How To Bid At An Auction

  1. how-to-bid-at-an-auctionRegister with us at the Registration Counter. You will need to show a valid driver’s license or state-issued ID card. You are then given a bid card, unlike other auction companies, we DO NOT charge a registration fee for your Bid Card. Your Bid Card allows you to bid on the items you like. DO NOT LOSE THIS CARD. Sale items are presented one at a time with a short description of the piece.
  2. Inspect the items or property prior to bidding. This is very important as auctions are usually sold “As Is”, so get your building inspections done in advance! For goods, preview times begin at 4:00 p.m. the day of auction. Make use of this time.
  3. Speak to the auctioneer or auction staff well in advance of the auction if you have questions or need clarifications. If there are things you’re not sure about, such as the title, condition of sale, auction process, etc., be sure to ask. It is useful to ask how long the auctioneer thinks it will take to get through the lots too. Most importantly, make sure you understand all the payment instructions and requirements before registering for an auction. A Buyer’s Premium of 10% Cash / Local Check or 13% Debit or Credit Card and state mandatory sales tax of 7% will also be added on top of the winning price.
  4. Bidding: Be clear when making bids. The auctioneer will start by looking for a bid from the floor, If you feel the price is reasonable and desire the item Call out, put your hand up, flash your bidding card, etc. Basically, do whatever is effective in calling attention to your bid. Anyone else is allowed to bid higher than you if they also desire the item, but you are free to do the same. The bidder is responsible for knowing which item he is bidding on. If unsure, he should inquire with one of our staff members, or not bid. You are responsible for knowing what you are bidding on. The fall of the hammer constitutes the sale. A bidder can withdraw a bid prior to the fall of the hammer but not after; after, a contract of sale has been formed.
  5. Have transportation ready or be prepared to pay for delivery. Auction houses tend to like fast clearance of purchased items, so be sure to have your transport options sorted out in advance.
  6. Get here early!  This enables you to get a good position and helps you see the auctioneer and the auctioneer see you.
  7. HAVE FUN!  You will find treasures and unique items at an auction that you won’t find anywhere else.