We do everything possible to make our auctions fair and transparent. Please read the following information before you bid and buy.

Registration and deposits

Registration to bid is free. You may be required to place a refundable bid deposit. Please be aware that you must present photo identification when you register at the auction site (e.g. identity card, passport or driver's license).

Every auction is unreserved

Every item is sold to the highest bidder on auction day, with no minimum bids or reserve prices. Owners are forbidden by contract from bidding on items they are selling. Bids are irrevocable, and all sales are final. If you're the highest bidder when the auctioneer announces that an item has been sold, you're the new owner of that item.

Everything sells "as is, where is"

We recommend that you visit the auction site to inspect any items you'd like to buy before bidding on auction day. You may also send someone to the site to conduct the inspection on your behalf.

Administrative fees for buyers

Successful bidders are required to pay an administrative fee on each lot purchased (one fee per lot):

  • 2.5% administrative fee for lots selling for more than 2,500, up to a maximum of 950 per lot (in the currency of the auction, or in the case of Japan, up to a maximum of 95,000 Yen for lots selling for more than 250,000 Yen).
  • 10% administrative fee for lots selling for 2,500 or less (in the currency of the auction, or 250,000 Yen in Japan).
  • This administrative fee applies to on-site, online and proxy purchases. There are no additional fees for online and proxy purchases.
  • This administrative fee will be waived for purchases made in person at on-the-farm auctions.

Payment and removal

Purchases must be paid in full within seven (7) days of the end of the auction.
Buyers cannot remove their purchases from the auction site until their invoice is paid in full.
If Ritchie Bros. can't deliver clear title on a purchase, the buyer is entitled to a full refund of the purchase price.

Read the terms and conditions of bidding

This information is provided as a summary only. When you participate in an auction, you must review and agree to the full terms and conditions before you bid (included in your listing catalog and when you enter the auction online). Please review the full terms and conditions carefully.

Additional Notes

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On April 1, 2013, British Columbia (BC) has readopted to a provincial sales tax (PST) system. Buyers will be charged Canadian goods and service tax (GST) of 5% and BC provincial sales tax (PST) of 7% (previously 12% HST).

Notice to Canadian Buyers (Canadian residents): HST

Canadian Good and Services Tax (GST) of 5% will be charged on applicable items purchased at British Columbia auctions. GST registrants may be able to claim an Input Tax Credit for the GST paid click here for general eligibility rules.
British Columbia Provincial Sales Tax (PST) of 7% is payable on all purchases unless proper tax exemption forms are completed on the day of sale. Purchases in Canada are payable in Canadian funds.

Notice to Foreign Buyers (Non-Canadian residents)

Canadian Good and Services Tax (GST) of 5% will be added to the purchase price of all applicable items. Goods arranged for export from Canada by the buyer with a third-party carrier and accompanied with appropriate documentation will be refunded the GST. In addition, services provided by Ritchie Bros. (such as the administrative fee) will not be subject to GST.

British Columbia Provincial Sales Tax (PST) of 7% is payable on all purchases unless proper tax exemption forms are completed on the day of sale.

Purchases in Canada are payable in Canadian funds.

Notice Regarding U.S. Importation

Most United States manufactured equipment returns to the U.S. duty free. The importation of certain diesel engines (or equipment with diesel engines) is prohibited unless the diesel engine is covered by a U.S. EPA certificate of conformity. Some equipment may require modifications to meet U.S. import and safety regulations. To avoid potential problems, please contact your customs broker or Farwest Imports: 1.360.332.9327. A customs broker and international truckers will be on-site at the auction to assist you.

Title and Registration Certificates

Items purchased that require a Title or Registration Certificate must be paid for by cash or certified check on the day of the auction; otherwise, all Titles and Registration Certificates will be mailed to the purchaser ten (10) banking days after payment is received.