Bidder Information


Guide for Bidders

Auctions are an exciting fast-paced event. You can get caught up in the action really fast and it’s a wild ride. At VanDerBrink auctions, we want you to have a good time and be informed. Here’s some helpful hints when coming to our auctions. See you at the Auction!

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Auction “Lingo”

Lot – A grouping of items or an individual item offered for sale.

As-Is, Where Is -This means that no warranties are being offered- so look things over! When we declare SOLD to you, it is your responsibility and you must pay for the item. There are no returns. You, as a buyer, must make your own determinations to condition and use before buying. There is no buyer’s remorse. If a tornado take your car or item is stolen- you still must pay. It’s your pile of debris or item.Please watch your items and be responsible for them. You can come talk to me, Yvette, but most often you bought the item. I listen, but remember I’m working for the seller. If I’m working for you you’ll want me to make you the most money, too. We’ll try and be fair for both parties. We understand that “things” happen.

SOLD! – …means SOLD! Once the auctioneer fully says the word “sold” – the item is declared sold and new ownership has passed. It can not be opened back up unless there is a tie bid. The auctioneer will ask for the next increment or bid several times. If there is no more bids, then the item is declared SOLD!

Tie Bid -On occasion, the ring man and the auctioneer have the final bid at the same time. The auctioneer may choose to open it up only to those bidders, the man that the ringman had has to raise, the bid opens up again between the two, and then the item is declared sold. No one else can come in. Quite often, the auctioneer will say SOLD to my bid. The auctioneer’s ruling is final and it will not be opened up to tie bids. The announcer, or auctioneer at that time, will make the decision.

“Choice” – We love selling by choice. We will offer a grouping and the winning High Bid that is declared sold- will be able to pick from the group and take as many items as he/she wants times the bid. Example: Five fenders at $200.00. Then we go again to the “Next Choice” untill everything is gone or the rest to go as one lot.

“All to Go!” – Hands on Deck, It’s Goodie Time! this means that everything in that area or group is going together for one bid! You never know what you’ll get and it’s fun!

“You’re Out!” – Your last bid is no good and you need to bid again to be in.

“You’re In” – You have high bid or so far are the winning bidder.

Bidder Card or Number – This is required to bid and you need to show a valid driver’s license or your SS# to show to the clerks to get a number. The bid card forms a contract between you and the seller that is binding. You are responsible for your purchases and settlement must be made that day. It state the terms of the sale. By signing you agree to all these terms. You can not bid without a bid card. The number assigned to you, will represent all of your purchases. Get that number in the air and show a ringman, or auctioneer, so they know you are bidding. Quite often guys use other signals to show they are bidding. That’s fine but you must show the number when you win. Be careful not to lose your number. Often numbers are good for 2 days or multiple days of the same sale. We will let you know in the opening statements.

Buyer’s Premium – At VanDerBrink Auctions we occasionally charge a Buyer’s Premium. This is not charged on every sale, but sales that may have excess expenses or fees. This is a fee that is charged to the buyer on the total of the items or item bought. This fee covers the credit card fees that we are charged for their service. We must treat all buyers the same and, therefore, we charge the buyer’s premium to all methods of payment. This fee all covers some the expenses for the amenities for bidders at the auction. We charge as little charge for this as we can, if we need to charge a Buyer’s Premium.

More Helpful Auction Tips:

  1. Come to the previews, or early sale day, to check out items before the sale.
  2. View the website and descriptions-join the e-mailing list before the sale!
  3. Ask questions of the auctioneers or seller
  4. Call for more information or pictures before the sale.
  5. Get a bid number on preview day. Avoid the rush!
  6. Pay for your items when your ready to go home – end of the sale promptly.
  7. Have your driver’s license ready when getting your number.
  8. Watch the sale and know when your items will be sold.
  9. Bring your invoice along with you, when you pickup your items to show ownership – especially if the next day. This is also your record of the sale.

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  • “Sell them Good!" said Toppy and Vanderbrink Auctions delivered; that is the cars and all the police memorabilia in Nevada, Missouri last October 31, 2008. This private collection of cars, 60 in all, was a 50 year passion for cars by one 96 year old retired pharmacist. It took over seven months to get them cleaned up and running, (all but one) and they all sold in less than three hours. It was an amazing sight! Yvette and her family came to give it all they had and, "Sold them Very Good". So good that she is in charge of our next big auction this October. We never even considered any other auctioneer, Yvette has exceptional skills, insight and energy, and with the personal touch that means so much; after all it took Toppy 50 years to collect the masterpieces; Yvette Vanderbrink handled the project with the pride "Toppy" deserved.”

    – Toppy Clark & Son

  • “Thank you very much for all your help. You are the best auctioneer I have ever worked with, you always return calls promptly and you always have the answers to my questions. Larry goes to at least 30 auctions per year and I’m always happy when Larry is going to one of your auctions. Larry is also impressed with you and he doesn’t say things like that much. Thank You!”

    – Darby Z.

  • “I believe I've said 'Thank You' several times already and I do greatly appreciate your determination and experience. I've strongly praised you to my family and friends for the beautiful video you put together for Henry on the website. It's no wonder you have such a strong, widespread following! Thanks, again!”

    – Twila Bents, The Henry Bents Estate

  • “We were so pleased with our auction yesterday we don't know how to thank you. We had never attended an auction that was so well organized, and went so smooth. The screen made a world of difference, every one could see the items on the block so easily. The internet calling in to join in the auction was just wonderful. You must have advertised in just the right places to have that many calls during our auction.

    We want to let you know that if we hear of anyone needing an auctioneer, you will be the first to be recommended. Again, thanks so much for being so organized, and doing such a splendid job for us. Bless you.”

    – Milt and Audree Beyer, Classic Cars - Gas & Oil Signs & More at Auction

  • “Glad to have done business with you and your company. We will need to do this again at a later time. Thank you and tell your staff how much we appreciate them and their expertise.”

    – Joyce Merriman, Carl Davis Collection

  • “Thank you VanDerBrink Auctions for a great Sale. WE are absolutely thrilled with the results and thank you. It was amazing that over 300 on-site bidders from 23 states and 2 countries and over 130 on-line bidders from all over the US and 4 countries were actively bidding for our collection. Thank you also for donating your services and commissions for the Sale of the 1932 Ford BB truck to the V-8 Foundation!”

    – Ron & Shirley Stauffer; Portland, Indiana

  • “The sale was conducted very well, lots of buyers (good marketing!), good prices, nice selection of cars (something for everyone!).

    I am very pleased with the final bid of our car. I honestly didn't expect it to sell as high as it did.

    You are a class act, Yvette! Thank you for allowing us to sell our car during the sale. I felt like it belonged there, with the rest of RCs cars. It was a good thing.”

    – Jill Edinger

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