Salvagebid is your destination to purchase clean and salvage vehicles, available through Insurance Auto Auctions. These vehicle auctions were previously only available to those with a dealers license, but now with Salvagebid anyone can bid!
To get started, simply register or log in to place your first bid. To be able to bid you will need to upload a copy of a government issued photo ID. You will also need to place a security deposit of $400, or 10% of your intended bid amount (if it is over $4,000).
With a free Basic membership you will be able to bid on items in the Preliminary Bidding. You are only able to purchase one vehicle with a Basic membership.
With a Premium membership you are able to participate in both Preliminary Bidding and the Live Auction. A Premium membership allows you to bid on and purchase as many vehicles as you like.
The Basic Membership is free, but has limited features.
The Premium Membership only costs $200 per year and gives you access to all of Salvagebid's features and auctions!
To become a member, you must provide contact information, including a valid email address, and a valid driver's license or a passport if you are an international customer.
No. One of the benefits of Salvagebid is the ability to participate in auto auctions without a dealer license. Anyone who wants to buy a vehicle at auction is welcome.
We require a copy of your ID for your security and protection. We use your ID to verify the name on the account, and to ensure that all paperwork processed is consistent with the individual who purchased the vehicle. We also must verify that the member is over the age of 18.
We can only accept government-issued photo ID's. This includes a government-issued identification card, driver's license, or passport.
You can begin bidding immediately after you become a member of Salvagebid. In order for a bid to be activated, you must place a refundable security deposit of $400, or 10% of the intended maximum bid, whichever one is more, and upload a copy of your ID to your account.
Your Salvagebid account information has to match your Driver's License per DMV regulations on transferring ownership. Without this, we are not able to complete and send you the title.
After completing the registration and placing your refundable security deposit, find the vehicle you are interested in. To bid in the Preliminary bidding, enter the maximum amount you are willing to pay for the vehicle in the field labelled "Enter Your Maximum Possible Bid", and press "Bid Now".
If you are a Premium member you can also bid during the live auction.
Preliminary Bidding is the bidding period leading up to the Live Auction.
Bidders enter a maximum bid for the vehicle they would like to purchase. The bidder with the highest preliminary bid is then represented by the Salvagebid system at the live auction.
Salvagebid works to win the vehicle at the lowest possible price, sometimes coming in below the bidder's maximum bid. To be represented at the live auction, the bidder must first bid online and have the winning preliminary bid.
The Live Auction happens after the Preliminary Bidding, and is the final bidding period for every item. Participation in the live auction is only available to Salvagebid Premium members.
When the live auction starts for the yard where the vehicle is located, an item number will be assigned for the vehicle in the order sequence of how the yard will be auctioning the vehicles.
The live auction screen is on the listing and will be in red for you. It will tell you what item number your vehicle is and the current item number that they are on. You will have to wait for your vehicle item number to come up. Once the vehicle comes up, the whole box will turn green and the button to place your bid will activate. You will simply have to click on that button to place your bid. The bid amount will already be preset for you for the next upcoming increment.
Some vehicles have a "Buy It Now" option, where the seller is willing to sell the vehicle immediately at the price listed. To be able to purchase a car using 'But It Now' you will need to have a Salvagebid account. All normal fees are still applicable with a buy it now purchase.
Once a bid is placed, it cannot be canceled or reduced in any way. Make sure that you are confident in your bid before you place it. If you end up winning the bid that you placed by accident, you will be responsible for the vehicle and completing the sale.
Your bidding limit is the maximum amount you are able to bid at any given time. It also restricts how many vehicles you can bid on. The bidding limit is determined by your security deposit as well as membership type. Only Premium members are able to have multiple bids at once.
Your security deposit must be a minimum of $400, or 10% of your intended maximum bid (if over $4,000), whichever one is more. If you would like to bid on multiple vehicles, you will need a separate deposit for each vehicle.
$400 security deposit = $4,000 maximum bid for one vehicle
$800 security deposit = $8,000 maximum bid accumulated between any two vehicles
$1,200 security deposit = $12,000 maximum bid accumulated between any three vehicles
To increase your bidding limit, add additional funds to your security deposit by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or wire transfer.
