For Buyers

How do I buy something at auction?

If you’re new to auctions, there’s nothing to fear. This step by step guide will show you just how easy it is to find, scout and participate in a live auction near you.

  1. Find an auction
    Use our auction locator to find an auction nearby. You can even search for a specific type of auction, if you’re just looking for antiques, dolls etc.
  2. Preview the auction
    Many auctions let you preview what is going on the auction block a few days or even weeks in advance. Once you’ve located the auction you want to attend, call the auctioneer or auction house to see if they will have a preview date.
  3. Arrive early
    On the day of the auction, try and get there early enough to register and get a good seat. It’s not only important for you to be able to see the auctioneer, but for the auctioneer to be able to see you.
  4. Inspect
    Carefully inspect any items you’re interested in. Are they damaged? Do you see other people looking at the same items? How much competition does it look like you’re up against?
  5. Set a price
    What are you willing to bid? You should have a number in mind, so you don’t go way over your budget in the heat of the moment. Don’t forget to include your total costs, like repairs, decorations, fees, and delivery charges. Use the bidder’s package you were given at registration.
  6. Bid
    Have fun! Carefully follow the auction and get a feel for who you’re bidding against. And remember, the maximum bid you’re willing to make is just that; a maximum. Don’t jump to that number unless it’s necessary. You might very well get the item you want for much less.
  7. Pay
    If you win, find the Bookkeeper or Clerk and take care of your bill. You can also arrange for delivery at this time.
  8. Enjoy

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Colleen Daniels, Star Financial Bank

Gallivan Companies are always willing to provide assistance, answer questions or help problem solve issues relating to values or liquidating assets. I have used Gallivan for auctions and appraisals of equipment and inventory; and have always been extremely satisfied with the results. An aspect of their business philosophy I appreciate is if they are not the best source to use on a particular asset type they recommend who is and partner with them. I recommend Gallivan without hesitation.

Ryan Davis, Regions Bank

They took the time to explain the industry and the best methods to reach the recovery value. The borrower complimented us on Gallivan’s professionalism and knowledge.

Paula Davis, First Tennessee Bank

Gallivan exceeded my expectations for the auction and stayed within budget. I could not have been happier with the results.

Steve Yount, Babcock & Yount

Gallivan knows the business, are creative, and hard working. They are diligent about getting the best results for the clients, while at the same time being conscious of the cost and the bottom line outcome.

Matt Breeden, Champ Car Racing Series

Norm, and his company Gallivan Auctioneers, handled the auction for the assets of Champ Car. In just over 2 months, Norm and his staff were able to efficiently and professionally organize nearly 30 years and 100,000 square foot of accumulated assets into a saleable format. Further, their marketing and implementation of the auction was expertly handled, resulting in significant revenue to the company. All throughout the process Norm was very communicative and ensured that his staff was as well. If I were to be in the market for an auction company in the future, Norm would certainly be getting a call from me.

Wendy Basch, First Midwest Bank

I and my team have worked with the Gallivan team on several different auctions and appraisals from construction equipment, specialty equipment and Commercial Real Estate. I find them to be problem solvers, very knowledgeable about their industry and very willing to go the extra mile to make things work. On average, their results are better than any other company I’ve worked with. They have been very candid about what to expect and what they can deliver and is consistently responsive to our bank’s needs. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to liquidate assets.

John Willis, Elixir Industries

I wanted to take the time to let you know how impressed I was with the Gallivan Team. From the time I met [Matt and Norm Gallivan] till the last item was removed from our property the entire process was flawless. The fact that you guys make it look effortless is a testament to the skill level you bring to the table. Everyone on your team is a true professional and went the extra mile to make the auction a success. Thanks again for all you and the Gallivan Team did!!