We will be hosting our monthly No-Reserve Vehicle Auction via webcast featuring Cars, Trucks, Vans, SUVs, Bikes, and Trailers — Auction time is at approximately 12:30 PM.
Have you or someone you know been stuck wondering how to sell a car in Alberta hassle-free? Our Vehicle Auction is the perfect solution. Are you in the market to buy a car but unsure of a reliable + affordable way to do so? We can help you find the perfect vehicle at a price you can afford!
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Online auctions are more popular than ever before. They’re an easy and fun way to score great deals on a wide range of products, from major purchases to common household goods and everything in-between.
However, if you’re new to the world of online auctions, they can feel overwhelming and confusing. How do you find reputable auction sites with quality products? What bidding strategies should you use to win the items you want? Don’t worry if you’re not quite sure how online auctions work, because our simple guide to Online Auctions in Calgary covers everything you need to know.
When you picture an auction, do you imagine a room filled with people bidding on rare and expensive artifacts or vintage sports memorabilia? While it’s true that some auctions feature unique, high-end items, many online auctions also sell everyday products at low prices. You can find awesome deals on a huge range of products, including:
Public Auctions are a great way to find great deals on items you use every day. They’re increasingly popular among young people with regular incomes, not just those looking for a way to spend their extra money.
You’ll find no shortage of online auction sites in Canada. Some specialize in specific types of items, while others sell a bit of just about everything.
Reputable auction sites require registration before you can bid. You’ll need to set up an account with your real name, email address, and usually some other identifying information. Many people prefer to use a separate email address solely for auction registration.
The auction itself is usually simple and straightforward. Each lot will have a predetermined time limit. During that period, participants try to outbid one another. The highest bid at the end of the auction’s time period wins the item. Typically, soon after the auction closes, the buyer and seller will communicate via email to arrange payment and delivery.
Many items have a reserve price, which is the minimum price they’ll accept. If the bidder doesn’t meet this reserve price, the auction will close without a winner.
In a business-to-person auction, the site has physical control over the merchandise offered for sale. Many businesses, such as overstock, liquidation, or wholesale businesses sell merchandise exclusively through auctions. In other cases, a business might be involved in liquidation, so they want to sell everything at once in an auction. As a buyer, you’ll pay the auction site directly.
In a person-to-person auction, the seller has control over the items, not the site. The site runs the auction and connects the two parties, but the buyer and seller deal with payment and shipping directly. One example is an online auction site like eBay.
Almost every online auction lets you view the merchandise database before the auction starts. You should take advantage of this information to research the items you plan to buy, especially for unique items such as artwork or high-end items such as vehicles.
Learn the approximate value of the item you plan to bid on. Also, familiarize yourself with any aspects of the item that might affect your purchasing decision. Unlike an in-person auction, an online auction gives you plenty of time to research the items from the comfort of your own home.
Additionally, you can view online auctions such as our weekly Car Auction without having to participate. Watching a live auction is an easy way to browse or learn what to expect without having to spend a dime. Ideally, you want to watch an auction from the same online auction house that you plan to use later, but any online auction will give you a solid idea of how they work in general.
Another common stereotype about auctions is that they move fast – and that’s true! Probably the single most intimidating aspect about auctions, online or otherwise, is the flurry of quick bids.
Although most auctions last a few hours, the time spent bidding on certain items can fly by in as fast as 30 seconds. Use the auction catalog to learn the order the items will be presented, so you’re ready to bid when the item you want is up for sale.
Auctions are fast and fun. Whether you’re new to the world of online auctions, or you’re an experienced participant, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and spend more than you should.
Set a budget beforehand. You want two limits. First, set a limit on any specific items you’re planning to bid on. If you’re not careful, you can accidentally spend more on an item than it costs in the store!
Aside from setting limits on specific items, also set a spending limit on the entire auction. A large online auction can hold plenty of fun surprises, so you might find yourself bidding on items without any preparation. Set a total spending limit, so you don’t end up striking a severe blow to your budget.