To bid on more than one vehicle you must be a Premium member. To bid on multiple vehicles, yo will need a separate deposit for each vehicle. Simply log into your Account and pay an additional security deposit of $400 or 10% of your intended maximum bid per vehicle.
If you place a bid and do not yet have a security deposit on file, the bid will be put into a pending status.
In order for a bid to be activated, you must place a refundable security deposit of $400 or 10% of the intended maximum bid, whichever one is more. Once you place your security deposit, you must upload a copy of your ID.
To activate your pending bid, go to "My Account", then to "My Bids", and choose "Pending Bids". Click the "Activate" button and you will be able to activate your bid.
Each auction has a "Time Left" indicator at the top right of the auction box. This will inform you how long you have to place your bid before the live online auction begins.
With SalvageBid, you are able to purchase any vehicle of your choice without any restrictions. This includes vehicles that say Dealer Only.
If you win the preliminary bid, you will automatically be represented by the Salvagebid system in the live auction.
Salvagebid will bid the next highest increment throughout the auction until your maximum bid is reached, working to win you the vehicle at the lowest possible cost.
If you are the highest bidder, Salvagebid will email you as soon as we are notified by the auction that the sale has completed. All final winning bids have to go through an approval process with the seller. This can take two business days. Once approved, your purchase will automatically appear in 'My Account' under 'Purchases' and an email confirmation with your invoice will be sent to email on file.
If you were the winning bidder after the live auction completed, your bid may be Award Pending. Your bid amount was submitted to the seller of the vehicle and we are waiting on an approval response. You will be emailed with your invoice attached if your bid was approved by the seller. Sellers have up to two business day to respond to the bid.
All final winning bids have to be submitted to sellers for approval. A lot of the sellers have a minimum amount that they are trying to receive for their vehicles. They have up to two business days to decide to sell the vehicle.
If you see that your bid is Award Pending, you are welcome to reach out to us to try to negotiate the sale. Our representatives will reach out to the yard where the vehicle is stored and try to find out what can be done.
Most vehicles come with a reserve price, which is the term for the minimum price a seller will accept. If you were the highest winning bid, your bid gets submitted to the seller for approval. If the reserve price has not been met, there is a chance that they will still sell for a lower amount. At this time we can try to negotiate with the seller for you for which you will just have to reach out to our customer service team..
The sellers have up to two business days to accept, reject or negotiate the sale.
As a courtesy, we will notify you if your bid is no longer the highest. For the best chance at winning the vehicle, enter the absolute MAXIMUM you are willing to pay for the vehicle.
If you were the high bidder during the preliminary bidding, Salvagebid represents you during the live auction and bids up to your maximum amount. There are other bidders participating in the live auction who may bid over your maximum bid amount.
You are welcome to participate in the live auction yourself. You just have to upgrade your account to our Premium membership.
Your deposit is not tied to a particular vehicle but your account in general. If you got outbid on a vehicle, you are welcome to start bidding on a different vehicle of your choice. You will not be charged any fees for making your bid.
Your deposit will be automatically released after 30 days.
No. The bid amount ONLY includes the price you are willing to pay for the vehicle.
Auction fees, Salvagebid fees, documentation fees, and transportation costs are NOT INCLUDED in the bid and will be added on top of the bid amount. You can calculate the estimated fees for each vehicle at any time using the fee calculator provided below the auction box of each vehicle.
Salvagebid has a vehicle finder that allows you to filter your search to locate specific vehicles, or to search in specific locations. Just enter your zip code and the distance you would like to stay within; it will pull up yards nearest to the area specified.
Yes! With SalvageBid there are no restrictions on where you are able to buy. If you require help with shipping, we recommend EasyHaul.com for all your vehicle transportation needs!
Yes! We have many international customers all over the world. You are welcome to reach out to us for any specific details that you may have regarding shipping, export, as well as tips and tricks regarding bidding.
The auction does not sell parts off vehicles. If you are interested in something specific, you will have to purchase and remove the whole vehicle off the yard.
The security deposit is collected in advance via credit card or wire transfer as a guarantee that the bidder will complete the purchase of their vehicle.
