Auction Policies

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Bloomsburg Auto Auction Inc. Polcies: Last Updated 12/08/2017

  • Bloomsburg Auto Auction Inc. is for licensed and registered dealers only.
  • The licensed and registered dealer will be held responsible for all business transactions under his company name at Bloomsburg Auto Auction Inc. All changes of ownership, authorized representatives, banking facilities, addresses and telephone numbers must be reported to Bloomsburg Auto Auction Inc.
  • NO RETAIL CUSTOMERS – Any dealer that is found with a retail customer may have their auction privileges revoked.
  • Any and all vehicles purchased or sold on auction premises must be reported and transferred through the Bloomsburg Auto Auction Inc office.
  • All vehicles are sold according to lights and announced conditions only. The auction assumes no responsibility for verbal commitments.Personal checks and drafts are not accepted.
  • No vehicle is authorized to leave the auction grounds unless it is accompanied by a validated gate pass. All vehicles are subject to inspection.
  • The auction reserves the right to refuse the sale of any vehicle on which a vehicle ID plate appears marred or is in any way altered. All vehicles may be subject to investigation by Pennsylvania State Police and the National Theft Bureau.
  • All vehicles must have a visible manufacturer issued vehicle ID or an assigned state issued vehicle ID.
  • This auction is not a party to the contract of sale, which is between the seller and buyer only. Any odometer discrepancy is not the responsibility of the auction but is between the buyer and seller, and is the sellers responsibility.
  • Odometer readings must be in mileage, not kilometers.
  • Titles must be presented at the counter by close of business on sale day or announcement of T/A (Title Absent) must be made when the car is sold on the block. A service fee will be charged on all T/A vehicles sold at auction.
  • Vehicles sold T/A – any vehicle announced and sold T/A is subject to turn down if the title is not presented to the auction within 3 auctions from the day of sale.
  • Buyers are cautioned not to sell or spend money on T/A (Title Absent) vehicles until the title is received. Neither the auction nor the seller will be held responsible for repairs on T/A purchases. Seller will be held responsible for transportation charges to return a sold vehicle when a negotiable title is not presented to Bloomsburg Auto Auction Inc within the T/A policy time frame.
  • No vehicles may be sold without a negotiable title.
  • All “SOLD OUTSIDE” transactions MUST HAVE CROSSED THE BLOCK FIRST and, must be processed through the Bloomsburg Auto Auction Inc management.
  • Bloomsburg Auto Auction Inc will not sell any uncertified Grey Market vehicles.
  • Bloomsburg Auto Auction Inc will not sell any vehicle with repo papers.
  • A service fee of $100.00 will be charged on all returned checks.
  • Dealers may not stop payment on a check.
  • ALL units must be paid for by the close of business on sale day or a $100 fee will be added.
  • Vehicles left for 14 days or more will be charged $35.00 per day storage.
  • Because ownership of the vehicle or its accessories is never transferred to Bloomsburg Auto Auction Inc, the auction does not assume responsibility for any theft or damage to it. The titled owner of the stolen or damaged property must make claim to his or her insurance company. Any vehicle and or personal property left on the premises is done so at owner’s own risk.
  • Titles with the following defects will not be accepted: alterations and erasures, incorrect VIN, improper reassignments, and missing signatures.
  • All “IF” sales are one-way from the seller to the buyer. “IF” sales are binding on the buyer for 60 minutes from the time of purchase at the block.
  • The decision of auction management shall be final in all disputes. The auction reserves the right to void any transaction and/or refuse service to anyone.
  • If a vehicle is being offed for sale by a third party, the legal owner of the vehicle must be disclosed by the seller prior to the sale. Disclosure requirements and time limits are subject to local auction policy.
  • The auction will not arbitrate vehicles based on any unintentional errors or omissions of any promotional information related to the vehicle, walk-around, handouts, catalogues, vehicle markings, or vehicle listings as they are for the convenience of the buyer and are not to be relied upon as accurate or complete.
Auction Arbitration