Probably the biggest difference between an online auction and a traditional shopping experience is the ability to return. Items bought through an auction have limited return options. You’re rarely allowed to return an item simply because you don’t like it.
Instead, you’ll only have rescission rights. If any aspect of the product is damaged or is significantly different than how the seller described it, then you’ll want to request a refund. After that time passes, however, the item is yours no matter what.
Generally, you’ll find most online auctions welcoming to beginners. After all, these sites wouldn’t be nearly as popular if they were filled with insider terms and a confusing structure. However, there are a few terms you might not be familiar with.
The Hammer Price is the final bid price. When the auctioneer bangs his gavel for the final time, closing bidding on an item, the price he calls out is the hammer price.
The Buyer’s Premium is a cost paid to the auction house by the winning bidder. It’s a percentage of the item’s total selling price. Details vary by the auction house, so be sure to check before bidding. A Buyer’s Premium can be fairly high for a big-ticket item, such as a vehicle.
This is the final price paid. It’s the final selling price plus the buyer’s premium plus the sale price.
It’s easy to see why auction sales grow in popularity year after year. They’re a fun, easy way to find deals on all sorts of items. Even better, you don’t have to leave your house to participate! Our complete guide to online auctions in Calgary has everything you need to know to bid, win, and save.
A note from the Auctioneer:
Following the recommended best health practices during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure safety during these strange times are more critical than ever, which for us means we need to adapt the way we conduct our Online Auctions.
We are currently taking all steps to go cashless. We pivoted to online-only auctions a few weeks back, and are now offering CURBSIDE PICKUP to our customers during our regular business hours after the auction has concluded.
One tidbit of good news — The online bidding process will remain the same for all auction customers. You can bid from the convenience of your home on your desktop or mobile device on thousands of quality products, as always.
You will receive an email confirmation of the auction lots you won shortly after the online auction time has ended.
We will process payments via credit card on Monday at 8:00 AM. If you'd prefer to use another method of payment, we are now accepting Interac e-Transfers (Email Money Transfer) to email@example.com.
(Please set the password: "graham" before 8:00 AM on Monday if you wish to use this method.)
Alternatively, we can have an employee put on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE — Respiratory Mask and Latex Gloves) to meet you curbside in front of our Main Office for payment via cash/debit/credit.
If you have a printed copy of your paid receipt, you may proceed directly to the line of vehicles to head to the Auction Warehouse. If you haven't printed a copy of your receipt, you can also present your digital receipt. If you require a printed copy of your receipt, we'd be happy to do so for you — Upon your arrival, just give us a call in our Main Office at , and we will then send a printed copy directly to the auction house so you may proceed with your Curbside Pickup. All of our staff members are fully equipped with mandatory PPE (Masks, Gloves) to help ensure your safety.
Last but not least...
On behalf of ownership and the entire team at Graham Auctions — We'd like to sincerely thank you for your ongoing support during these strange times. We are taking these steps to be absolutely certain that we're able to serve safely and efficiently going forward.
We understand that the pickup of your auction items may be longer than usual while we work out the kinks with our new operating procedures. We appreciate your patience while we continue to adapt, and we will do our absolute best to make the process move as quickly as possible.
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Do you need some help getting started with our Online Auction? Well, you're in the right place. Signing up to bid for the auction is a quick, easy and free process! You can do so in a matter of seconds online through our Online Bidding Portal. There are thousands of weekly new yyc deals on modern furniture, electronics, home decor, wholesale liquidation products, vehicles and much more to be had in our weekly Public Auction.
Our Online Auctions are easy to access from the comfort of your home on your desktop or mobile device. Registering to bid is simple and totally free!
Let us guide you through the process in 5 simple steps:
Click the "Bid Now" button at the top right corner of our menu. From there, you'll be redirected to our online bidding page.
