When you get to the car and truck auction you will need to register with the auctioneer in order to get your bidding number. They will require your name, and address and probably a refundable deposit. It's best to know what the deposit amount is before you are ready to register.
Most auctions I have been to will allow you to preview the cars and trucks before the auction begins that day. Now a lot of these auctions will not allow you to look at the vehicles before the allotted time. Be sure an know these details about each auction you attend beforehand as they tend to different. Confirm these details with the auctioneer ahead of time.
Now when a “lot” you are bidding on comes up for sale the auctioneer will call for the lot number and give a description of what is about to be put up for bids which you might find in your catalog of auction autos for sale.
Usually the bidding will start very low at what's called a starting bid and go from there. There may be a reserve price that is the minimum bid accepted and the auctioneer will try to go as high as he can to make a larger commission of course.
You can start the bidding any time you want after the auctioneer has announced the starting bid. Some auctions will have no reserve price so you might want to give it a few minutes before you start bidding, if there are no other bids your first bid may be the actual purchase price.
When you want to make a bid it is most often a raise of the hand or making or just a subtle gesture so not everyone knows who they might be bidding against. If you have started the bidding process the auctioneer will always return to you to see if you want to counter offer or raise the bid, if you want out of the bidding then a clear nodding of the head will indicate that you are done bidding on that particular vehicle.
Now, if your last and final bid is reached and it is above the reserve price then you have won the bid!
After you win, your first bid you will be required to put a deposit on the car or truck as stated in the terms and conditions issued in the auction catalog. The kind of payment accepted will be stamped in the catalog such as cash, bank drafts, credit cards etc.
Then the amount of time to finish and finalize the purchase will be given and the car or truck will then be all yours! This info is usually in an auction catalog provided upon arriving at the auction.
I like to have all the information I can about the cars and trucks that will be up for sale and gain an inside advantage with a special preview and online listings about what, when and where the most trusted auctions are to take place. If this is your first time going to an auction I suggest attending at least two or three just to get the hang of it before you actually want to bid!