Buying

Buying

How do I use Copart?

Can I visit a Copart facility to preview vehicles?

Do I need a business license to bid and buy? If so, where can I get it?

How do I use a Broker?

How do I use Copart?

We’ve outlined a series of steps to help our buyers navigate through the online auction process here at Copart:

Each of these steps is described in our How to Buy section, which will help you get started bidding and buying.

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Can I visit a Copart facility to preview vehicles?

Yes, and in fact, we encourage you to visit. Although Copart provides 10 high-quality images and accurate descriptions for each vehicle, any information provided is for convenience only. Why not go that extra step for additional peace of mind and visit a Copart location to see the vehicle in person? Many of our facilities host monthly cookouts, so this would be a great time to stop by, look at vehicles, meet the general manager and network with other auto enthusiasts.

Licensed Members may preview vehicles up for auction in the next sale at no cost Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Public Members should contact their location to determine preview days and hours. Nonmembers are welcome at the facilities, too, but must pay a $20 visitor fee for each facility visit. Register for free, and the fee is waived! All guests must be at least 16 years of age to enter Copart facilities.

If you’re unable to visit us in person, remember that we provide a list of inspection services for you to use. These inspectors are not Copart employees and would be working as third-party professionals on your behalf to help you make informed buying decisions.

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Do I need a business license to bid and buy? If so, where can I get it?

Not all Copart inventory requires business licenses. You’ll greatly benefit, however, from having these items on file with Copart:

  • Operational licenses (dealer, dismantler, repairable and/or business licenses)
  • Sales tax licenses
  • Sales tax exemption forms

Want to know what we have on file for you? Go to Account Information to view your licenses.

Licenses are typically issued through state departments of transportation, motor vehicles, finance or taxation. Every state has its own licensing requirements, which you can see on the State Licensing Overview. For more detailed state-specific licensing guidelines, including links to applications and forms, choose your state from the Licensing Map.

With enough Buying Power, Copart Members without a license can bid on and purchase No License Required vehicles. However, they still have to pay sales tax where applicable. Sales tax regulation varies among states, and rates vary among facilities.

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How do I use a Broker?

Brokers are professional buyers who assist businesses and individuals who may not have the licenses to buy the vehicles they want. Brokers often provide bidding and buying advice, repair services, transportation, export shipping and more. Some Brokers even have physical storefronts and are set up with kiosks allowing you to bid and buy right from their office.

The easiest way to use a Broker is to first find the vehicles that you’re interested in buying. Once you attempt to bid on these lots, you will be directed to the list of Brokers who can help you. Not all Brokers can facilitate the purchase of every vehicle. This is why it’s important that you select your desired vehicles before attempting to contact a Broker.

Remember that Brokers are independent of Copart. When you use a Broker, you are buying vehicles through the Broker and not Copart. Members who elect to work with a Broker to bid on vehicles are advised to carefully read and understand the Broker’s terms and conditions, including payment terms and conditions. You should also review the Broker’s qualifications thoroughly to ensure that the Broker meets your vehicle purchasing needs.

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