Light Stystem

Green Light - Vehicle is mechanically sound

  • The Seller is representing the vehicle to be mechanically sound with the exception of announced conditions, provided the price exceeds $2,000.
  • No single mechanical defect exceeding $500 to repair

Green Light on vehicles $2000 or less

    The following items will be subject to arbitration:
    • Engine noise.
    • Defective Auto Transmission
    • Inoperable 4WD
    • Frame Damage

Yellow Light - Vehicle has defect

  • Seller must announce any item which is subject to arbitration.
    • Nonstandard engines and transmissions, or exceptions to original or advertised production specifications for items deleted or added on units 5 years old or newer.
    • Odometer defects, or over 200,000 miles.
    • Other than paint work over $400, all defects must be announced on current calendar year models.

Red Light - As Is (No Arbitration)

  • All vehicles with over 200,000 miles must be sold AS-IS.
  • Mileage exempt is NOT ARBITRAITABLE on vehicles over 10 years old.
  • Exceptions, if not announced:
    • Title error, Mileage Error, or Branded Title if sold for over $500.

Blue Light: Title Absent

  • Selling dealer must provide to buyer a negotiable Title or sell vehicle T/A.
  • When selling a vehicle T/A the selling dealer has 3 sale dates from day of sale to provide a negotiable title.
  • BUYER IS CAUTIONED NOT TO SPEND ANY MONEY ON UNIT, AND NOT TO SELL UNIT UNTIL TITLE IS RECEIVED. Buyer checks are deposited immediately.
  • After the three week period, it is the buyer’s option to return the unit, or to wait a reasonable additional period of time for the title.
  • In the event that the title is not received by the auction within the three week period, special arrangements must be made with the auction before the unit is returned.
  • THE AUCTION MUST BE NOTIFIED TWENTY FOUR HOURS PRIOR TO THE RETURN OF THE UNIT FOR FAILURE TO RECEIVE TITLE. IF AUCTION HAS MAILED TITLE, OR HAS POSSESSION OF TITLE, BUYER CANNOT RETURN UNIT.
  • Mileage shall not exceed more than to and from purchaser’s place of business plus 100 miles for the allowable return of a unit purchased T/A and returned for no title. Unit shall be returned in same appearance and operating condition as when purchased.
  • When a buy back occurs for T/A, Seller is responsible to buyer for transportation to and from auction and buy fees, when buyer provides proper receipts.

Green Light Over $2000: Subject To Arbitration

  • Calendar model years only
  • Defective windshields-Body work and paint work- must be announced on 3 or more panels (excluding bumper covers)
  • Motor, Clutch, Rear End, Transmission
  • Unitized body damage, frame damage (beyond superficial dents and scrapes), rotted out or frame repair, must be announced. Frame damage, rotted out, or frame repair not announced , must be reported and returned to the auction within one week of purchase date. Upon confirmation of existence by auction, Seller is responsible to repurchase unit
  • Air Conditioning-if sold for more than $2,000 or if 5 calendar years or newer not announced with no air conditioning
  • Any single mechanical defect which exceeds $500 to repair, other than accessories such as power windows, ect. Repair costs will be determined by the auction and will reflect the auction cost to repair
  • Absence of catalytic converter or smog pump within 24 hours of purchase, unless announced or sold AS-IS
  • Engine noise
  • Any defect subject to arbitration not announced must be reported to arbitration office within one hour of vehicle sale
  • Any unit unsafe to operate on highway
  • ANY ACCEPTED ADJUSTMENT IS AUTOMATICALLY AN “AS-IS” TRANSACTION (EXCEPT FRAME)
  • All Salvage/Salvage History Titles must be announced, regardless of price
  • All 2 wheel drive S.U.V.’s must be announced as such
  • ABS brake light. 5 years old and newer
  • The absence of convertible boot covers, if 5 years old or newer
  • Defective air bag restraints, lights, or their absence of, if 5 years old or newer

