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Please read these Terms and Conditions of Auction carefully. Upon completion and submission of your registration details ( and for all bidding conducted by you under those details) you are deemed to have accepted, and will be bound by these terms and conditions, as amended and varied from time to time. 

  1. Registration: All Bidders are required to have a bidder number to bid at the auction. Bidders must register at the auction office (clerking station) and provide name, address, phone numbers, driver's license, signature, e-mail address and any other information requested for identification. The Bidder hereby acknowledges that he/she is of legal age and sound mind. Prior to signing the application for a bidding card, all Bidders and others attending the auction agree that they have read and fully understand the complete “Terms of Auction”, and any additional terms and conditions announced on day of auction and agree to be bound thereby. All registered Bidders take full responsibility for their bidder's number. Bidder numbers are nontransferable. All bids made by the holder of the number will be the responsibility of the registered Bidder. All sales are final. No refunds, reductions, returns or exchanges! No Exceptions!! The Auctioneers reserve the right to refuse any applicant for a bidding card or the privilege of bidding by number at the auction and to revoke such privilege at any time. Auctioneers reserve the right to have all payments converted to valid cash before removal of any items or lots.
     

  2. Bidding: The highest Bidder shall be the Buyer and no Bidder shall retract their bid. A Buyer is deemed to have accepted an item or lot when they make their bid. A successful bid at auction constitutes a legally binding contract of sale. All sales are final. The Auctioneers reserve the right to reject any and all bids on items and lots not sold at absolute auction. The acceptable bidding increments are established and controlled by the Auctioneer. The Auctioneers reserve the right to bid on behalf of the Seller/s.
     

  3. Pooling: Pooling or bid rigging is fraud and a serious Federal Offense. The Auctioneers reserve the right to bid on behalf of the Seller/s, when the Auctioneers detect or suspect pooling by two or more Bidders. Pooling will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Auctioneers reserve the right to terminate any Bidder numbers and/or ask any Bidder(s) to leave the auction and premises. The determination of pooling fraud, bid rigging or any other illegal activity shall be exclusively within the province, control, and determination of Auctioneer.
     

  4. Payment: All items and lots must be paid for in full within thirty minutes after conclusion of the auction. Any invoice not paid for in full within thirty minutes after the auction will be subject to a twenty-five percent (25%) surcharge on the complete invoice upon settlement. NO purchases may be removed from the auction site until said purchases are paid for in full. A paid receipt must be presented to the Auctioneer or representatives before removal of any item from auction site. Methods of payment are cash, cashiers check, certified check, irrevocable purchase order, personal or company check with bank letter of guarantee and signed check security agreement, unless other arrangements have been made with the Auctioneers. All payment methods must be approved by the Auctioneers in their sole and absolute discretion prior to bidding. Auctioneers reserve the right to have all payments converted to valid cash before removal of any items or lots. No post dated checks will be accepted and will be treated as non-payment. Buyers agree to not “stop payment” on any checks.
     

  5. Bidder Responsibility: The Bidder hereby further agrees that whether he/she shall be acting as a principal, an agent, an officer or director of a corporation or partnership, or otherwise in any capacity whatsoever, the Bidder and the Company he/she represents shall both be responsible for the payment of the purchase price and taxes payable with respect to any and all items and lots for which the Bidder shall be the successful Bidder at the said auction. And, if the Bidder shall tender a non-certified check in payment for the whole or any part of such purchase price and taxes, all items and lots delivered by Auctioneers in reliance on such checks shall be subject to seizure by Auctioneers or their employees and agents at the sole cost and expense of the Bidder in the event that such check shall be dishonored upon presentation of payment. In the event of non-payment, dishonored, stop payment, or canceled checks for purchases as stated herein, the Auctioneers shall have a possessory lien on said unpaid purchases until such purchases are paid in full.
     

  6. Late Payment: Any payment accepted late shall incur a twenty-five percent (25%) surcharge on the full amount of the invoice.
     

