Auction FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Before You Bid
What do I need in order to register to bid for an auction?

First, bring your driver’s license with you. When you get to the auction location, our recommendation is to immediately register and receive a bidder’s card from our staff at the mobile office. After you received your auction packet, we encourage you to look around and see what’s being offered and make notes to which items you’re interested in so you don’t miss your chance to bid during the auction! If you have never attended a Nixon sale we advise you to listen for a little to get a feel for the auctioneer’s style.

What does “register to bid” mean?

In order to bid at any Nixon sale, you will need a bidder’s number. You will be assigned a number for the duration of that sale so anything you bid on and win at the auction will be identified by your number. Your bidder’s number is only good for that auction. The next time you come to a Nixon sale you’ll have to visit the office and register to get another bidder number. In order to get your bidder’s number, we will need some information about who you are. You’ll be asked for a current driver’s license to register your name, address, and driver’s license number. A phone number and email address will be asked to include you to our Nixon Auctioneers Evites, keeping you informed with all upcoming sales. After the information has been loaded you will receive a bidder’s number card. It’s that simple and painless. Nixon Auctioneers will NEVER share your information with anyone.

The Auction
How are items sold?

Items are sold using either a SIMULCAST, LIVE, or ONLINE ONLY auction. Items are sold in what the auction industry calls “Lots”, each item or each group of items is considered a Lot. Each lot will be tagged and numbered to clarify what item(s) are in that lot. If you wish to buy any lot, you will have to bid to compete with anyone else at the sale who also wishes to buy that lot. All lots are sold to the highest bidder. Please note that all auctions will state which method the items will be sold with.

What is a SIMULCAST Auction?

This auction method is the most commonly used with Nixon Auctioneers. With a simulcast auction, live bidders are physically present onsite at an auction competing against online bidders who have either placed proxy bids or are bidding live in real-time. These auctions will state in the title “LIVE AND ONLINE”

What is a LIVE ONLY Auction?

Live Auctions only allow bidders who are physically present at an auction onsite to bid. These auctions will state in the title "SORRY NO ONLINE BIDDING".

What is an ONLINE ONLY Auction?

Only bidders who are registered online are able to bid and compete against other registered bidders. These auctions will state in the title "ONLINE ONLY".

Are there any guarantees?

No, there are no guarantees with any items in the auction. Everything is sold “AS IS, WHERE IS” with all faults, imperfections or errors of descriptions. You are responsible for examining any item you’re interested in before you bid. Nixon Auctioneers has put forth every effort in preparing each auction with accurate descriptions of all items but it is the due diligence and responsibility of the buyer to determine the condition of the items they wish to bid on.

Can I consign items with Nixon’s?

Yes! All items in our auctions are approved prior to a sale by one of our staff members. You will receive a packet with a consignment contract and selling information. This packet will also contain instructions for taking pictures and giving descriptions. If you have an item(s) you wish to consign, please contact Nixon Auctioneers 1-800-535-5996 or send an email to and we will be happy to discuss your options.

How do I bid during the auction?

The auctioneer or one of the staff members will announce which item is selling. A brief description is given and the auctioneer will open the bidding by asking for an amount of money. The bidding has opened at $10, if you want the item and would pay $10 for it, hold up your bid card. The auctioneer will point or nod toward you to indicate they have your bid. Immediately a larger number such as $12.50 is asked for by the auctioneer while waiting for another bidder. If the auctioneer gets a bid for $12.50, they will come back to you and ask for a new higher amount of $15. If you still want the item for $15, again you will nod or wave your bid card. Bidding will go back and forth with bidders jumping in or dropping out as the asked-for amount gets higher. If you’re the last bidder, you win the lot for whatever your last bid was. The auctioneer will announce “SOLD!” and will call out your bidder’s number. Remember money increments will be different for each item, please pay attention to what the auctioneer is asking for, and if you aren’t sure ask one of the Nixon Auctioneers staff in overalls and they will be happy to help.