Security deposits on a credit card are not typically charged and removed from your account, but instead are simply a 'pending authorization' placing the funds on reserve.
A security deposit may be forfeited if you win the auction and do not complete the purchase, or if you have an unpaid outstanding balance. The pending status will be removed and your account will be charged the full security deposit amount.
The security deposit must be a minimum of $400, or 10% of your intended maximum bid (if over $4,000), whichever one is greater.
If you would like to bid on multiple vehicles, you will need a separate security deposit of $400, or 10% of your intended maximum bid (if over $4,000), whichever one is greater, for each vehicle.
No, your security deposit cannot be used to pay for the vehicle.
We will hold your security deposit until the vehicle is paid in full and picked up from the auction facility. At that time, you can request a refund or use the deposit on another auction.
You may pay your security deposit with a credit card or debit card and your security deposit will immediately be applied to your Salvagebid account.
You may also pay by bank wire transfer. In this case, we will wait until the payment posts to our account before applying the deposit to your Salvagebid account.
You can increase your security deposit at any time by adding your deposit on the listing page of any vehicle.
Once you open the page, look to the right of the vehicle pictures where you will see the Deposit tab. You can then enter the amount of a security deposit you would like (the minimum being $400), enter your card information and click 'Pay Now'.
At this time we will place a pending authorization hold on your card. Your deposit will not be tied to the vehicle of which listing page you were on but will be active for your account in general.
Yes. If you have not purchased a vehicle you can request a refund at any time. In the event that you win an auction and then decide not to go through with the purchase of the vehicle, your security deposit will not be refunded.
When a deposit is placed on your account it is typically listed as a 'pending authorization' on your credit or debit card. When it is refunded, Salvagebid simply cancels this pending transaction. You will not see a new transaction for this amount. This may take up to 2-3 business days to update on your bank statement.
If the security deposit was processed as a charge, and is eligible for a refund, we will process the refund right away and you will see the refund posted within 2-3 business days.
Yes. As your security deposit is actually a 'pending authorization', the bank only allows us to place this hold for 30 days. At the end of this time period your security deposit will expire automatically. You will need to place a new deposit at this time.
We do reserve the right to process the pending authorization as a charge, and may do so if there are any outstanding bids or purchases at the end of this 30 day period.
For most listings, we are unable to advise you if the vehicle starts due to the limited information we receive. In the event that the company auctioning the vehicle indicates that the vehicle starts, we will put this information into the vehicle listing.
Most vehicles that come from auto auctions come without keys. If keys are available, it will be indicated on the vehicle description page. Keys are not guaranteed at the time of pick up.
There are a number of ways that you can make keys for your vehicle. Contact a local authorized dealer for your vehicle's make to request assistance, or contact a locksmith.
Yes, Salvagebid Inspection Pass allows you, or a person you choose, to visit an auction location in person and inspect the vehicle you're interested in. One Inspection Pass will allow you to visit one vehicle at the auction. Passes are valid from the date of purchase to the day prior to the auction, during normal business hours at the auction location.
Inspection Passes are available for these auction locations:
- Albuquerque, NM
- Anaheim, CA
- Anchorage, AK
- Billings, MT
- Boise, ID
- Colton, CA
- Denver, CO
- East Bay, CA
- Eugene, OR
- Fontana, CA
- Fremont, CA
- Fresno, CA
- High Desert, CA
- Honolulu, HI
- Las Vegas, NV
- Los Angeles, CA
- Missoula, MT
- North Hollywood, CA
- Phoenix, AZ
- Portland, OR
- Reno, NV
- Sacramento, CA
- Salt Lake City, NV
- San Diego, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Spokane, WA
- Tucson, AZ
- Western Colorado, CO
When you're ready to purchase your Salvagebid Inspection Pass, open the "Buy Inspection Pass" tab on any vehicle page, fill out the inspector information for the visit, and confirm the billing information. Your Salvagebid Inspection Pass will cost $50. A $25 payment for your Inspection Pass is required at the time of purchase online. Once you arrive at the auction location, you will need to pay the remaining $25 cash to enter the auction facility at the time of inspection.
