StepsAuctions By Gov is a marketplace used exclusively by governments, schools and public agencies to sell surplus, confiscated and end-of-life goods. (Non-government sellers please consign on Ritchie Bros. EquipmentOne.com.) To begin selling with Auctions By Gov, simply register as a seller on our website or call 866-469-7383 to speak with a customer service representative.  

Once you have registered online, your agency can begin selling immediately by consigning assets online. If you have a long list of assets and would like to stage a special auction event, contact us. Our knowledgeable staff is highly experienced and will develop a selling program to meet your requirements and local regulations. We will gladly respond to RFPs, provide references or become an ‘approved vendor,’ but in most cases these steps are not necessary, selling can begin once your online account is established.

Fees & Selling Logistics

Our service is competitively priced – we charge no seller commissions or fees to our government clients; purchasers pay a buyer’s premium. For large selling programs, our fee structure can be adjusted to fit particular requirements or regulations.

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By default, Auctions By Gov runs ‘AS IS, WHERE IS’ online auctions for our clients, but other selling terms can be arranged when needed. We handle the collection of payments from the purchasers. Buyers must pay 100% of the purchase price as well as all fees and taxes before we will present them to you. Payments are held in escrow by Auctions By Gov and released to you when the transfer of the asset to the buyer is completed.

Our system of selling has proven advantages:  

  • It reduces the staff hours needed to achieve asset sale
     
  • Eliminates the possibility of payment defaults
     
  • Provides detailed records of all your transactions, which will reside with both your office and ours.  If documentation is needed at a later date, records will be available and will not have been lost, altered or tampered with.  
     
  • Reaches the broadest base of buyers – equipment and vehicles are displayed not only on Auctions By Gov but also on our popular non-government website, Ritchie Bros. EquipmentOne.  
     
  • Includes the benefits of our extensive print and Internet advertising programs.?


Ready to get started?

1. Register Your Agency as a Seller Online

It’s free, fast and secure. The registration process includes verification of both your email and phone number. Once completed, employees with access can begin entering items for sale.

2.    Take Digital Photos

To maximize value when selling online it is crucial to provide quality pictures of every part of your equipment. Buyers may not have the opportunity to inspect equipment in person, so it’s important to take pictures showing the whole item from all the different sides, as well as close-ups of smaller details buyers will want to see.  You can upload as many photos as you want.

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3. Describe the Assets and Set Your Asking Price

Our web-based consignment tool allows you to quickly describe your assets. For vehicles, entering the VIN number will often populate other technical details, saving you time.

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4.    Let us do the Marketing

Our Market Managers will position your equipment to sell. Auctions By Gov promotes your equipment to thousands of bidders. The vehicles and construction equipment you consign will be listed on two popular websites, Auctions By Gov and our affiliated site, Ritchie Bros. EquipmentOne, this greatly increases the number of potential buyers.

5.    Watch Buyers Compete

Once the auction opens, you’ll be able to track bid logs for all your items in the My Market section of the site. While bidding is open, our Market Managers will answer calls and questions from bidders so you don’t have to. Occasionally we may contact you for additional information requested by a bidder.

You don't need to move anything. Buyers will remove equipment from your location.6.    Release Your Equipment and Get Paid

Shortly after bidding concludes, we will send you a Presentation of Buyer (POB) form, telling you who purchased and confirming that they have paid in full and the funds have cleared and are waiting in escrow. Soon after that, the buyer will contact you to schedule removal.

When the buyer arrives they will show you their copy of the POB so that you can be confident they have paid. At this time you will need to transfer titles into their name. Simply have the buyer sign your copy of the POB and e-mail or fax it to us. Then, we will release the proceeds from the auction to your designated office or account.

About Our Selling Terms and Payment Collection

By default, Auctions By Gov runs ‘AS IS, WHERE IS’ online auctions for our clients, but other selling terms can be arranged when needed.  We also manage collection from purchaser, holding the proceeds in escrow and monitor the asset’s transfer and acceptance.  
Our system of selling has proven advantages:  

  • It reduces the staff hours needed to achieve asset sale
  • Eliminates the possibility of payment defaults
  • Results in well-documented transaction records that reside with both your office and ours.  If documentation is needed at a later date, records will be available and will not have been lost, altered or tampered with.  

All of this adds up to optimal sales outcomes, not to mention peace of mind for our clients and their constituents.