to be funny instead of doing his job.

They also go up by $500 per bid. Haha. I highly advise against anyone wasting their time coming here.

What a waste of my Saturday.

Sue E. | 2014-07-17

My Chevy Astrovan was hit and declared a total loss due to a stolen car accident.  After I received the insurance money, I started looking for another Astrovan.  Forget about Craigslist, no one bothers to reply to emails.  I then  turned to looking online, and found two at the Auto Auction.

I went out, took a look at both of them, took one for a test ride, a trip to my mechanic, brought it back, and bought it (they also do "Buy it Now's").  Yes, the Auto Auction is an auction and a car dealer, and they have lots of vehicles.  If you know what you're looking for, and have a mechanic to take a look at what you're interested in, you can get a good deal. All vehicles are inspected by their mechanics, and are in good running condition before they're sold.

An AutoCheck report is provided online for each vehicle that is up for sale, and it's very informative. I got a great deal on another Astrovan, and it was within my price range.

If you're looking for another vehicle, keep checking their website, because they get deliveries every couple of days, and list them as soon as they get a chance. I highly recommend talking to them.  If you're looking for a specific vehicle, go in and talk to Ray. He'll take your name and number, and give you a call if he gets it in.

Ray gave me a great deal, and if I ever need to buy another vehicle, I'll definitely start here. If you attend the auction, you're unable to test drive the vehicles, they're in line to be auctioned off.

Please note that I didn't attend the auction, I found what I wanted there, bought it on the spot, and it's in great condition!

Amy S. | 2014-05-22

Worst place to go for cars. Auctioneer will linger on til someone bids. Is this even how auto auctions are supposed to do things? No! They are fast pace to where they move on to the next. Not to mention when you won a bid extra fees on top plus they dont let you inspect the cars before you pay. Complete waist of time. As much as you pay for a car at this place, you can purchase a quality car off of craigslist. BEFORE YOU BUY ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION TO SEE HOW THEY RUN THEIR BUSINESS. It will save you money. We bought a car there and the engine was blown, they make the cars run just to get them off their lot. Hope this helps on future purchases.

Ricardo L. | 2014-05-01

Do not come here if you're looking for a steal of a deal. The people who bid are all clueless and generally overpay. Auctioneers pressure you to bidding up strongly. Auction fees start at 200 dollars on top of the selling price, and go up as the price of the car goes up.

You get no guarantees when buying a car, cannot drive it only look at it. Every car is sold "as is." Doesn't surprise me after seeing some of them, eek!

But the biggest disappointment of it all, was the lying and cheating auctioneer. He could not tell the truth to save his life. Always over-glorifying a car and telling lies above lies. Here are a few of my favorites- "this Audi has 200,000 miles but let me tell you, it's barely broken in and it will last 3 times that!" Ha ha ha ha, and this one- "ladies and gentlemen this car may say Chevy Nova, but it's really a toyota corolla." It was sickening seeing all the people suckered into buying those cars by the lies! Oh and if there's a price that's low that a car is about to sell for, the auctioneer will talk and talk and lag until somebody else bids up. Not the typical timely fashion.

You're better off buying your car off craigslist and knowing what you buy. You'll probably pay the same price or less on Craigslist anyway except you'll know if the car is a time bomb.

I should probably add that the auction employees borderline harass you, I was on the verge of punching one in the face who would not stop begging to me and literally called other people cheap. Also, it turns out they have some of their own "undercover" employees bid on their own cars to get the price up or to keep someone from going below their set reserve. How DISGUSTINGLY scandalous!

J P. | 2014-03-29

This Place is Joke. I hate to waste my time writing a Neg, on such a beautiful saturday, But I hate seeing people get suckered even more. I guess Im Just protective by nature.
Its basically a used car dealer masquerading as an auto auction. The car prices are close to what you would get on craigslist.
The Auctioneer cant tell the truth if he tried. He goes up 500 dollar increments (instead of 50 or 100) and sometimes more, suckering regular people who have showed up off the street to a public auction. He bubumbles his words together dabab dabadaba do i hear 4500 on a 2000 Honda? (, I think he taught himself auctioneer lingo, and not too well.)
He likes to make up elaborate stories and jokes about the cars to get people to pay more and tell them what a deal they are getting and then quotes values of the cars being worth "thousands" more. He also throws out cautionary statements to let you think he has your best interests in mind. Just watch out for the double talk.
This is how you know he thinks he is dealing with suckers, because  pros would know the value before he opened his mouth. The guys in the audience thatdo  know are just shaking their heads and some even get up and leave.
He quotes some cars are already smogged and you must pay, but its only 50 dollars, you should be lucky because you go out and pay 79 dollars for a smog.
Where? Suckerville? Nice one Guy.  I paid 29 at Steve's Auto in PB in and out in 25 minutes and service with a smile, Thank you YELP!. IM guessing they pay 20-25 bucks. They up charge everything.
Their fees are almost double the other auctions, and- they arent selling other peoples cars, its their own, so the employee mentioned.. And the list goes on.  It was mentioned by one of the workers that, they buy cars from the big dealer auction and then re auction them here. Which means for you, they have a vested interest in these cars and the $ they get out of you, and tinker with them. I found massive amounts of oil under at least 15 of the cars I looked at. All of the devilles were junk, either blown engines or were about to.  A friend I met bid and won on one and I had to warn him to tow it home. I went to look at a mini cooper and tried to open the hood but the latch wasnt there, instead i found the OBDII jack ( the plug in for the computer) was open, turned on the car and the computer was erased. Hmmm...
Thats my take. My observation. So basically, its their way of selling a lot of used cars at once to hopeful buyers of a deal, but not giving test drives or warranties ( they say the cars are tested, but give a disclaimer to that even) and making huge cash profits all the way around.
Better off searching craigslist and spending your time on a car you are going to put the life of the people closest to you in, and your hard earned money.

Linda F. | 2014-01-17

I came here Saturday and was not sure of what to expect. We had to park in a parking lot way above the auction and walk down.  Once getting in there was a woman at a table with a sheet of their stock.  It was labeled with Year, Type, Model, Vin and the estimated Blue Book Value. There was something else but I can't remember what it was.  They had some cool cars/trucks there but it was a  bit peculiar.  If the auction guy starts out a $3,000 and no one bids .. when he gets lower why is "someone" always bidding at the $1,000 mark instead of waiting for him to go lower?  I witnessed a woman buy a 2001 beautiful Mercedes for $1400 but it was diesel.  I am not sure how I feel about car auctions but I want to come back and watch again. I would love to find a truck.  I specifically want a Toyota 4 runner...  this place was pretty cool.. you should go check it out.. Do not take money the first time here... it is addictive and they will get up in  your face begging you for the sale... almost like a Casino.  Their snack bar was also pretty cool.  I did not take pictures because security discouraged it.    There are also fee's associated with your purchase~ if the car is smog ready you will be charged an extra $50.00 for that service. There is also a fee depending on the price of the auctioned car you purchased available on the picture I posted. Good Will Hunting!~   I did not need to pay an entrance fee nor did I need a special licence to shop here.  WARNING: There are dealers here that you need to contend with so be careful!