Online Car Auction
You can now securely Bid Online for free prior to or during the public auction live. In conjunction with proxibid, you can participate in our public car auction online. Through your browser you can attend an auction and participate in the live public car auction as if you were on the auction floor in Salem, NH. To participate in our online car auction simply follow this link and the set-up instructions from proxibid. While online you can view the current auction catalog of cars and trucks.
Why participate in an Online Car Auction?
You can participate in the public auction from the comfort of your home, office or anywhere in the world! All bids are relayed over the Internet in real time, allowing you to bid with the same confidence as if you were attending the live auction.
Pre-Bidding Before Auction
An advantage of Interstate Auto Auction's online car auction is that you can set up a maximum bid amount in advance of the auction. Your anonymity and security are assured. Simply review our online Wednesday catalog or online Saturday catalog before the auction. When you find a vehicle you would like to bid for online you will need to follow some simple short steps. The first is to click on the "Bid Now" button. Next you will see the vehicle details page with pictures and a description. After you have looked at the vehicles details you can click on the "Bid Now" button again. This will now send you over to the the same vehicle on proxbid. Proxibid is where you securely set-up your a proxy bid account and register for our Auction. Bidding on Proxibid will require a credit card, but you will not be charged any money to bid online.
When you place a proxy bid on an item prior to the sale going live, your bid is recorded and stored in the Proxibid database. If your proxy bid is outbid by another bidder, our dynamic auction system automatically notifies you via e-mail that you are no longer in the lead for the item being sold. The e-mail will include a hyperlink to take you directly to the lot in question and allow you to quickly submit another bid for that particular lot.
Participate in our online car auction through Interstate Auto Auction and BUY LIKE THE DEALERS DO!
Important Information Before You Bid Online
The 4 color rating system is:GREEN LIGHT: Means the Motor & Transmission is in good working order & will not need to be completely replaced. All Cars Are Green Light! Other Auctions usually sell cars only AS IS Red Light, but even Auctions who offer a Guarantee give you usually an hour or two to report a motor or transmission complete replacement. In fact when we first started we had an hour time frame, but now we have added even more time. This is one of a kind in the Auction industry and is offered to you in an effort to give our customers as much time as possible in an Auction format to. For example, on a Saturday Auction purchase you have until Tuesday 10:00 AM or on a Wednesday Auction purchase you have until Friday 10:00 AM to report any motor or transmission complete replacement issue. We hope if you are considering buying at an Auction you understand for an Auction house this time period for returns is almost unheard of in the industry and we are happy to be trail blazer. Green Light does not mean a car will pass inspection as we do not guarantee this. After all if a simple brake light is out, which is just a bulb replacement for a few dollars, your car would not pass inspection. What we do guarantee is the most important part, that all these cars are running and driving and the Motor & Transmission is in good working order & will not need to be completely replaced. Full refunds will be issued for valid arbitration claims that are reported within the correct time frame by notifying us via email car email@example.com or fax 603-893-7117. RED LIGHT: Vehicle is being sold as-is. No warranty or guarantee on the vehicle. No refunds will be issued for any defects. We currently do not sell red light cars at our Auction.
BLUE LIGHT: Vehicle Title is not present and will be brought to Auction by the time announced by the auctioneer. as-is.
YELLOW LIGHT: Yellow Light indicates that an important announcement regarding the vehicle is being made (ie: if the vehicle has over 200,000 miles, is a 5/6 Speed Manual Shift or special title announcements).
Do All Auction Cars Come with Titles?
Yes: All cars come with titles unless noted in the description of the car.
Do the Vehicles Have Clean Titles?
Yes and No: All our cars come with clean titles unless as indicated above a Yellow Light is indicated.
Do You Auction Salvaged or Flood Cars?No: We do not sell Salvage or Flood Cars. When vehicles come in we require a title to be provided and we check over the branding of that title. As a result we do not allow sellers to bring Salvage or Flood titled cars.
Do you Issue Temporary Plates?
No: we do not issue temp plates. Once you win the car we will give you the keys, title and bill of sale. At that point the car is your to do with as you please. You are responsible for supply your own plates or having it delivered to your home/destination through a transportation/tow company/uhaul/trailer.
We have a staffer walk around vehicles and in no particular order describe the cars physical attributes as best they can. This person in way way is responsible nor could they ever be 100% accurate do to the fact that it is their own subjective opinion of the car. They are instructed to describe any negative or positive aspects of the car they see. Sometimes they miss good things such as a SUV having a third row seat or a car that has 4 heated seats. Other times they miss the bad such as a rust spot, tear in the leather or a bunch of pet hair. Sometimes they miss that a cars body is in excellent condition and other times a car can have poor patch up jobs along the entire lower portion of the body that you cannot see online, but rather you can only see in person. As a result we want to be up front with you and have you fully understand mistakes can be made not to mention pictures never tell you all the issues with a cars exterior. So your idea of great and out describer could be different. So if you are online please note anything in the descriptions could be inaccurate and it is best to come in person if you are concerned about the condition of a car.
