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Pre-Bidding Methods for Live Lane:


In this case, the auction wants the ability to allow the customers to place a hard bid. Not proxy, and the auction will take the entire bid, as soon as the block clerk opens the bidding.
The customers cannot see each other’s bids until the block clerk starts the bidding.
The Block Clerk may want to see the high bid before opening the bidding to the floor.
As soon as they place a lane bid, the high silent bid is applied.

  1. We should not offer a starting bid box when the auction is loading a car because we will be taking their full bid
  2. The bidding box for the customer should not say “Enter Proxy Bid” instead should say, “ENTER YOUR BID”
  3. When the block clerk enters the starting bid in the lane, the full bid from the online bidders is accepted. And bidding will continue from there.
  4. Bidding is in $100 increments (does not allow odd amounts)
**In Auction Settings: **
Bidding Starts = immediately
Sale Type = Silent
Live Lane = Yes


In this case, the auction wants bidders to be able to enter a proxy bid. But not have the proxy bid take effect until the block clerk starts the lane bidding.
The proxy bids hold until the block clerk places the first lane bid.
Example: Bidder one pre-bids a proxy of $3000, bidder 2 bids a proxy of $4000. The block clerk enters a lane bid of $1000, the high bid would then jump to $3100 with bidder 2 winning.
Bidder 2’s Proxy’s with then continue to be applied in 100 increments agents the lane and or simulcast bidders.

  1. The bidding box for the customer should say “Enter Proxy Bid”
  2. When the block clerk enters the starting bid in the lane, they would receive competing proxy bids.
  3. Bidding is in $100 increments (does not allow odd amounts)
**In Auction Settings: **
Bidding Starts = immediately
Sale Type = Silent
Live Lane = Yes


In this case, the auction wants bidders to be able to enter bids, a proxy both proxy, and increments and have the bidding war begin immediately.
The block clerk and auctioneer may want to be able to see the current high bid before they open the lane for bidding.
When the block clerk opens the lane for bidding, the current high bid is displayed.

**In Auction Settings: **
Bidding Starts = immediately
Sale Type = Open Bid
Live Lane = Yes

Reset Bidder Badges and Assign New

Step 1:

Reset bidder badges by going to settings and clicking “ReSet Bidder Numbers:”

Step 2:

Assign your starting number, by searching for your first customer of the day (or a test customer) and set your starting number.

Simply search for the customer, then click view then edit and set the bidder number: Example set the number to 100.

Step 3:

Check customers in as normal.

WEB APP: add to home [video]

1.Adding the IOS Web App to your home screen #

  • Open Safari App on your phone
  • Navigate to your auction website, provided by Auction Simplified. Example
  • Log In to your site
  • Click on the share button
  • Scroll down until you see [add to Home Screen]
  • then click add
  • DONE, you will now have the app on your Home Screen.
  • Log in and you are ready to use the web app

2.How to add the web app to your Home Screen on Android #

  • Click on Chrome on your phone
  • Navigate over to your auction website provided by Auction Simplified.
  • Log in
  • Once logged in, click on the menu (three dots) at the upper right
  • then click add to home screen
  • Then Click add again.
  • Sometimes it asks if you are sure, just keep saying yes
  • then the icon will show up on your home screen.
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PURCHASE LIST: Amps and Microphones

Auctioneer on Public Address System

We must be heard

A great amp for your auction is critical for both simulcast buyers and in lane buyers. Don’t skimp, get a good quality Public address system, extra speakers, and wired microphones. 

Powerhouse Amp.

Good for medium sized auctions.

300W of power

Used for large spaces

Acoustic Foam Panels 12 PACK

Used for large spaces

Reasonably priced PA Speakers

Ceiling Mount and out of the way

Pro Mic

Reasonably Priced Mic

Cabling and Connections

Need to connect up the mic and speakers

Mic Cables

Speaker Cable

PURCHASE LIST: Recording Devices

Video Camera for Auctions

Recording the auction

While most people are honest and caring there are a small percent who need to be recorded so you can hold them accountable for vehicles they won. 

Additionally, for liability and security, having recordings of the proceedings, in door and out is critical.

Onsite storage and recording

video storage on its 1tb hard drive

Bulletproof online recordings with NEST

Record online with Google

Apple HomeKit Cameras

Record online with icloud

Recording the auctioneer

Sometimes it’s faster to just make an audio recording of the auctioneer. The best way to accomplish that is to mic them up or plug into the auction Amp.

Digital Recorder with Lavalier Mic.

From recorder to your amp box

PURCHASE LIST: Drones & Gimbles for Marketing

Drone shot of auction lot

Merchandising Your Auction, Just got Easier

A drone is a must have item for marketing your auction. It will help you run facebook live video of your auction, post videos on youtube and other marketing sites. Add arial footage to your Auction Simplified website. Besides being fun and cool, drone marketing can make you stand out from the other auto auctions in your area.

Pro Ultra Light 4K Drone

Excellent Low Priced Drone

Basic 1080p Drone with extras

Merchandising Your Cars, Just got Easier

Shooting stable vehicle video from your phone can make your videos look more cinematic and professional. 

Gimbal for smart phone

Auction Condition Report Guide

Auction Condition Report (CR) Guide

Auction Simplified recommends that you take your time creating a condition report. Walk around the car as if you are a potential buyer and highlight the issues with a critical eye.

If you take the photos of the car first, it helps you identify any physical issues so when you create the CR they are fresh in your mind.

You should definitely drive the vehicle, we recommend also backing up into it final parking spot so that you also test reverse.

Print Window Stickers VMS [video]

In this section we’re going to learn how to print window stickers for your vehicles running in Auction.

Single Printing:

  1. Search for the vehicle you want to print a sticker for
  2. Scroll down and look on the right-hand side for The take action section
  3. You’ll notice there are various sticker types there such as print sticker print 4 x 6 and print barcode
  4. Choose the sticker you wish to print
  5. Once it’s displayed on the screen click the print icon
Batch printing:
  1. To batch print simply go to your selling tab or inventory tab depending on the version you’re running
  2. Search for the criteria you were looking for such as vehicles running in a specific option
  3. Then click print stickers

Click below to play the video

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