Select the Upcoming Auction you wish to participate as a bidder, then find the green "Bidding Open" button under your desired date and Auction type.
Click "Register to Bid" under the auction information OR choose an item you'd like to bid on. A pop-up window will prompt you to sign up as a New Bidder (or Log On if you're a repeat customer.)
For first-time bidders — select the gray "New Bidder? Click Here" option.
You'll then be asked to input your email address and then confirm it. (From there, we'll verify that your email address is new to our system, to avoid duplicate accounts.)
Fill out the required fields with your contact and credit card information to complete your registration process.
Once you're logged in, scroll through the Online Auction inventory. (In an average sale there are 10+ pages of products!) When you find an item you're interested in, go ahead and click the "Bid" button.
In the pop-up window, enter the amount you'd like to bid — then click "Confirm Bid".
That's it! Keep an eye on your inbox after the auction ends — we'll email you letting you know whether your bids in the auction were successful. (Don't notice an email? Be sure to check your spam folder just in case)
If you run into issues, please call us directly at 403-777-9393 or contact our support email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're always happy to hear from our customers, and we'll get you set up in no time.
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Selling your vehicle can be stressful, annoying and, in many instances, flat out exhausting. You never know who to trust, and often you aren’t getting full market value for it because you'll likely have a stranger from Kijiji or used car trade-in appraiser trying to grind you down in price.
Have you ever considered selling your vehicle via auction? It's a quick and easy way to sell your car fast. By selling through a Public Auction sale, you’re exposing your vehicle to a competitive buying environment. We handle the negotiations based on the price and vehicle info you provide to us — while you sit back and wait for it to sell.
Here are some things we can recommend from our 20+ years in the Car Auction business that may help you get the best value for your vehicle at an auction!
You’ll want to go through the necessary service process on your vehicle before you sell. It goes a long way to do this beforehand to ensure we won’t have to declare any minor issues.
Checking all of these boxes is a quick + simple way to be sure your car doesn’t have any minor issues, which in turn will help you get the best value for your vehicle at a car auction! It’s all about the first impression with potential buyers. If the party interested in your vehicle signs out the keys from our secure office location, but goes to view the vehicle only to see that there are dashboard lights on indicating an issue, they'll immediately begin to wonder if there are other issues. If at first glance your vehicle looks like it hasn't been washed or cared for in months, they might assume that the vehicle was not well cared for.
Making sure the vehicle dashboard is free of warning lights is not only impactful, it's usually a fairly easy fix!
Example #1 - Something as small a TPMS light can steer a potential buyer away. This means the tire pressure monitoring system needs attention, which may cause a prospective buyer to assume the worst. However, this is an easy fix. Any auto parts store in Calgary will have a code reader in-store that you can use for free to get those lights cleared or get information on how to fix them.
Example #2 - If you have a hole in your tire, patch kits are widely available and inexpensive. Making sure your tires are in good condition and ensure they are holding air are essential factors that will help sell your car fast.
As we've mentioned above — first impressions are everything when it comes to selling your car. From our 25 years of experience in the Car Auction industry, people tend to lean towards the vehicle with a clean, polished interior over the one with coffee stains all over the center console and fast food wrappers in the back seat.
Here’s a short checklist of things to keep in mind:
When your vehicle is going through the book-in process, it’s essential that you are fully transparent and declare all issues with the car.
Common problems that you’ll want to provide additional information on to avoid an unsuccessful vehicle transaction include:
During this process, our industry-savvy staff members will happily work with you and decide what the best option is to go about processing and to sell your vehicle. If you're new to the whole process or haven't been able to find what you're looking for so far, we'd recommend taking a look at our roundup of the most reputable Canadian auction sites where you can choose amongst various online auction sites to help you find a solution that's a fit for you.
