Auction Policies

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Central Auto Auction requires that all buyers and sellers follow its current Policy Guide in transacting business. However, it is important to understand that neither Central Auto Auction nor its auctioneers make any independant inspections or representations concerning the condition of the vehicles offered for sale.
  1. All dealers must be licensed by their state and registered with this auction prior to doing business.
  2. The auction issued Dealer I.D. card must be used when entering the auction and purchasing a vehicle.
  3. All changes of ownership, authorized buyers, banking facilities, addresses and telephone numbers must be noted and recorded with our office at the time of change.
  4. Dealer is responsible for all business transacted by representatives under their company name at Central Auto Auction until terminated in writing and the auction card is returned to the auction.
  5. Anyone who brings retail customers will be asked to leave the auction and refrain from doing any further business.
  6. Due to insurance and safety regulations, no children will be permitted at Central Auto Auction unless in possession of a valid driver’s license. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  7. Persons found tampering with or removing equipment from vehicles will be subject to suspension from the sale and will be prosecuted. Dealers will be held responsible for the actions of their representatives.
  8. No vehicle will be offered for sale without a public V.I.N. plate or proper identification. All vehicles sold with a replacement V.I.N. plate must be announced and sold under the yellow light or red light (see selling light system).
  9. All vehicles registered are subject to inspection by the State Police, FBI, the National Auto Theft Bureau and/or the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  10. The mileage and year of manufacture is crayoned on the vehicle’s window for the convenience of the dealers and should not be relied upon as complete and/or accurate. Please check the actual odometer reading and the year of manufacture before bidding. This information is not subject to arbitration.
  11. Any and all vehicles purchased and/or sold on auction premises must be reported and transferred through our office.
  12. Any stipulation, promises or guarantees made between buyer and seller must appear in writing on the “Bill of Sale” before it may become a part of the transaction. The auction assumes no responsibility for any verbal commitments.

  1. The seller guarantees (unless declared) all items subject to arbitration on all cars sold for $2,255 or more.
  2. The selling dealer is responsible that the year of manufacture and mileage is correctly displayed and represented.
  3. Seller warrants that he will provide a valid title, free of all liens.
  4. It is the obligation of the seller to make sure all announcements appear on the block invoice prior to being signed by the buyer and that the auctioneer used the proper light(s) at time of sale.
  5. When the seller signs the block invoice he is acknowledging that all data on the block invoice is correct.
  6. Seller is responsible for repurchasing vehicles that have not been properly represented, including all auction fees.
  7. Seller must turn in the title as soon as the vehicle is paid for.
  8. It is the seller’s responsibility to make sure that vehicles brought here for sale have an adequate supply of fuel. Vehicles that are determined to be out of fuel will be automatically provided with enough fuel to run through the auction, and the seller of the vehicle will be charged a service fee.

  1. It is the obligation of the buyer to understand the selling light system, to watch the block lights and to listen for any announcements regarding the vehicle being sold.
  2. The buyer is responsible for verification of serial numbers and/or odometer readings.
  3. When the buyer signs the block invoice he is acknowledging that he is aware of all conditions on that invoice.
  4. All vehicles must be settled for within 60 minutes from the time of purchase or, if found other than represented, a formal objection slip must be filled out within the allotted time frame (see “Rules of Arbitration” policy section).
  5. After buying a car with the drive, driving the car and then paying for it, the unit becomes the “As Is” property of the buyer. However, the buyer still retains his rights of arbitration with respect to certain conditions outlined in the “Post Auction Day Arbitration Items” (see “Rules of Arbitration” policy section).
  6. Service fees will be charged on all returned checks.

  1. This auction does not guarantee the years of boats, trailers, motorcycles, recreation vehicles, machinery, or any other miscellaneous items.
  2. This auction assumes no responsibility for any promises made by a seller including existence of warranty books or plates.
  3. This auction does not guarantee that any vehicle will pass emission testing.

  1. This auction does not guarantee the years of boats, trailers, motorcycles, recreation vehicles, machinery, or any other miscellaneous items.
  2. This auction assumes no responsibility for any promises made by a seller including existence of warranty books or plates.
  3. This auction does not guarantee that any vehicle will pass emission testing.

Vehicles sold on the block with an “IF” are binding on the buyer and the seller only after seller acknowledges and accepts the highest bid and buyer pays for the vehicle. The seller will not receive payment until the vehicle is paid in full.
Any seller not having proper paperwork to transfer title at the time of sale must sell “Title Attached” with the white light. Any sale without proper documents, and not sold under the proper light is subject to rejection on the night of the auction. If the buyer does not reject the sale on the night of the auction, the sale is deemed accepted under normal “Title Attached” guidelines. The title must be received by the auction from the seller within 14 calendar days otherwise the buyer has the right to cancel the sale.

Buyer will not be reimbursed for expenses on returned title attached vehicles. Therefore, buyer is cautioned not to sell, spend money or recondition any vehicle until the title is received. Buyer is required to telephone the auction before returning the car. If the title has already been mailed by the auction, buyer may not return the car to the seller. Buyer is responsible for any damage that occurs to a vehicle while in his possession.

A “Title Attached” service of $ 25 is charged to the seller if the title is not received during the auction.

Central Auto Auction cooperates with several floor plan sources such as Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC), Auto-Use, etc. Dealers must be pre-approved directly with the floor plan source and Central Auto Auction must be made aware of this arrangement and the amount of the credit limit prior to the use of the floor plan. Buyers are encouraged to review all paperwork for a vehicle before the documents are forwarded to the floor plan source.
Advanced number registration opens at the counter one week prior to the auction at 6:00 p.m. Reserved numbers are secured on a first come-first serve basis.

