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About Quality Assurance Auction




How do I buy vehicles from Quality Assurance Auction?

Quality Assurance offers 2 purchase types on all vehicles: either BUY IT NOW or by having the highest bid at one of Quality Assurance affiliate auctions.  Each vehicle will display a tab that notes how it is being sold.  

'Buy it Now' vehicles are offered by the seller at a set price.  These units are available for immediate purchase.  You are invoiced in full for the unit and as soon as the invoice is settled, the unit is available for pickup or delivery can be arrange immediately.

 'Current Bid’ or Auction vehicles are generally sold to the highest bidder who meets any minimum reserve price set by the auction.  Quality Assurance operates as a broker to provide non-licensed public buyers access to licensed dealer-only auctions. We currently do not have any online bidding, so all bids must be submitted over the phone/email/or on message board available once you register online.  We will then present that bid to the auction. If the vehicle is won you will receive a notification that you have won and an invoice will be sent. When payment is made, pick-up or delivery can be arranged immediately and the paperwork will be processed to transfer ownership of the vehicle to you. 

How do the auctions work?

Quality Assurance Auction use a proxy pre-bidding system, whereby you provide us the maximum amount you are willing to pay, and we bid as little as needed to win the vehicle. We will only bid up to your proxy bid amount. Think of this as having a personal buyer attend the auction for you, with instructions to bid only up to some specified amount.  



How much deposit is required to bid on auction vehicles?

No cash deposit is required, however we do require a credit card authorization equal to 10% of your planned bid amount. For example, if you wish to bid a total of $20,000 on a vehicle or any combination of vehicles, a $2,000 credit card authorization/hold is required. An authorize/hold does not automatically transfer money to us; it only ensures a buyer has the credit amount available to cover the obligations we incur on the bidder's behalf.



Is my credit card authorization refundable?

Yes, the authorization/holds will be voided 100%, provided you have no pending bids or balances due. For example, if you bid on a vehicle and are winning, you have an obligation and the deposit is not yet refundable. If you are outbid or the auction ends with no sale, you will no longer have an obligation and the authorization can be cancelled or held for future bidding activity. 



How much should I bid?

There are at least two factors to consider when deciding how much to bid: How much is a vehicle worth to you, and how little can you bid and still have a chance at winning. Remember the first rule of success:

Never bid more than you are willing to pay; Never bid less than you are willing to pay.

How much a vehicle is worth is largely an individual question that depends on numerous factors including the vehicle type, the extent of any damage, the intended use of the vehicle, the vehicle's title, the location to where it is going, etc.... For these reasons, a vehicle may be worth more to one person than another, and so we can make no statements as to what a vehicle is worth.

However with this said, once you have determined how much a vehicle is worth to you, it is best to bid the maximum you are willing to pay for the vehicle and let the proxy bidding system do the work of bidding up as little as needed to actually win. Bidding intensifies as the auction nears end, and because you will not have an opportunity to increase your bid at the live auction, it is important to place your limit up front. Conversely, inexperienced bidders will place as low a proxy bid as needed to beat the current bid several days away from the live auction and will almost never stand a chance of winning with such bids.



How much are the fees for winning auction vehicles?

Fees only apply if a vehicle is won. While many sites charge auction fees in addition to their brokerage fees, Quality Assurance only charges one fee - $320.  This is the same regardless of the price of the vehicle.  Fee is included on every invoice. 



Can you tell me more about a particular auction vehicle?

 All information we have on a vehicle is provided to us by the auction location and displayed on the website. We have no further information available, and for that matter, we cannot attest to the information that is provided. There is inherent risk in buying auction vehicles, and all are SOLD AS IS WHERE IS WITH NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. 

However in all cases, you are be able to inspect any of the units prior to the actual date of the sale. If interested, contact us to schedule an inspection.



When will I be notified of winning or losing?

In most cases, we will notify you of winning/losing an auction within a few hours, or as long as 24 hours of the pre-bidding close time. However, there may be times a final determination takes longer. For example, you may have the highest bid, but it is below the seller's reserve price and the seller is preparing a counter-offer.



I won a vehicle, now what?

If you win a vehicle, you will be notified by email/phone/message boards.  You will be able to view the invoice for the vehicle and get instructions for wiring payment. You should promptly make arrangements with your bank pay the invoice by wire transfer. Once payment is verified, we will send you papers that allow you to remove the vehicle from the auction lot. All vehicles must be towed by a carrier of your choosing. You should begin making arrangement for pick-up when you are notified of winning, but please wait until we have verified payment is clear before finalizing the pickup date. Paperwork to transfer title will begin immediately, however depending on government entities involved it may take days or even weeks to complete.

Why do I keep losing auctions?

There are really only two reasons you lose an auction; the seller's reserve price was not met, or someone else outbid you. The first rule of success is: 



Never bid more than you are willing to pay; Never bid less than you are willing to pay.

Keep in mind that you are placing pre-bids that will be entered with the live auction sometime after the opportunity to pre-bid has closed. If you placed the maximum bid you are willing to pay, then you should not worry about losing an auction. However, if you are bidding only high enough to be the highest bidder at the close of pre-bidding, and you are actually willing to pay more for the vehicle, and you are getting outbid at the live auction, then you have broken the #1 rule. 

The highest bid at close of pre-bidding is not a good indication of a realistic sale price. Bidding will intensify as the subsequent live auction nears end. Always place your maximum bid and let the proxy bidding system do the work of bidding up in increments only as necessary.



Can you tell me how much a vehicle sold for or the maximum proxy bid that was placed?

If you bid on a vehicle and the auction location provides us the final sale price, then we can pass that information on to you. However, not all auctions pass on this information to us, and none do if a bid was not placed. The highest proxy bid is never disclosed.





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