When buying a vehicle in a different state from an auto auction it is important to be aware of potential problems and financials risk. Some auctions charge storage fees, others have limited hours and strict policies on loading cars.

Auction Comparison
Features: Copart IAAI Manheim QCSA
Storage Fees yes yes no yes
Days of Free Storage 5 4 unlimited 10
Daily Charges $20 $25 free $25
Forklift to Load yes yes no varies
Loading Gate Fee $30 $35 N/A $0
Hours of Operation M-F: 8-5pm M-F: 8-5pm 24/7 M-S: 8-8pm

To transport a car from auction you will need:

  • Gate Pass: Document required to pick up a car at Manheim after-hours from the guard shack
  • Buyer #: Required for both IAAI & Copart
  • Stock/Lot #: Inventory number for the vehicle being picked up
  • VIN #: The full 17 digits or at the last 6 is required for verification

Handling inspections and damages:

  • Prior to Pickup:Upon request the driver can perform a visual inspection for specific items.
  • During Transport:Damaged vehicles can be covered and loose parts tied.
  • On Delivery: To unload a non-running vehicle make arrangements for a fork lift or tow-truck.

Other Auctions:

Rancho Auto Auction, Total Resource Auctions, SmartAuction

Copart Auction Is a salvage auction with 147 locations. Copart sells damaged vehicles for insurance companies. Fee Information

Insurance Auction Sells total-loss vehicles for insurance companies and dealers. Recently IAA acquired Adesa Auction to expand its remarketing services.

Manheim Auction Dealer’s auction for wholesale vehicles. Not open the general public, used by financing companies & car manufacturers for remarketing.

QCSA An umbrella of independent auction houses, Salvage Direct and Crashed Toys, specialize in the sale of cars and trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, RVs, boats, personal watercraft & other vehicles.