What to Expect at a J.J. Kane Live Auction

Before the Auction

Auction day is almost here! Are you ready to snag a great deal? Whether you’re an auction novice or a frequent buyer, one of the most important steps you can take before a J.J. Kane live auction is to plan out which items you want to bid on. The best way to do this is by visiting our online auction catalogs to review our inventory. By reviewing the items in advance, you’re already on your way to auction success by being able to make informed decisions on your next big purchase.

The next step is registration. You can register online through the J.J. Kane Portal, or you can register on-site the day before the auction during “inspection day” from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. If you missed registering online or during inspection day, you can register on auction day, two hours before the auction starts. All you need to register is a valid form of identification and a method of payment. There are no registration fees. As mentioned, inspection day is held the day before the auction, and it allows you to check out items before bidding on them. Since all items are sold “as-is” and “where-is” with or without any and all faults, it’s important to make notes on the conditions of items so you can do more research on similar items before the auction.

Once you’ve registered to bid, we provide you a catalog of all our auction items. Feel free to use this catalog as a reference during your inspection and review process. Note this catalog also includes your unique bidder number. Have it ready to go as the auctions tend to move quickly! The auction catalog is also a great place to make notes on items that interest you. Planning is key!

During the Auction

Now it’s auction day, and it’s time to bid! The bidding begins at Lot #1 and proceeds from there. J.J. Kane averages about 60 lots an hour, so you can expect the auction at each lot to last for about one minute. If you plan to bid at multiple lots, you’ll want to plan this out accordingly or talk with our staff on-site about placing absentee bids. A lead auctioneer will arrive and “call the bid” as they’re surrounded by several other staffers who assist in taking your bids. There are a few ways to bid; you can hold up your yellow catalog, simply raise your hand or you can talk to one of our J.J. Kane associates. When considering the item’s price remember to add the 10% buyer’s fee to your maximum bid price.

Congratulations, you’ve won a bid! We’ll ask to see your catalog so we can make note of your number. To complete your purchase, have your payment ready in full.

After the Auction

Finally, you can transport your auction item off the grounds to its new home! There is a time limit as to how long you can keep your newly purchased item on the auction site. Please refer to the auction catalog to review these times. If you didn’t arrange for transportation beforehand, our website provides information about transportation companies that can help you transport your purchase.

For more details on our auctions, please refer to our Live Auction Buying Guide, or contact us at (855) 462-5263.