  7. Failure to Pay or Remove: In the event the Buyer fails to pay the whole of the purchase price, fails to remove all purchased items and lots, or comply with any other condition herein contained or agreed to, the deposit shall be forfeited to the Auctioneer and the Auctioneer shall retain a possessory lien on all items or lots of the Buyer. Auctioneer shall have the right to resell such items and lots by public or private sale without notice of any kind to the Buyers. Any deficiency arising upon the resale together with all expenses, costs, charges, reasonable attorney fees, plus a $500.00 per deem fee per item or lot, until such item or lot is/are removed, shall be paid by the Buyers. The auction deposit and any payment made by the Buyer shall be retained by the Auctioneers for application against such deficiency. The Buyer agrees that the Auctioneer and/or Seller may retain all monies received pursuant to any such resale and apply that money toward any deficiency without further notice.

    Item(s) must be picked up within seven (7) calendar days or credit card on file will be charged full amount of any remaining balance due. Furthermore, any item(s) not picked up within seven (7) calendar days will be subject to a storage fee in the amount of two (2) dollars per lot per day for each day past the allotted time for pick up. If/when storage fee exceeds the value or amount of the winning bidders purchase price, the item(s) will then be forfeited after 30 days as well as any/all money applied towards the purchase of said item(s). It is the sole responsibility of each winning bidder to timely retrieve their items. In no way will the seller or auctioneer be obligated to refund any money for any item(s) not retrieved according to the Terms or Conditions.
     

  8. Buyer's Premium: A buyer's premium is a pre-determined percentage or flat fee added to the high bid price to achieve the contract sales price. The use of a buyer's premium will not in any manner whatsoever constitute an agency relationship between Auctioneers (their employees or agents), and the Buyer. The Auctioneers, employees, and agents are agents for the Seller ONLY. The buyer's premium, if used, has been a choice of the Sellers.
     

  9. Disputes: If any dispute arises as to any bidding between two or more Bidders or as to an item or lot, etc., the Auctioneers at their sole discretion, may immediately put the disputed lot up again for auction or declare the Buyer by decision. The auctions and decisions of the Auctioneer shall be binding, final, and absolute. Should a dispute arise after the auction, the Auctioneers sales records ad or tape recordings will be deemed as final and absolute. In no instance will a dispute be recognized once the item or lot has been removed from the premises. All parties agree that the Auctioneers final decisions shall be binding.
     

  10. On-line Bidding. The Auction Block will use all efforts within its control to execute on-line bids. The Auction Block is not responsible for inability to access the Internet, equipment failure, or software malfunctions related to the execution of on-line bids. Purchaser is responsible for all shipping costs. On-line purchases will be shipped within sixty (60) days of receipt of funds.

  11. Packing and Shipping. Purchaser is responsible for all shipping costs. Purchaser agrees that packing and handling of purchased items by The Auction Block employees are performed solely as a service for the convenience of buyers. The Auction Block is not responsible for damage or breakage which may occur during packing, handling and shipping by The Auction Block or other carriers or packers of purchased items, whether or not recommended by The Auction Block. Packing and handling of purchased items are at the entire risk of the buyer although great care will be taken by The Auction Block to ensure that items are properly protected and packaged for shipping. A minimum $10.00 per package handling fee is charged in addition to the shipping cost. Handling charge increases based on the items(s) shipped, size, weight and any other necessary packaging requirements. In the case of fragile items, The Auction Block has sole discretion to decline to package any item(s) it so chooses.

  12. Claims: No claims or returns will be allowed after the items or lots have been removed from the premises. No claim will be allowed for adjustments or rescission of any sales based upon the failure of the item or lot to correspond with any standard and/or expectation of the Buyer.

  13. Non-Delivery: The Auctioneer and Seller shall in no event be liable to the Buyer for non-delivery of any items or lots for any reason whatsoever except for the return to the Buyer of the deposit or other sums paid for such non-delivered items. This non-delivery period extends from the fall of the hammer until the time allotted for the removal process concludes. In no even with the Auctioneer's or Seller's liability to the Bidder exceed the amount actually paid by the Buyer. The Buyer hereby acknowledges and agrees that the Auctioneer and Seller shall not be liable for special, consequential or incidental damages. The Buyers shall have no further claim or recourse against Sellers, Auctioneers, employees, and agents. All parties agree that liquidated damages shall apply in a “non-delivery” situation and said liquidated damage shall be limited to the final bid.
     

