1. DEFINITIONS: The term "Seller" refers to the United States Marshals Service. The term "Auction Company" refers to RBEX Inc dba Apple Towing Co./Apple Auctioneering Co. The term "Authorized Agent" refers to RBEX Inc dba Apple Towing Co./Apple Auctioneering Co.'s prime contractors, sub-contractors and other authorized parties. The term "High Bidder" and "Buyer" refers to the successful high bidder at the Auction. The term "Bidder" refers to any bidder at the Auction. The term "Auction" refers to the Seller's auction event presented by the Auction Company. The term "Property" refers to the assets (vehicles, vessels, and merchandise) to be bid at the Auction and sold to the High Bidder. The term "Contract" refers to the agreement between Buyer and Seller concerning the purchase of the Property. 2. GENERAL INFORMATION: The placement of a successful bid at Seller's Auction establishes a legally binding contract between the successful High Bidder (Buyer) and the Seller. The Auction Company's Auctioneer's announcement of the high bid amount and the bidder's number establishes the Contract which may be subject to final acceptance by the Seller. This Contract is bound by these Terms and Conditions as well as special terms and conditions published by the Auction Company for the specific Auction and other Federal regulations governing contracts for the purchase of the Seller's Property. The successful bidder is legally bound to pay for the Property awarded in accordance with its/his/her bid. The Auction Company is acting as the agent of the Seller with respect to the sale of the Seller's Property. 3. ELIGIBILITY OF BIDDER: (a) Our services are available only to and may only be used by individuals who can form legally binding contracts under applicable law. Without limiting the foregoing, our services are not available to individuals under the age of 18 or to temporarily or indefinitely suspended members. (b) Eligibility of Bidder: The Bidder warrants that he/she is not: (i) Under 18 years of age; (ii) An employee of any department or agency of the Federal Government prohibited by the regulations of that agency from purchasing property sold hereunder; (iii) An agent or immediate member of the household of the employee in (ii) above; (iv) The contractor, subcontractor or vendor, their agent or employee who has access to information concerning the property to be sold at United States Marshals Service auctions that is not generally available to the public; (v) Presently debarred or declared ineligible for the award of contracts by any Federal agency in accordance with 41 CFR 101-45.6; (vi) Or the party or representing the party(s) from whom the property was seized and/or forfeited. (c) Additional Bidding Qualifications for SALVAGE/DISMANTLER DEALER ONLY AUCTIONS: Only licensed scrap or salvage dealers whose facilities are located within the continental United States may participate in this auction. Vehicles cannot be re-titled or re-registered. These assets may be used only as a source for used parts or scrap metal. Assets as a whole must be parted out and may not be re-sold absolute. Attempt to do so will result in revocation of bidding privileges and may warrant criminal, civil, or administrative action against the participant. To qualify to bid, you must send a copy of your salvage dealer license for review to [email protected]
Additional bidding instructions will be provided at that time. License must be approved prior to the sale closing, and please allow up to 24 hours for approval. Licenses submitted the morning of the auction may not be approved prior to auction closing. Upon expiration of the submitted license, the bidding privileges will be removed, and a new/current license must be re-submitted for approval. See section 10. d. (ii) of these Terms for information on Pending Bids. 4. PROHIBITED BIDDER: Bidder acknowledges that certain persons are individuals from purchasing assets from Seller and that under certain circumstances Seller will not sell assets to certain individuals. The Auction Company's subcontractor may not act as agent for a third party in purchasing Seller property that is or has been in their custody or control. For breach of any of these warranties, the Seller may terminate these Terms and Conditions and the Contract without liability and may pursue any other sanctions provided by law. 5. REGISTRATION: (a) CREATING A BIDDER ACCOUNT: In the menu bar, create an account by clicking "New Bidder". The username and password that is created will be utilized for all future online auctions. The information provided by the Bidder when setting up the online account will be the information automatically assigned on the title work. (b) ACCOUNT INFORMATION: Bidder is required to provide true, accurate, current, and complete information and maintain and promptly update the registration data to keep it true, accurate, current, and complete. If the Bidder chooses to title their purchases in a business