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Types of Bidding?
If you’re looking for an entertaining night out, or if you’re the kind of person who likes to be right in the middle of the action, then floor bidding is for you. You can come to the preview and register or register the day of the auction.
You may submit an absentee bid by calling, stopping by or email. Please be aware if you have not received communication from our staff, your absentee bid has not been received and accepted. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have received verification of your absentee bidding before the time of the auction
We do accept phone bids on a first come first serve basis. Telephone bidders are also urged to provide a maximum backup bid if the bidder is unreachable at the time the item comes up for sale. Road Toad Auction Service will make every effort to exercise your phone bid in good conscience but we are not liable for any errors or omissions and are not responsible for the item in which you are bidding. It is your responsibility to view and assess the item before the phone call is made and before bidding. If you are the winning bidder, payment is due immediately via the website and you will need to contact us at a later time to arrange to pick up.
In-house Internet bidding offers you the ability to bid live remotely from the comfort of your own home or, for that matter, from anywhere in the world. Bids are received in real time so that you are competing for lots as if you were in the room yourself. For this convenience, your purchases will include a slightly higher buyer’s premium of 18% (as opposed to 15%) to help offset the cost of running the Internet system. Currently this system will only be used for online auctions. Coming in the future we will be adding simulcast using this feature where you can bid mobility at live auctions against bidders on the floor. Our online auctions also use a dynamic-ending Internet bidding feature that is very similar to the eBay-style auction. Like eBay, the auction has a start time and an end time, and bidders are able to sign in and leave bids on items of interest at any time during the auction. Where we differ is when a bid is placed just before the auction is scheduled to close. To ensure all other active bidders have a chance to counterbid the last-minute bid, the ending time of the auction will automatically be extended by a predetermined number of minutes. This will continue to occur until that number of minutes has passed without further bidding. At that time, the auction will officially close.
The Auction record kept by Road Toad Auction Gallery will be final. The highest bidder for each lot shall be the buyer, and if any dispute arises as to the bidding, or between two or more bidders, the auctioneer will have sole discretion to determine the successful bidder, or the disputed lot shall be offered again at the last undisputed bid and resold. Buyers are responsible for all items after the knockdown.
Terms of Sale, Payment and Removal of Items
When bidding on any lot offered by Road Toad Auction Gallery, the bidder indicates acceptance of the following Terms of Sale. Any participation in the auction binds you to the agreement of these terms whether or not you read or understand said terms.
CONDITION OF ITEMS
Road Toad Auction Gallery makes every effort to accurately describe all items offered in its sales, however, all items for sale are “as is,” and it is the bidder’s responsibility (present or absentee bidders) to determine the exact condition of each item. Road Toad Auction Gallery will not be held responsible for typographical errors. Neither we nor the consignor, make any guarantees, warranties, or representation expressed, or implied, in regard to items or physical condition, size, quality, rarity, importance, or otherwise. No statement anywhere whether oral or written shall be deemed such a guarantee, warranty or representation. Prospective bidders should inspect the property before bidding to determine its condition, size, and condition.
Owner or Owner’s Agent may not bid on his/her own items. If this is brought to our attention and verified, said items will become the property of the auction house and the owner will forfeit said items.
All announcements made on the day of the auction supersede any other previously announced or published materials.
PAYMENT AND REMOVAL
All items must be paid for the night of the auction if the bidder is attending the auction. Successful absentee/telephone bids must be paid upon notification of winning bid. Auction purchase may be paid in cash, VISA or MasterCard. we use Tele-check system, meaning all checks will be processed at time of checkout. All items must be removed from the gallery the night of the auction; we are not responsible for items left for later pickup. If you do want to leave an item for later pickup, you must pay for all items, inform Road Toad Auction Gallery immediately and your items must be picked up within 3 days. O items may be removed until full payment has been made. After Auction Pick Up Times: Must be arranged at time of sale.
Registration, Buyers Premium and Sales Tax
All buyers must be registered to participate in the auction, either in person or by submitting all items before the auction. All bidders must have a valid driver’s license or state-issued in order to obtain a bidder number. Drivers license will be photocopied and kept on file.
The Buyer’s Premium of 15% will be added to each successful bid. VT state sales tax of 6% will be applied to each sale, unless exempt by law. If exempt, you must present us with a valid tax exemption certificate 2 days before the auction.