About the Auction
Please review the information on this page to become familiar with our auction process. If you have any additional questions please call us at 937.228.2886 or email us at
The information contained on this page will give you a general overview of the Goodwill Auto Auction guiding rules, processes, and procedures. Please review the information to become familiar with how the auction operates. An understanding of this information will help you to avoid problems and make the process of participating in the auction a better experience.
For the dates of the auction, please review our Auction Schedule.
Auctions will be held at
7150 North Dixie Drive
Dayton, OH 45410
(located at the intersection of N. Dixie and Stop Eight Road)
Click here for a map and directions.
All auctions are open to the public. Auctions begin at 10 a.m. The lot opens at 9 a.m. for preview.
The vehicles being auctioned are donations made to Goodwill. Goodwill has not checked the mechanical condition of any of the vehicles.
The vehicles we auction are sold in an "AS IS" condition, without any type of warranty.
We DO NOT offer refunds for purchased vehicles. No exceptions.
Inspecting Vehicles Before the Auction
Vehicles can be viewed during the day, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the day of the auction, the auction lot will be opened at 9 a.m. Between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. the vehicles can be looked-over by the potential bidder.
Vehicle Status Markings on Windshield
On the windshield of each vehicle, the Goodwill staff will make markings that indicate the status of the vehicle. On the driver's side of the windshield the vehicles will be labeled by two numbers. The numbers will be listed vertically with a line between them. The top number will be the position of the vehicle as it will be auctioned. The bottom number will be the production year of the vehicle.
On the passengers side of the windshield, the vehicles are marked with letters. These letters are R, DNR, M, DNM. During the auction, our staff will start the vehicles that are labeled with an R.
- R = Runs: Vehicle turns over when we start it. This DOES NOT indicate that the vehicle is free of mechanical problems, only that the engine turns over.
- M = Moves: Runs, and was able to move forward or backward 2 feet in the parking lot. The notation M DOES NOT indicate that the vehicle is free of transmission problems.
- DNM = Does Not Move: Runs, but did not move forward or backward 2 feet in the parking lot.
- DNR = Does Not Run: Vehicle does not turn over.
The day of the auction, anyone who wants to bid on a vehicle must register in the on-site office. A $200 CASH deposit must be collected at this time to obtain a bid number. Upon receiving the $200 deposit, the bidder will be given a bid number sticker to wear. A bidder MUST HAVE a bid number to participate in the auction. This is also your receipt for the $200 deposit. If the bidder purchases a vehicle, the deposit will be applied to the purchase price. If the bidder does not purchase a vehicle, return the bid number sticker to the on-site office within one hour after the end of the auction and the deposit will be refunded to the bidder. If you do not register and obtain a bid number, you will not be able to bid during the auction.
Multiple Bid Numbers
An individual may purchase multiple bid numbers. If you plan to purchase more than one car then you must submit a $200 CASH deposit for each car you plan to purchase. For example:
- $200 Deposit = 1 Bid Number = 1 Potential Purchase
- $400 Deposit = 2 Bid Numbers = 2 Potential Purchases
- $600 Deposit = 3 Bid Numbers = 3 Potential Purchases
Bidding on a Vehicle
If you have not attended an auction before, we recommend that you observe the auction for the first visit before actively participating. This will give you a greater understanding of how the auction operates.
The auctioneer will start at the first vehicle for auction. An orange flag will be placed on the vehicle being auctioned. Only the vehicle with the orange flag is the vehicle being auctioned at that time. Once the highest bidder has been determined for that specific vehicle the flag and auctioneer will then move to the next vehicle. When bidding on a vehicle, make sure the auctioneer sees you. Make clear signals such as raising your hand or nodding your head yes or no to indicate that you wish to place a bid.
If you are recognized by the auctioneer as the winning bidder for the vehicle, hold up or make visible your bid number to the auctioneer. The bid number will be announced as the winning bid number. An auction representative will then bring you paperwork that will need to be taken to the on-site office. The bidder will give up his use of the bid number used for the winning bid in exchange for the paperwork.
If you bid on a vehicle and are the high bidder, you will need to pay for the following:
- The cost of the vehicle (amount of successful bid)
- $50 buy fee per vehicle (auctioneer's fee)
- $25 title and processing fee ($15 for title, $10 for processing)
- The tax amount per the county you live in
- $18.50 temporary tag fee (optional)
All vehicles must be paid for at the conclusion of the auction. All vehicles must be paid for within one hour after the end of the auction. Payment will not be accepted after this time. Vehicles not paid for within one hour after the end of the auction will be auctioned at the next auction.
Methods of Payment
We accept cash, Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover
Keys will not be given out until the auction has ended. NO EXCEPTIONS
Anyone who bids on a vehicle and does not pay at the conclusion of the auction will forfeit their deposit and will not be permitted to participate in future auctions. No vehicles may be removed from the site until payment in full is received.
We will process the title to the vehicle for you. The title will be changed into the registered bidder's name and mailed within 30 days following the auction.
Lot Closes at 2 p.m.
We will remain open until 2 p.m. the day of the auction to allow purchased vehicles to be removed. Vehicles not removed by Tuesday following an auction will be subject to a $25.00 a day storage fee.
Adjoining Parking Lot
Vehicles purchased may not be moved to the adjoining parking lot. Vehicles left in the adjoining parking lot after the auction will be towed back into the Auction Lot and the buyer will be charged a $25.00 tow charge.