Saturday, June 25, 2016

Auto Auction Results

Let's see how we did on our estimates for the auto auction! As the official judge, I'll reserve the right to call "close enough" on some of these bids! Hey, when you make up the game, you get to make up the rules! After this event, the next auction will be in September. If you're a regular reader of our NMS blog, stay tuned in the near future and we'll be revealing which one of these automobiles is now sitting in my garage, and how it's going to get it running!

1999 Chevy Blazer
Sold: 300

OK, on the one hand, I was off by 200% which is terrible, but 300-600  bucks not so bad. Maybe I just stink at estimating truck prices, we'll watch how the rest of the truck bids go, but for now let's grade it tough and say I missed it.

2001 VW Jetta
Predicted: 250
Sold: 650

A car, I should get this right! Wrong! My estimate was farther off on this than the truck, so it's not looking good for the ol' NMS prognosticator so far, let's make it another loser, so I'm 0-2.
2001 Ford Focus
Predicted: 300
Sold: 225

Much better, I was only off by 75 bucks, I'll take that as a win, so my record improves to 1 win and 2 losses.

1986 Jeep Comanche
Predicted: 100
Sold: 475

Ouch, another truck, even a funky old Jeep Comanche didn't help me. Jeep will be making these pickups again in a year or so, but my record isn't looking so good, now at 1-3.

2011 Nissan Altima
Predicted: 1,000
Sold: 2,200

Hmmm, this is not going to be a good day for me, I missed it by OVER 200%, so let's just say 1-4 and move on.
1991 Mitsubishi 3000 GT
Predicted: 500
Sold: 600

Off by 100, let's call it a victory, and as cool as these cars looked when they were new, they're still not selling like hotcakes!

Estimating record now up to 2-4, maybe I can get back to .500 before this thing is over.
1999 Mazda Millenia
Predicted: 50
Sold: 200

Ohhhh, I'm off by 400%, but only 150 bucks. The way it's going so far I need some help from the judges on this one, so I'll rule that being off by 150 bucks is pretty good, make it a W, so 3-4, and almost back to even par!

1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Predicted: 400
Sold: 100

Off by 300 bucks, a huge percentage, gotta call it a loser. At the auction I noticed the engine covers were gone, so the auctioneer pointed out that they made it easy for everyone to see more of the motor that way, still only sold for 100 bucks, my record sinks to 3-5.
2008 Nissan Altima
Predicted: 1,200
Sold: 4300

This is not good, I'm way off on another one, even a nice shiny red car This thing went for the highest bid on the day, so when you see another car later that I predicted would be the top dog, you can laugh at my guesses again! Loser!


2001 Honda Civic
Predicted: 700
Sold: 1200

Loser, I don't want to talk about this one!


2004 Hyundai Tiburon
Sold: 200

1993 Nissan Sentra
Predicted: No Sale
Sold: 75

I'm 5-7, and just going to count that Hyundai and this Nissan as victories, within 275 for the two of them, close enough for jazz.
2002 Ford F150
Predicted: 1,000
Sold: 800

Hey, a truck. I was off by 20% give or take, close enough, let's say I'm 6-7.

It surprised me that these full size truck and vans sold for so little, but then again there are millions of them on the road. This one had a bunch of extra tires in the bed, that didn't help the price any!

2001 Ford E150
Predicted: 2,200
Sold: 750



People, you could throw a new motor in this thing and have an awesome cargo van for $2,000. Oh well.

2003 Dodge Ram
Predicted: 1,300
Sold: 450

See comments on the van above, wrong again on this one, sinking like a rock here, my picks are standing at 6-9.
1972 Chevy C10
Predicted: 2,000
Sold: 1,800

This 72 truck was looking pretty good, and I guess it was old enough that it attracted more bidding action. This marks the half-way point of this auction, so with this counting as a win, I'm sitting at 7-9.
2000 Nissan Maxima
Predicted: 25
Sold: 50

The auctioneer made a good joke about how the rear end was in great shape!

