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Learn About Absentee Bidding

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Absentee Bidding - When You Cannot Bid Live!

We make it easy for you to bid on and buy the items you need, even if you cannot participate in the live auction! Buyers who are unable to bid live on sale day may place an absentee bid (also known as a book bid) in advance of the auction, on specific lots. Contact us to learn more and get your bid in for the items you need to buy.

How absentee bidding works:

Example: A buyer would like to bid on a backhoe, but cannot attend the sale. Prior to auction day, the buyer can inspect the item, register as a bidder, and deposit 25% of the maximum bid they would place on the item with J.J. Kane. If the buyer’s maximum bid was $10,000, they would leave a deposit of $2500. Suppose the backhoe is up for sale, and the bidding opens at $7000, J.J. Kane would bid on the buyer’s behalf, in increments at our discretion until the buyer was high, other bidding ceased and the buyer “purchased the unit.” Or, J.J. Kane would bid on the buyer’s behalf until bidding passed their high bid amount of $10,000 and was sold to another buyer.

Download our Buyer’s Guide for tips and answers to commonly asked questions. Need help? Contact us and we will respond.