Greenlight Over $2000: NOT Subject To Arbitration

  • Windshields (other than current model year)
  • Upholstery, Headliners, Mats, Convertible tops
  • Obvious visible body defects
  • Factory Options (except Air Conditioning if sold for more than $2,000)
  • Minor leaking and wet transmissions or engines - With the exception of (Excessive pouring leaks, front wheel drive, 4 wheel drive units)
  • Backlash - Unless vehicle is safe to drive
  • Engine smoke or blowby is considered visible and not subject to arbitration - With the exception of (Engine noise or a miss)
  • Boots on front wheel drives
  • Exhaust
  • Front wheel drive steering rack - Unless leaking or declared unsafe
  • Core Support - Unless additional frame damage is beyond superficial
  • Low range noise in 4 wheel drives
  • Check engine light - With the exception of engine noise
  • Drive line on any unit with altered suspension
  • Rear end noise - With the exception oof excessive rear end noise
  • Mileage exempt on vehicles over 10 years old
  • Cars 20 years and older will be “AS-IS” miles exempt
  • Kit cars will be sold “AS-IS”
  • Noise and Inherent Conditions: No arbitration can be based on noises or conditions that are inherent or typical to a particular model or manufacturer, unless deemed “excessive” by the arbitrator on non-warranty items. OEM dealer warranty guidelines will be used where applicable to determine whether the condition is excessive.
  • Vehicles may not be arbitrated based solely upon information provided in Electronic Data Vehicle Histories (EDVH) or printed EDVH reports. Auction and Seller are not bound by information listed in EDVH. Examples of EDVH include Carfax, AutoCheck, NMVTIS, etc. The facilitating Auction may investigate vehicle history based on information found in EDVH for information that may impact arbitration.

Representation Of Units Sold

    If the unit was not properly represented, file a complaint with the arbitration office within one hour of the purchase. You must receive an answer before leaving auction. All price adjustments are made in the arbitration department. Auction management reserves the right to void a transaction. In matters of interpretation of auction policy, the decision by auction management shall be final.

  • All titles submitted by seller must be in seller’s company name. No certificate of salvage will be accepted
  • All titles of sold units must be processed through the auction office
  • All units purchased and/or sold on premises must be paid for through the auction
  • All units sold with a drive must be settled with one hour
  • When “Title Absent” is not announced at the block, the buyer has the right to reject the car
  • It is the buyer’s and seller’s obligation to watch lights and listen to announced conditions
  • Buyer is responsible for verifying serial number and mileage on all purchases
  • No vehicle will be offered for sale without serial number plate
  • The auction is not responsible for warranty books or plates, nor is any warranty implied to the accuracy of the odometer reading
  • The auction does not guarantee the year of any antique and classic vehicle, trailers, motor home, boat, motorcycle, all terrain unit, trucks with G.V.W. greater than 14,000 lbs. All are sold AS-IS.
  • All units sold under the red light or announced “AS-IS” must be paid for immediately. No driving privileges
  • All “IF” sales are binding to the Buyer for one hour
  • Off the block sales are not permitted until the unit has crossed the block. Off block sales can be sold green light and follow all auction rules.
  • Any body damage resulting from road testing vehicle rests on the potential purchaser
  • With exception of unannounced frame damage the liability of the unit is placed totally on the buyer at time of payment of said unit
  • The decision of the auction management is final and binding on both the buyer and seller
  • The auction reserves the right to assess an arbitration fee to the buyer if an arbitrated claim is deemed to be not valid or too frivolous
  • If the arbitration is valid, the auction reserves the right to assess an arbitration fee to the seller if they knowingly omitted an announcement. This fee is in addition to any charges associated with the arbitration procedure.
  • The auction reserves the right to review any audio/video documentation for verifying accuracy of the sale