Kicking off the 2nd half, I was within 25 bucks of this winning bid, so that's the best I would do all day, overall record now up to 8-9.

2006 Ford Mustang
Predicted: 400
Sold: 1,900

Yeah, sure, I hear you, right when I'm looking to improve I totally blow it on this wrecked Mustang. Add another loss to my record coach, so now we're looking at 8-10.
1998 VW Jetta
Predicted: 300
Sold: 500-ish

I was looking around the auction area, watching people bid, thinking ahead to the next couple of cars, when the bidding on this one ended quickly and I didn't quite catch the amount. Since a few folks had bid on it, I know it was around 500, so let's go with that .

Compared to my 300 estimate, uh, that's close, but I'll continue to grade tough and say it's not close enough to count as a win. Running out of time to get to .500, now at 8-11.

2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue
Predicted: No Sale
Sold: 200

This Intrigue sold. It sold for 200. That is very intriguing. I have no idea what I'm doing, will give up on this game very soon. Maybe I'll just go buy 70-Million-to-1 lottery tickets.

2006 Honda Civic
Predicted: 5,000
Sold: 3,500

I thought this would be the most expensive car at this auction, and even though I was close, it was the 4th most expensive. Still, you could tell it would be a good seller, gather a lot of bids, and go for a much higher price than the 50-75 dollar cars! It's tempting to call this a win, but let's just say better luck next time, 8-13.
2000 Ford Mustang
Predicted: 600
Sold: $225

V6, needs a belt and an oil filler cap, other than that who knows. If it runs with just a bit of work, not bad. I've seen other Mustangs like this go for over 500, so I was hoping to see that I totally nailed this price. WRONG!


2005 Scion TC
Predicted: 1,000
Sold: 4,100
1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Predicted: 200
Sold: 125

The Scion above=WRONG 8-15

This Olds, CORRECT!  9-15

2005 Nissan 350Z
Predicted: 1,500
Sold: 3,600

Man, way off, what was I thinking?

Another loser, let's just keep things moving here.

1991 Cadillac El Dorado
Predicted: 200
1995 Toyota Predicted: 550 Sold: 700
Sold: 225

BAM! Right when I know to give up I get one almost exactly right on target.

I don't know what you do with a 91 Caddy, but someone else does now!


2003 Infiniti G35
Predicted: 850
Sold: 1,100

I just bribed the judge, and he gave me credit for the Toyota and this Infiniti, so thanks judge!
There are five cars to go, and I need to get them all right to just finish at or above .500. Let's do this!


2001 Acura Integra
Predicted: 1,000
Sold: 1,500


12-17, not leading the league!
1997 Saab 900
Predicted: 1,000
Sold: 200

OK, this would have gotten my vote for
"World's Most Interesting Car at this Auction", but it sold for 200! I found out later that the winner didn't pay for it in time, so maybe we'll see it auctioned again in September.

2000 Chevy Astro Van
Predicted: 1,200
Sold: 750

Sorta close, I'm way off on another truck, whatever, let's get this over with! This even had storage racks built in, but it didn't sell as high as I predicted.


2001 Honda CRV
Predicted:  800
Sold: 300

Kinda in the ballpark, but not close enough, thanks!


2005 Ford Mustang
Predicted: 1,400
Sold: 4,100

Ya know, if I was breaking even at this point in the guessing game, I'd claim dyslexia and say that I got this one exactly right, but since 1400 is not the same as 4100, this ends our game with another losing estimate.

My predictions were 12 close and 21 not close.

Hope you have better luck, thanks for reading!


  1. Wow, good score Robert! Glad I didn't go, I probably would have come home with the Toyota Pickup, 3000GT and maybe a couple of others that I have nowhere to park.

  2. Wow, good score Robert! Glad I didn't go, I probably would have come home with the Toyota Pickup, 3000GT and maybe a couple of others that I have nowhere to park.


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