How to Bid at Auto Auctions
There are 2 ways to bid -- preliminary bidding and virtual sale. You can place a maximum preliminary bid before the virtual sale or you can join the virtual sale online and bid in real-time.
Preliminary Bidding Begins
You can place bids now.
Preliminary Bidding Ends
Virtual Sale Begins
Car is sold
Virtual Sale Ends
- Preliminary Bids
- Preliminary Bidding begins when the vehicle is assigned a sale date and continues until one hour before the scheduled start of the Virtual Sale. The highest bid received during the Preliminary Bidding period determines the starting price of the Virtual Sale.
- 11am - 12pm
- No bids are accepted at this time.
- Virtual Sale
- The Virtual Sale continues until the vehicle is sold to the highest bidder. During the Virtual sale, you'll be able to submit your bid in real-time during the live auction.
How It Works
Membership with AutoBidMaster gives you full access to Copart auctions for salvage, repairable, damaged, and clean titled vehicles. Search for, bid on, and win cars, motorcycles, jet skis, boats, and industrial equipment.
Bidding is fun and easy. There are two phases to every auction: Preliminary Bidding and the Virtual Sale. During Preliminary Bidding you'll be able to submit your bid 24 hours a day until one hour before the scheduled start of the Virtual Sale. The highest bid received during the Preliminary Bidding period determines the starting price of the Virtual Sale.
When the Preliminary Bidding ends, there's a one hour period during which no more bids can be received. After the hour is up, the Virtual Sale starts. The Virtual Sale is an actual live auction happening online only. Submit your bid and compete live against other online bidders world-wide for the vehicle of your choice. Or, submit your maximum bid during the preliminary bidding and allow the Bid4U feature to bid automatically for you in increments up to your maximum. The highest bid wins!