A Better Bid® Car Auctions
A Better Bid® Car Auctions

How to Buy, 4 simple steps


To begin enjoying all the benefits A Better Bid® offers, you must first register and become a member. Simply fill out the form, provide a small refundable security deposit and begin bidding!


Once you are registered, you can access our Car Finder and quickly identify vehicles that suit your needs. You’ll be able to bid immediately by submiting Preliminary Bids or by participating in Live Auction.


Payments for winning bids are due the second business day following corresponding auctions. A Better Bid® will provide you an invoice for each auction you win that includes all applicable fees.


After you have made your purchase, we will arrange for a licensed, bonded and insured auto transport carrier to pick up your vehicle. Your vehicle will be delivered to the location you designate.

There are many benefits to joining A Better Bid® as a member. To register, click here and immediately take advantage of all we have to offer with either an STANDARD or PREMIUM Membership. A small refundable security deposit is required.


STANDARD membership:

· Free to register

· Bidder Number Identification

· Fixed transaction fee of $250 and applicable fees

· Watch List and Saved Searches

· Free SMS notifications

· Preliminary bid submissions

· Live auction participation 

· Vehicle previewing

STANDARD membership is ideal for members purchasing a lower number of vehicles


PREMIUM membership:

· All Standard membership features

· $150 annual membership fee

· Discounted Fixed transaction fee of $200 and applicable fees

· 5 FREE Vehicle History Reports — a $44.95 value

Members looking to resell or purchase larger numbers of vehicles are best suited for the PREMIUM membership.


Vehicle history reports prove invaluable and enable you to make better informed bidding decisions. Watchlists and saved searches allow you to receive email or SMS alerts to notify you when the auctions for your potential vehicles are scheduled.


For more information about either of our membership options or the required refundable security deposit, visit our FAQ page. 

As a member, we will grant you bidding privileges immediately upon the receipt of your refundable security deposit. Bids are binding and cannot be retracted, lowered or canceled for any reason, so remember to carefully review your bid prior to submission.

All auctions consist of Preliminary Bidding and the Live Auction. During Preliminary Bidding, you have the option of entering bids manually at any time or using our Bid4U feature to set a maximum bid. Bid4U will automatically place bids on your behalf incrementally until your maximum bid is reached or the Preliminary Bidding phase ends.

During the Live Auction phase, you will submit your bids in real time, vying for vehicles along with hundreds of individuals from around the world.

For more information about Preliminary Bidding, Live Auctions or Bid4U, visit our FAQ page.

Upon winning your vehicle, you have two business days after the auction to render payment. You will receive an invoice that will outline any applicable fees. In addition to us emailing your invoice to you, your invoice will be available in the My Account section of our website. 

Payments must be made by bank wire transfer. There are no exceptions.   

We suggest that you order shipping on the same day you win your vehicle, which allows you to pay both invoices with one wire transfer. If your vehicle remains at the auction facility for any reason, you will be responsible for any storage fees you may incur.

For more information about payments, including late payments, visit our FAQ page. 

Once you have won your vehicle and made your payment, we will notify a licensed, bonded and insured auto transport carrier to make the necessary shipping arrangements. At this point, all you have left to do is endure a short wait. Within 1–7 days, we will pick up your vehicle and prepare it for shipment to the location of your choosing, domestic or overseas.   

While we do not require you to use our reliable, bonded shippers, we certainly recommend that you do so. If you choose to use another vendor for shipping, remember that you are responsible for any storage fees incurred while your vehicle remains at the auction facility.

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of our hassle-free shipping service.

For more information about shipping, visit our FAQ page.