At some auctions we sell equipment attachments, consumer goods and other smaller items in an online Timed Auction, with no auctioneer. Bidding opens a few days before the live auction and closes at staggered times during the auction. Every item is sold to the highest bidder when bidding closes.

Check our website, the auction brochure or your auction day listing catalog to find out if items are being sold by Timed Auction. Placing bids in our Timed Auctions is easy.

How to bid in our online Timed Auctions

Register to bid in person or online

Register to bid in person or online

Register to bid either in person at the auction site or online. You may need to place a bid deposit equivalent to 25% of the amount you want to spend or your maximum bidding limit. If you register at the auction site you will receive a Timed Auction PIN card with your listing catalog; use this PIN to access the online Timed Auction.

When bidding opens, sign in to the Timed Auction system and place your bids using the self-serve kiosks at the auction site or at rbauction.com (using your computer, tablet or mobile device).

The Timed Auction System

The Timed Auction System

Our Timed Auction system is divided into three main areas. Follow the bidding and place bids under All Listings. See items you've bid on under My Selections. Create and bid on choice groups under Advanced Bidding.

All Listings

Every item being sold in the Timed Auction is listed here. To find specific items or narrow your search:

  • Type in the specific lot number or lot range
  • Filter the list by status (All Lots, Sold Lots, Upcoming Lots)
  • Find a certain type of item using the category dropdown (e.g. Pressure Washers)
  • Search by keyword (e.g. Honda)
  • Sort by price or closing time
Item overview

Item overview

You will see an overview of the bidding on each item under All Listings, including when bidding closes and how much time is left, the current high bid and the bidder number of the high bidder. You can place your bids using the Quick Bid and Maximum Bid buttons, add the item to My Selections, see more photos or click on the lot description to view the bidding history.

Maximum Bid

Maximum Bid

To place a Maximum Bid, enter the amount you are willing to bid up to in the empty box, then click Maximum Bid. The system will put you in at the lowest bid possible and then bid for you, up to and including the amount you specify. Your Maximum Bid will be kept secret, and the system will only raise your bid if someone outbids you.

Quick Bid

Quick Bid

You can click the Quick Bid button to place a bid at the next highest increment. Note: you may be outbid right away, especially if someone has already placed a higher Maximum Bid. Tip: save time by placing a Maximum Bid. The system will bid for you, so you don't have to stay online.

My Selections

My Selections

When you place a bid on an item or click Add to My Selections, it will be listed in this section. This is an easy way to find out if you're still the high bidder on an item or if something was sold to you. Note: make sure you set the filter to All Lots or Sold Lots if you're looking for an item that's been sold.

Email Alerts

Email Alerts

Sign up for alerts in the Timed Auction system: we will let you know by email if you have been outbid or if an item was sold to you. You will not receive any alerts in the last five minutes before bidding closes on an item.

Advanced Bidding

Advanced Bidding

If you want to buy a certain type of item (e.g. a pressure washer) rather than a specific lot, you can create and bid on a choice group under Advanced Bidding. Find out more about bidding on choice groups.

Bidding Increments

Current Bid Range* Bid Increment*
0 - 99 5
100 - 249 10
250 - 499 25
500 - 999 50
1,000 - 2,499 100
2,500 - 9,999 250
10,000 - 24,999 500
25,000 - 149,999 1,000
150,000 - 299,999 2,500
300,000 - 999,999 5,000
1,000,000 & above 10,000

* In the currency of the auction