So please come in person if you can prior to bidding and never rely 100% on the pics and a description as the end all be all when buying a used car at Auction. You need to understand their is always a risk when you are purchasing a car online that you will not be able to see in person and asking us to describe everything is not part of what we do nor is it included in the Green Light guarantee. Vehicles interiors and exteriors can range from excellent to poor and may have damage that is not noted in the description. We try our best, but this is very important for Online customers to understand that interiors and exteriors of cars vary. It all depends on who owned the car. Interiors can have damage done that the picture will not show such as pet hair, odors, smoke residue, stains, water stains, rips, tears and even as extreme as a seat missing. So if you are concerned about any of these issues as well as others the best advice is to come in person and inspect the cars yourself as these are not guaranteed under the Green Light.
Do You Describe The Mechanical Issues With The Cars?
No: All we are concerned about is that the motor and transmission does not need to be completely replaced. Any other components with a car are your responsibility. We do not list out any mechanical issues with the cars as we cannot be responsible for missing or miss diagnosing anything beyond what our Green Light guarantee is. The important thing to know is that the motor and transmission is not in need of replacement and this is the most expensive job on a car and you are protected provided you follow our policy time line as stated above. So please feel free to come in person to Salem NH and evaluate the car prior to the Auction on Wednesday from 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-10am. No exceptions. We provide this time so that you can get the keys and check over the cars and encourage you to bring whatever tools or people with the know how to help you if you are new to this process. What the Auction will do is make sure that the motor or transmission will not need to be completely replaced any other issues are your responsibility.
What is a Reserve Price?
How Much Does it usually Cost to Fix Cars Purchased?
If this is your first time buying a car at Auction please pause and imagine yourself buying like a Dealer. The excitement of bidding in the crowd combined with lower prices than anywhere else saving you thousands off the retail price. Of course after you purchase a vehicle it will be time to fix some items; so it's best to have some money set aside for the fixes. Yes, it is possible that you could get lucky and win a vehicle at Auction that is near perfect without having to put any money into it except maybe a couple hundred dollars. We have learned this over the years when returning customers have come back to share their personal experiences with us. However, it is always best no matter how great a vehicle seems to be that you understand these vehicles usually need fixes that average $300 - $1000 for general sedans (such as like Honda's, Dodge, Ford's, Chevy, Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Scion Toyota ect). In addition to this, expect to be double the average of general sedans when you win any Truck, SUV or high end luxury vehicles (Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Land Rover, Lexus, Infiniti, Jaguar, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Volvo ect). This is due mainly to cost of parts and the time of labor. For example, four new ties on a Honda Civic may only cost $400, but on a Ford F-150 four new tires will be $800. Another example, is if a check engine light comes on and the vehicle has something common such as a evap code. If you have a Chevy sedan this should be a simple fix that will only be $50-$100. However, if you have a Mercedes with the same evap code will be a more intricate fix that is $300-$500. So it is important to take into consideration what kind of vehicle you are purchasing for fixes before you bid. Regardless, if you utilize this average range above and understand that this is normal when buying Green Light Cars you can plan ahead.
The Kelly Blue Book Prices
The Auction does not input any of the values manually as this is a service that Kelly Blue Book Generates automatically and is posted by a Kelly Blue Book Service Company Machine we use to scan the VIN's directly off the cars and onto the website. it's fantastic and really helps you see what a cars potential value can be. Kelly Blue Book provides you with the Value of the Car on a Retail Dealership in Excellent Condition Price. When you look at this price please understand that you need to fix the cars up to have them worth this value, but they all have this potential and it is wonderful to know just how much they could potentially be worth. Also please understand that sometimes the Kelly Blue Book Prices can be wrong and not 100% accurate depending on a number of circumstances, such as zip code, time of the year or recent press and news coming out about a car. So we always recommend doing your own Kelly Blue Book price estimates to be best informed as well as view how much a comparable car is being sold for at other websites, such as Craigslist, Autotrader and Cars.com for example.
When Are New Cars Updated online?
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday at around 6-8pm. We do a upload of all the new cars at the end of the work day that passed the green light check. Then an update goes out and our site shows the new inventory around 6pm. Sometime we do a quick update at 1pm, but it's not always a guarantee as it dependant on how many cars we are receiving. Just keep in mind since Wednesday night is an Auction you will not see any updates until the next day on Thursday at 6pm.
What is your Auction Check in Process?
Cars are delivered by sellers on huge transportation trucks everyday. Sometime we can get as many as 100 cars dropped off in one day. These cars are then put into a check in line where we run the cars for a period to see if they over heat or any major issues occur with the motor while running. Next we drive the cars on our 11 acer site to do a simple check that the transmission and motor does not need to be completely replaced(Please note we cannot get cars up to highway speeds on the property so we cannot check for gears higher than 4). All other components of the car are not taken into consideration as that is on the purchaser. Then the car is deemed green light or rejected. The green light then goes in line for Five pictures to be taken. Do to the fact we have some many cars moving in and out of the Auction per week their is not enough personnel to take more than four exterior pics and one interior pic as well as describe every car. As a result you will see the exact same pics on every car from very similar angles and a automated computer description online. In no way shape or form will take a photo to hide a issue or intentionally not point out a major dent of damage on a car we have described, in fact it is just the opposite. We want you to come in person and see the car right up close before you bid to make sure you know what you are buying.
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