Guide to Buying

HOW TO BUY AT AUCTION - Passenger & Commercial Vehicles

At Manheim we have a massive range of cars to choose from and different ways you can buy them. Passenger & Commercial Vehicles are offered in weekly auctions at all operating locations and are also available for immediate purchase through BUYNOW.

Each week new auction catalogues are available to view online. You can inspect vehicles in person at Manheim operating locations, check our locations page for weekend and week day viewing hours.


Buying at Auction needn't be daunting. The process is just 5 easy steps:

1. Register

If bidding on-line, you are required to sign up as a full member. Please allow 24 hours prior to auction for processing. If bidding in person (excluding online only auctions), you will be required to complete a Buyer Registration Form available in the foyer and online Consumer or Dealer. You will need photo identification to register and receive your Buyer Number.

2. Bidding

Raise your Buyer Number or hand to gain the attention of the Auctioneer.

3. Deposit

If you are successful, you need to pay a deposit.

4. Pay

Finalise the balance of your invoice by the next business day after the auction.

5. Collect

Collection of your vehicle can only occur when full payment has been finalised. You must collect your vehicle by 4pm the following business day after auction.


Test Driving

For health and safety reasons, you are unable to test drive vehicles. Vehicle engines may be started by our staff on your behalf and all vehicles being auctioned are driven through the lanes except Salvage vehicles.


All vehicles are driven through the auction lanes and auctioned in the order they appear in the catalogue.

Vehicles are road tested for basic driveability and the Road Test Report is displayed on each vehicle.

All vehicles are WOVR checked. WOVR stands for Written Off Vehicle Register and if a vehicle appears on the register it will be auctioned through a Salvage auction.

Unregistered Vehicles

It is illegal to drive an unregistered vehicle. You can obtain an Unregistered Vehicle Permit through any vehicle registration office and most of our sites. Check with Manheim staff for more information.

Log Books and Accessories

If books are indicated in any stage of the selling process, this does not necessarily mean service history. Books merely indicate that some form of instruction manuals may be available.

It is recommended that you inspect the books and accessories prior to the auction commencement to ensure you are aware of what is available.

Collect log books and accessories, where available, for up to 7 days after your purchase. Books and accessories will be disposed of if not collected.

Purchasing Before Auction

Some vehicles are available to purchase for a fixed price without having to participate in auction. Vehicles available will be clearly identified or ask a Manheim staff member for assistance.


A Buyer Administration Fee applies. GST is included unless otherwise indicated. Check on site, in auction catalogues or with cashiers for fees applicable to your vehicle.

Purchasing outside Auction – Direct Sales

Some vehicles are available for purchase at a fixed price without going to auction. These vehicles are clearly identified or you can ask a Manheim staff member for assistance.

For more tips and information download the brochure at the top of this page.

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