10 Copart Terms You Should Know

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Whether you’re a pro or a newcomer to the online auto auction world, there’s one thing that’s certain—new words, terms and phrases are always popping up.

Learning these terms and knowing the meanings will help you become a smarter and more experienced buyer. These essential terms will get you up to speed, and make you a smarter and more effective buyer!

Run and Drive

At the time the vehicle arrived at Copart’s location, Copart verified that the vehicle started, could be put into gear and was capable of moving forward under its own power. There is no guarantee, representation or warranty that the vehicle is in roadworthy condition or can be driven lawfully upon the highways of any state. There is no guarantee, representation or warranty that the vehicle will start, drive or move forward under its own power at the time the vehicle is picked up at Copart’s location. It is the Member’s sole responsibility to ascertain, confirm, research, inspect and/or investigate the vehicle prior to bidding on it. Once the vehicle is removed from Copart’s premises, the Member accepts the vehicle “as is.”

View Copart Run and Drive Verified vehicles here >

Engine Start Program

At the time the vehicle arrived at Copart’s facility, Copart verified that the vehicle started and ran at idle. There is no guarantee, representation or warranty that the vehicle will start or run at idle at the time the vehicle is picked up at Copart’s location. It is the Member’s sole responsibility to ascertain, confirm, research, inspect and/or investigate the vehicle prior to bidding on it. Once the vehicle is removed from Copart’s premises, the Member accepts the vehicle “as is.”

View Copart Engine Start Program vehicles here >

Enhanced Vehicle

Vehicles listed as “Enhanced Vehicles” are those where: (i) the seller has authorized Copart to perform an enhancement service to the vehicle such as a wash and vacuum or protective covering or (ii) the vehicle is under a program that gives Copart discretion to use enhancement services to maximize the value of the vehicle. This designation does not guarantee that any enhancement service was completed but rather indicates that qualifying vehicles would likely be enhanced. It is the Member’s responsibility to inspect and verify the use of enhancement services.

View Copart Enhanced Vehicles here >

Seller Certified

Seller certifies that the member purchasing this unit will be completely satisfied with the purchase. If upon inspection of the unit, and prior to leaving Copart’s premises, the member is not fully satisfied , then the member may decline to complete the purchase transaction without any penalties, fees or charges. Once a vehicle is removed from Copart’s premises, the member understands and agrees s/he accepts the vehicle “as is” pursuant to Copart’s Member Terms & Conditions.

Current Bid

The Current Bid is the highest price offered for this lot at this time. There may be a higher maximum bid being represented by VB3 BID4U. The Current Bid is always listed in the currency of the country of the location.

Pre-Bid

A bid placed during preliminary bidding, which takes place up to 1 hour before the Virtual “Live” Auction begins. Bids may be placed online or through computer terminals located at kiosks installed in Copart locations.

Repair Cost

Repair Cost is the estimated cost to repair the vehicle as submitted to Copart by the seller of the vehicle. The Repair Cost listed here may vary greatly from the actual cost to repair this vehicle. The availability and use of recycled parts, varying labor rates, paint times, etc. greatly affect the cost to repair any vehicle. Copart recommends that each bidder evaluate the damage to determine the extent of the repairs necessary. This number is presented for informational purposes only. Copart makes no representations as to the validity or accuracy of the listed repair cost.

Pure Sale

No minimum bid or reserve price. Lot will be awarded to the highest bidder at the close of bidding during the virtual auction.

On Approval

Seller has reserved the right to approve the final high bid achieved during the Virtual Auction. Seller has until 5pm PT one business day after the sale to approve the bid. The high bidder is obligated to purchase the vehicle if released by the seller within the approval period.

Reserve Price

Seller has placed a reserve price on the lot. If the minimum bid is not surpassed during the Virtual Auction, Seller has until 5pm PT one business day after the sale to accept the high bid.

Is there a term we missed? Leave your input in the comment section! Then browse Copart’s available vehicles for your next auto auction hidden gem.

38 comments

    1. Hello! An enhanced vehicle means the seller has authorized that Copart is authorized to perform an enhancement service to the vehicle. This designation does not guarantee that any enhancement service was completed but rather indicates that qualifying vehicles would likely be enhanced. If you would like more information about these terms, you can find it here: http://ow.ly/v94g308ouzk

      1. Do you put more than one tag on the car? It c an be enhanced and still run and drive so would that have both the blue “E” and the green “R”?

      2. Hello can you please clarify because you did not answer the previous question. If the designation icon is an E “Enhanced” does this include the “run & drive” test? Are the E designated vehicles all put through the run and drive test? You see there’s no clarification under this icons description.

    2. So enhanced vehicle is it posiable that it can be run and drive.or what is the main problem for enhanced vehicle

    1. Hi Carson! Apologies for the delay.
      Sale date not applicable means a sale date has not been set yet. We recommend adding vehicles with future sale dates to your Watchlist so you’re notified once a sale date has been assigned.

  1. When it says enhance vehicle, does it run and drive? Yes or no please?
    It’s confusing and not clear. Please state clear and unequivocal- does it mean it runs and drives or does not run and drive

    Thank you

    1. Hi Victor! Apologies for the delay.
      When you hover your mouse over the “E” next to the vehicle’s name at the top, the Enhanced Vehicle definition appears and goes into detail on its definition.

    1. Hi iSpeed! Apologies for the delay.
      Undercarriage is the part of a moving vehicle that is underneath the main body of the vehicle.

  2. When Copart has “new item” as a search criteria, does this mean that an item has been listed for less than a day, a week, or a month?

    1. Hi Usoro! It’s most likely referring to the Vehicle Condition Report which has more details of the vehicle’s condition. You can purchase a Vehicle Condition Report from the Lot Details page or contact the Copart location where it’s located for more details.

    1. Hi Alex! Apologies for the delay.
      Sale date not applicable means there is no set sale date yet for that vehicle. In these cases, we recommend you add that vehicle to your Watchlist so you’re notified once it’s been assigned a sale date.

    1. Hi Kola! Apologies for the delay.
      That would depend on the third party vehicle shipping service you used. Copart does not currently offer international shipping options. We recommend exploring third-party shipping options before bidding on a vehicle. Please note: If you plan to use a third-party shipping service, Copart is not responsible for a vehicle’s condition once it leaves a Copart location.

  3. Is there a place or icon that shows which states require you to have a dealer license to buy? Finding this to be difficult .

  4. I am confused about one aspect. If I purchase a car (a) where no business license is required (b) the car is also “run and drive” and (C) the car has a clean title does that men I can pick up the car and drive if off the lot and straight to the registration office? (with the understanding that the qualifications in the run and drive category apply). Or do all vehicles purchased have to be towed away?

    1. Hi Jackson! We recommend contacting the location directly for more of the vehicle’s details since they are in possession. You can find a list of Copart locations and their contact information here: https://www.copart.com/locations/
      As for driving the car off the lot, even if a vehicle is run and drive verified, there may be other significant damage to the vehicle, and it may not be road-worthy. The vehicle will also not be registered or inspected, so we cannot advise that anyone attempt to drive a vehicle from the location. However, once Copart has delivered the vehicle to the loading zone, it is the Buyer’s responsibility.

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