1. Get to auction with enough time to view the vehicles before the auction starts.

It takes our auctioneers less than one minute to sell a vehicle. If you are trying to evaluate a vehicle while it is on the auction block, you are probably too late. Get here early and look at the vehicles beforehand. Public Auctions start with the tow lane vehicles at 2:30 PM Eastern. All running cars begin to come through the lanes at 3:00PM Eastern.


2. Bring a mechanic or someone who is familiar with potential mechanical problems.


3. Try to focus on vehicles being sold under the “Green Light”.

The “Green Light” gives the buyer until 5:00pm on the day following the sale to arbitrate a vehicle for any issues with the motor or drive train. Please refer to our auction policies for a full description of covered defects.


4. Know what you are buying.

Our sale catalogs do not always reflect the actual equipment in the vehicle, and because vehicle descriptions are supplied to Carriage Trade by the sellers, we are not responsible for misprints or inaccuracies.


5. Know the vehicle on which you are bidding.

The vehicle that is being offered for sale leaves the auction area and the bidding continues. When the bidding is complete and the auctioneer says “sold”, there is often a different vehicle lining up on the auction block. Pay attention to which vehicle the auctioneer is selling.

View our auction policies


For Dealers buying via simulcast: 

If you have issues getting into the sale online or with the simulcast video/audio during the sale, please contact our Edge Pipeline Assistant at 833-AUC-EDGE (833-282-3343). You can also contact them to begin the registration process to attend our auction online (dealer's only at this time).