Graham Auctions is located at 84th St NE just off McKnight Blvd & Stoney Trail. You can access us off McKnight by taking the gravel road, OR you can take the Trans-Canada Hwy/16th Ave to 100th St NE, then get onto 32 Ave/Township Road 250 & right onto 84th St.
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Selling your car with Graham Auctions is fast & easy. We also accommodate contactless drop-off in Calgary to help keep the entire safe for everyone.. We also accommodate contactless drop-off in Calgary to help keep the entire safe for everyone.. We’ll collect some information including the year, make, model & mileage. If there are any known issues with the engine or transmission it is the owner’s responsibility to make that declaration during the book-in process.
Here's what you can expect:
We have an industry-savvy & knowledgeable staff to assist you in pricing your vehicle, but if you’d like some other resources, we also offer the Canadian Black Value Book. Finally, we run Carfax reports on every vehicle to provide us with the full history of every vehicle in our car & repo lot. This ensures the protection of both the buyer & seller. That’s it! We’ll immediately get it up onto our website available for pre-bidding, get the word out everywhere about our vehicle sale that week and put it through our live car sale the following Saturday.
Lay back and get the best return on your vehicle while letting us do all the work. We’ll contact you immediately regarding any reasonable bids lower than your set reserve price. With a successful sale of your vehicle, it’s now time to collect your cheque and get paid! Payment through our weekly auto auctions will be ready and waiting for you the following Thursday after the vehicle sale. That's it!
Do you know anyone looking to buy or sell a car? Let them know about the best car auction in Calgary! (Feel free to use the share buttons on this page to save yourself some time!)
Please Note: There is no run fee to sell your vehicle, however, we do charge a 10% commission. If we don’t have any offers after 2-3 weeks running through our Online Car Auction, we’ll recommend that you either lower the reserve price or to come and pick up your vehicle.
If you found value in any of the information you see here – you might want to consider checking out these online auction tips!
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Graham Auctions is located at 4321 84th St NE, Calgary, Alberta Canada. For those who prefer good old fashioned written directions, you're in the right place.
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To the customers of Graham Auctions,
In light of the global health concerns of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we would like to send a message regarding the precautionary/preventive steps we are taking in response to the outbreak.
The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the risk and has stated the possibility of contracting the virus in our area remains low. Regardless, we take the health and safety of both our customers and employees very seriously. We want to make our guests aware that we have increased our workplace hygiene and sanitization processes. We want to assure you we’re continuing to take the necessary steps outlined by Alberta Health Services to safeguard our guests.
Our workplace hygiene and cleaning routines are as follows:
We would also like to reiterate the necessary steps you can take to maintain the safety of both yourself and others:
If you or someone you’ve been in contact with have recently travelled outside of Canada, Alberta Health Services advises you to watch for symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath in yourself or family members and call Health Link 811 at the first sign of symptoms.
If you or a member of your family/household has been advised by Alberta Health/HealthLink to self-isolate and obtain COVID-19 testing, remain at home and follow self-isolation guidelines. We will have a particular area to hold purchases for anyone that has notified us that they are under 14-day isolation.
Graham Auctions will maintain our regular business hours and is scheduled to proceed with Saturday’s auction. We will continue to stay up-to-date with all the information released by the Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta Health Services concerning COVID-19.
Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented situation, and stay safe.
Bidding opens Thursday, December 19th, 2019 and will have a soft close beginning on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020. Any items that receive a bid in the final moments of closing will be allowed additional time upon request.
Please note: Item pick-up will be available at Graham Auctions beginning January 2nd
To spread the holiday spirit and show appreciation for our loyal customers, we're doing a Holiday Giveaway! Get a head start on your 2019 Boxing Day deals with a free $100 credit towards your Auction purchase.
Happy Holidays from the Graham Auctions team — See you sale day!
Online bidding opens Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 and will have a soft close beginning on Monday, September 24th. Any items that receive a bid in the final moments of closing will be allowed additional time upon request.
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Please note: Pick-up + viewing location are off-site — not the auction house.
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