Buyers Terms

All buyers/bidders will need to present a driver’s license to get a bidder number.

All purchases must be paid for on the day of the auction before leaving the auction site.

All items are sold “As Is Where Is”, it is the responsibility of the customer to inspect items before purchasing.

Buyer is responsible for purchases at the time the winning bid is declared.

Forms of payment accepted are cash and check only.

Terms & Conditions

Reading Auction Services represents the sellers only and does not inspect the property on behalf of buyers and does not assume responsibility for the correctness of any descriptions. 

Bidder agrees to terms and conditions upon registration for sale and agrees to be bound by terms.   Property is sold “as is where is” with faults, no implied or expressed warranties of any kind.  The buyer is to perform all inspections prior to the auction.

Buyer must make a non-refundable deposit at the conclusion of bidding.  See the specific listing on this site for deposit requirements for a specific auction.   The total purchase price is the amount of the highest bid plus the buyer’s premium.  Immediately following the auction Buyer must execute the sales contract and property disclosure (if available) which will be posted prior to the auction.  The balance of the purchase price will be due within 30 days along with all closing costs. 

Buyer will pay all closing costs including title insurance, closing fees, filing costs, revenue stamps and 10% buyers premium and any other fees.   Seller will cure any title problems if needed.   Taxes will be pro-rated to the day of closing.

Possession will be upon closing with filing of deed.

Deposit will be refunded if seller defaults. 

Properties sell subject to bank, court or seller approval.  The court, bank or seller retains the right to bid or have someone bid on their behalf. 

Property is sold with no contingencies.   Buyer must conduct all inspections required by a lender before auction and buyer must be pre-qualified if using a lender.

Buyers should rely on their own information, judgment, and inspection of the property and records.   All information given whether orally or in writing was from sources believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed.  All dimensions of real estate are only approximations.

Any Broker/Agent who brings a buyer to auction or represents themselves will be paid a referral fee only in the amount of 3% of the selling agent commission and must register the buyers’ name & address and Agent information via email to  at least 96 hours prior to the auction.

Additional General Terms & Conditions

1. No Warranty. All machinery, equipment, merchandise and other items (the “Goods”) are sold on an “AS IS/WHERE IS” basis without licenses or other rights to software required for equipment to work, without any warranties or representations, either expressed or implied. Neither Reading Auction Services nor the Consignor makes any warranties or representations of any kind or nature with respect to the property or its value and in no event shall either be responsible for correctness of description, genuineness, attribution, provenance, authenticity, authorship, completeness, condition of the property or estimate of its value. No statement (oral or written) in the catalog, at the auction, or elsewhere shall be deemed such a warranty or representation, or any assumption of responsibility. Prospective bidders are urged to contact Reading Auction Services directly for detailed information regarding any item for sales. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, THE WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND MERCHANTABILITY are expressly disclaimed.

2. Registration. Buyers must register prior to bidding at any auction sale and must be of legal capacity to enter into this agreement. All bidders must provide their name, company (if applicable), mailing address, phone number and email address prior to the auction. By registering, you represent and warrant any and all Buyer Information is accurate and complete. It is solely the Buyers responsibility to maintain current Buyer Information for completeness and accuracy. Reading Auction Services reserves the right to deny and or terminate Registrations at any time at its sole discretion without notification. Reading Auction Services reserves the right to deny usage and access of Reading Auction Services and Websites at any time without notice or liability to any persons or third parties. When applicable, Electronic Bidders are required to provide a valid Visa or MasterCard number. At its discretion, Reading Auction Services may charge a registration fee for Electronic bidding. This fee will be clearly displayed during the registration process. THE BIDDER AUTHORIZES READING AUCTION SERVICES TO CHARGE LIQUIDATED DAMAGES TO THE CREDIT CARD LEFT ON FILE DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS. (See section 9 “Default” below.)

2A. Reading Auction Services and its Website are for use by persons acting within their trade or businesses and may not be used by consumers. By registering, the Buyer represents, warrants and undertakes that it is or acts for a business and not for consumer transactions and has given correct information about its business and contact details as requested in Reading Auction Services’ registration procedure.

3. Deposits. Reading Auction Services may require a bid deposit, in which case the requirement and amount of the deposit will be set forth in the auction catalog and/or on the event landing page on Reading Auction Services website. In the event a deposit is required, it can be in the form of cash, a cashier’s check, or business check with a bank letter of guarantee. For Electronic Bidders, at its discretion, Reading Auction Services may contact bidders via email or telephone before or during the sale to obtain a bank letter of guarantee or wire transfer as a deposit. If Reading Auction Services does not receive a response from its attempts to contact Buyer or if the Buyer does not provide a required deposit, Reading Auction Services reserves the right to refuse or cancel Buyer’s bids.

