It's easy to register and bid online at Ritchie Bros. live auctions

You can bid online in real time at any Ritchie Bros. auction around the world. Our online bidding service is PC and Mac friendly, and available in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Chinese. 

  1. Create a free account

    First, create a free online account and activate online bidding. You can create multiple bidding profiles under one account – for example, if you buy equipment for your company and for personal use, and want to be billed separately. Once your account is active you can register and bid online. Check out the features or our online bidding interface.

  2. Register to bid online

    Click ‘Register to bid online' on the auction calendar and complete your registration. Indicate which bidding profile you are using (e.g. your personal account) and which auctions you want to register for.

  3. Place a bid deposit

    You may be required to place a refundable bid deposit equivalent to 25% of the amount you want to spend or your maximum bidding limit. Check your inbox for a confirmation email and read our system requirements.

  4. Enter the auction on auction day

    On auction day, sign in to your account and click ‘Bid now!' next to the auction on the auction calendar. Large auctions are separated into ‘rings.' Choose an auction ring and click ‘Bid Now!' Once you've entered the auction, you can join another ring or auction. Agree to the terms and conditions of bidding, then get ready to bid!

  5. Listen to the auctioneer

    The auctioneer will introduce each lot and call for bids. Turn on your audio so you can hear him! If no one places a bid, the auctioneer lowers the ask price. When a bid is placed, the auctioneer raises the ask price. Bidding continues until no more bids are placed.

  6. Follow the bidding

    You will see the current high bid and ask prices on your computer screen. When you place a bid, you are bidding at the ask price. These numbers are updated in real time, so you can follow the auction as closely as someone bidding on-site.

  7. Check the lot number or choice group

    Items are sold in order by lot number. Similar items are sometimes sold as a choice group (the first lot in the group will be displayed in the main picture area). The highest bidder on a choice group chooses one or more lots at the winning bid price. Any remaining lots in the choice group are offered to the runner-up bidder at the same price, and then to the other bidders. If any items remain unsold, the auctioneer will start the bidding again for those remaining units.

  8. Activate the bid button

    The next lot being sold will appear next to a check box in the lot selection area on the right of the screen. If a choice group is being offered, multiple lots will be listed.

    If you want to place a bid on an item listed, select the check box to activate your bid button. If you're bidding on a choice group, select the check box next to your first choice. Only select one lot, even if you want to buy more than one item in the group.

  9. Click ‘Bid here' to place a bid

    If you would like to place a bid at the current ask price, click ‘Bid Here.' The message "Bid Accepted – You're On" will appear. Your bid will be immediately relayed to the auctioneer, and your bid button will be deactivated so you don't accidentally bid against yourself. If someone outbids you, the message "Outbid – Bid Again" will appear.

  10. Sold! Look for the message on-screen

    Bidding continues until no more bids are placed. If you are the highest bidder when the auctioneer says "Sold!" the message "Sold to You!" will appear on your screen.

  11. Pay and collect your purchases

    After the auction you will receive an invoice by email. When your invoice is paid in full, you can collect your purchases and put them to work!

More bidding options

In person at the auction site

Anyone can register and bid in person at our live auctions.

By proxy bid

Place a proxy bid if you want to bid on two items being sold around the same.

In a Timed Auction

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

Questions? Contact Customer Service

USA & Canada 1.800.211.3983

Europe +31.765.242.600

Middle East +971.4.812.0600

International +1.778.331.5939

Online bidding system requirements

Hardware – minimum requirements

  • CPU Speed 1GHz
  • RAM 2GB (4GB for Vista)
  • Hard Drive 40GB (200MB free)
  • Display capable of 1024 x 768 resolution
  • Sound card (only required for audio)
  • Internet connection (High Speed recommended)

Supported Browser Types

  • Windows users: current version of IE, Firefox, Chrome
  • Windows XP users: IE 8, and current version of Firefox, Chrome
  • Mac OSX and iOS users: current version of Safari

Supported Devices

  • Desktop, laptops and other mobile devices that support Adobe Flash
  • iPads and iPhones may be used, but these devices do not support audio feed.