Do I have to have a dealer’s license to buy from Trucks & Auto Auctions?
No, we are a public auto auction which means anyone can participate in our auction.
Can I take a vehicle I’ve won home with me that night?
Yes, we accept cash, Cashier’s check, credit or debit cards for payment. When your vehicle is paid in full, you can take your new vehicle home.
What is the buyer’s premium? Why is it taxed?
The buyers premium is the auction fee added to the final auction sold price. Idaho State Tax Commission does require that we collect sales tax on that fee added to the purchase price.
How do I get the title?
In State: The title paperwork is completed at the time of purchase, then it is processed and sent to the DMV. You will receive your title in the mail in 30-60 days.
Out of State: The title will be processed and mailed to you.
Can I test drive the vehicle?
Unfortunately, no. We do test drive the vehicles 1.2 – 2 miles and list any major items detected in the catalog for your convenience. Please keep in mind that we are not mechanics and any issues listed or missed are for informational purposes only. No warranties expressed or implied as a result of any issues listed or missed.
Where do the cars come from?
The majority of the vehicles come from new car stores, government surplus and private consignments
Does it cost anything to register for the auction?
No, registration is free but does require a valid credit card in order to register
What does live webcast mean?
We broadcast our live auctions through our website and mobile device app which allows you multiple options to bid on the vehicles. You can bid in person or in the comfort of your own home with the webcast option. We do highly recommend, for your first time, attending a live auction to get familiar with the process.
Why do I have to put in payment information to bid online?
Payment information is required to make sure that we have a means of securing the purchase when the auction is over. Your credit card is NOT automatically charged at the close of the auction.
What does “price not realized/make offer” mean?
This means that the vehicle did not meet the sellers reserve price. After the auction, we work with the sellers to get the lowest price they are willing to let the vehicle go for then offer it up for sale at that price. You can come in or call on Friday to see which vehicles did not sell, those vehicles can be purchased outright on that Friday after the auction.
I was the high bid, why didn’t I win the car?
Sometimes the auction price does not meet the sellers reserve price, what the seller is willing to sell the vehicle for. A lot of times we will be very close to that price and will work with you and the seller to try and get the vehicle sold
What does TMU mean?
TMU means “true miles unknown”. This can occur if there is a discrepancy between the reported miles through AutoCheck or Carfax and what is shown on the vehicle or if the odometer does not work.
What is a lemon title? Salvage title?
Lemon Title means that there was an attempted repair under warranty at a dealership and was unable to be fixed after 3 separate attempts. The manufacturer can be made to buy back the vehicle if certain conditions are met, the vehicle title will then be branded a “lemon”
Salvage Title means that the vehicle has been in an accident or damage has occurred where the insurance company “totaled” the vehicle. The “totaled” valuation is determined by the insurance company guidelines where the value of the repairs exceeds a certain amount of the vehicle value. The vehicle has been repaired after the damage and the state has now issued a “Salvage” title meaning that it is a repaired vehicle from previous damage. There are many salvage title vehicles out there repaired by qualified repair shops that run for years.
The check engine light was on, but it wasn’t listed. Can I get my money back?
Every vehicle is sold As-Is, no exceptions. It is up to you the buyer to inspect the vehicles during preview days so you can have a good understanding on what you are bidding on. Since the check engine light can come on for so many different reasons, from the gas cap being loose to one of hundreds of other reasons, we do not list that. We do provide a picture of the instrument cluster with the engine running so that you can see if it is on. We also allow you to bring a mechanic of your choice to inspect the vehicles prior to bidding, you or they can bring a code scanner to see what codes the vehicle has stored in its memory and make a determination on weather to bid.
Do the vehicles have reserves? (why can’t you tell me the reserve?)
Most vehicles do have a reserve and per our agreement with our consignors, we do not disclose what those prices are.