4. Invoices & Payment Instructions. For Onsite and Webcast auctions, winning bidders can request a printed paper invoice from the Accounting Manager at the sale location during or after the sale. Electronic Bidders will be sent an electronic invoice to the email address provided during registration. Detailed payment instructions for each sale are available in the printed lot catalog at the sale location on the day of the sale. Electronic Bidders will be sent detailed payment instructions via email along with their invoice.

5. Payments. Reading Auction Services must receive full payment of the total purchase price, buyer’s premium, sales tax (if applicable) and any other charges no later than the close of business on the payment deadline date set out on the buyer’s invoice and/or as otherwise announced by Auctioneer (the “Final Payment Date”). All payments must be by federal wire transfer of immediately available funds. Credit cards are (only) accepted for Electronic bidding registration and for Liquidated Damages in the event of a default. No title shall pass to Buyer until the total purchase price and all Taxes have been paid to Reading Auction Services in collected funds.

6. Taxes. Buyer must also pay to Reading Auction Services on or before the Final Payment Date, all sales, export, use and other taxes due to any federal, state or local taxing authority (the “Taxes”) as a result of Buyer’s purchase, including without limitation, any taxes arising from any Buyer’s Premium. To receive the benefit of any tax exemption, Buyer must supply Reading Auction Services with a sales tax exemption certificate acceptable in form, scope and substance to Reading Auction Services in Reading Auction Services sole discretion. Out-of-state buyers will be deemed exempt from sales tax upon Reading Auction Services receipt of a completed bill of lading confirming out-of-state delivery, provided the bill of lading is received by Reading Auction Services in a timely manner in accordance with applicable state law requirements in HGP’s sole discretion. In the event of a conflict, buyer will be responsible to pay the sales tax to Reading Auction Services and seek reimbursement directly from the appropriate state taxing authority.

7. Buyer’s Premium. The auctioneer shall charge a Buyer’s Premium on all purchases. Acceptable forms of payment are wire transfer, cashiers or certified check and company check with a bank letter of guarantee.

If the auction is conducted as a webcast sale (simultaneously conducted live on-site and streamed over the Internet for online participation), a different Buyer’s Premium may be applicable and will be announced at the time of that specific sale.

8. Removal of Goods. (1) Buyers or their Agents must remove all Goods purchased before the final removal date and time announced by Reading Auction Services at the auction (the “Removal Date”). (2) No Goods shall be removed until the full purchase price and all applicable taxes thereon have been received by Reading Auction Services in the form required herein. ANY ITEMS NOT REMOVED ON OR BEFORE THE REMOVAL DATE SHALL BE DEEMED ABANDONED AND HGP SHALL HAVE NO FURTHER OBLIGATION TO BUYER WITH RESPECT TO SUCH ITEMS. Buyer shall be responsible for the safe and proper removal of any Goods purchased by Buyer. Reading Auction Services does not pack, ship, store, crate or rig items for removal. Buyers may either pick up Goods at the designated auction site themselves or can contract with a third party agent to manage the removal process for them. Before Goods can be removed by an Agent, Agent must provide Reading Auction Services with (1) proof of payment in full (Paid in Full Invoice) and (2) An “Agent Release Authorization” form which allows Reading Auction Services to release items to a third party contractor for shipping, crating or packing purposes. Individual items weighing more than approximately 100 pounds in Reading Auction Services reasonable discretion must be removed by a qualified, insured rigger. Before any removal, Buyer must provide HGP with a certificate of insurance from the rigger, which certificate must be in form, scope and content acceptable to Reading Auction Services in Reading Auction Services sole discretion. Without limiting Reading Auction Services discretion, such certificate must show that the rigger carries comprehensive liability insurance written by an insurance carrier of national standing and in an amount of not less than two million dollars ($2,000,000.00). Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Buyer shall restore and repair all real and personal property that is altered or damaged as a result of Buyer’s removal of the Goods. Reading Auction Services shall have no responsibility to disconnect utilities to the sold asset, including electric, gas, waste and water lines. Buyer is solely responsible to properly remove and store in appropriate containers all fluids, oils, hazardous chemicals, etc., from machinery purchased. Buyer does hereby indemnify Reading Auction Services, the Consignor and the owner of the premises in which the Goods are located, from any and all claims, damages, and losses arising from Buyer’s actions or actions with respect to the Goods and Buyer’s presence on the premises in which the Goods are located, including without limitation, injuries to persons or property and environmental violations or contamination. Risk of loss on any Goods shall pass to the Buyer upon payment in full to Reading Auction Services of all sums due from Buyer in respect to the Goods. HGP shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any missing or lost items that can be removed by hand if such items have not been removed within forty-eight (48) hours of the conclusion of the sale. There will be NO removal of any lots until the auction is complete.

