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Frequently Asked Questions

 



 
  • When are your auctions?
  • Our auctions are held every Saturday in Dallas. The auction opens for preview at 8:00 am and begins at 9:00 am.
 
  • Are your auctions open to the public?
  • Yes
 
  • What type of vehicles do you have at your auction?
  • Our inventory varies from auction to auction. We average 80-150 vehicles per auction. The selection is wide and includes cars, SUVs, minivans and much more. Please view our car and boat lists online at noon every Friday for an up to date list.
 
  • How do I make my vehicle preferences known so the auction can inform me as to when they might be for sale?
  • When you register online you may create a "Wish List" in which you can input the make, model, year, color and other keywords of specific vehicles you are looking for. You will be notified by email when those vehicles become available.
 
  • Can I test drive the vehicles?
  • No, but we encourage you to bring a mechanic to inspect the vehicles. See next question.
 
  • Can I bring a mechanic to inspect my vehicle choices?
  • Yes. We encourage you to thoroughly inspect the vehicles as each is sold "as is, where is." All sales are final.
 
  • Can I sell my car at your auction?
  • We do not accept private consignments. You may however donate your vehicle to benefit the kids who just need a second chance. Donors receive a tax write off for the amount the vehicle is sold and the satisfaction of helping the students at the Can! Academies succeed.
 
  • What is a buyer's premium?
  • A Buyer's Premium is added to the selling price of each item; it is an agreed upon cost to pay for the costs of the auctioneers.
 
  • Will I be charged $50 per lot in the auction, or just for the lot I win?
  • The processing fee is per vehicle.
 
  • If I don't win the item I bid on, will my deposit be refunded?
  • Yes, if the deposit is placed in person the cash deposit will be refunded immediately. If the deposit is placed online we WILL NOT CHARGE YOUR CARD unless you win the auction, we only place a hold for the amount of the deposit until the end of the auction. The hold will be released in 5 days.
 
  • What is the average price range I can expect when attending an auction?
  • The price varies by item, amount of people at the auction and the demand. Bidding starts at $100.
 
  • How long does the registration process take?
  • Registration takes about 10-15 minutes. All you need is a valid I.D. and the initial $200 deposit.
 
  • What type of payments do you accept?
  • Cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover will be accepted for payment exceeding cash deposit. When registering online, your deposit will be a HOLD placed on your credit card (not a charge) until the end results of the auction. The hold will be released in 5 days.
 
  • Is there anything else I need to know before the auction on Saturday?
  • For more details on preparing for our vehicle auctions please see our auction guide, A Guide to Auto Auctions and review our Auction Rules section.
 
  • How do I create a bidder account?
    • Click on the Sign up link and follow the instructions when prompted
    • Enter a user name and password
    • Fill out your name and address
    • Enter your credit card information
    • You will be asked to confirm an initial $200 deposit
    • Click on Login
 
  • How do I know if I have been outbid?
    • You will receive an email letting you know you have been outbid, and give you the opportunity to place a new bid
    • When another bidder has the bid amount higher than your max-bid amount, their current high bid will be shown on the right of the item
    • You may enter a higher bid until 6am the day of the Auction
 
  • How do I become registered to participate as a dealer at your auctions?
  • To register, all dealers must have:

    • valid Driver's License and Social Security number for every authorized representative
    • valid Dealers License
    • copy of dealers Surety Bond
    • Company Check (must have the company name and address as shown on the Dealer License)
    • Sales Tax Number, Employer Identification Number, and Federal Identification Number
 
  • How long in advance does a dealer need to register his dealership for an auction?
  • Dealers may register at any time, even during a sale.