name, the business name and address needs to be utilized. If the Bidder is registering as a business entity, the Bidder represents that they have the authority to bind the entity to these Terms & Conditions. Should the Bidder decide to title their purchases in their person's name, their account information will need to be updated to reflect the desired change prior to the auction closing. This also applies to a change of address or business. This is the responsibility of the Bidder. If the Bidder provides any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or Auction Company has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Auction Company has the right to suspend or terminate the account and refuse any and all current or future participation. Falsifying bidder registration information is prohibited and will result in revocation of bidding privileges. (c) VALIDATION: Upon initial registration, Bidder may by required to input a credit card number, but it will only be used to verify the Bidders' identity. There will be no additional registration fees. Any discrepancies between the Bidder's credit card information and their Bidder account information may prohibit participation. (d) APPROVAL TO BID: Seller and/or Auction Company reserves the right to accept or deny bidders for any reason. 6. BID DEPOSIT: No bid deposit required. 7. PREVIEW AND INSPECTION: NOTE, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY DUE TO CDC GUIDELINES ON COVID-19 VIRUS. ATTENDANTS MUST WEAR MASKS. Bidders are urged to inspect the Property prior to bidding. Failure to inspect shall not constitute cause for cancellation of the sale. Property is available for inspection only at places and times specified by the Seller and/or Auction Company and notated in each asset's description. Absolutely no access to the Property is allowed without prior Seller authorization. Seller and/or Auction Company may, at its discretion, provide photographs of the Property as a courtesy to Bidders. Bidders are warned against bidding on any lot(s) based solely on the sample displayed or based on photographs. Seller and Auction Company makes no warranty in relation to these samples or photographs. 8. ITEMS ADDED OR DELETED FROM THE SALE: Seller and Auction Company reserve the right to add or delete Property to or from the Auction at any time. 9. "AS-IS, WHERE-IS": These assets are auctioned off AS-IS, WHERE-IS, WITH ALL FAULTS, WITHOUT WARRANTY OR GUARANTEE EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, AS TO AGE, YEAR OF MANUFACTURE, MAKE, MODEL, ODOMETER, CONDITION OR ANY OTHER SPECIFICATION. DESCRIPTIONS OF VEHICLES, WRITTEN, PUBLISHED, OR ORAL ARE FURNISHED AS A GUIDE ONLY. NO GUARANTEE AS TO THE ACCURACY OF THE DESCRIPTION IS MADE. The Auctioneer shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defect in any lot and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance, refund or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, error in cataloging, imperfection, defect, or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. Information on conditions limited and subject to change without notice. Bidders may obtain additional information by attending the live previews and visually inspecting the items. It is the responsibility of the Buyer to have inspected thoroughly the merchandise and to have satisfied him or her as to its condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. Seller and Auction Company do not certify the accuracy of the information presented by any third-party company that assist in the sale and will not be responsible for any error made on their behalf. Some vehicles may have branded titles and or odometer discrepancies. Branded titles and odometer discrepancies, when known, are announced, included in the description, or noted on the vehicle. Absence of mention of branded titles or odometer discrepancies or remarks does not constitute any warranty or guarantee. The vehicles being auctioned may be subject to open vehicle recall notices. It is the buyer's sole responsibility to check for and act upon any applicable recall notices. Recalls and other vehicle safety information is available at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, www.nhtsa.gov/recalls. Additionally, the Seller and Auction Company do not warrant the condition, quality, or merchant ability of the Property, its fitness for any use or purpose, its ability to pass a safety inspection, or its ability to pass a motor vehicle emissions test prior to registration. Efforts have been taken to ensure that the assets offered for sale should be acceptable for licensure, registration, and title action by the state department of motor vehicles; however, despite all best efforts, some exceptions may arise. Therefore, the Seller and Auction Company make no representations, promises, or warranties regarding these assets, and cannot guarantee registration or title issuance by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for any Property sold. ALL PURCHASES ARE FINAL. 