9 Defaults. Bidders must bid only on those items they are prepared to pay for and remove in accordance with the terms and conditions of this sale. All items awarded to high bidders are contractually theirs and must be paid for by the Final Payment Date and removed by the Final Removal Date. IN THE EVENT PURCHASER FAILS TO PERFORM CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS (PAYMENT AND REMOVAL) AS SPECIFIED IN THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, THE FOLLOWING ACTION APPLIES: PURCHASER WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE PLACED IN DEFAULT. THIS IS YOUR OFFICIAL NOTICE OF DEFAULT. Upon default, the purchaser shall lose all right, title, and interest which he/she might otherwise have acquired in and to such property as to which default has occurred. Reading Auction Services will re-market and re-sell this property.

Failure to pay invoices in full by the Final Payment Date in accordance with payment terms will subject Bidder to pay as Liquidated Damages a sum equal to the lesser of (1) 20 percent of the invoice price of the item(s) as to which the default has occurred, or (2) the full amount of the difference between the original invoice price and the re-sold price plus any expenses incurred to re-market or re-sell these items. IF HGP HAS NOT RECEIVED PAYMENT FOR WINNING BIDS WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE FINAL PAYMENT DATE, THE BIDDER AUTHORIZES HGP TO CHARGE LIQUIDATED DAMAGES TO THE CREDIT CARD LEFT ON FILE DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS.

Failure to remove items by the Final Removal Date in accordance with removal terms will subject Bidder to pay as Liquidated Damages the full amount of the expenses incurred to store or transport items until they are re-sold. IF BUYER HAS NOT REMOVED ITEMS WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE FINAL REMOVAL DATE, THE BIDDER AUTHORIZES HGP TO CHARGE LIQUIDATED DAMAGES TO THE CREDIT CARD LEFT ON FILE DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS.

10. Adjustments. After Buyer has removed any item from HGP’S possession, Reading Auction Services shall have no obligation to make any adjustment or accommodation to Buyer because of any mistake in quantity or other defect or problem with respect to such item. Buyer must make all requests for adjustments in writing to Reading Auction Services before any item is removed from the premises where the auction is conducted.

11. Damages. Reading Auction Services shall not be responsible for any damages, loss or theft of Goods except in the case of Reading Auction Services willful misconduct. Without limiting the foregoing, Reading Auction Services shall not be responsible for damages or losses caused by strikes, civil disorders, or acts of God.

12. Changes. Reading Auction Services reserves the right to withdraw or sell any assets contained in an auction prior to or proceeding the stated auction period without notification. Reading Auction Services reserves the right to temporarily or permanently end an auction prior to or during the stated auction period at is sole discretion without notification. Reading Auction Services, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to extend the stated auction period without notification. If for any reason HGP is unable to deliver any Goods purchased by Buyer, Reading Auction Services sole liability shall be to return all sums paid by Buyer to Reading Auction Services in respect of such Goods.

13 Reading Auction Services, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to establish a reserve or minimum price on any Goods without having to announce, post or publish notice to attendees and buyers at any auction. HGP reserves the right to confirm or reject the final bid. Further, Reading Auction Services, and/or its affiliates or subsidiaries, may bid at the auction for its own account, on behalf of a third party or the seller.

13A. “Subject to Seller Confirmation” Lots. Certain lots may be offered for sale “Subject to Seller Confirmation,” meaning the seller has the right to confirm or reject the highest bid tendered at the auction sale within a stated time period following the close of bidding as set forth either in the respective lot description, on the auction landing page or under the Auction Details tab on the catalog page. The lot description for any such lot shall clearly designate that the respective lot is being offered for sale Subject to Seller Confirmation. Bidder acknowledges that the high bid received for such lot(s) shall remain irrevocable until the end of the stated confirmation period, and the lot will only be awarded to the high bidder if confirmed by the seller. Regardless of whether the high bidder receives a preliminary post-auction notification that the bidder is “the high bidder” for the lot in question, no such lot shall be awarded to the high bidder unless and until such time as the high bidder has received a written or telephonic notification from Reading Auction Services that the high bid has been confirmed by the seller.