How To buy and Sell
Buying, in depth
Buying a vehicle at Trucks and Auto Auctions couldn’t be easier. We work hard to give you a seamless buying experience that you wont find at any dealership. It starts with our consignors, the majority of our consignors are new car stores, various government agencies, banks, credit unions and private owners. When someone trades a vehicle in at a new car store, a good portion of those trade-ins end up at our auction for sale. Also, when government agencies are ready to upgrade their fleet, we offer those surplus vehicles at auction. When you walk through the door on one of our preview days we are here to help, whether it’s your first time at an auction or a seasoned veteran, we take the time to answer any and all questions you have. We feel that the more information you have about us and our process the better in order to help you have a more informed and successful experience. Please don’t hesitate to ask any and all questions you have, we’re here to help.
All of the vehicles we offer for sale go through a 1.5 to 2 mile test drive, we look for any major issues with the engine, transmission, steering or brakes and list any items we find in our catalog. Please keep in mind that we are not mechanics and could not possibly inspect every part of the vehicles that come through which is why we offer 2 full days that you can come down and inspect the cars you are interested in, the Wednesday before the auction we are open from 8am to 7pm and on auction day from 8am up until the auction starts at 6:00. We highly encourage you to inspect any and all vehicles that you might consider bidding on so you have a good understanding of what you may be purchasing. Remember, the more informed you are, the better decision you can make!
Thursday’s at 6:00 pm is when the fun starts. We warm up the auction with a few miscellaneous items, any ATV’s, motorcycles, campers or non-vehicle items then move straight into the Auto’s. this is where you need to be ready and don’t be shy. The bidding starts off quickly and before you know it, that vehicle you had your heart set on could be gone. We encourage you to understand how the pricing works, the sales tax and all auction fees for your price range so that you know how high to bid. Again, we are here to help, ask all of the questions you need. When the vehicle that you can see yourself driving down the road in comes onto the auction block and its your time to bid, don’t be afraid, get the auctioneer or one of the ring man’s attention and raise you hand, we’ll help you from there. Now keep in mind there may be someone else at the auction or online that is looking at the same vehicle you want and it is natural to go back and forth until one of you decides to stop bidding. Try not to get frustrated, that is just how an auction works.
You’ve won a vehicle, now what? Contrary to what a lot of people think, it IS ok to jump up and down in joy when the auctioneer yells “SOLD” and you are the high bidder, we won’t judge you. All that is left to do is pay for your new car, we handle all of the title application paperwork, collect the Idaho sales tax for the state and pull your vehicle out front for you. You will receive a temporary registration sticker so you can have a couple of days to make it in to a local DMV office and get your new license plates. Your title will be mailed directly from the Idaho DMV within 60 days. Now its time to get to know and enjoy your new car.
What else is left? Well, we appreciate good feedback and referrals, refer a friend or family member and we will kick in a free Trucks & Auto hat! Enjoy your new car or truck!
Selling your vehicle
Are you trying to sell your car or truck? Have you had no luck on craigslist, Facebook or local classifieds? We can help! Our process is very easy and straightforward. All we need is the vehicle and the title but don’t sign the title just yet, we will have you sign it off when you pick up your check. We charge a flat $100 to sell your vehicle (plus any needed fluids) which will be taken out of your check after it sells. All that we ask of you when bringing your vehicle to us is that you make sure the vehicle is as clean as you can get it, all of the fluids are full (engine oil, coolant, brake fluid) and at least ¼ tank of fuel. If you need help with the cleaning, we offer reasonably priced detailing services for your convenience to help you get the most money we can for your car or truck
The details; when your vehicle arrives we check it in to our system. We scan the VIN number and compare market values on your specific model, inspect the vehicle condition, the miles, cleanliness and past auction performance to determine the value of the vehicle and what we think it will bring at our auction. we the start advertising a full week before the auction to give your vehicle the best exposure.
The big day…. Auction day; You are welcome to come down and watch the action live or follow along online to watch your vehicle sell to the highest bidder, it’s that simple. Once your vehicle is paid for, your check will be ready the following Wednesday, we will trade a check for your signature on the title and your all done!