What happens when I win an item?

Congratulations! If your item is small, the auction staff will bring it to you. Larger pieces will be moved to the side away from where they’re selling. One rule applies to both scenarios: you are responsible for your items from the moment the auctioneer says “SOLD” and calls out your bidder number.

If there are still items you want to bid on, keep bidding. If you’re all finished, make your way back to the office, and we’ll have your bill ready for you.

What forms of payment do you take?

We accept cash, good personal check, money order, and all major credit and debit cards.

Can I take my item(s) after I’ve paid?

Yes. If you need help loading, we provide the appropriate equipment to get the job done. Ask any of our staff and they will be happy to help.

My item is too big for my vehicle, can someone ship or haul my purchases?

Yes! Don’t let shipping or hauling hold you back from purchasing any item. Nixon Auctioneers will schedule any and all shipping and hauling after an auction has ended. Please contact us at 1-800-535-5996 or Info@NixonAuctioneers and we will be happy to give you a quote!

What if I can’t make it to the auction and I really want and an item! What can I do?

Contact our office at 1-800-535-5996 or email tell us what item(s) you’re interested in, and how much you’re willing to bid. On auction day, a staff member will bid on your behalf. We have a form you can fill out either in-person or online. If you wish to bid live during the auction but you’re unable to attend, we will set up a telephone bid for you. A staff member from Nixon’s will call you a few lots before your item comes up, and bid with you live on the telephone.

If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to ask. There are no dumb questions. We welcome new customers and are ready to help a “newbie” catch the auction fever!

Terms You May Hear During the Auction

A public sale in which goods are sold to buyers (bidders) competing against each other until the bidder willing to pay the highest price gets the item.


The dollar amount a bidder is willing to offer for a lot.

Bid Increment

The minimum dollar amount that the current bid increases in price after each new bid, usually at the discretion of the auctioneer.

AS IS/Where Is

Auction term used to indicate that all items will be sold exactly how & where you see them at the time they are offered for sale. No guarantees.


One item or group of items that are put up for bid at any one time. For example, a sofa, a 6-piece bedroom set, a tray of costume jewelry, etc. would each be considered one lot.


Auctioneers use this buying option when more than one product is being offered. The bidder may bid for an individual item, and the winning bidder may take as many of the set as they wish. If the bidder does not want all of the items, the remaining items are auctioned again until all items are sold.

So Much A Piece

Multiple items are being offered for sale and the bidder's price is per item, however; the bidder must take all the items.

All for One Money

Multiple items are being offered for sale and the bidding price is one amount for all of the items. Any bids for individual items are not accepted.


When the auctioneer says the word "sold" the bidding has ceased, which means the item is sold as the auctioneer directs to the clerk. The bidding cannot be reopened after the word "sold" is said.

Hammer Price

The final bid amount when the auctioneer says “SOLD!”.

Buyer's Premium

A percentage of the selling price that will be added to the selling price to determine the bidder’s total purchase price


The seller of the item(s).

Absolute Auction

All items in the auction will be sold to the highest bidder, regardless of the bid. There is no reserve or minimum on the item for bid.


The lowest price a seller is willing to sell the item. If the reserve price is not met at the auction, the item will not be sold. This is reserved mainly for items with a high value such as construction equipment, homes, or commercial real estate properties.

Telephone Bid

Bidding in real-time over the telephone during the auction if you are unable to attend the auction in person.

Absentee Bid

A bid you place before the auction if you are unable to attend the auction. The maximum amount you’d be willing to pay for an item or lot. A staff member will do the bidding on your behalf, and we’ll notify you by email after the auction if you were the highest bidder for your item(s).

Terms and Conditions

The legal agreements between Nixon Auctioneers and a buyer who wishes to use purchase any item(s) during the auction. The bidder must agree to abide by the terms of service in order to bid at any Nixon Auctioneers sales.

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