10. TECHNICAL BIDDING DETAILS: (a) SOFT CLOSE: All lots end with a "Soft Close." A "Soft Close" means that if any bid is placed within the last three (3) minutes of the close of the Auction, the bid will automatically extend the closing time an additional three (3) minutes. Example: If a bid is placed at two (2) minutes before close, it will extend the closing time to five (5) minutes. This feature protects Bidders from being outbid without the opportunity to be notified, and therefore allows a Bidder to place another bid before the close of the Auction. (b) PLACING A "MAXIMUM BID": Please be aware that when placing your "Maximum Bid", the website will bid on your behalf up to your set maximum bid by the preset bid increment of Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00). Example: The current bid is One-thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) and the Bidder enters a maximum bid of Five-thousand Dollars ($5,000.00). The system will bid at the preset increment of Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) until the Bidder's "Maximum bid" is exceeded. At that point, the Bidder will be notified that it/he/she has been outbid (if that option is selected when registering). High Bidder will only pay Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) more than the competing Bidder. Please watch the Auction's closing time stop-clock to determine exactly when the lot will close. (c) TIE BID PRECEDENCE: In the event of a tie bid, precedence is given to the earliest bid. Hypothetical Example: Bidder #1 places a Ten-thousand Dollar ($10,000.00) max bid on a vehicle that currently has a high bid of Five-thousand Dollars ($5,000.00). The high bid is now at Five-thousand and twenty-five Dollars ($5,025.00). Bidder #2 places a max bid at Seven-thousand Dollars ($7,000.00). Bidder #2 is immediately outbid by the Ten-thousand Dollar ($10,000.00) max bid and the high bid immediately adjusts to Seven-thousand and twenty-five Dollars ($7,025.00). Bidder #2 decides to place a Ten-thousand Dollar ($10,000.00) max bid this time. He does not surpass the initial Ten-thousand Dollar ($10,000.00) max bid by Bidder #1, therefore Bider#2 is not the High Bidder. In the case of a tie bid, precedence is given to the earliest bid. (d) PENDING BIDS: Pending Bids are bids that are placed that are not immediately accepted or put into effect by the Auction Company. Typical reasons for pending bids are as follows: (i) BIDDER REPUTATION: Auction Company is part of a nationwide network of auctioneers that use the Hibid bidding platform. Hibid has developed a rating system for Bidders to protect auctioneers. Bidders accrue points placing bids and registering for auctions. Any time a Bidder is permanently declined by an auctioneer, the bidder loses 20 points. If a bidder has a negative score, he or she may not be able to bid with other auctioneers on the Hibid platform. (ii) DEALER ONLY SALVAGE AUCTIONS: Additional bidding qualifications on assets offered with salvage/ dismantler notations must be met prior to the auction closing. Salvage dealers that wish to bid on these assets must submit a current copy of their State issued Salvage Dealer license to [email protected]
for review. Once approved, the Auction Company will update the Bidder's account and any bids that are Pending will be approved/ accepted. This must take place prior to the auction closing. These bidding privileges will remain in effect until the expiration date on the license. It is the Bidder's responsibility to resubmit a new license upon renewal to avoid Pending bids. (iii) ASSET REQUIRES A DEPOSIT: If the Bidder's bids show Pending and the asset is not deemed salvage as mentioned in section (ii) or in negative standing as mentioned in (i), then the asset requires a pre-bid deposit. See Section (6) for deposit instructions. 11. RESERVE: This Auction is conducted with Reserve. The Seller reserves the right to approve the final transfer of Property to the successful High Bidder, even after the Auction lot closes. Neither the Seller nor the Auction Company will disclose the reserve amount. In addition, the Seller and/or the Auction Company retains the right to reject any bids for any reason or to make counter offers or accept back up offers at their sole discretion. Please note there will not be a "Reserve Met" or "Reserve Not Met" disclosure during the Auction. 12. AUCTION END AND BID APPROVALS: At the close of the sale, all Bidders will be emailed their bid results and the totals will be forwarded to the Seller for final approval. Once the Auction Company receives approval from the Seller, the Bidder will receive an email notification that the bid has been approved or denied. Payment instructions will be given at that time. Each vehicle is considered a separate purchase. Auction Company, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to: (a) declare an item sold, (b) postpone or cancel the Auction, (c) extend the bidding time for this Auction (which may re-open bidding on closed items, if any) and/or (d) re-list the Property for auction at another date and time. The decision of Auction Company on this matter shall be final. Bidder acknowledges that by registering in any auction held by Auction company, Bidder accepts the Terms and Conditions of this disclaimer. 