  14. Item/Lot Responsibility: Items and lots become the complete and sole responsibility of the Buyers for the care, custody, and protection immediately upon the Auctioneer knocking the item or lot down, says sold, or in a customary manner changes ownership. It shall be the responsibility of the Buyers to insure their purchases immediately. The Auctioneers, employees and agents assume no responsibility for any missing or damaged items or lots and are specifically not acting as the Buyer's security agent.
     

  15. Absentee Bids: Any Bidder may deposit in advance with the auction office twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the amount the Absentee Bidder intends to bid on any items or lots. A receipt will be given for the deposit. Any balance of monies owed will be due and payable within a half an hour after the conclusion of the auction. If the Absentee Bidder placing the deposit does not become the successful Bidder, all deposits will be returned in a timely manner. Unless the Absentee Bidder leaves instructions to start the bid at the full amount of the left bid, the Auctioneer will start the bid at fifty percent (50%) of the left bid. Because of the random nature of the auction bidding process, it is possible for the high bid to be by another Bidder, at the same amount that was left by the Absentee Bidder. It is agreed by the Absentee Bidder that neither the Sellers, Auctioneers, employees nor representatives, assume any liability or responsibility of any kind whatsoever for failure to execute bids for the Absentee Bidder for any reason whatsoever.
     

  16. Removal: Purchases must be removed by the Bidders from the auction site on the day of the auction unless otherwise announced or agreed upon with the Sellers or Auctioneers. Removal is at the Buyer's sole obligations, cost, and risk, and only in a manner approved by the Auctioneers. The Auctioneers reserve the right to require proof of adequate insurance coverage from any Buyer of items or lots requiring dismantling, rigging, hot cutting, refrigerant certification, or any situation deemed necessary by the Auctioneers. Buyers agree to indemnify and save harmless both the Sellers and Auctioneers, employees and agents, against any and all damages including but not limited to damage caused by the acts of the Buyers and/or their agents, employees, etc., in connection with the dismantling or removing of any item or lot. Buyers agree that any and all damage to the land or buildings, inside and outside, caused by them must be fixed, replaced, or repaired to the Auctioneer's and/or Seller's satisfaction, before they are permitted to leave with their purchases. If for any reason, the Buyers fail to remove any item or lot within the specified time, the item or lot will be deemed abandoned and the Auctioneer at sole discretion may resell per paragraph number 7 above, or remove and store the items or lots at the Buyer's sole risk and expense. The Buyers understand that they will lose any right, title, or interest the Buyers may have acquired and the item or lot shall revert and repossess to the Seller or Auctioneer without any further notice to the Buyers. In addition, buyers will be liable for any rent incurred, labor, storage, hauling, dump fees, etc, and damage suffered by the Auctioneers because of the Buyers failure to remove any item or lot. It is the Buyer's responsibility to secure all safety equipment to meet all applicable government safety standards in using or removing any items or lots purchased. Any fluids, spills, release into the environment, or any contamination whatsoever caused by the Buyer, their agents, employees, contractors, etc., during the auction or removal, are strictly and solely the Buyer's expense and liability to correct, remove, and clean up. The Buyer takes full responsibility for compliance with applicable environmental laws and exercise all reasonable care to ensure that there is no release to the environment of any hazardous materials, wastes, or substances as defined in applicable Federal, State, and Local Statutes, Laws, Regulations, Rules or Ordinances. The Buyer hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Auctioneer and Seller from any and all damages, claims, or liabilities from any and all injuries to persons or property of any type whatsoever caused by the Auctioneer, Seller, or the Buyer, their agents, employees, or contractors during the exhibition, auction, and/or removal, as to he use or operation while inspecting the items or lots, and as to the use or operation surrounding the removal of purchased items or lots, and as to any environmental situations created by the Buyer. All parties mutually waive rights of subrogation.
     

  17. Removal Extension: On a case by case basis and at the Seller's or Auctioneer's discretion, the Seller or Auctioneer may grant a Buyer a removal extension with a non-refundable (per day) extension fee as set by the Seller or Auctioneer. Full payment of the extension fee must be made at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the start of the extension. Any extension by the Auctioneer shall not be considered a waiver of Auctioneer's rights under law or contract.
     

