Public


Buy your next car at auction. That's right, you can buy used cars at wholesale prices at public auctions across North America. It's an easy way to buy a vehicle and participate in a lively auction environment. Once you're registered as a buyer, you can bid as low or high as you're comfortable with. And after the auction, IAA has the tools and services to help you navigate payment and transportation.

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In certain markets, our vehicles are available to the public buyer – no license necessary. Our public buyers may not be as savvy as some of our other customers, so IAA makes sure our auctions are as easy and efficient to you as possible. IAA puts customer focus first and foremost, and we know that you are likely looking for a very specific vehicle. So we make it easy to filter your options, and ensure you know where you can buy as a non-licensed buyer. We even have contacts for brokers to help assist you in securing the vehicle you need at non-public auctions.

How to Register


  1. Visit Register

  2. Enter your name and email

  3. Create Account

  4. Click “UPGRADE TO BID”

  5. Upload (mobile friendly) all necessary document and submit payment

  6. Your documents will be processed and verified within 24-48 hours

Buyer Registration

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Auction Types


We think your buying process should be convenient. That’s why we offer several channels for you to choose from. First, be sure to check the sales list and locate the words Public Auction to confirm that a vehicle is available to public buyers. Or, if you’re interested in going to an auction in-person, check with your local branch to make sure it’s open to the public. Then choose the buying channel that works best for you,

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Locations


To see where public buying is available and what vehicle categories are offered at each location, click below.

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Brokers


If you’re interested in a vehicle that isn’t available to public buyers, you may still be able to place bids through a Licensed Broker. Licensed Brokers can help individuals and businesses purchase vehicles from any IAA auction. They can also provide assistance with the transportation and shipping of vehicles to both domestic and international destinations. For your convenience, we maintain a list of approved Licensed Brokers.

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Payment Options


Payment is due by 4:30 p.m. local time two days after the vehicle is awarded for domestic buyers and four days after for foreign buyers.

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Resources


When you’re an IAA Buyer you’re taken care of. These helpful resources are here to make sure your experience is always the best it can be.

IAA public buyer state by state breakdown

FAQs


WHAT IS A PUBLIC AUCTION?

A public auction is an auction at which any Public Buyer can participate and bid on inventory available to them. Public auctions are indicated with a Public Auction icon found on the Auctions page.

WHAT LICENSES DO I NEED?

As a Public Buyer, you do not need a business license. You will be able to bid at facilities that are open to Public Buyers, on vehicles that can be sold to public buyers. Remember, even if a facility is open to the public, it does not mean that all inventory is available to be bid on by the public.

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