To sell a car, you must first register with the auction house as a seller. The same fees and agreements apply. In most cases, Mecum-auction sellers are paid before the auction is over. Other auction companies may have you wait anywhere from three to six weeks to receive your check in the mail. Know the policies of each auction house before you make any commitment to buy or sell.
If you've never bought or sold a car at auction before, don't hesitate to ask questions. The auction staff should be ready and willing to explain the process and make your auction experience go as smoothly as possible.
Before you get to the auction block, spend some time watching the bidding action. Observe the auction staff and how they interact with the buyers, so you'll be more comfortable with the process when it's your turn.
Question:In your recent article titled "Low-Pressure Situation," one of the photo captions alludes to a potential problem with attaching wheel sensors to aftermarket wheels. The caption states that the sensors can be attached using a band clamp, a procedure that's shown in the photo. I have a '98 convertible with Forgeline wheels that do not accommodate the sensors. I contacted Forgeline as the article suggests, but their system involves drilling holes in the rim to secure the sensors.
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You are correct: The system Forgeline uses requires drilling a hole into the rim shell to accept the wheel-sensor brackets. However, if your Corvette has a TPMS (tire-pressure monitoring system) and you order a Forgeline wheel, the company will drill the rim and install the bracket for you. While the Forgeline brackets were developed to work with Forgeline wheels, they will work with most other aftermarket wheels as well. A set of four brackets runs about $50.00. Follow the link below for more information.
The caption in question was intended to depict an alternative to purchasing the wheel-sensor brackets. While we know of no problems related to the Forgeline system, some Corvette owners simply don't like the idea of drilling holes in their new rims. If you have an aftermarket wheel that will not accept your C5/C6's valve-stem-mounted wheel sensor, the sensor can be mounted on the inside center of the wheel, similar to the C4 configuration. This requires affixing the sensor to the wheel with an epoxy. You'll need to sand the wheel where the sensor will be mounted, to give the epoxy a good bonding surface.
Another option is to use a band clamp, similar to the ones installed in the C4s. This is the way a lot of repair shops were installing the wheel sensors before the brackets became available. This is not a foolproof system, however, as evidenced by cases in which the wheel sensors have come loose. Other companies offer bolt-in or snap-in style TPMS sensors. The drawback to such a system is that there's nothing to hold the sensors in place if they become dislodged. So if you don't like the idea of modifying your aftermarket wheels, a bracket system may be your best bet.