  18. Inspection: The Buyers were afforded the opportunity to inspect the items and lots prior to bidding at the auction. The Buyers are relying solely on their investigations and inspections, and not any representations made by the Sellers, Auctioneers, their employees, and agents. The Buyers hereby waive any and all further inspections. The Buyers fully agree and understand that they are purchasing each and every item and lot in an “As-Is”- “Where-Is” condition, with any and all latent or obvious faults. The Sellers, Auctioneers, their employees and agents, make no representations, guarantees or warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, statutory or otherwise of any nature whatsoever. Any and all warranties by law, statute, the Uniform Commercial Code, or Common Law are hereby waived.
     

  19. As-Is: All items and lots are sold on an “AS-IS”, “WHERE IS”, and “WITH ALL FAULTS” basis “WITHOUT EXCEPTION” and with removal at the Buyer's sole obligation, risk, and expense. The Auctioneer and Seller expressly and specifically disclaim, without limitation, any warranty or merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. No sale will be invalidated by reason of any defect or inaccuracy in any of the items or lots by reason of their being incorrectly described orally or written, invoiced or cataloged, and no liability will be borne by the Auctioneers, employees and agents in respect to any such faults or errors. All marketing and information has been prepared only as a guide and is not offered as completely accurate, nor does it give the Buyers all of the information on the item or lot. Except as herein contained, there shall be no guarantees or warranties, expressed or implied, statutory or otherwise of any nature whatsoever. The Buyers will accept the items or lots in spite of any defects or conditions, known or unknown, visible or not visible, and therefore Buyers do by these presents remise, release, acquit, quit claim, and forever discharge the Sellers, Auctioneers, employees and agents from any and all claims (known or unknown) now and in the future. The Buyers should avail themselves the opportunity to inspect all items and lots. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
     

  20. Indemnity Clause: The Bidder hereby waives, releases, remises, acquits, and forever discharges the Auctioneer and Seller, and their respective employees, agents, or any other person acting on behalf of the Auctioneers and Seller, of and from, and shall indemnify and hold harmless the Auctioneer and Seller, and their respective employees, agents, or other persons acting on behalf of the Auctioneer and Seller from and against any claims, actions, cause of action, demands, rights, damages, costs, expenses, or compensation whatsoever, direct or indirect, known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, which the Bidder now has or which may arise in the future on the account of or in any way growing out of or connected with any defects, latent or otherwise, or the physical condition of any items or lots purchased or any law or regulation applicable thereto. The indemnity clause applies to the auction and/or a privately negotiated sale, before, during and after, the auction or the privately negotiated sale, and shall survive the settlement or lack thereof.
     

  21. Information Discrepancies: While the quantities and descriptions are believed to be correct, there are no warranties or guarantees, expressed or implied, and the Auctioneers, employees and agents will not be held responsible for advertising discrepancies, inaccuracies, or failure of the merchandise to correspond with any standard and/or expectation. Bidders may not rely on any descriptions, quantities, etc., when submitting a bid. No item or lot shall be sold or deemed to be sold by description. A Buyer shall not be entitled to rely on any representations made either in writing or orally, by or on behalf of, the Sellers, Auctioneers, employees, and agents. The description, measurements, dimensions, serial and machine numbers, year, model, quantities, weights, value, quality, capability, usability, function, performance, condition, saleability, or other particulars set out in the newspaper ads, auction brochures, catalogs, and/or invoices are believed to be accurate, but such information is given by way of identification only and no warranty, condition, or guarantee is given or is to be implied as to the accuracy of such descriptions, measurements, dimensions, serial and machine numbers, year, model, quantities, weights, value, quality, capability, usability, function, performance, condition, saleability, or other particulars, or the genuineness or authenticity of any item or lot, and neither Sellers nor Auctioneers, employees and agents, will be responsible for any damage or loss, consequential or otherwise, arising as a result of any inaccuracy in respect thereof. Announcements on a day of auction take precedence over any advertising or pre-auction material, written or oral.
     

