Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I register for one of your auctions?

You can register in person the day before an auction (inspection day) from 8AM to 4PM or on sale day starting two hours before the start of the sale, as well as anytime throughout the auction. Our registration is inside our office building/trailer.

2. Do I have to be a dealer to attend your sales?

No. Anyone may bid and buy! Our auctions are open to the public as well as to dealers.

3. What do I need to register?

A valid driver’s license is required to register and bid at our auctions. If you are registering for personal use, your driver’s license and complete payment is required on sale day. If you are purchasing for a company, you will need all of your company’s information, including any tax exempt certificates, if required. Whomever the company agent designates to register must provide a valid driver’s license.

4. Do you offer pre-registration online?

We currently require you register in person for our auctionswe do not preregister online or over the phone. If you wish to bid online you can register through our website, connecting to Proxibid, our internet bidding provider. See online pre-registration below.

5. Can I register and bid over the internet?

We offer internet bidding through our website and a third party company. You can either go to our website and click on the bid online button or visit to register.
If you choose not to attend the live auction, you can bid online and the buyer’s fee is 12%. All other applicable fees/procedures will apply just as if you were at an auction yard.

Fees & Taxes

1. Does it cost to register?

There is no fee to register for our auctions; and our auctions are open to the public.

2. Is there a buyer’s fee?

J.J. Kane charges a 10% buyer’s fee for all purchases made at our auction.

3. What other fees can I expect if I make a purchase at a J.J. Kane Auction?

In some locations we are obligated to collect sales tax and sometimes that tax also includes the buyer’s fee. At times J.J. Kane is required to collect state and local administrative fees, especially in those states where we hold a dealer’s license.

4. Do you charge sales tax?

Yes, in most states we are required by law to collect sales tax.

5. If I am tax exempt do I need to bring proof?

Yes, if you are tax exempt you will need to bring your state issued tax certificate. In most cases we do have tax forms on-site, if you forget to bring one. Buyer’s pertinent tax documents are required to complete tax exempt forms.


1. When is payment due?

Complete payment from buyer is due on sale day.

2. What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, credit cards, certified funds such as money orders, traveler’s checks, cashier’s checks or if you are writing a check (personal or company) a letter of guarantee must be submitted for approval.

Credit Card Payment Terms: Credit card payment by Visa, Mastercard, American Express & Discover is accepted at select auction locations. Check the specific terms and conditions for the auction you are interested in, to be certain that credit cards are accepted at that location. J.J. Kane Auctioneers reserves the right to hold purchaser(s) title(s) for 3 business days or merchandise purchased until credit card transactions have been approved. A 4% service fee will be charged on all credit card transactions. Please check the terms for each auction sale for specific information on credit card terms as they could differ depending upon the state rules.

3. Can I leave a deposit and then come back with the remaining balance later?

No. We require complete payment on sale day.

4. What does my letter of guarantee or honor have to state?

Your letter must be current and printed on your financial institute’s letter headit must state they are going to guarantee or honor the check written to J.J. Kane Auctioneers up to the amount that you and the bank agree on. It also must be signed by an executive of your financial institute along with their phone number in case of need to contact. Download our Buyer’s Guide for a sample Bank Letter of Guarantee and other helpful tips and answers to commonly asked questions.

5. What if my bank will not give me a letter?

In this instance, we do accept certified funds such as money orders, traveler’s checks, or cashier’s checks. We suggest you obtain a cashier’s check or money order for the amount you don’t want to exceed. If you make a purchase, we will refund the difference.

Titles & Temporary Tags

1. If I purchase a vehicle how do I get my title?

In most cases once complete payment is made, the title is on-site, is executed, and given to you to take to your DMV to register. In some states J.J. Kane must walk your vehicle transaction through the DMV. In this case, it may take a few days to receive your title.

2. What if I do not know what name I want on my title, can I have it blank?

Every title that leaves our office will be completed in its entiretyno blank titles will be delivered to anyone. You have 3 business days after the sale to decide the name on the title. However, if you do not put the title in your name, we will need a copy of the driver’s license under whom the vehicle is titled. This is for legal purposes associated with the Terrorist Act.

3. Do you issue temporary tags?

In most states you are required to get temporary tags at the DMVcurrently, we only issue temporary tags in Georgia.

Removing Your Purchases After the Auction

1. How long do I have to pick up my purchase?

Items purchased at our sale are required to be removed in the allotted time posted on-site as well as in your catalog. Normally we have removal on sale day during the sale as long as it does not disrupt the auction, and up to two hours after the sale ends. We also have removal for 4 days after a sale with most of the hours being 8AM to 4PM. The exception is Sunday, when hours are 9AM to 1PM. Note that the hours vary slightly depending on location.

2. Who do I call if I cannot get my items out in the allotted time?

You must contact the sale site where you purchased as soon as you know you cannot meet our pick-up deadline. In most cases you will not be able to leave items at the site. Items will be hauled and stored at a location where the cost will be incurred by the buyer.

3. If my items are not removed in the timeframe allotted, how do I find out where they will be stored?

Communication with the closeout personnel is mandatory and is the responsibility of the buyer. Please contact the sale site where you purchased for information.

4. If I send a hauler or truck driver to remove my items, what do they have to bring?

Whomever you choose to remove your items, whether you or a driver, must have identification as well as a copy of your paid-in-full invoice. No items will be removed without this information.

Sign Up for Auction and Equipment Updates

1. How do I get notified about future auction sales?

Create your Free Account on our website and you will receive email notices of upcoming auctions.


1. How do I consign to an auction and sell my equipment?

In order to consign quality items to an auction you will need to first complete a contract. Call our corporate office and we will help determine the best possible solution to meet your needs. Or you may visit our website and connect with the salesperson in your area.

2. When do I receive my check if I consign to our auction?

14 business days after the auction ends, your proceeds will be sent via U.S. Postal Service.