Advanced registrations cancelled before noon on auction day will receive a $15 fee. In fairness to your peers, please cancel any numbers not needed as early as possible. Advance registration numbers are not transferable to other dealers.

Description of the vehicle must be given for registration, full description may be deferred, but not later than noon on auction day.

The conditions outlined in the “Required Announcements” policy section are subject to arbitration only if they are not announced by the seller on the block.
  1. Vehicles must be test driven within one hour of purchase. Failure to arbitrate the vehicle within 60 minutes cancels the buyer’s privilege to do so including claims of inoperable odometers.
  2. Vehicles may only be arbitrated from one item.
  3. Vehicles not arbitrated become the “As Is” property of the buyer.
  4. If a vehicle is arbitrated, both buyer and seller must await the decision of the arbitrator before leaving the premises.
  5. The arbitrator’s decision is final.
  6. Buyer’s sole remedy is with seller. Any accepted adjustment automatically makes the transaction an “As Is” transaction.

Post Auction Day Arbitration Items

Due to the inability to fully examine the undercarriage of the vehicles, and the inability to fully research title vehicle history, the following exceptions to the one hour time limit are available:

Frame conditions

  1. Frame damage or repaired frame on full framed vehicles except core support
  2. Unitized structural body damage except core support
  3. Excessive frame rust including floor sections
  4. Spliced units

Vehicle history

  1. Insurance, repossession or salvage history/papers
  2. Canadian history/papers
  3. Former taxi’s, police cars, municipal vehicles, flood cars, lemon law vehicles
  4. Negative vehicle history including Carfax and AutoCheck findings whether or not the reports are accurate
  5. Titles with the “Damage Disclosure” box checked

In addition, for vehicles sold in excess of $2,500, any conditions discovered that were designed to intentionally deceive the buyer, or circumvent the arbitration process, can subject the vehicle to cancellation.

All Post Auction Arbitration Items must be reported to this auction no later than 11 a.m. on the Monday following the date of purchase, and the vehicle must be returned no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Buyers may pay for cars by:
  1. Cash
  2. Certified, cashier’s or bank checks
  3. Floor plan source approved by Central Auto Auction such as Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC), Auto-Use, etc.
  4. Business check (see below)
    • Buyers must have a banking reference completed from auction management before writing checks.
    • Checks must be imprinted with the dealership’s name and address.
    • Checks must be drawn on a local bank.
    • Dealer must write in dollar amount.
    • Checks must be made payable to Central Auto Auction.

We do not accept personal, third party or out of state checks.

All vehicles must be paid for the night of auction.

Green Light – “With Drive”

Vehicle is sold with a test drive and is represented by the seller to be mechanically sound. Seller represents that there are no “Mandatory Announcements” or “Vehicle Defect Announcements” (see “Required Announcements” policy section). Visible defects are not required announcements with exception of current calendar year and newer models.

Yellow Light – “Caution-Announcement”

The “Yellow light” is used to declare major mechanical/vehicle/document defects as outlined in the “Required Announcements” policy section. These defects are subject to arbitration if not announced. It is the obligation of the seller to make sure all announcements appear on the Bill of Sale prior to being signed by the buyer and that the auctioneer used the proper light(s) at the time of sale.

Red Light – “As Is”

Vehicles sold with the “Red light” are sold unconditionally in terms of physical and mechanical defects with the exception of title and mileage discrepancies (as outlined in the “Required Announcements: Mandatory Announcements” policy section). “Mandatory Announcements” must be made even if selling under the “Red light”. These vehicles are sold without the drive and must be settled for immediately.

All cars sold for $2,500.00 or less, or declared “As Is” are automatically sold with the “Red light”.

Antique cars, recreation vehicles (except motor home’s engine, rear end, and transmission only), boats and motors, heavy equipment, and miscellaneous items are also sold with the “Red light”.

White Light – “Title Attached”

Any seller not having proper paperwork to transfer title at the time of sale must sell “Title Attached”. The title must be received by the auction from seller within 14 calendar days otherwise the buyer has the right to cancel the sale. For more information on “Title Attached” procedures, refer to the auction’s General Policies.

The following conditions must be announced by the seller and the vehicle must be sold with either the “yellow light” or the “red light”. The sale is subject to arbitration and/or cancellation if the following announcements are not made. Seller’s announcements on the block become part of the sales terms.

Mandatory Announcements (required with all vehicles including “As Is” vehicles)

Odometer announcements

  1. True mileage unknown/mileage discrepancies
  2. Documented replacement odometers (announced “true mileage unknown”)
  3. Inoperative odometer
  4. Over 100,000 miles (sufficient to announce over 100,000 regardless of whether it is over 200,000 or 300,000 or more)
  5. Odometers that register in kilometers
  6. Knowledge of mileage on vehicle being different than mileage appearing on the odometer.

Vehicle history

  1. Insurance, repossession or salvage history/papers
  2. Canadian history/papers
  3. Former taxi’s, police cars, municipal vehicles, flood cars, lemon law vehicles
  4. Negative vehicle history including Carfax and AutoCheck findings whether or not the reports are accurate
  5. Titles with the “Damage Disclosure” box checked

Other announcements

  1. Title attached vehicles (see selling light system for guidelines on title attached vehicles)
  2. Replacement V.I.N. plates
  3. Any defect determined by previous arbitration

Vehicle Defect Announcements (required with all vehicles except “As Is” vehicles)

Frame Announcements

  1. Frame damage or repaired frame on full framed vehicles except core support
  2. Unitized structural body damage except core support
  3. Excessive frame rust including floor sections
  4. Spliced units

Engine announcements

  1. Cracked or repaired engine block
  2. Diesel engines