  22. Environmental: The Buyers agree to indemnify, save, and hold harmless Auctioneers and their employees, agents, successors or assigns, on any and all purchases made by the Buyer, against and all claims, injury, loss, liabilities, damages, demands, etc. pertaining to hazardous materials, contamination, substances and/or conditions, known or unknown, and are strictly and solely the Buyer's ownership, responsibility, and liability.
     

  23. Titles: Title and Vehicle transfers will be delivered to Buyer upon full cash payment and within legal guidelines. A mutually agreeable time and location will be set by Sellers and Buyers to complete notary work at a licensed Notary.
     

  24. Additions or Withdrawals: The auctioneers reserve the exclusive right before, or during the auction, to withdraw from the auction any of the items or lots listed or to sell at this auction items or lots not listed. Auctioneers also reserve the right to group and regroup items and lots, or separate items and lots, or parts of a lot as deemed necessary by the Auctioneers. The Auctioneers reserve the right to sell all or the items and lots listed in bulk or to sell any and all items or lots prior to the auction. All items and lots are subject to prior sale and cancellation. Auctioneer and Seller reserve the right to augment the auction with items from additional sellers. These items and lots may be interspersed and not specifically identified throughout the auction.
     

  25. Person and Property Risk: Persons attending during exhibition, auction and/or removal or items and lots, assume all risks of damage of or loss to person and property and specifically assume all risks by reason of any defect in or condition of the premises on which the auction is held. Auctioneers, employees, agents and/or Sellers are not responsible for accidents or theft, personal or physical, on the premises or in coming or going, to and from the exhibition, auction, and/or removal. All persons in attendance during exhibition, auction, and/or removal shall exercise proper precautions at all times for the protection of persons and property and shall comply with all safety and health requirements as directed by the Auctioneers, and Federal, State, and Local Regulations. Buyer, its gents, guests, employees, and representatives specifically releases Auctioneers, their agents and employees from all liability thereof.
     

  26. Bidder/purchaser agrees not to hold The Auction Block, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, attorneys or agents liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any merchandise purchased and/or auction attended.

  27. Sales Tax: All applicable sales tax, according to the governing tax laws in the state where the auction is being held, will be added to the purchase price on all taxable items or lots unless the Buyer files a properly completed tax exempt form with out auction office prior to the auction.
     

  28. Records: The records (written, audio, video, digital, computer generated, and etc…) of the auction kept by the Auctioneers, bookkeepers, and employees will be taken as final in the event of any disputes or claims.
     

  29. Agency: The Auctioneers and employees are acting as an agent for the Seller ONLY and are not responsible for acts of its principals, nor liability for damages, accidents, or thefts.
     

  30. Theft: Theft is a serious concern to all of us, if discovered, the individuals involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The Auctioneer reserves the right to inspect all vehicles, tool boxes, persons, etc., and all guests, by their mere presence, permit such searches. Instances of theft will result in immediate termination of bidding and removal privileges.
     

  31. Binding: It is agreed that the Bidder shall be bound by these terms and conditions, and if there is more than one bidder, the obligations imposed by these terms and conditions, shall be joint and several. If any term or condition is determined by a court to be unenforceable, the remainder of the terms and conditions shall not be affected. All terms and conditions shall survive settlement or lack thereof.
     

  32. Legal Action: Bidder agrees that any legal proceedings arising out of the auction, including any disputes or litigation, shall be brought in the State of Michigan, the jurisdiction shall be in Farmington Hills District Court (if the amount in controversy is less than $25,000 OR in the event that the amount in controversy exceeds $25,000, then the litigation shall be filled in Oakland County Circuit Court located in Pontiac, Michigan and that Michigan law shall govern irrespective of the location, County, or State where the auction was held. In any lawsuit or legal action taken in connection with or arising out of the terms herein, the Auctioneers shall be entitled to recover all costs, expenses and reasonable attorney fees. Both parties mutually agree that reasonable attorney's fees constitute $150.00 per hour.
     

  33. Ambiguities: Any and all ambiguities shall be construed in favor of the auctioneer and against the bidder.
     

  34. Minors: Minors are not permitted on the premises


 

 

 

 

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