14. Absentee/Proxy Bids. By completing an “Absentee (Proxy) Bidder Form,” Bidders may appoint Reading Auction Services to be an agent and proxy for the sole purpose of purchasing the items listed when the Bidder CANNOT bid on the day of the sale. ALL BIDS ARE FINAL AND BINDING and DO NOT include any applicable buyer’s premiums and sales taxes. Reading Auction Services will bid up to the specified maximum bid amount to win the item, using only the amount needed to win the item. Reading Auction Services has complete discretion whether and when to accept Proxy bids. The auctioneer’s announcements at the time the lot is sold take precedence on any and all published materials. Proxy bidders will be notified only if they have been declared the high bid. Notification will take place in the form of an electronic invoice which will be sent to the email address provided during registration.

15. Right to Refuse Bids of Deny Access. Reading Auction Services, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to refuse the bid of any person without providing any notice or reason therefore. Reading Auction Services reserves the right to deny the usage and access by any person or third party of any and all Reading Auction Services Services and Websites without notification.

16. Bid Increments. Reading Auction Services in its sole discretion shall control all bidding increments and advances at any auction. Reading Auction Services reserves the right to reject any bid that is only a minimal increase over the preceding bid, that is not commensurate with the value of the item being offered or that Reading Auction Services believes was made illegally or in bad faith. In the event of a dispute among bidders, Reading Auction Services may, in its sole discretion, either accept what it deems to be the final bid or solicit further bids on the item in dispute. No returns or refunds will be permitted unless authorized by the Consignor in writing.

17. Aggregate Bids. Reading Auction Services reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to sell items advertised as a public auction sale, on a piece-by-piece basis, or as a complete lot. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Reading Auction Services may accept a complete lot bid and then conduct an item-by-item auction which auction shall be effective only if the total proceeds there from exceed the amount of the complete bid.

18. Information Subject to Error. All information provided by Reading Auction Services to Buyers, including without limitation, any advertising, lot sales catalogs, or otherwise, is subject to deletions, errors, additions, and changes without notice. Although the information is gathered from sources thought to be reliable, Reading Auction Services shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any information provided to any attendee or buyers. All buyers shall rely solely on their own investigation and inspection of any Goods.

19. Right to Amend Terms and Conditions. Reading Auction Services reserves the right to amend any and all of the Terms and Conditions stated herein at any time without notification at Reading Auction Services’ sole discretion. It is the Buyers responsibility to read and review the Terms and Conditions for each sale. Reading Auction Services provides the Terms and Conditions through its Websites and in printed form at on-site auctions.

20. Agency Relationship. When Reading Auction Services is selling or auctioning any Goods on behalf of a Consignor, Reading Auction Services shall act as an agent only and shall have no liability whatsoever for the acts of any owner or principal.

21. Export Law Compliance. Buyers agree to comply with all United States export control and related laws, as well as acknowledge that Reading Auction Services is not the exporter of any purchased item. Certain items offered for sale at an Auction or Sealed Bid Sale may constitute “Restricted Technology.” Under Federal Law, such items may not be shipped outside the United States. Buyer also agrees not to export any item to countries which are subject to comprehensive embargoes or support terrorism. These countries include, but are not limited to: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. The list will change from time to time. Reading Auction Services makes no representation or warranty concerning Restricted Technology or conducted an investigation to ascertain, which items, if any, constitute Restricted Technology.

22. Auction Sites. Buyers acknowledge that an auction site is a potentially dangerous place, and flammable, noxious, corrosive, and pressurized substances may be present. Heavy equipment may be operated and electrical circuits may be live. Every person enters the auction site at his or her own risk with notice of the condition of the premises and the activities that will be or have been conducted on the premises. No person shall have any claim against Reading Auction Services, the seller, or their respective agents for any injuries sustained or for damages to or loss of property that may occur at the auction site.

23. Reading Auction Services Rights and Remedies. If the Buyer fails to comply with any of the Terms, Reading Auction Services shall have all rights and remedies available to it at law and in equity. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Reading Auction Services may retain all deposits and partial payments received from Buyer and may resell any Goods that Buyer fails to purchase. Buyer shall be responsible for all costs, losses, and damages suffered by Reading Auction Services (i) as a result of Buyer’s breach of any of the Terms, including without limitation, lost profits and consequential damages and (ii) incurred in connection with the enforcement of Reading Auction Services rights, including, without limitation, legal fees and costs and expenses related to the resale of Goods, including storage and rigging fees.

24. No Collusion. Buyers agree they will not participate in any bidding practices with the intent of manipulating the bidding. Any and all forms of collusion between Buyers are forbidden. Buyers agree they will not place bids using false names or Buyer Information.

25. Buyer’s Indemnification. Buyers agree they will defend, indemnify and hold harmless Reading Auction Services and Consignor, including their respective affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, shareholders, co-branders, or partners, from and against any and all claim, loss, damage, liabilities, judgments, fees, and expenses incurred by Reading Auction Services or Consignor, including their respective affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, shareholders, co-branders, or partners.