Bidder Information


Guide for Bidders

Auctions are an exciting fast-paced event. Bidders can get caught up in the auction 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!

Bidder Registration

Important Documents

Video Tutorial for Website, Online Bidding, and Printing Catalogs

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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 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.

SOLD! – …means SOLD! Once the auctioneer fully says the word “sold” – the item is declared sold and new ownership has passed. The auctioneer will ask for the next increment or bid several times. If there is no more bids, then the item is declared SOLD! The Winning Bidder is responsible for paying for the item and removal or trucking in the timeline stated.

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, but not often, 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. 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” until 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, passport, or other Government Issued ID and show the clerks to get a Bidder 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 in FULL that day. The bid card states 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. At VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC you will get a digital Bid Number for Online Bidders. This will allow you to bid ONLINE. If you come to the live auction, you can use that same number, BUT you MUST come to the auction trailer to get your number to be able to bid ONSITE and IF choose ONLINE. Registering Online and coming to the LIVE auction, allows you to bid onsite or go back home and bid online. If you Only register ONSITE, this number does not work for online bidding. You will need to set up an Online bidder registration if you want to Bid ONLINE instead of being onsite. For an ONLINE ONLY auction, all bidders are registering through the catalog and are digital bidders and receive their numbers online.

Buyer’s Premium – At VanDerBrink Auctions we occasionally charge a Buyer’s Premium. This is not charged on every sale. This is a fee that is charged to the buyer on the total of the items or item bought. We must treat all buyers the same and, therefore, we charge the buyer’s premium to all methods of payment. This fee may cover some the expenses for/and or the amenities for bidders at the auction.

  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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