Vehicle and heavy equipment auctions
Car and heavy equipment auctions
We hold two auto and heavy equipment auctions each year, one in spring and one in fall. Both are on Saturdays, and both are open to the general public as well as all government employees.
From the south: On I-405, take Exit 4, continue to Bronson Way. Turn right on Sunset to Third and then turn right (east) up hill 8/10 mile, then turn right on Jefferson Street.
From the north: On I-405, take Exit 4 to N Third and turn left (east) up hill 8/10 mile, then turn right on Jefferson Street.
- Thursday before auction: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Friday before auction: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Day of auction: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
- Starts around 9 a.m.
- Our auctioneer, Mather auctions, posts photos and an item catalog before each auction.
All equipment is offered on an “as is, where is” basis without warranty or guarantee of suitability or fitness for the purpose for which it was intended. Catalog and website descriptions are NOT GUARANTEED. The auction catalog is prepared from information believed to be reliable and every effort is made to ensure accuracy. However, King County is not liable for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the auction-day catalog, and no sale shall be invalidated due to any inaccuracy. Bidders are responsible to thoroughly inspect before bidding and to satisfy themselves of such matters as year, make, model, and condition.
There are no buyer’s premiums or registration or service fees at these auctions—only Washington State sales tax and/or titled vehicle sales tax when applicable.
Payment must be made in the form of cash or cashiers check. If a bidder is unable to make full payment on the day of auction, the county requires a promissory note. Please see Terms (below) for more information.
- All equipment shall be offered on an “as is, where is” basis without warranty or guarantee of suitability or fitness for the purpose for which it was intended.
- King County reserves the right to refuse any and all bids and the right to withdraw any items from the sale without prior notice.
- After the Auctioneer has sold a piece of equipment, it becomes the sole responsibility of the Buyer.
- Payment must be in the form of cash, certified check, or cashier’s check made payable to King County Finance.
- No equipment will be released and no titles issued until payment has been made in full in the form of cash, certified check, or cashier’s check.
- Personal or business checks are accepted as promissory notes only, and must be redeemed by cash, certified check, or cashier’s check.
- Buyers must redeem their personal or business checks on either the Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday after the sale between 9 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the auction site (3005 NE 4th Street, Renton).
- The Buyer shall provide receipt of cash payment at time property is removed from the auction site.
- All equipment must be paid for by 3:30 p.m. on the Wednesday following the sale and removed from the auction site no later than 4 p.m. the same day.
- It is the Buyer’s responsibility to provide proper safety devices and equipment, licenses, and permits necessary to meet all government safety standards and legal driving requirements.
- The Buyer agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Sellers against damage caused by acts of the Buyer or any person acting at the Buyer’s request or on the Buyer’s behalf in connection with the dismantling or removal of property.
- Vehicles sold do not have license plates. License plates and title transfer may be secured from the King County Auto License Office (401 King County Administration Building, open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays) or an authorized agent.
- Three-day driving permits are available for purchase at state license agencies.
- Federal law requires odometer disclosure at the time of transfer of vehicle ownership. No titles will be released prior to the completion of an Odometer Disclosure Statement.
Saturday, May 20
Russ Johnson, Personal property supervisor
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