13. PAYMENT: (a) DEADLINE: All items must be paid in full within forty-eight (48) hours (i.e., 2 business days) from the bid approval email. NO EXTENSIONS FOR FINAL PAYMENT WILL BE MADE FOR ANY REASON. (b) ACCEPTABLE PAYMENT METHODS: Acceptable forms of payment are by method of bank wire transfer or cashier's check with overnight delivery made payable to Apple Towing Co., 2525 South Shore Blvd., Suite 202, League City, Texas 77573; ATTN Kristina Cortez. Account information for bank-wire transfers will be provided in the approval email. The wire transfer must include the buyer's name and reference the lots purchased. Title work will be processed the following business day of the bank wire posting to the account. (c) UNACCEPTABLE PAYMENT METHODS: No personal, business, or private issued checks, bank letters, credit/debit cards, money orders, or letters of credit will be accepted. In addition, onsite payment will not be accepted. A High Bidder should not attempt to finance any purchase through a bank or credit union, nor will the Auction Company negotiate with any lender. A Bidder must have the funds available before placing all bids. Payment must be made by the successful registered Bidder. Payment received by parties other than the successful registered Bidder will not be accepted. (d) DEFAULT/NON-PAYMENT: The failure to make required deposit or final payments and/or comply with the timeframes specified in the sales catalog/brochure for removal of the Property shall be deemed forfeiture of any rights, title, and interest the High Bidder may have acquired. The title of such Property shall revert to the Seller without further notice to the High Bidder and will result in the forfeiture of any monies paid. The transaction shall be null and void as to the High Bidder. The Property will be processed for resale at the next available Auction. If a High Bidder does not pay within the specified time frame, backs out, submits a check containing insufficient funds, or issues a "stop payment" that High Bidder will be banned from all future Auction Company's auctions. 14. ADDITIONAL TAXES AND FEES: (a) BUYER'S PREMIUM: There is no Buyer's Premium. (b) SALES TAX: No tax will be collected by the Auction Company on any lot located outside of Arizona. Notice on Arizona lots only: Auction Company must collect (Guadalupe 10.3%) sales tax from Arizona residents depending on asset location unless an Arizona Resale Certificate (Arizona Form 5000A) is provided during checkout. Out-of-state buyers must provide a copy of their ID and complete an ADOR Form 5011 (which will be provided) in lieu of tax. (c) APPLICABLE TAXES AND FEES: All Buyers are responsible for the payment of all applicable taxes or fees imposed by any city, county, tribe, state, country, or political subdivision. 15. REFUNDS: Auction Company does not make refunds, adjustments, or returns. All purchases are final. 16. PAPERWORK PROCESSING: (a) PROCESS: Once the funds are received, the title work will be executed utilizing the High Bidder's registration information and sent via email to have all copies signed by High Bidder. Once fully executed, the Property Release document will be emailed to the High Bidder. The releasing agent's name and contact information will be presented on the Property Release document. Originals will be mailed to the High Bidder. (b) TITLE DOCUMENTS: Purchasers will receive a government Standard Form 97 (Certificate to Obtain Title) which they will take to their local Department of Motor Vehicles to transfer ownership. The SF-97 supersedes the prior title directly into the purchaser's name once processed by the state. The state then mails the new title to the purchaser. Please note: these assets will remain in the name of the defendant in which they were seized until the SF-97s are processed with the state. For this reason, it is very important that the original SF-97 be processed with the DMV immediately upon receipt. BUYER BEWARE: Purchasers of "Export Only" property will receive a bill of sale only. This document serves as a proof of purchase and is not a title. No title transfer documents are available for "Export Only" property. The SF-97 supersedes ownership records for vehicles that are in the Department of Motor Vehicle database (in the United States). Because "Export Only" property cannot be registered, used, resold, or enter the commerce of the United States or its territories, the SF-97 cannot be processed to obtain a title. Essentially, there is no record in the DMV database to supersede. For this reason, purchasers of "Export Only" property will receive...