Once you have purchased your Inspection Pass, download and print out the pass. Take the pass with you to the auction location with $25 cash, and inspect your vehicle. Remember to bring a paper and pen to take notes, or a camera if necessary!
Can I send someone to inspect a vehicle for me?
Absolutely! When you are purchasing an Inspection Pass, there is a field called "Inspector Information". You can put anyone's full name and driver's license number here. This person will be able to inspect a vehicle at the auction location. The only requirement is that the inspector have a valid driver's license, and they present the Inspection Pass when they arrive at the auction location.
What if I lose my Inspection Pass?
We recommend that you save a PDF copy of your Inspection Pass on your computer in addition to your printed pass. This way you will be able to print another copy if you accidentally lose your Inspection Pass.
If you did not save a copy onto your computer and you lose your printed copy, you can print a new copy by logging into your account, opening the auction listing for the vehicle you are visiting, pressing "Inspection Pass" and "Print New".
What do I need in order to inspect a vehicle?
You will need to have a valid driver's license, your Salvagebid Inspection Pass, and $25 in cash to enter the auction facility for your inspection. The auction will ask for these items, and will verify that your license matches the information on your Inspection Pass when you arrive. An auction employee will escort you to the vehicle you want to inspect.
What are the Auction Inspection Hours?
Auction location hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. If a specific location has different hours of business, their available times will be listed on your Inspection Pass. It is always best to call the location before you visit, to confirm that they will be available for your inspection.
You can find brief descriptions of Loss Type and Damage Type under the Vehicle Description section of each listing.
Unfortunately, auto auctions do not provide a damage report or full description of their vehicles. We do not have any further information.
Auto auctions do not provide us with information on how the damage occurred, how long the vehicle has been in this condition or if any repairs have been done. You can find brief descriptions of Loss Type and Damage Type under the Vehicle Description section of each listing. We do not have any further information.
Salvagebid does not have information on repair costs for specific vehicles. Contact your local authorized dealer for the make of the vehicle for estimates. You can find used parts online or from a local salvage yard.
You may indicate your desire for the loose parts when arranging shipping. Due to the transportation process, we cannot guarantee that loose parts shown in the photos will be included with the vehicle.
These are designations about the condition of the vehicle when it arrived at the auction location. These verifications are performed by auction facility personnel, and not by anyone employed by Salvagebid. Salvagebid has no knowledge of how individual verification is conducted and cannot be held responsible for it. Salvagebid only provides the information as received from the auction facility for the convenience of the buyer.
Engine Start means that the engine started at the time the vehicle arrived at auction location. The engine may have been started with or without a jump or other means.
Runs and Drives means that the vehicle could move forward under its own power at the time the vehicle arrived at auction location.
It is important to note that the auctions make no guarantee that the vehicle will be able to start, put into gear or move forward under its own power when picked up by the buyer at the auction facility.
All vehicles displayed on our website are sold "as-is, where is".
It is important to understand that the photos shown on the website do not show the undercarriage or other latent defects. We provide all of the information provided to us by the auto auctions. We do not know if there is additional damage not seen in the photographs or if there have been previous repairs.
Yes. Some of the vehicles sold on Salvagebid have clean titles. However, clean titles are not guaranteed and can become salvage under new ownership transfer as per NMVTIS regulations.
NMVTIS stands for National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. This system was implemented by the US Department of Justice to protect consumers from fraud and unsafe vehicles.
Every time a title is transferred, the DMV runs the vehicle through the NMVTIS to keep unsafe or stolen vehicles from being resold.
When a vehicle has been involved in an accident, it has to go through the reconstruction process and be authorized to be allowed back on the road.
When the reconstruction process is over, the DMV will issue a reconstructed title which is treated the same way as a clean title for registration and insurance purposes.
The reconstruction process is simply the process of making the needed repairs to get a salvage vehicle back on the road legally. The process and requirements vary from state to state but are quite simple and straightforward. Verify the exact procedures and forms with your state's DMV.
You should expect to receive your ownership documents within 3 - 4 weeks after the end of the auction. After you've paid for your vehicle, Insurance Auctions will send the ownership documents to our office. Once we receive them, we'll reassign the ownership documents to you (put your name on it) and then mail them out to you by FedEx. As soon as the documents leave our office, you will receive an email with your FedEx tracking number. Ownership documents will be sent to the mailing address you provide in your account.
In some cases, Insurance Auctions can take up to 30 days to mail ownership documents to our office. If you have not received an email with the tracking information after 30 days from the end of the auction, please contact our office and we will be able to assist you.
In order to avoid a delay in processing your title reassignment, please make sure that you've signed your Bill of Sale paperwork for each auction you've won. Any outstanding invoices must be paid for in full before we can send your ownership documents.
Sometimes local laws and regulations require the originating companies to transfer the title to the state in question.
Differences between titles types and designations are minor and will be equivalent to what was displayed in the online item description. For example, "California Salvage Certificate" may be displayed in the online item description, but you might receive a title from "Arizona Salvage Title." Salvagebid does not guarantee title types.
Payments for won vehicles must be received by the end of the next business day following the sale date.
For example, if you are awarded a vehicle on Monday, then the funds from the wire transfer must be received by us no later than 5pm PST on Tuesday.
If payment is received one day late, a $100 or 2% of the sale price (whichever is greater) late payment fee will be added to your account for every day that the payment is late.
We are only able to accept bank wire transfers to pay for the vehicle.
Once the auction closes, you will receive an invoice with wire transfer instructions. Customers with an established buyer history can also remit company checks upon approval.
Salvagebid only accepts payment in US Dollars.
Salvagebid charges a flat $250 or 5% of the purchase price, whichever one is more.
In addition, we charge a $85 documentation fee to cover the ownership document transfer and mailing. You can determine the exact fee you will pay for each vehicle by using our fee calculator located on the bottom of the auction box for each vehicle.
Salvagebid charges a flat $250 or 5% of the purchase price, whichever one is more. We also charge a $85 documentation fee to cover the title transfer and mailing.
In addition to the Salvagebid fees, each auction also charges its own set of auction fees. You can determine the exact fee you will pay for each vehicle by using our fee calculator located on the bottom of the auction box for each vehicle.
There are several reasons why your invoice may not have been paid in full.
If you did not pay for the vehicle on time, a late fee of $100 or 2% of the sale price (whichever is greater) per day may have been added to the purchase price.
If you did not pick up your vehicle within 3 business days (inclusive of the sale date), a storage fee of $40 per day per vehicle may have been added to the purchase price.
If you had an outstanding invoice, part of this payment may have been applied to that invoice. It is our policy to apply payments to past due invoices first.
In the event of an approved refund, or refunds for unused security deposits, refund payment will be sent to US customers by company check. All refunds for customers outside the US will be made by wire transfer.
You can pick up the vehicle or arrange for shipping as soon as you receive the email from us confirming that the vehicle is ready for pick-up.
You will need to sign the bill of sale and other sales documents (online in My Account by e-sign) before you will receive this notice. Typically, you will receive notification the same day payment is applied and processed, and the documents are signed.
The vehicle must be picked up within 3 business days including the sale date. After that, a minimum fee of $40 per day in storage fees will be charged. If the auction facility charges a rate higher than $40 per day, the higher rate will be charged instead.
For example, if the sale is Monday, then the vehicle must be picked up no later than Wednesday. Storage fees would begin Thursday.
In order to pick-up your vehicle, you must have paid your invoice in full and have a zero balance with Salvagebid.
In addition, you will need to sign the bill of sale and other sales documents (online in My Account by e-sign). Salvagebid will email you pick-up instructions including the yards address, hours and pick-up authorization.
No. A salvage vehicle cannot be legally driven on the road until it has gone through the reconstruction process.
Salvagebid is not able to provide shipping, but we do suggest working with EasyHaul.com for all of your vehicle shipping needs. EasyHaul specializes in professional vehicle transportation, both domestic and international.
You will find a shipping calculator from EasyHaul on every vehicle listing which will provide you with an estimated shipping price for that item. After your purchase is finalized, please book your shipping through EasyHaul.com. They will assist you every step of the way!
EasyHaul also specializes in international shipping, both by container and RORO, and can deliver to any major port around the world. You can use the shipping calculator to get international rates.